English

ENGLISH

JR. HIGH ENGLISH
COURSE: READING LANGUAGE ARTS 7
COURSE NUMBER: 215
A-G: Not for UC Acceptance, This is a 7th grade course
PREREQUISITE: None
DESCRIPTION: The language arts processes of reading, writing, listening, and speaking are taught in an integrated and inter-related manner. Course components include the study of rich and varied literature, writing in the genres of narrative, persuasive, expository, response to literature and summary of reading materials.

COURSE: READING LANGUAGE ARTS 8 
COURSE NUMBER: 220
A-G: Not for UC Acceptance, This is an 8th grade course
PREREQUISITE: Reading Language Arts 7
DESCRIPTION: Instruction advocates techniques for analyzing literature and multiple opportunities for practice. Strategies involve patterns and procedures for students to use the writing process to produce varied types of writing. Instruction provides students with necessary skills to write various types of genres and develop an appreciation of writer’s techniques applied within known pieces of literature.

COURSE: READING LANGUAGE ARTS 8 HONORS 
COURSE NUMBER: 94
A-G: Not for UC Acceptance, This is an 8th grade course
PREREQUISITE: Grade “A” in four prior quarters of Reading Language Arts 7
DESCRIPTION: Building on the foundation of Reading Language Arts 8, his honors course uses a variety of strategies to aide students in using deeper critical thinking. With more extensive reading projects, student work to build deeper skills for writing and reading comprehension.

HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH

COURSE: ENGLISH I 
COURSE NUMBER: 76 A-G: Yes, 10 units, This is a 9th grade course
PREREQUISITE: None
DESCRIPTION: Course establishes skills and fundamental concepts in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students develop reading fluency and depth with a selection of short stories, novels, and essays. There is a focus on clear and effective writing and speaking through word choice and organization of thoughts in a variety of essays, speeches, presentations, and collaborative work. Course uses computer technology for a portion of the curriculum.

COURSE: ENGLISH I / II HONORS 
COURSE NUMBER: 96 & 98 A-G: ENGLISH 20 units, 5.0 scale
PREREQUISITE: Grade “A” for the four prior quarters in RLA 8 or “B” or higher in RLA 8 Honors
DESCRIPTION:

English 1 introduces students to various concepts of the study of language and presents strategies that will help students learn how to become successful readers, writers, and thinkers. Students will gain experience with fiction, nonfiction, short stories, drama, historical literature, technical and informational texts, oral communication the Writing Process, grammar and mechanics, and critical thinking and analysis. Students are asked to read and analyze major literary works such as Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman and Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Meyers. Through directed reading and writing, students focus on the mechanics of language, vocabulary development, and evaluate recurring patterns and connections within the literature presented.  Students engage in several writing assignments and oral presentations that include narrative, expository, persuasive, and descriptive essays which demonstrate proficiency in drafting, editing, revising, and research skills. Questions and activities are designed to engage higher order thinking processes and provide opportunities for practical applications of the concepts developed within the course.

English 2 introduces students to various concepts of the study of language and presents strategies that will help students learn how to become successful readers, writers, and thinkers. Students develop their reading, language, analysis, and critical thinking skills through the study of a variety of perspectives and genres.  Students read selected short stories, mythology, poetry, historical literature, speeches, folklore/legends, novels, and nonfiction, as well as material that addresses the research process, oral communication, and the Writing Process.  Students will also read full-length texts like Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Through directed reading and writing, students focus on the mechanics of language, vocabulary development, and evaluate recurring patterns and connections within the literature presented.  Students engage in several writing assignments and oral presentations that include narrative, expository, persuasive, and descriptive essays which demonstrate proficiency in drafting, editing, revising, and research skills. Questions, activities, and project-based learning tasks are designed to engage higher order thinking processes and provide opportunities for practical applications of the concepts developed within the course.

COURSE: ENGLISH II 
COURSE NUMBER: 225
A-G: 10 units, 10th grade course
PREREQUISITE: English I
DESCRIPTION: A survey of World Literature and literary elements of plot including such novels as “Of Mice and Men”, and “Much Ado About Nothing.” The writing component focuses on literary analysis and interpretation, with an emphasis on organization, structure and theses development.

COURSE: ENGLISH II / III HONORS 
COURSE NUMBER: 98 & 99
A-G: 20 units, 5.0 scale, This course completes two years of high school English in one year
PREREQUISITE: Grade “A” for the four prior quarters English I or “B” or higher in English I Honors
DESCRIPTION: English 2 introduces students to various concepts of the study of language and presents strategies that will help students learn how to become successful readers, writers, and thinkers. Students develop their reading, language, analysis, and critical thinking skills through the study of a variety of perspectives and genres.  Students read selected short stories, mythology, poetry, historical literature, speeches, folklore/legends, novels, and nonfiction, as well as material that addresses the research process, oral communication, and the Writing Process.  Students will also read full-length texts like Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Through directed reading and writing, students focus on the mechanics of language, vocabulary development, and evaluate recurring patterns and connections within the literature presented.  Students engage in several writing assignments and oral presentations that include narrative, expository, persuasive, and descriptive essays which demonstrate proficiency in drafting, editing, revising, and research skills. Questions, activities, and project-based learning tasks are designed to engage higher order thinking processes and provide opportunities for practical applications of the concepts developed within the course.

