English/Language Arts

Department Staff
Mr. Pat Barriball (High School English, Department Chair)
pbarriball@westville.k12.in.us

Mrs. Cynthia Toth (Middle School Language Arts)
ctoth@westville.k12.in.us

Ms. Emily Strudas (Middle School Language Arts)
estrudas@westville.k12.in.us

Course Descriptions
• Seventh Grade Literature
In seventh grade Literature the students read and learn to understand and evaluate the different types of literature, including short stories, non-fiction (biographies, autobiographies, and essays), drama, poetry, and novels. They learn how to react to these different types of literature in speaking and writing and are give the opportunity to write their own personal narratives, short stories, poetry, etc. They also expand their knowledge of the meanings and origins of word.

• Seventh Grade English
Following the Indiana Academic Standards this is a required yearly English course that will provide basic skills in grammar and composition. Weekly lessons stressing the Simple 6 for Secondary Writers composition program will be implemented.

• Eighth Grade Literature
In eighth grade Literature the students expand and refine the skills they learned in seventh grade Literature. They read all types of literature of increasing difficulty, including short stories, non-fiction, drama, poetry and novels; and continue to learn to analyze and evaluate them. They also continue to learn how to react to literature in speaking and writing, and are given the opportunity to practice their own writing in various forms. Vocabulary expansion is also an integral part of Literature 8.

• Eighth Grade English
Following the Indiana Academic Standards this is a required English course that will provide basic skills in grammar and composition. Weekly lessons stressing the Simple 6 for Secondary Writers composition program will be utilized.

• English 9
English 9 is a two-trimester course based on the Indiana Academic Standards for English/ Language Arts. It is the study of literature, language, writing, and rhetoric based on a variety of genres including fiction, drama, poetry, nonfiction and informational text. Students will respond to this type of work by interpreting, analyzing, comparing, evaluating, writing, and presenting. Grammar and composition emphasizes grammar, usage, and punctuation as well as paragraph development and support.

• English 10
English 10 reinforces the skills developed in English 9 while adhering to Indiana's Academic Standards for Grade 10. Examination of literature as well as opportunities for composition and oral communication provide the basis for achieving the objectives of English 10.

• English 11
English 11 reinforces the skills developed in English 10 while adhering to Indiana's Academic Standards for Grade 11. Examination of American literature from its beginnings to the present as well as opportunities for composition and oral communication provide the basis for achieving the objectives of English 11.

• English 12
English 11 reinforces the skills developed in English 10 while adhering to Indiana's Academic Standards for Grade 11. Examination of American literature from its beginnings to the present as well as opportunities for composition and oral communication provide the basis for achieving the objectives of English 11.

• Speech
Speech is a one-trimester course based on the Indiana Academic Standards for English/Language Arts and emphasizing the High School Speech and Communication Standards. It is the study of oral communication through research and presentations. Students deliver different types of speeches including impromptu, informative, persuasive, oral interpretation, and speeches for special occasions.

• Journalism
Students examine the development, mission, legal and ethical boundaries, and practice of American Journalism in a class consistent with the 2008 High School Journalism Standards.

• Mass Media
Mass Media is a one-trimester course based on the High School Journalism Standards and the Mass Media and Media Literacy Standards. It is the study of current events throughout our school. During this class students use technology, including computer spread design and photography, to create a published yearbook for people to purchase.

• Novels
Novels class includes examination and response to appropriate selections from the traditional canon as well as students' own selections. Content and assessment is consistent with the state standards for English/Language Arts with emphasis on the High School Literature Standards.

• Drama
This class follows the inception and development of drama chronologically as a separate literary genre. It is based on Indiana's Academic Standards for English/Language Arts and emphasizes the High School Literature Standards.