English

Faculty

Tom Ramseyer, Department Chair M.A. Illinois State University tramseyer@pontiac90.org
Brian Blair M.S. University of St. Francis bblair@pontiac90.org
Elizabeth Hatfield M.S. Missouri State University ehatfield@pontiac90.org
Mike Soares M.S. Illinois State University msoares@pontiac90.org
Jennifer Babb B.A. Illinois College jbabb@pontiac90.org
Danny Fiorini M.S. Illinois State University dfiorini@pontiac90.org
Kristina Brunner M.S. Illinois State University kbrunner@pontiac90.org

Course Descriptions

ENGLISH ESSENTIALS (160, 161)
Class Level: 09 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: Departmental Placement
Reading skills are the emphasis of this course through a focus on six comprehension strategies:  predicting, summarizing, connecting, questioning, inferring, and imaging.  Students will apply these techniques to fiction as well as nonfiction texts.  Acknowledging the inherent connection between reading and writing, this course also focuses on basic components of the English language, providing students with opportunities to practice and improve writing skills through a variety of modes.
ENGLISH I (100, 101)
Class Level: 09 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: None
This course is an integrated study of literature and composition. Emphasis will be given to the basic literary forms: short story, novel, drama, poetry, and non-fiction. This course, while emphasizing literary vocabulary and analysis of form and content, ultimately seeks to integrate composition activities into the course. Students will complete several themes and other writing assignments based on the literature studied.
RHETORIC I (HONORS) (106,107)
Class Level: 09 Credit: 1/2 Prerequisite: Departmental Placement
This freshman honors composition course introduces the students to the special techniques of writing introductions and conclusions, moving quickly into the drafting of the body of expository papers.  Emphasis is placed on theme organization with stress upon unity and coherence in the structure.  The course also clarifies and completes rudimentary and secondary aspects of English grammar.   This course is also a survey of the various genres of literature:  short story, drama, essay, poetry, and the novel.  Although students will be expected to give knowledgeable explications of the literature, the major emphasis will be placed upon acquiring and utilizing a sound literary vocabulary in analyzing literary works.
ENGLISH II (102, 103) Writing Intensive Course
Class Level: 10 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: English I
This course is the second year of integrated English studies and continues to provide students with instruction in using strategies and developing necessary skills to become successful readers and critics of literature. In addition, emphasis is placed on writing themes of narration, exposition, and persuasion. Whenever possible, these writing assignments will be completed in conjunction with the literature studied. An introduction to research skills is also included.
RHETORIC II (HONORS) (108, 109) Writing Intensive Course
Class Level: 10 Credit: 1/2 Prerequisite: Rhetoric I (H)
This second honors composition course concentrates on theme writing with emphasis on organization, form, and logic.  The course is designed to help the student develop clear communication so that his ideas are accurately and logically presented.  Vocabulary, expression, style, and clarity are also incorporated as time permits.  A detailed analysis of the research process and writing a research paper are also included.  Besides surveying American Literature from 1800 through the Modern Period, this course provides an in-depth analysis of the development of the literary tradition.  Through the study of the writings and the historical background of each period, students gain an understanding of the intellectual trends and history which lie behind the American literary heritage.
ENGLISH III (116, 117) Writing Intensive Course
Class Level: 11 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: English II
This is an intensive course in writing with emphasis on themes, their organization, form, and logic.  The course is designed to help students develop clear communication so that their ideas are accurately and precisely presented.  A detailed analysis of the research process and writing a research paper are included.  Also included in this course is a survey of American literature from 1800 through the modern period.  Emphasis is placed on the literature as a product of the culture and time in which it was written.
RHETORIC III (HONORS) (110, 111) Writing Intensive Course
Class Level: 11 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: Rhetoric II (H)
This junior honors course is an advanced historical survey of the major periods of English Literature:  the Anglo-Saxon Period, Medieval Period, the Elizabethan Period with emphasis on Shakespeare, the Age of Reason, the Romantic Period, and the Victorian Period.  Stress is placed on history and history’s influence on literature as a cultural outgrowth.  Extensive writing is also incorporated concentrating on analyses of selections read together with a review of the forms learned in Rhet II.
ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS I (104)
Class Level: 12 Credit: 1/2 Prerequisite: English III
Advanced Communications is a course for juniors and seniors who have completed the sophomore sequence of English classes.  Emphasis in this class will be on all phases of basic communication skills.  Students will use research techniques, technology, and communication skills to make numerous classroom presentations.  Students will also analyze information, use higher order thinking skills, and write summations of their work.  Student driven projects will also include computer and video technology.
ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS II (105)
Class Level: 12 Credit: 1/2 Prerequisite: Advanced Comm I
Advanced Communications II offers those students who have completed Advanced Communications I a chance to enhance their skills in all basic forms of communication.  Student will use research techniques, video and audio technology, as well as computer skills to make numerous classroom presentations and video productions.  Emphasis will be placed on writing skills, oral presentation skills, and video editing skills.
COMPOSITION II (121)
Class Level: 12 Credit: 1/2 Prerequisite: English III or Rhet II
This course reinforces and advances the writing skills developed in Comp I.  The course includes an analysis of the principles of persuasion and argumentation as well as an application of these principles.  The process of refutation is also examined.  Emphasis is placed on the importance of logic in the clear and accurate expression of ideas.
ENGLISH (AP) (112, 113)
Class Level: 12 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: Rhetoric III (H)
AP English is the final course in the honors sequence. Students will analyze poetry, drama, novels, and short stories. Emphasis will be placed on writing analytical compositions about literature studied in class as well as literature unfamiliar to students. A research paper will also be required. Students will have completed the necessary preparations to take the Advanced Placement exam offered in May.
ENGLISH LITERATURE (126)
Class Level: 12 Credit: 1/2 Prerequisite: English II
A historical survey of the major periods of English literature emphasizes the Old and Middle English Periods, the Elizabethan Period, the Romantic Period, the Victorian Period, and the Early Modern Period. The course is designed to show the relationship of a national literature to the nation’s history.
CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE (125)
Class Level: 12 Credit: 1/2 Prerequisite: English III
This is an intensive course dealing with modern literature as a reflection of the twentieth century. Works and studies vary from semester to semester in order to include recent available fiction and non-fiction.
INTRODUCTION TO SPEECH (140)
Class Level: 11,12 Credit: 1/2 Prerequisite: English II
This basic speech-communication course studies the process of communication. Study is made of the actions and reactions of persons in successful/unsuccessful communication situations. Content includes nonverbal, interpersonal, group communications, and persuasion. Students present individual speaking assignments.
COLLEGE WRITING (HCC DC) (142)
Class Level: 12 Credit: 1/2 Prerequisite: English III
This is an introduction to college-level writing, with training in the skills needed at each phase of the writing process, including generating ideas about a topic, determining a purpose, forming a controlling idea, analyzing the needs of your audience, organizing and planning your writing, and composing effective sentences, paragraphs, and essays. ENGL 101 is intended to prepare students to write effectively for a variety of audiences and purposes. A final portfolio that includes research papers is required. This portfolio constitutes the majority of the grade for this course.