English

red arrow ENGLISH 1 300

This course will provide freshmen with the necessary skills for studying English at the high school level. These skills include grammar and usage, basic writing skills, library research skills and an introduction to the major categories of literature. Included are the short story, novel, drama, poetry and mythology.

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Length of course: One year (5 of 6)

Credit: 1.0


red arrow ADVANCED ENGLISH 1 301

This course is designed for freshmen who have demonstrated a strong aptitude for grammar, writing, and reading in the eighth grade and who have the ability to move at a faster pace than those in regular Freshman English. A comprehensive study of phrases and clauses, along with a review of the eight parts of speech, will enhance the students' writing skills and help prepare them for Advanced Sophomore English and junior/senior college (CO) English classes. Also included will be an extensive study of the major genres of literature: the short story, novel, drama, poetry, and mythology.

Prerequisite: Determined by placement test and standardized test scores; must exhibit strong grammar and writing skills.

Length of course: One year (5 of 6)

Credit: 1.0


red arrow ENGLISH 2 310

This course will continue the study of the major genre of literature (short story, novel, drama, poetry) as begun in English 1, but with greater emphasis on critical reading, literary analysis, and theme recognition. Each unit of literature will be followed by a project designed to further develop the students' writing and oral communication skills. Through these projects, students will be introduced to essay writing, library research, and giving oral presentations in class.

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Length of course: One year (5 of 6)

Credit: 1.0


red arrow ADVANCED ENGLISH 2 311

Designed for students who excel in language arts, this course is especially recommended to those who may be considering taking any of Gibault's college credit courses as juniors and seniors. This course reinforces the Humanities approach to the study of literature: the literature is chosen to parallel the historical periods covered in sophomore history. Novels and plays in this class are written on a more advanced reading level and will be studied at a faster pace. As in regular English 2, emphasis will be placed on critical reading skills, literary analysis, and theme recognition. In order to prepare students for the writing skills in Junior/Senior college credit (CO) courses, this class will teach the basics of constructing an essay and research paper. In summary, sophomores who take this course will receive a solid background in the literature and composition skills necessary for succeeding in future honors courses.

Prerequisite: 90% average in English 1 and recommendation from Freshman English teacher

Length of course: One year (5 of 6)

Credit: 1.0


red arrow ENGLISH 3: COMPOSITION: (Juniors) 320

Writing, Research, and English literature (320) English 3/ Composition is a comprehensive writing course which builds on the essay-writing skills begun in sophomore year. The class reinforces the concept of writing as a "process" by approaching each writing project as five stages of writing; prewriting, drafting, revising, proofreading, and publishing. Course assignments are designed to give students experience in the descriptive, narrative, expository, and persuasive styles of writing. Specific grammar, punctuation, sentence structure and word choice skills will be practiced during the revision/proofreading stages of each writing project. In the second semester students will become more proficient in research skills and the use of in-text documentation during the research paper assignment. The last quarter is devoted to a brief introduction to some of the major post-­Shakespearean English writers and poets.

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Length of course: One year (every other day)

Credit: 1.0


red arrow ADVANCED AMERICAN STUDIES / JUNIOR 322

Advanced American Studies will be a co-taught course that fulfills junior level English and History requirements.  Students will meet every day for the course, but alternating days for History and English. Students will learn about history and writing using historical novels; therefore, both classes will cover the same themes and time periods while meeting the core requirements set forth by the state of Illinois and Gibault Catholic High School for junior History and junior English.  Students will be required to complete assignments for both courses, receiving a separate History and English grade, as well as some joint and overlapping projects.

Prerequisite: Instructor recommendation

Length of course: One year (Alternating days, English and History)

Credit: 1.0 History and 1.0 English


red arrow CREATIVE WRITING 325

This class will be setup as a writing workshop, that is, students will write every day through journaling, pre-writing, brainstorming, organizing, editing, revising or critiquing.  Students will be encouraged to think beyond the standards of academic writing and to see what they can invent and how to play with language in a creative setting.  As a class, they will read a wide variety of writings, such as short stories, poems, newspaper articles, movie reviews, monologues, and plays as well as looking at visual prompts to be used as inspiration.  Students will also read their peers’ writing and learn how to provide and accept constructive criticism.

