Middle School Curriculum

At the middle school level, both seventh and eighth grade English emphasizes the writing process or prewriting, revising, proofreading and publishing. As the students begin to hone their writing skills, they will be able to expand their knowledge into multi-paragraph essays constructed with proper grammar usage and language mechanics. The curriculum also consists of reading passages from literature in a diagnostic and prescriptive manner in order to learn and possibly integrate those literature styles and composition to the student's own writing. Ultimately, these years of English education seek to improve the the student's expository, creative and technical writing skills, while also expanding his or her grammar, vocabulary and reading foundation.

High School Curriculum

English I - Regulars & Honors Options

Through increased writing skills and analysis of literature, students will learn to identify, appreciate and imitate proper grammatical and literary devices in addition to recognizing the effective use of vocabulary. If a student elects to take the honors section, there will be more challenging and greater emphasis on fortifying writing skills, complete and thorough literature analysis and proper grammar and literary device usage while effectively incorporating advanced SAT vocabulary. In addition, there will be special projects assigned throughout the year.


English II - Regulars & Honors Options

In this course, students will study a variety of literary genres, respond orally and scripturally using critical thinking skills through the usage of rational arguments and their usage of evidences which will be in persuasive, narrative, and research analysis to appreciate grammatical and literary techniques. In the honors section, students will be required to take a more in depth, layer by layer, analysis of these literary genres and respond in the way mentioned above. Honors will dive deeper in a way that the students will see the human relevance of the complex components of literature and how they developed together to create compelling literary images and complex human concepts. Additional projects and course work can be expected.


English III - Regulars & Honors Options

Students will be engaged both in their writing and reading which will make the students aware of the interactions among a writer's purposes, audience expectations, and subjects as well as the way the generic conventions and how the resources of the American language contributed to the literature and the ways that the Americans developed into who they are today. Honors students will have more rigorous readings partnered with more analytic writing that will focus on the different literature interactions as mentioned above as well as discovering how the literary elements contribute to those interactions and outcomes. There may also be an increase in course load and projects.


English IV - Regulars & Dual-Credit Options

This course section is a comprehensive look of the previous three English classes, and it takes a more application approach to the knowledge accrued over those three school years. Now that the student has a solid foundation, they can put to use and improve upon these skills covered throughout their English career.

Dual-Credit Through Collin College

HCA is able to offer on-campus dual-credit English for student that meet the college's requirements for admission and receive approval from the high school administration. The courses span two semesters and are Collin College English 1301 and 1302. Course descriptions from Collin College's website are as followed:
English 1301 - Composition I: Intensive study of and practice in writing processes, from invention and researching to drafting, revising, and editing, both individually and collaboratively. Emphasis on effective rhetorical choices, including audience, purpose, arrangement, and style. Focus on writing the academic essay as a vehicle for learning, communicating, and critical analysis. 3 credit hours.
English 1302 - Composition II:Intensive study of and practice in the strategies and techniques for developing research-based expository and persuasive texts. Emphasis on effective and ethical rhetorical inquiry, including primary and secondary research methods; critical reading of verbal, visual, and multimedia texts; systematic evaluation, synthesis, and documentation of information sources; and critical thinking about evidence and conclusions. 3 credit hours.


Speech

The study and application of interpersonal and intrapersonal communication.