High School

1302 North Street
Olympia, WA 98501
Phone: (360) 596-7000
Attendance: (360) 596-7003
Fax: (360) 596-7001

English Dept. book counts and locations



Our classes focus on reading, writing, and discussions about both. Being present in class on a daily basis is important! Reading and writing is a group process. Learning happens during discussion that cannot be replicated. Your presence, your voice, and your opinions are all essential to your growth and the learning of others in the class.

We are all developing readers and writers. The more we practice and discuss our work, the more we learn about ourselves and the world in which we live. Being present for readings, writing assignments, and discussions are a valuable part of our practice of both verbal and written language. We also learn to listen to the opinions of others. When you are present, we all benefit. So continue to read, write, and be present every day!

Incoming 9th Graders Welcome Night Presentation - English

**Incoming 9th graders wishing to take honors English are being asked to write an essay and bring the essay to their school's registration date. Eighth grade teachers have the essay assignment and can field questions regarding registering for Honors English. Questions can also be directed to Carolyn Gilman, one of our 9th grade Honors English teachers, at cgilman@osd.wednet.edu.

2017 English 9 Honors Interest Essay

2017 English 10 Honors Summer Assignment

OHS English Classes


9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade


English 9 English 10 English 11 AP Literature Drama
English 9 Honors English 10 Honors AP Language & Composition British Literature Advanced Theatre
Drama 9th   American Studies (integrated) block w/U.S. History Creative Writing Annual
Annual (instructor approval w/application)     Film Literature Journalism (instructor Approval
      Satire, Parody, & Humor  

English Curriculum by Grade

9th Grade Curriculum

Animal Farm
Of Mice and Men
Romeo and Juliet
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Odyssey
Short stories and poetry
Daily grammar practice
Writing focuses on five part paragraphs with thesis statements, concrete detail, and commentary

9th Grade Honors Curriculum

Introductory unit focuses on literary devices using exerpts, poems, and essays
Poetry unit
The Importance of Being Earnest
A Tale of Two Cities/Great Expectations
Of Mice and Men
Animal Farm
Romeo and Juliet

Outside reading novel every 6 weeks
Daily grammar practice
Writing focuses on analysis, begining with paragraphs before moving into essays

10th Grade Curriculum

Lord of the Flies
Oedipus Rex/Antigone
Shakespeare play: Julius Caesar/The Taming of the Shrew/The Tempest

Daily grammar practice
Writing focuses on poetry, narratives
Optional Texts:
Greek myths
A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Nectar in a Sieve
The Good Earth
The Power of One

10th Grade Honors Curriculum

The Good Earth
Oedipus cycle
Lord of the Flies
Julius Caesar
Crime and Punishment
Nectar in a Sieve

Daily grammar practice
Selections from the Prentice-Hall World Literature text
Writing focuses on analysis, classical argument (logos, pathos, ethos), rhetoric in the classical sense (schemes and tropes)

11th Grade English Curriculum

The Great Gatsby
The Crucible/Death of a Salesman/Our Town
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Short stories, poetry, grammar
Writing focuses on literary analysis
Research paper (judgment)
Optional Texts:
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
The Bean Trees
The Grapes of Wrath

AP English 11 Curriculum

The Scarlet Letter
The Crucible
The Great Gatsby
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Short stories, poetry, and an emphasis on non-fiction
Writing focuses on analytical papers, both formal and informal
Preparation for the AP test in May