English

The Bellarmine English Department educates in the belief that all the essential components of life - individual and social, historical and scientific, cultural and spiritual - are experienced through the study of literature. During the eight semesters required, the department is committed to developing students who read, reflect, speak, and write both critically and creatively. The department offers a program whose progression of courses challenges students to develop both oral and compositional skills, as well as an understanding for and appreciation of a variety of lives, cultures, and philosophies.

Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) Program

The English Department's Honors and AP Program is designed to provide a rigorous course of study for students who enjoy discussing and analyzing literature. Students are placed in English 1 Honors their freshman year based on test scores and writing samples. Informed Enrollment is employed for any honors/AP course beyond that, meaning that interested students must first solicit feedback from their current teacher, parents and counselor, and secure counselor approval, prior to enrollment. 

Courses

All freshmen must take either English 1 or English 1 Honors.

Course Name
Term
UC / CSU Approved?
English 1 Year Yes

Course Description: In literature, the purpose of this course is to expose the student to a wide variety of works and genres, and to introduce him to the beginnings of literature interpretation. To this end, the student reads a number of novels, two plays, assorted short stories and poems, representing a variety of cultural experiences. The works are also organized thematically by Bellarmine’s core values: openness to growth/religion; intellectual competence; love; commitment to doing justice; and pursuit of leadership growth.

The basic freshman composition is a one-paragraph persuasive essay. Students are expected to compose five to eight such essays per semester. Toward the end of the second semester, they receive an introduction to the five-paragraph essay format. The formal study of vocabulary and of grammar rules are also important elements of the English 1 course. By the end of the freshman year, the student will have the ability to recognize and to correct errors in his own essays with agreement, verb form, verb tense, pronouns, modifiers, fragments, and run-ons; and to recognize and to correct basic punctuation errors.

Comments: Standard freshman English course.

English 1 Honors Year Yes

Course Description: Students will read a number of novels, two plays, a large selection of short stories, and assorted poems. The works are also organized thematically by Bellarmine’s core values: openness to growth/religion; intellectual competence; love; commitment to doing justice; and pursuit of leadership growth.

Honors students will move quickly from the basic freshman composition to compose longer five paragraph essays. Students are expected to compose four to five multiple paragraph essays per semester. Oral communication will be emphasized through whole class, small group, and formal presentations. Creative projects will also be offered throughout the year. All essays, discussions and projects will emphasize critical thinking skills and literary analysis.

Comments: Department approval is required for enrollment in this course. English 1 Honors is an accelerated course designed for those freshmen who have demonstrated a superior understanding of English fundamentals.