The Marine Military Academy English department consists of five levels of core teaching with advanced courses in grades 9-12. By aligning our curriculum across every level, we allow for these subjects to be continuously reinforced, thereby thoroughly preparing cadets in the fundamentals of reading, writing and public speaking.
Addresses five subject areas within the English curriculum: literature, composition, grammar, vocabulary, and research. Literature study involves an overview of various literary genres and an introduction to the terminology associated with each. Composition instruction addresses paragraph and essay development as well as research writing using MLA guidelines. Students review and study the modes of discourse and are introduced to the basics of literary writing. Grammar study is thorough beginning with the parts of speech and extending through clauses, to mechanics, and to sentence structure. Vocabulary improvement, addressed throughout the year, is taught independently through workbook exercises and in context through assigned novels and anthology selections.
Prerequisite: Language Arts
Provides a study of various literary genres, the modes of discourse, research writing, grammar study, and vocabulary improvement. Literature, addressed thematically with emphasis on literary terminology, is reinforced through composition and research assignments and includes assigned novels in addition to weekly anthology selections. Grammar study is comprehensive as is vocabulary study, addressed through literary selections as well as workbook exercises.
Prerequisite: English I
Introduction to world literature through a study of various literary genres assigned through individual novels, poetry collections, plays, short story collections, and anthology selections. Composition instruction addresses basic modes of discourse and research writing and introduces students to literary writing including literary explications focusing on the application of literary terminology. Grammar mastery is assessed through diagramming practice, workbook exercises, and revision assignments. Vocabulary study is addressed weekly.
Prerequisite: English II
Provides a survey of American literature within its historical context from the Native American period to the present and extensive instruction in the basics of grammar, composition, vocabulary, and research. Students study a variety of genres in American literature through anthology selections and assigned novels, plays, and short stories.Composition instruction provides practice in the basic modes of discourse, literary writing, research writing, and technical writing with emphasis on the summary, letter of request, abstract, and college-application essay.
Prerequisite: English III
Includes a survey of British literature and the historical context in which it was written with additional emphasis on World literature. Students address grammar in review and study vocabulary weekly. Novels are assigned quarterly in addition to literary selections from the assigned anthology. Students are assigned various compositions including literary analyses, persuasive essays, and several research projects.
This is a one-semester course designed to complement instruction given in core English courses. Grammar skills, paragraph and essay development, and the research process are addressed; in addition, students read at least two novels as a basis for literary writing. Vocabulary is addressed weekly.
This course provides instruction and practice in speech preparation and delivery. Cadets are expected to deliver a variety of speeches and to acquire the necessary skills to develop a speech, including selecting a topic, drafting an outline, using visual aids and effective delivery techniques.
Honors courses focus on the development of effective communication through written and verbal discourse. Emphasis is placed on mechanical proficiency and organizational skills in writing essays, research papers and the analysis of style, tone and point of view in literature.
AP classes offer a rigorous program of reading, writing and discussion with the final challenge being placed on taking the advanced placement exam. Cadets must score a three, four or five on the exam in order to receive university credit, which is accepted at most institutions of higher learning in the United States.
Our dual enrollment courses are offered through an agreement with University of Texas at Brownsville. Cadets in an AP or dual enrollment course can earn up to six college credits in a year.