The writing policy at Central Catholic revolves around a progressive style where topics are introduced and reinforced during the course of a student’s academic career. Teachers are not limited to the essay topics listed here; however, every student will have experienced these topics at

the minimum during their four years of English at Central Catholic High School.


212 — H English 1       1 CREDIT 

214 — CP English 1     1 CREDIT 

These courses will provide students with an opportunity to become familiar with computer research resources including pertinent web-sites and search engines. This course places emphasis on the basic written communication skills of prewriting, drafting, and revising and the development of the five-paragraph essay including a detailed look a the process of writing the essay and constructing the thesis statement. Students will also be introduced to the Descriptive Essay, the Expository Essay, and the Literary Analysis including but not limited to the study of the short story, poems, novels, plays, and dramas. For Honors Program students, these skills are refined, and the ability to express oneself is intensified through additional readings, advanced writing options, and guided research. 


213 — Advanced Language     1 CREDIT 

This course assists selected freshman students in making a more successful transition to high school. This class meets every day and is a major course. It does not take the place of English 1, but rather is studied in conjunction with it. Topics covered may include vocabulary skills and communication and writing skills. Students will learn descriptive, narrative, expository, and persuasive writing techniques; strategies for writing effective sentences and paragraphs, and review of grammar, usage, and mechanics. In order to allow room in the students’ schedules for this class, their world language study will be deferred until sophomore year. These students will study two consecutive years of world language in their sophomore and junior years. 


222 — H English 2       1 CREDIT 

224 — CP English 2     1 CREDIT 

This course will continue the emphasis on the development of the five-paragraph essay by reinforcing the essay skills learned in English 1 and introducing students to the Narrative Essay, Persuasive Essay, Compare and Contrast Essay, and the Analytical Essay. All speeches will make use of an accompanying Power Point presentation. Through an investigation of the American Dream, students will gain refined experience with writing and reading. Honors Program students will be introduced to higher level critical thinking skills and to basic research methodology.

Pre-requisite: Minimum average of 93% in CP ENGLISH 1 or 85% in H ENGLISH 1. Departmental approval is required. 


231 — H English 3       1 CREDIT 

234 — CP English 3     1 CREDIT 

This course articulates discourse strategies and critical thinking and integrates with a study of British literature; students will respond in writing to various writers of England. Students will be introduced to research methodology and reporting format through the development of the Research Paper, the Critique Essay, the Argument and Persuasion Essay, and the Literary Analysis which will include an implementation of various literary terms and rhetoric applied to writing. Honors Program students will be introduced to advanced rhetorical strategies and formal research techniques. Pre-requisite: Minimum average of 93% in CP ENGLISH 2 or 85% in H ENGLISH 2. Departmental approval is required. 


241 — H English 4       1 CREDIT 

244 — CP English 4     1 CREDIT 

This course explores various discourse strategies to give students practical academic writing experiences. Through response to a survey of themes in Western literature from the Greek to the Post-Modern, students will write extensively and reflexively, refining skills related to the Compare and Contrast Essay, the Critique, and the Literary Analysis including an implementation of the various literary terms and rhetoric applied to writing. During the first quarter of senior year, students will prepare a Personal Essay as a prelude to the college essay. Honors Program students will gain critical and research writing experience in response to a survey of themes in Western literature, writing analyses, creative narrative and poetry, and short research papers of diverse focuses.

Pre-requisite: Minimum average of 93% in CP ENGLISH 3 or 85% in H ENGLISH 3. Departmental approval is required. 


860 Journalism 1/Publishing and 865 Journalism 2/Publishing (see Fine Arts) 



This innovative two-year program is established as both a goal to be striven for and a privilege. Admission is based on student desire; student capability in writing and reading as determined by the tenth-grade teacher in collaboration with the ninth-grade teacher. Participation in the program will be limited to a maximum of twenty students, as recommended by the College Board for valid, effective Advanced Placement courses.

No student will be permitted to apply for the AP III Course unless he/she has achieved an average of 93% by the completion of the first semester of H English 2 of his/her sophomore year. No student will be eligible for the AP IV Course if he/she has not achieved an average of 85% in AP III OR 93% in HONORS ENGLISH 3 by the completion of the first semester of his/her junior year. 


230 — AP English Language     1 CREDIT 

This AP English Language and Composition course has an emphasis on British Literature and is designed to help students become skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contacts and to become skilled writers who can compose for a variety of purposes. By their writing and reading in this course, students should become aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects, as well as the way generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effective writing. Throughout the year, major periods and authors such as, Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Milton will be studied. 


240 — AP English Literature     1 CREDIT 

This course emphasizes cultural, mythological, critical, and philosophical perspectives of literature, emphasizing the classics of world authors from the Golden Age of Greece to the present, including genres of poetry, novel, and short story and drama from the Greek Theater to the Modern Theater of the Absurd. Rhetoric related to literature focuses on modes of discourse, including procedure for library research, critical and analytical papers, and synthesis.


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