English Courses

English Courses
English 9
Lilies of the Field
Where the Red Fern Grows
Merchant of Venice

ENG101 | Credit: 1 | PREREQUISITES: None

Required

This course covers principles of literary analysis. Students carefully analyze a work of fiction, while learning literary elements, such as characterization, conflict, and theme. Other literary devices covered include point of view, foreshadowing, tone, and symbolism. The study of poetry is introduced, as students are taught to discover the deeper meaning of poems.

Another important component of the course is the writing of a research paper. The project is spread over three quarters, taking the students through the steps involved in the writing process: narrowing a topic, keeping note cards, writing an outline and a bibliography, and culminating in the final report.

TEXT: The Lilies of the Field, Where the Red Fern Grows, The Merchant of Venice

Students choose 3 additional titles from the list below, only one per quarter (not provided*).

ONLINE: Tests, Video, Sample Essays

Additional Quarterly Book Analysis List

Once students are enrolled, descriptions in the lesson plans and videos on the My Seton page will help them make their quarterly book analysis selections.

1st Qtr:

  • The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  • The Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter
  • An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott

2nd Qtr:

  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmund Rostand

3rd Qtr:

No book analysis due; research report due this quarter.

4th Qtr:

  • Shane by Jack Schaefer
  • The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

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English 10
Tale of Two Cities
Animal Farm

ENG201 | Credit: 1 | Prerequisites: English 9

Required

This course combines composition with literary analysis. Basic principles of composition are reviewed, culminating in a persuasive research report.

Students study novels and poetry and delve into the complexities of each. The second and third quarters are largely devoted to the study of aspects of poetry, such as figurative language and sound devices. Novels are studied in the first, second, and fourth quarters, examining characterization, conflict, and theme. Studying different components of good literature, the student forms a greater appreciation for the classics.

TEXTS: A Tale of Two Cities, Animal Farm

Students choose 2 additional titles from the list below, only one per quarter (not provided*).

ONLINE: Audio, Video, Sample Essays

Additional Quarterly Book Analysis List

Once students are enrolled, descriptions in the lesson plans and videos on the My Seton page will help them make their quarterly book analysis selections.

1st Qtr:

  • The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • Giant by Edna Ferber

2nd Qtr:

  • The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  • Set All Afire [St. Francis Xavier] by Louis de Wohl
  • Lay Siege to Heaven [St. Catherine of Siena] by Louis de Wohl

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English 11
Ballad of the White Horse - Seton Literary Classic Edition

ENG301 | Credit: 1 | Prerequisites: English 10

Required

The main objective of this course is to improve the student’s ability to analyze, interpret, and critique literature. Further, students learn and perfect the skill of writing an interpretive essay. We especially emphasize works of literature written from a Catholic point of view, and students are brought to a deeper understanding of the Catholic view of reality and human nature.

Different types of literature are read throughout the course so that the student may sample each of the different genres: the novel, poetry, narrative poetry, and the play.

TEXTS: The Song at the Scaffold, The Ballad of the White Horse, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, The Scarlet Letter, The Screwtape Letters, A Man for All Seasons

Online: Video

No additional book analysis titles required.

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English 12
Prose and Poetry of England
Pride and Prejudice: Ignatius Critical Edition
Murder in the Cathedral
Robinson Crusoe
Macbeth

ENG401 | Credit: 1 | Prerequisites: English 11

Required

This is a survey course of British literature that covers the great works of the British literary tradition. Using a Catholic British literature anthology, students study the chronology of poetry and prose from the author of Beowulf to Chesterton. The works are carefully studied, encouraging textually based interpretation that captures the insights of the great British authors.

The textbook begins with the literature of the early Anglo-Saxon period and continues with the Medieval, Renaissance, and Elizabethan periods. The poetry of Donne, Milton, and Gray are studied, followed by poetry from both the Romantic and Victorian era.

The anthology concludes with selections from the Catholic literary revival in England, including works by Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, and Hilaire Belloc. In addition to the textbook, students read longer works from authors such as Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and T.S. Eliot. The lesson plans provide analytical questions and discussions.

TEXTS: Prose & Poetry of England, Pride and Prejudice, Murder in the Cathedral, Robinson Crusoe, Macbeth

Students choose 3 additional titles from the list below, only one per quarter (not provided).

Online: Audio, Video, Sample Essays

Additional Quarterly Book Analysis List

Once students are enrolled, descriptions in the lesson plans and videos on the My Seton page will help them make their quarterly book analysis selections.

1st Qtr:

  • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  • Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

2nd Qtr:

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Goodbye Mr. Chips by James Hilton
  • Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott

3rd Qtr:

  • Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis
  • Silas Marner by George Eliot
  • The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

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Fundamentals of Grammar
Easy Grammar

ENG120 | Credit: 1/2 | Prerequisites: None

Required for New Students

This course strengthens a student’s foundations in all vital aspects of English grammar. Students break down sentences to learn how the elements relate to each other. Emphasis is placed on elements key to clear writing such as subject-verb agreement, pronoun and antecedent agreement, and verb tense consistency. Seton provides updated lessons for the punctuation section to match today’s most current standards.

TEXTS: Easy Grammar Plus, Teacher’s Manual

Online: Tests, Interactive quizzes

Advanced Grammar
Grammar

ENG123 | Credit: 1/2 | Prerequisites: None

This course uses diagramming as a method for understanding complicated relationships of words within a sentence. Subtler concepts of grammar like cognate verbs, adverbial objectives, and nouns clauses are studied.

