English

  • English I

    Students in English I explore the ways that audience, purpose, and context shape oral communication, written communication, and media and technology. While emphasis is placed on communicating for purposes of personal expression, students also engage in meaningful communication

    for informational, argumentative, critical, and literary purposes.

    In English I, students will:

    • Express reflections and reactions to literature and to personal experience.
    • Explain meaning, describe processes, and answer research questions.
    • Evaluate communication and critique texts.
    • Make and support an informed opinion.
    • Participate in conversations about and written analysis of literary genres, elements, and traditions.
    • Use knowledge of language and standard grammatical conventions.
    • Taken first semester of the freshman year and taught at the Honors level.

     

    English II

    Students in English II read, discuss, and write about both classical and contemporary world literature (excluding British and American authors) through which students will identify cultural significance. They will examine pieces of world literature in a cultural context to appreciate the diversity and complexity of world issues and to connect global ideas to their own experiences. Students will continue to explore language for expressive, explanatory, critical, argumentative and literary purposes, although emphasis will be placed on explanatory contexts. In addition to literature study, students will:

    • Examine non-literary texts related to cultural studies.
    • Research material to use primarily in clarifying their own explanatory responses to situations and literary-based issues.
    • Critically interpret and evaluate experiences, literature, language, and ideas.
    • Use standard grammatical conventions and select features of language appropriate to purpose, audience, and context of the work.
    • Taken second semester of the freshman year and taught at the Honors level.

     

    English III

    Students in English III analyze United States literature as it reflects social perspective and historical significance by continuing to use language for expressive, expository, argumentative, and literary purposes. The emphasis in English III is critical analysis of texts through reading, writing, speaking, listening, and using media.  In addition, the student will:

    • Relate the experiences of others to their own.
    • Research the diversity of American experience.
    • Examine relationships between past and present.
    • Build increasing sophistication in defining issues and using argument effectively.
    • Create products and presentations which maintain standard conventions of written and oral language.

    This course is taken the first semester of the sophomore year and taught at the Honors level.

     

    English IV

    Students in English IV will integrate all the language arts skills gained throughout their education. The curriculum both affirms these skills and equips the students to be life-long learners. Students continue to explore expressive, expository, argumentative, and literary contexts with a focus on British Literature. The emphasis in English IV is on argumentation by developing a position of advocacy through reading, writing, speaking, listening, and using media. Students will:

    • Express reflections and reactions to texts.
    • Explain principles inspired by the curriculum.
    • Interpret and qualify texts.
    • Research and address issues of public or personal concern.
    • Create products and presentations which maintain standard conventions of the written and spoken language.

    This course is taken second semester of the sophomore year and taught at the Honors level.

English Department

  • Toshawnda Reaves Harris, B.A. English, M.A.T. English Education
    English Department Chair
    Honors English I, II, III, IV
    Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College High School at NCCU
    (919) 560-2696 ext. 89237
    toshawnda.harris@dpsnc.net

     

    Spencer Davis
    Honors English III, IV
    Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College High School at NCCU
    (919) 560-2696 ext. 89205
    spencer.davis@dpsnc.net

     

    Katherine  Mitchell Smith
    Honors English  II, III
    Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College High School at NCCU
    (919) 560-2696 ext. 89232
    katherine.mitchellsmith@dpsnc.net

     

    Pedro Zabala
    Honors English  I, IV
    Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College High School at NCCU
    (919) 560-2696 ext. 89230
    pedro.zabala@dpsnc.net