While following the basic English I curriculum, Honors English I will require more in-depth reading and more sophisticated writing. Like all English I classes, this course will challenge students to increase their overall knowledge and understanding of literature and to develop improved communication skills through integrated group and full-class discussions. Additionally, Honors English I will prepare students for the type of course they are likely to see at the college level.
Because of scheduling concerns, students who enroll in Honors English classes need to make at least a semester commitment. They will not be allowed to transfer out before the semester break if they find the coursework too difficult or the homework too time-consuming. It is important to understand that a very good student accustomed to earning A's may be surprised to be earning a C in this class because of the college prep expectations.
Honors English I is a reading-heavy course, with the majority of reading to be done at home rather than in class. Class time will be utilized primarily for discussion, individual and collaborative projects, and writing assignments.
Battle Ground High School has a limited supply of books on the reading list; however, the students will be encouraged to purchase their own copies of the required novels for annotation purposes. A reading list will be provided at the start of the term to allow for time to procure these books. Past reading lists have included A Separate Peace, Animal Farm, Frankenstein, Great Expectations, The Miracle Worker, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, The Odyssey, and The Hound of the Baskervilles.
In addition, students enrolled in this course will be required to read an assigned novel over the summer. This year, the assigned book will be A Separate Peace by John Knowles. Additional online reading may be assigned as well. Students should expect a test over this book on the first day of school. More information on the summer reading assignment will be available on the BGHS website.