TEXT: High School Grammar for Catholic Students

ONLINE: Tests, Video

Mechanics of Composition

ENG120 | Credit: 1/2 | Prerequisites: None

This semester course of composition begins with a review of the basic characteristics of a good paragraph, including topic sentences, unity and coherence in a paragraph, and the use of relevant supporting details. Students write longer compositions while studying the different kinds of composition: descriptive, narrative, expository, compare and contrast, and persuasive.

TEXTS: Lesson Plans

Online: Tests, Interactive quizzes

Vocabulary
Vocabulary for the College Bound Student (4th edition) Wkbk

ENG131 | Credit: 1/2 | Prerequisites: None

The purpose of this one-semester course is to help the student learn vocabulary for personal conversation, for college papers, to understand what is read, and to score well on college entrance exams.

The text-workbook teaches the student new words from context, building vocabulary through central ideas, and words derived from Greek, Latin, French, Anglo-Saxon, Italian, and Spanish.

TEXT: Vocabulary for the College-Bound Student

ONLINE: Tests

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Shakespeare
Hamlet: Ignatius Critical Edition

ENG406 | Credit: 1/2 | Juniors & Seniors Only

This is a one-semester course concentrating on the plays of the classic English playwright William Shakespeare. In many ways, these plays show us how Catholic thinking, traditions, and culture have been reflected in the life and literature of the past.

TEXT: As You Like It, Hamlet, Cliffs Notes on Hamlet, King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Cliffs Notes on The Tempest

ONLINE: Tests

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American Literature
American Literature
Required

About the Course

Students seeking the Academic or General Diploma may choose either our American Literature course or the Honors American Literature course. Honors American Literature is required for those students seeking the Advanced Academic Diploma.

The basic American Literature course uses an anthology textbook but does not require any additional book analysis assignments. The honors course uses the same textbook but also includes additional book analysis assignments.

In addition to the honors status on the transcript, the student in the Honors American Literature course will have an additional 10 points added to his or her grade to a maximum of 100. Thus, an 85 becomes a 95. However, any grade 90 and above becomes a 100.

Course Material

This is a survey of American literature, using a Catholic anthology. The textbook chronologically covers major periods in American history by tracing the development of American literature and culture. In keeping with Seton’s curriculum, the course stresses analytical thinking and appreciation of the literary merit of each of the works.

The first section “Colonial Outlines—1492-1775” includes mostly travel narratives and letters from early explorers and missionaries such as Christopher Columbus and Blessed Junipero Serra. “Revolutionary Designs—1775-1800” includes political pieces by Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington. “National Patterns—1800-1865” begins the formal American literary tradition, including great American authors like Irving, Longfellow, Hawthorne, and Poe. The book continues through the frontier period and finishes with selections from the 20th century.

One credit of Literature is required for all 3 diplomas. American Literature is required of students seeking the Academic or General Diploma. Students seeking the Advanced Academic Diploma may choose either American Literature or Honors World Literature to fulfill the requirement.

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American Literature

ENG312 | Credit: 1 | Juniors & Seniors Only

TEXT: American Literature

ONLINE: Audio, Video


Honors American Literature

ENG313 | Credit: 1 | Juniors & Seniors Only

TEXT: American Literature

Students choose 4 additional titles from the list below, only one per quarter (not provided*).

ONLINE: Audio, Video, Sample Essays

Additional Quarterly Book Analysis List

Once students are enrolled, descriptions in the lesson plans and videos on the My Seton page will help them make their quarterly book analysis selections.

1st Qtr:

  • Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington

2nd Qtr:

  • Jo’s Boys by Louisa May Alcott
  • So Big by Edna Ferber
  • Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis

3rd Qtr:

  • The Virginian by Owen Wister
  • Ramona by Helen Hunt Jackson

4th Qtr:

  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott
  • Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
World Literature
World Literature
Highly Recommended

About the Course

The student may choose between our World Literature course and the Honors World Literature course. The basic World Literature course uses an anthology textbook, but does not require any additional book analysis assignments. The honors course uses the same textbook, but also includes additional book analysis assignments.

The student who desires an honors-level course on the transcript for more demanding colleges should take this course. In addition to the honors status on the transcript, the student in this course will have an additional 10 points added to his or her grade to a maximum of 100. Thus, an 85 becomes a 95. However, any grade 90 and above becomes a 100.

Course Materials

Based on a Catholic high school literature text, this course surveys works of literature from various countries and cultures. Discussion questions guide the student toward considering each work from a Catholic perspective.

The anthology contains selections from authors such as Lord Byron, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Joyce Kilmer, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, O. Henry, and Matthew Arnold. The book is divided into sections on the short story, the novel, poetry, biography, and non-fiction.

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World Literature

ENG431 | Credit: 1 | Prerequisites: None

TEXT: World Literature

ONLINE: Audio


Honors World Literature

ENG432 | Credit: 1 | Prerequisites: None

Based on a Catholic high school literature text, this course surveys works of literature from various countries and cultures. Discussion questions guide the student toward considering each work from a Catholic perspective.

The anthology contains selections from authors such as Lord Byron, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Joyce Kilmer, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, O. Henry, and Matthew Arnold. The book is divided into sections on the short story, the novel, poetry, biography, and non-fiction.

TEXT: World Literature

Students choose 4 additional titles from the list below, only one per quarter (not provided).

ONLINE: Audio, Sample Essays, Video

Additional Quarterly Book Analysis List

Once students are enrolled, descriptions in the lesson plans and videos on the MySeton page will help them make their quarterly book analysis selections.

1st Qtr:

  • Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
  • Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
  • The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni

2nd Qtr:

  • Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  • Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini
  • The Odyssey by Homer

3rd and 4th book analyses are optional and are not graded by Seton.

3rd Qtr:

  • Song of Bernadette by Franz Werfel
  • El Cid – Spanish narrative poem

4th Qtr:

  • The Song of Roland – French narrative poem
  • Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz