English and Social Studies

English

103 CP, 104 CP Academic Cognitive Enrichment

ACE I and ACE II | Grades 9, 10 | Credit 1

As part of the Archangel Program, these courses enrich the students’ academic cognitive abilities by focusing on improving academic skills, remediation, class work, study skills, time management, organizational skills, and test-taking strategies. Students participate in lessons that are devoted to improving the areas in which they need the most help.

111 H, 112 CP Literature/Composition and American Literature I

Lit Comp/Am Lit 1 | Grade 9 | Credit 1

Students study the prose, poetry, and drama of American literature, history, and culture from the Native Americans through Romanticism. Close reading and critical analysis help students appreciate texts and the context in which they were written. Composition stresses the development of sentences, organization of effective paragraphs, and basic resource and research skills. Students examine and write narrative and expository essays and, through planning, organizing, drafting, revising, and proofreading, students hone their writing skills. Students focus on grammar, usage, and mechanics sills with a study of sentence, agreement, and punctuation.

113 CP Literature/Composition and American Literature I

Lit/Comp Am Lit |Grade 9 | Credit 1

Students study the prose, poetry, and drama of American literature, history, and culture from the Native Americans through Romanticism. Students participate in an in-depth study of the fundamentals of composition, grammar, sentence structure, paragraph development, and vocabulary while writing narrative and expository essays. Individual instruction, tutoring, and small class size enable students to challenge themselves and find comfort in the learning environment. 

121 H, 122 CP Literature/Composition and American Literature II

Lit/Comp Am Lit 2 | Grade 10 | Credit 1

Students continue the study of prose, poetry, and drama of American literature, history, and culture from the Civil War to contemporary literature. Students become more proficient in composition by analyzing essays, focusing on content, structure, organization, style, word choice, and tone. In addition to writing expository and narrative essays, students learn to write a persuasive speech. Students expand their knowledge of grammar, usage, and mechanics while applying learned skills to all writing.

123 CP Literature/Composition and American Literature II

Lit/Comp Am Lit 2 | Grade 10 | Credit 1

Students study the prose, poetry, and drama of American literature, history, and culture from the Civil War to contemporary literature. Students continue their study of composition, grammar, sentence structure, paragraph development, and vocabulary while writing narrative, expository, and descriptive essays. Individual instruction, tutoring, and small class sizes enable students to continue to challenge themselves and find comfort in the learning environment.

141 H, 142 CP World Literature and Composition I

Wld. Lit/Comp 11 | Grade 11 | Credit 1

World Literature and Composition I is the study of selected prose, poetry, and drama of Western and non-Western literary heritages and traditions in relation to their historical and cultural contexts from approximately 3000 B.C. to approximately 1650. Literary techniques and terms are also studied so that students can more fully appreciate the formal and artistic qualities of the literature. Students will write a variety of essays based on research. Emphasis is placed on pre-writing techniques, strategies in conducting print and online research, and completing an annotated bibliography.

145 H, 146 CP World Literature and Composition II

Wld Lit/Comp 12 | Grade 12 | Credit 1

World Literature and Composition II is the study of selected prose, poetry, and drama of Western and non-Western literary heritages and traditions in relation to their historical and cultural contexts from approximately 1650 to the present. Literary techniques and terms are studied so that students can more fully appreciate the formal and artistic qualities of the literature. Students begin the second phase of a research project that began in their junior year. Students write a research paper that culminates with a presentation to their class.  Emphasis is placed on prewriting techniques, strategies in conducting print and online research, and completing an annotated bibliography.

148 AP English Language and Composition

Eng Lang/Comp | Grade 11

AP English Language and Composition is an introductory college-level course that prepares students for the AP English Language and Composition exam. In this course, students study and carefully analyze a broad range of prose, poetry, and drama of Western and non-Western literary heritages and traditions in relation to their historical and cultural contexts from approximately 3000 B.C. to approximately 1650. Through close reading and frequent writing, students develop their ability to work with language and text with a greater awareness of purpose and strategy, while strengthening their own composing abilities. Literary techniques and terms are also studied so that students can more fully appreciate the formal and artistic qualities of the literature.

PREREQUISITE:

            An AP test fee applies. See Academic Standards for course placement criteria.

149 AP English Literature and Composition

Eng Lit/Comp | Grade 12 | Credit 1

AP English Literature and Composition is an introductory college level course that prepares students for the AP English Literature and Composition exam. In this course, students study and carefully analyze a broad range of prose, poetry, and drama of Western and non-Western literary heritages and traditions in relation to their historical and cultural contexts from approximately 1650 to the present. Through close reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as its use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Writing assignments include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary works.

PREREQUISITE:

            An AP test fee applies. See Academic Standards for course placement criteria.

