English

The English department develops educated and compassionate men and women who excel in the arts of critical thinking, reading and writing. Hoban graduates are strong communicators who listen attentively, think analytically and present effectively.

The English department guides students to write and speak accurately, convincingly and meaningfully about literature and its connection to the modern-day human experience. Thus, your understanding of self and of others across the globe is broadened.

Students graduate from Hoban as much public speakers as storytellers, as much scholars as compassionate stewards of Gof’s creation. 

Seventy-two percent

of employers say that interpersonal communication skills are most important when it comes to getting hired and being successful in the workplace.

English Courses

All students are required to complete four credits of English for graduation. Freshman year is a survey course in literature. The other three years include American Literature, World Literature and British Literature. The electives in this department may not be used as substitutes for the required classes.

English 9: Literature Survey

English 9 incorporates grammar, vocabulary, literary techniques, writing, speaking and study skills. Projects, tests, writing assignments and oral presentations reflect 21st century skills, the state standards and college and career readiness expectations will assess student achievement. Technology skills will support students’ preparation and completion of course projects. The course includes practice for the Ohio Graduation Test and other Common Core assessments.

Two Semesters Credit: 1 Unit Course No: 020101

 

Honors English 9: Literature Survey

In addition to the course content of English 9, the Honors section includes a challenging summer reading list, independent projects and presentations and at least four major writing assignments covering different styles of writing (i.e., narrative, persuasive, expository, compare and contrast, etc.). The course requires a more rigorous study of literature and vocabulary reflective of 21st century skills, the state standards and college and career readiness expectations while preparing students for the Ohio Graduation Test, PSAT and other achievement/Common Core tests.

Two Semesters Credit: 1 Unit Course No: 020102

English 10: American Literature

Sophomores will analyze and interpret a chronological collection of American writings that reflect the social forces, dominant ideas and historical events in American literature and culture. Students will integrate 21st century skills, the state standards and college and career readiness skills into the study of grammar and word usage as they concentrate on short expository themes and essays. The course also prepares students for the Ohio Graduation Test, PSAT and other achievement/Common Core tests.

Two Semesters Credit: 1 Unit Course No: 020201

 

Honors English 10: American Literature

Honors English 10 – American Literature
This course is a chronological study of American literature, which includes considerable outside reading (including summer reading), vocabulary study and writing. Special emphasis is placed on improving reading and vocabulary skills to achieve higher scores on the PSAT, SAT and ACT tests. Grammar and essay writing reflective of 21st century skills, the state standards and college and career readiness skills are aimed at refining students’ verbal and written expression. 

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Honors English 9, or English faculty committee recommendation.

Two Semesters Credit: 1 Unit Course No: 020202

English 11: World Literature

English 11 – World Literature
This course focuses on the literary contributions of many world cultures and a wide variety of world authors. Language arts skills reflective of 21st century skills, the state standards and college and career readiness skills will continue the development of expository and analytical writing. Oral interpretation of literary works will occur in group, pair and individual projects as well as class discussions. A review of grammatical, writing and usage skills will be incorporated. Vocabulary building continues in the context of literary and writing assignments. The course includes preparation for the PSAT, ACT, SAT and Common Core assessments.

Two Semesters Credit: 1 Unit Course No: 020301

AP English: Language and Composition

AP English Language and Composition is a class for students who love to read and write, think deeply, and work with a community of learners to discover and uncover truths in literature, the world, and themselves. It combines literature with the components of AP English Language and Composition, so there will be a combination of fiction and non-fiction readings. The intense concentration on language use in this course should enhance students’ abilities to use and identify grammatical conventions both appropriately and with sophistication as well as to develop stylistic maturity in their own prose. 

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Honors English 10, or English faculty committee recommendation.

Two Semesters Credit: 1 Unit Course No: 020303

English 12:–British Literature

In this British Literature survey course, students read the oral poetry of the early Middle Ages and representative works of Chaucer, Shakespeare, the Romantic poets, Victorian and Twentieth Century writers. Through reading, writing, dramatizing and discussing literature, students develop critical-thinking skills that are reflective of 21st century skills, the state standards and college and career readiness skills. Composition assignments require pre-writing, several drafts and revisions for polished final products. A comprehensive review of grammar, usage, punctuation and vocabulary development are included in this course. 

Two Semesters Credit: 1 Unit Course No: 0203401

AP English: Literature and Composition

This college-level course is designed in alignment with 21st Century skills. Students engage in rigorous, intensive reading and analysis of both prose and poetry. The literature of Great Britain is approached from both a historical and topical standpoint. Approved students understand that this is a fast-paced class that requires a consistent work ethic. Students may take the Advanced Placement Examination in May for possible college credit.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of AP English Language and Composition, or English faculty committee recommendation.

Two Semesters Credit: 1 Unit Course No: 020402

Newspaper: The Visor

The purpose of this course is to publish The Visor approximately twice each month. Students learn to discern topics of current interest, research them and present them in a journalistic style. Journalism is learned by hands-on application rather than by lecture and presentation. Emphasis is on the application of the rules of written English for improvement and refinement of articles. Students are also responsible for artwork, photography and headlines. Typing skills, while helpful, are not prerequisite and work is done on a personal computer using a word processing program. Class size is limited.

Prerequisite: (Students in grades 10, 11 and 12) Teacher’s recommendation
At the senior level, only those who have taken Newspaper as juniors will be considered for the class.

Two Semesters Credit: 1 Unit Course No: 020801

Yearbook: The Way

The purpose of this course is to produce The Way. Students learn principles of computer design, layout and graphics as well as copy writing and editing. Students are responsible for photography and artwork. Students should have access to a digital camera. Computer skills are helpful, especially knowledge of Photoshop. Previous course work in Digital Photography and Digital Imaging are recommended. Out-of-class work after school will be necessary. Students must follow through with the yearbook's completion in June. Class is limited to 15 students.

Prerequisite: (Students in grades 11 and 12) Application. Teacher’s recommendation. B or higher in English at the end of the first semester of the applying year.

Two Semesters Credit: 1 Unit Course No: 020901

Language Seminar

This course addresses the needs of students who have been identified by their scores on our placement test as students who may have difficulty adjusting to Hoban's academic standards. It will focus on reading and writing skills needed for the student to graduate college and career ready. They will also work to improve their executive functioning skills, such as motivation, organization and self-discipline, as well as study skills. When necessary, it will address the content areas of the Ohio Graduation Tests.

Two Semesters Credit: 1 Unit Course No: 020702

Alumni Success

Athena Markowski ’19

Athena Markowski ’19

Athena is majoring in journalism and minoring in Italian and International Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at Ohio State. She also is a published contributor for The Lantern.

Read Athena's first article in The Lantern, published less than a month into her collegiate career.

English Department Faculty

Jamie Adaway

Jamie Adaway

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T. Kirk Griffith

T. Kirk Griffith

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Taylor Ball

Taylor Ball

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Desiree Moyer

Desiree Moyer

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Melissa Mrakuzic

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Erminia Perla

Erminia Perla

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Laura Siplivy

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Jessica Tuma

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