English 3 introduces students to various concepts of the study of language and presents strategies that will help students learn how to become successful readers, writers, and thinkers. Students develop their reading, language, analysis, and critical thinking skills through the study of a variety of perspectives and genres.  Students read selected short stories, American literature, poetry, historical literature from a variety of different cultures, drama, speeches, novels, memoir, and nonfiction, as well as material that addresses the research process, oral communication, and the Writing Process.  Students will also read full-length texts like The Crucible by Arthur Miller and Parrot in the Oven: mi vida by Victor Martinez. Through directed reading and writing, students focus on the mechanics of language, vocabulary development, and evaluate recurring patterns and connections within the literature presented.  Students engage in several writing assignments and oral presentations that include narrative, expository, and persuasive essays which demonstrate proficiency in drafting, editing, revising, and research skills. Questions, activities, and project-based learning tasks are designed to engage higher order thinking processes in a collaborative environment and provide opportunities for practical applications of the concepts developed within the course.

THIS COURSE REQUIRES A WINTER BREAK ASSIGNMENT.

COURSE: ENGLISH III 
COURSE NUMBER: 244
A-G: 10 units, 11th grade course
PREREQUISITE: English II
DESCRIPTION: A survey of American Literature such as “Huck Finn” and “The Great Gatsby” as well as plays, poems, and non-fiction for critical thinking and literary essays. Coherent, clear, and effective communication is developed through a variety of writing experiences.

COURSE: ENGLISH IV – BRITISH LITERATURE
COURSE NUMBER: 100
A-G: 10 units, 12th grade course
PREREQUISITE: English III or Mythology
DESCRIPTION: Course surveys British Literature from the Anglo Saxons to present day. Using technology, novels, and resource materials: students write fictional narratives, respond to literature, create multimedia presentations, and complete individual and group projects.

COURSE: ENGLISH IV HONORS – BRITISH LITERATURE
COURSE NUMBER: 191
A-G: 10 units, 5.0 scale, 12th grade course
PREREQUISITE: Grade “A” for the four prior quarters in English III, Mythology, or “B” or higher in English III Honors
DESCRIPTION: Building from the curriculum of English IV, this course takes a more in depth approach to reading and writing comprehension of British Literature. Students wishing to take the AP exam should take this course and join the AP study team.

COURSE: ENGLISH MYTHOLOGY
COURSE NUMBER: 999
A-G: 10 units, Satisfies 11th or 12th grade English
PREREQUISITE: English III
DESCRIPTION: This course is a survey that requires students to read mythological allusions and themes that have stimulated Western civilization thought and literature. Building on the hero and heroine as the embodiment of diverse culture.

COURSE: AMERICAN LITERATURE CH (INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSE)
COURSE NUMBER: 4563
A-G: 10 units
PREREQUISITE: None
DESCRIPTION: American Literature A/B introduces students to various concepts of the study of language and presents strategies that will help students learn how to become successful readers, writers, and thinkers. Students develop their reading, language, analysis, and critical thinking skills through the study of a variety of perspectives and genres. Students read selected letters, American literature, poetry, historical literature from a variety of different cultures, drama, speeches, novels, nonfiction, technical and informational texts, as well as material that addresses the research process, rhetoric and oral communication, and the Writing Process. Students will also read full-length works like Breaking Through, by Francisco Jiménez. Through directed reading and writing, students focus on the mechanics of language, vocabulary development, and evaluate recurring patterns and connections within the literature presented. Students engage in several writing assignments and oral presentations that include narrative, expository, and persuasive essays which demonstrate proficiency in drafting, editing, revising, and research skills. Questions, activities, and performance-based learning projects are designed to engage higher order thinking processes in a collaborative environment and provide opportunities for practical applications of the concepts developed within the course.

COURSE: DIMENSIONS ENGLISH IN CULTURE CH (INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSE)
COURSE NUMBER: 4564
A-G: 10 units, ELECTIVE (G)
PREREQUISITE: None
DESCRIPTION: This elective course contains information and activities to support literacy development. The contemporary reading material is designed to be high-interest, relevant, and engaging, giving students the opportunity to experience success in an online environment.

