English 11 Honors
This class receives a weighted grade.
Required:  1 Credit
Pre-requisite:  Recommendation by 10th grade English instructor
                           (Interviews with English instructors are also sometimes required.)

 
In this comprehensive, year-long course, students are challenged to pursue advanced reading, writing, and speaking units in preparation for post-secondary pursuits.  Students will read and analyze selections of American literature from 1600 to the present, identifying themes, trends, and changes in American literature, history, and culture. Primary source genres, non-fiction works, and independent reading units  are used to strengthen reading comprehension skills as well.  Written work includes research-writing, literary analysis, personal essay, business-writing, critique-writing, and digital writing.  Public speaking curriculum requires  locating, evaluating, and incorporating scholarly resources,  studying rhetorical devices, and polishing delivery techniques. Grammar and usage skills, vocabulary-building skills, and spelling skills are on-going in this curriculum. This course is the first-year of the two-year English Honors program at CHS.  Students who enter this program as juniors are expected to continue in the program through senior year.
The CIS speech curriculum – Introduction to Public Speaking – can only be offered at CHS when the schedule allows us to meet the requirements of the University of Minnesota (both with regard to student eligibility and staff availability.) If this course is offered,  it is incorporated into English 11 Honors and students are notified.