170 CP Literature and Film

Lit Film | Grades 11 and 12 | Credit 1

This course examines the interaction of film and literary texts, and the qualities of each. Students read and discuss several American, European, and Asian literary works, and then view the film adaptations of these works. Students also become acquainted with the history of film and well-versed in using the terms and concepts of analyzing film and literature. Written and oral responses to both literary works and their film counterparts are important components of this course. 

 

Social Studies

211, 212, 213 World Civilization 1

H, CP | Grade 9 | Credit 1

This course covers the study of major cultural, economic, political, and social events from ancient times through the Renaissance, as well as the geographic settings in which they occurred. Students investigate the rise and fall of empires and the development of nation states. A correlation is made between past events and the modern world. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, deductive reasoning, independent research, writing skills, and primary sources.

221, 222, 223 US History

H, CP | Grade 10 | Credit 1

This course is an integrated survey of the development of our nation and it examines the historical, political, social, religious, constitutional, and geographic aspects of the United States, emphasizing research skills, critical thinking, and deductive reasoning. Writing and other independent work is expected of each student.

PREREQUISITE:
Successful completion of World Civilization 1

231, 232, 233 United States (US) Government

H, CP  | Grade 11 | Credit 1

This course looks at the English origins of our federal, state, and local governments. An examination is made of the what, how, and why of the changes that have occurred in the formation of our present American system of government. Students evaluate how our government works through participation in real world applications and simulations that help to analyze different aspects of democracy. Being a good citizen and an effective member of a participating democracy is
stressed throughout the course. Students learn independent research, critical thinking, in-depth writing, and constitutional development.

PREREQUISITE:
Successful completion of US History and recommendation of teacher

245 AP US History

AP  | Grade 10 | Credit 1

This course is an integrated survey of the development of our nation. Students examine the historical, political, social, religious, constitutional, and geographic aspects of the United States. Students learn the development of independent research skills, as well as critical thinking, and deductive reasoning through primary and secondary sources. This course involves extensive writing and other independent work. Upon successful completion of this course, students are prepared to take the Advanced Placement U. S. History Exam.

PREREQUISITE:
Recommendation of current teacher
AP test fee may apply

230 AP Government

AP | Grade 11, 12 | Credit 1

This course includes the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. government and politics and the analysis of specific examples. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. government and politics. Students become acquainted with a variety of theoretical perspectives and explanations for various behaviors and outcomes. Upon completion of this course, students are prepared to take the Advanced Placement Exam in Government and Politics.

PREREQUISITE:
Recommendation of current teacher
AP test fee may apply

264, 260 Contemporary International Issues

H, CP | Grades 11 and 12 | Credit 1

This course is designed to broaden students’ awareness of current issues facing the world. Through the use of current events, students become acquainted with topics such as genocide, human rights, the environment, terrorism, immigration, and health issues. The global impact as well as the impact on United States’ policy decisions are taken into consideration as students examine a variety of current, primary, and secondary source readings on the subjects.

272 Twentieth Century United States

CP | Grade 11, 12 | Credit 0.5

This course surveys the Twentieth and Twenty-First Century in United States History. It covers topics such as World War I, World War II, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, the war on terrorism, and their effects on society and the nation, as well as the many cultural and economic changes of the times. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, independent research, deductive reasoning, and writing skills.

PREREQUISITES:
Successful completion of World Civilization, U.S. History, and Government

250 Advanced Introduction to Psychology (Offered through Anne Arundel Community College)

Grades 11, 12 | Credit 0.5 high school credits (TCHS) Credit 3 college credits (AACC) 

This college level course introduces major psychological theories, concepts and related current research findings. Topics include learning, psychological bases of behavior, motivation and emotions, human development, personality and abnormal behaviors.

PREREQUISITE:
Current history teacher’s approval AACC Tuition applies 

251 Advanced Abnormal Psychology (Offered through Anne Arundel Community College)

Grades 11, 12 | Credit 0.5 high school credits (TCHS) Credit 3 college credits (AACC)

This college level course covers the psychology of mental disorders, including their causes, symptoms, and treatment. Some of the disorders covered include schizophrenia, anxiety, mood and personality disorders. 

PREREQUISITE:
Successful completion of course 250 AIP, and approval of Social Studies teacher

254 Introduction to Psychology

CP | Grades 11, 12 | Credit 1

This psychology course covers human motivation and the reason for our behavior. The course examines different psychological disorders, various theorists, and their theories for human behavior. The students also study the latest methods used in treating various mental health disorders.

274 Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust

CP | Grades 11, 12 | Credit 0.5

This Social Studies elective course explores the history of Anti-Semitism, and the events leading to the Holocaust. It also analyzes current Anti-Semitism in the world. This course is designed to break down barriers between the Catholic and Jewish faiths. Students are expected to analyze primary and secondary sources and to rely on research, deductive reasoning, and writing skills.