To reach a member of the English department, please call the BHS English department at 557-3138 or link to his or her webpage at the right of this page. Parent involvement is very important, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time.
Bryan High offers the full sequence of courses required to graduate as well as several elective courses which will further develop the reading and writing skills of our students. Please see below for a complete list of course selections
For a complete description of English courses, see page 34 of the Bryan High Curriculum Handbook.
The Bryan High English Department offers a wide number of courses designed to encompass all areas of the language arts. Freshman courses are intended to diagnose a student's verbal abilities and correct problems the student may have in communication skills. This program is reinforced during the student's sophomore year. Written and oral skills are stressed, as well as analytical abilities. Computer labs will offer students the opportunity to enhance their writing ability. At the end of the sophomore year, the student's abilities and needs are again assessed. The student is then introduced to the 11th and 12th grade English courses. The 11th grade English courses emphasize the study of American literature, while the 12th grade courses are centered around English and world literature. Both grade levels deal with an amazing array of individualized reading material. The composition aspects of these courses concentrate on the fundamentals of good writing, while the reading assignments emphasize the analytical skills needed to compete in an increasingly complicated world. Only at Bryan can a student encounter such varied works of literature as Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon, Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Daphne du Maurier's Jamaica Inn, or Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. We have not, however, neglected Shakespeare and the classics of world literature.
Psychology and Philosophy in Literature is offered to students who are college bound, while an Applied Communications class is geared for those who hope to enter the workplace upon graduation. An AP course in World Literature will give college bound students a chance to expand their literary horizons. Various journalism courses have been created for aspiring reporters and editors who would like to specialize in newspaper production, advertising, news reporting, and photojournalism. Other students may experience the pleasure of working on the Bryan Yearbook. The Bryan High English Department has not ignored those interested in public speaking; hopefully, these students will enter the world of competitive debate and speech.
Those with a flair for the theatrical are encouraged to enroll in our Drama classes with the idea of participating in one of our stage productions. Theater is not possible without an adequate stage crew, and our theater and stage classes will equip students with the knowledge needed to fashion a superior stage production.
The Bryan English Department covers virtually every aspect of communication. We have a wide spectrum of offerings for those students who wish a firm foundation in writing, speaking, and critical analysis.
Malone, Mary (Reading)
Van Ravenhorst, Katie