Prerequisite: Junior/Senior status and teacher recommendation

Length of course: One semester (every other day)

Credit: 0.25


red arrow AMERICAN LITERATURE (Seniors) 330

This course is a survey of the major periods and writers in American Literature, introducing students to our country's literary heritage. The course will also review the general history of each time period so that students will understand how writers are influenced by the events and experiences of their times. Units will include Early American Writers (Colonial Period), the Revolutionary War period, Romanticism and Transcendentalism, Realism, and Modern/Contemporary Writers. The works of such major American authors as Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, Arthur Miller, John Steinbeck, and J. D. Salinger will be discussed in depth. Students will be expected to complete regular reading assignments, write 2-3 five-paragraph essays, and work together on two group projects. In addition, students are required to read independently one extra novel per quarter from a reading list of American literature.

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Length of course: One year (every day)

Credit: 1.0


red arrow PROCESS OF COMPOSITION: SLU CREDIT COURSE FOR JUNIORS 360

Semester 1: Process of Composition (360) SLU course: (ENGX1500) The purpose of these courses is to develop an ability to write correct, effective and efficient expositions. This includes development of logical thinking patterns and clear organization. The course will concentrate on writing as a process. Students write several essays, analyze short pieces of literature, write a research paper, give a speech, keep a journal and read required texts for class. The Honors Composition program fulfills the high school composition requirement at Gibault. Students must register for BOTH semesters with St. Louis U.  This registration is facilitated by Gibault.

Prerequisite: Requirements include the recommendation of the Sophomore English teacher, a serious desire to go to college and an ability to handle a college course and maintain standards in the high school curriculum. Minimum GPA: 3.0

Length of course: Two semesters (every other day)

Credit: 1.0


red arrow ADVANCED RHETORIC & RESEARCH: SLU CREDIT COURSE FOR JUNIORS 361

Semester 2: Advanced Rhetoric & Research (361) SLU course: (ENGX1900) Course description: The purpose of these courses is to develop an ability to write correct, effective and efficient expositions. This includes development of logical thinking patterns and clear organization. The course will concentrate on writing as a process. Students write several essays, analyze short pieces of literature, write a research paper, give a speech, keep a journal and read required texts for class. The Honors Composition program fulfills the high school composition requirement at Gibault. Students must register for BOTH semesters with St. Louis U.  This registration is facilitated by Gibault.

Prerequisite: Requirements include the recommendation of the Sophomore English teacher, a serious desire to go to college and an ability to handle a college course and maintain standards in the high school curriculum. Minimum GPA: 3.0

Length of course: Two semesters (every other day)

Credit: 1.0


red arrow CONFLICT, SOCIAL JUSTICE & LITERATURE: SLU CREDIT COURSE FOR SENIORS 370

Semester 1: Conflict, Social Justice & Literature (370) SLU Course (ENGX2250) This course introduces literary study within the context and theme of Cultural Conflict and Social Justice. Through the reading of a wide variety of genres - including drama, poetry, and fiction - the course engages students in literary ways of knowing. Methods include close reading, comparative textual analysis, and argumentative writing.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENX1500, ENGX1900, ENGX2250 & minimum 3.0 GPA

Length of course: Two semesters (every other day)

Credit: 1.0


red arrow FILM, CULTURE & LITERATURE: SLU CREDIT COURSE FOR SENIORS 371

Semester 2: Film, Culture & Literature (371) SLU Course (ENGX2750) This course introduces literary study within the context and theme of Film and Culture. Through the reading of a wide variety of genres - including drama, poetry, and fiction - the course engages students in literary ways of knowing. Methods include close reading, comparative textual analysis, and argumentative writing.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENX1500, ENGX1900, ENGX2250 & minimum 3.0 GPA

Length of course: Two semesters (every other day)

Credit: 1.0