New English Program Proposed in St. Charles
Smith, Lisa, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Lisa Smith Daily Herald Staff Writer
Freshmen entering St. Charles East and North high schools next fall would study speech and learn other language arts concepts right away under a proposal presented to the school board Monday.
The improved curriculum would beef up the St. Charles school district's program by integrating reading, writing, speaking, listening, research and technology into yearlong courses - a departure from the current curriculum, which segregates each concept in single-semester courses.
If approved by the school board, the curriculum would be implemented for the freshman class at both high schools in the 2005-06 school year.
The proposal also would give juniors the option of taking one of two Advanced Placement classes: English language and composition or American heritage. Currently, there are no Advanced Placement courses available to juniors.
Juniors and seniors now choose two semester-long courses from the rhetoric strand - which includes speech, creative writing and journalistic writing - and two from the literature strand - which includes American literature, British literature and contemporary literature, among other courses.
But because there are so many choices, students can graduate without having studied American literature or other mainstays. The new curriculum would integrate those concepts. …