English Department, OEC
Welcome to the English Department at OECHS!
English I Honors
English I Honors is designed to give students a foundation in fiction, drama, poetry, mythology, and literary nonfiction through genre study. In addition to analyzing literature in different perspectives, students will learn to view literature in a historical context and observe connections between literature and the arts. Students will engage with texts of all major forms and prepare to write essays that explore narrative writing, textual analysis, poetry explication, and preliminary rhetorical research. Students will continue to hone, develop, and improve written and interpersonal communication skills in the course through collaborative writing, speaking, and listening, daily grammar practice, and reading. By the end of English I, students will be prepared to focus on a world literary study for English II, American literature in English 231 at Coastal Community College, and British literature in English IV.
Required Course Readings
Homer, The Odyssey Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet (Selected Works), Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men, Edgar Allan Poe (Selected Works), Selected Short Fiction & Poetry
English II Honors
English II Honors is designed to give students a foundation in world literature to include fiction, drama, poetry, mythology, and literary nonfiction. In addition to analyzing literature in different perspectives, students will learn to view literature in a historical context and observe connections between literature around the world, with particular emphasis on how the literary hero is treated through various cultures and mediums. Students will engage with texts of all major forms and prepare to write essays that explore expository writing styles, analytical writing, and detailed reserach in interdisplinary areas, with a strong foundation in MLA formatting. Students will continue to hone, develop, and improve written and interpersonal communication skills in the course through collaborative writing, speaking, and listening, daily grammar practice, and reading. By the end of English II, students will be prepared to focus on American literature in American Studies and British literature in English 232 at Coastal Carolina Community College.
Required Course Readings
Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner, Elie Wiesel, Night, Shakespeare, Hamlet (Selected Works), Selected Non-Fiction and Poetry.
American Studies, 2021-2022
American Studies is a new course that will be offered to students beginning the 2021-2022 school year. American Studies will be a semester long humanities course offered at Onslow Early College that focuses on interdisciplinary cultural studies in American history and literature from the 15th century Atlantic World to the twenty-first-century digital communities. In this course, students will examine the development of American identities through the study of history and politics, literature and literary theory, visual arts, folklore, film, music, and other aspects of American culture. A focus on the course would be on the impacts of early Americas on the present, and realizing critical, and analytical skills to interrogate issues in our present world. Over the semester, we will ask critical questions of a wide variety of materials: essays, novels, autobiographies, poems, photographs, films, music, visual art, architecture, urban plans, historical documents and legal texts. We will critique notions of American exceptionalism, empire, power, citizenship, labor, borders, inequality, assimilation, aesthetic form, and the role of the U.S. and its products in the world.
Course Credit: The course will serve as an option to the students’ history as well as final English credit (in place of American History I and English IV Honors)**Final English credit would be earned through ENG 232 at Coastal Carolina Community College.
Journalism Honors I & II, 2021-2022
This course provides students with the social theories of journalism and introduces them to contemporary journalistic practice. Students will learn about the function and operation of print, electronic and online news media. Issues and concepts to be covered include the relationship of government to media; press freedom and controls; media ethics, and the impact of global communications. The course also covers the relationship of journalism to advertising, public relations and telecommunications, particularly with regard to new technologies.
Students must have completed English I and II Honors, and demonstrate a passion for writing, photography, and/or web design. Students who are interested in taking the course will need to complete an application of interest, prior to enrollment. Course availability is not guaranteed and requires faculty approval.
**All reading materials are provided by the English Department at OECHS