The high school English curriculum provides a comprehensive study of language, literature, and language processes for grades nine through twelve. The Program of Studies for each grade level meets and exceeds the Virginia Standards of Learning for English, encompassing speaking, listening, viewing, and technology skills to complement the traditional language and literature.
The foreign language standards are based on the national standards referred to as the five Cs: Communication, Culture, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities.
The Language Arts Standards are designed to provide guidance and specificity in planning and implementing curriculum at the state, district, and school levels. The Langauage Arts Curriculum Standards are based on two important concepts. First, learning in English Language Arts is recursive. Students at every grade level apply similar language skills and concepts to increasingly complex materials. Students build upon and refine their knowledge, gaining sophistication and independence as they learn.Second, although represented separately in the curriculum standards, the content standards are interdependent. Each standard intertwines with and supports the others. Four units of credit in English/Language Arts for graduation. Students at every grade level scaffold, or build upon previously learned, language skills and concepts to increasingly complex materials. Likewise, students gain sophistication and independence as they learn through building upon and refining their knowledge.They can receive credit toward high school graduation requirements in addition to JSCC and UTM credit.
English courses offered at GCHS are:
English I, English II, English III, and English IV: These courses all cover the standards of language, communication, writing, research, logic, informational text, media, and literature.
Honors English I, Honors English II, Honors English III, and Honors English IV: These courses are available for students who meet the GCSSD course specific honors admissions criteria.
Dual Enrollment English: Students must have a 19 on the Reading subtest of the ACT or PLAN before enrolling. They can receive credit toward high school graduation requirements in addition to JSCC credit. Comp I and II are the equivalent of Honors English IV for Distinguished Scholars.
Spanish I: This is the beginner level Spanish course which is required for students pursuing the university path. Spanish I introduces the Hispanic culture as well as an elementary approach to learning the language.
Spanish II: This class is required for students pursuing the university path, and is available to students who have successfully completed Spanish I. Spanish II continues to reinforce acquisition of the language skills learned in Spanish I as well as increase the student’s vocabulary thereby improving his ability to speak and write the language
Spanish III: This class provides an opportunity for students to go deeper in the language and further develop their writing and speaking abilities.
Tennessee standards for Foreign Language education can be found here:
Foreign language instruction primarily focuses on the 5 C’s: Communication, Culture, Connections, Comparisons, and Community. The goal for all foreign language students is that they demonstrate proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in the target language.
Spanish I, II, & III is taught by Mrs. Hope Smith and Mrs. Jill Nicholas.