COURSE: ENGLISH I CH (INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSE)
COURSE NUMBER: 4565
A-G: 10 units
PREREQUISITE: None
DESCRIPTION: In conjunction with English 1B, English 1A introduces students to various concepts of the study of language and presents strategies that will help students learn how to become successful readers, writers, and thinkers. Students will gain experience with fiction, nonfiction, short stories, drama, historical literature, technical and informational texts, oral communication the Writing Process, grammar and mechanics, and critical thinking and analysis. Students are asked to read and analyze major literary works such as Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman and Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Meyers. Through directed reading and writing, students focus on the mechanics of language, vocabulary development, and evaluate recurring patterns and connections within the literature presented. Students engage in several writing assignments and oral presentations that include narrative, expository, persuasive, and descriptive essays which demonstrate proficiency in drafting, editing, revising, and research skills. Questions and activities are designed to engage higher order thinking processes and provide opportunities for practical applications of the concepts developed within the course.

COURSE: ENGLISH II CH (INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSE)
COURSE NUMBER: 4567
A-G: 10 units
PREREQUISITE: English I or English I CH
DESCRIPTION: In conjunction with English 2B, English 2A introduces students to various concepts of the study of language and presents strategies that will help students learn how to become successful readers, writers, and thinkers. Students develop their reading, language, analysis, and critical thinking skills through the study of a variety of perspectives and genres. Students read selected short stories, mythology, poetry, historical literature, speeches, folklore/legends, novels, and nonfiction, as well as material that addresses the research process, oral communication, and the Writing Process. Students will also read full-length texts like Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Through directed reading and writing, students focus on the mechanics of language, vocabulary development, and evaluate recurring patterns and connections within the literature presented. Students engage in several writing assignments and oral presentations that include narrative, expository, persuasive, and descriptive essays which demonstrate proficiency in drafting, editing, revising, and research skills. Questions, activities, and project-based learning tasks are designed to engage higher order thinking processes and provide opportunities for practical applications of the concepts developed within the course.

COURSE: ENGLISH III CH(INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSE)
COURSE NUMBER: 4568
A-G: 10 units
PREREQUISITE: English II
DESCRIPTION: In conjunction with English 3B, English 3A introduces students to various concepts of the study of language and presents strategies that will help students learn how to become successful readers, writers, and thinkers. Students develop their reading, language, analysis, and critical thinking skills through the study of a variety of perspectives and genres. Students read selected short stories, American literature, poetry, historical literature from a variety of different cultures, drama, speeches, novels, memoir, and nonfiction, as well as material that addresses the research process, oral communication, and the Writing Process. Students will also read full-length texts like The Crucible by Arthur Miller and Parrot in the Oven: mi vida by Victor Martinez. Through directed reading and writing, students focus on the mechanics of language, vocabulary development, and evaluate recurring patterns and connections within the literature presented. Students engage in several writing assignments and oral presentations that include narrative, expository, and persuasive essays which demonstrate proficiency in drafting, editing, revising, and research skills. Questions, activities, and project-based learning tasks are designed to engage higher order thinking processes in a collaborative environment and provide opportunities for practical applications of the concepts developed within the course.

COURSE: ENGLISH IV CH(INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSE)
COURSE NUMBER: 4569
A-G: 10 units
PREREQUISITE: English III
DESCRIPTION: English 4 introduces students to various concepts of the study of language and presents strategies that will help students learn how to become successful readers, writers, and thinkers. Students develop their reading, language, analysis, and critical thinking skills through the study of a variety of perspectives and genres. Students read selected letters, American literature, historical literature from a variety of different cultures, nonfiction and informational texts, as well as material that addresses the research process, rhetoric and oral communication, and the Writing Process. Students will also read full-length works like Bless Me, Ultima. Through directed reading and writing, students focus on the mechanics of language, vocabulary development, and evaluate recurring patterns and connections within the literature presented. Students engage in several writing assignments and oral presentations that include narrative, expository, and persuasive essays which demonstrate proficiency in drafting, editing, revising, and research skills.

COURSE: GRAMMAR THROUGH LITERATURE CH(INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSE)
COURSE NUMBER: 4570
A-G: 10 units, ELECTIVE
PREREQUISITE: None
DESCRIPTION: This course helps students learn how to build skills in writing. Punctuation, capitalization, and spelling rules are presented through applications to demonstrate effective writing that can be easily understood. A variety of literature is used to introduce and practice the grammar topics—fiction and nonfiction. Literature is used to assist in the understanding and application of grammar principles. All units are accompanied by a CD that provides assistance with the correct pronunciation of the words contained within each literature selection. The various skills at each level are introduced through the content of literature selections and then applied through various activities.

COURSE: READING/WRITING CH(INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSE)
COURSE NUMBER: 4571
A-G: 10 units, ELECTIVE
PREREQUISITE: None
DESCRIPTION: This course helps students develop the language arts skills and strategies necessary to be successful on tests. This course is divided into five units: Unit 1: Reading Standard 1.0—Word Analysis, Fluency, and Systematic Vocabulary Development; Written and Oral English Language Conventions 1.0; Unit 2: Reading Comprehension 2.0—Focus on Informational Materials Unit 3: Literary Response and Analysis 3.0; Unit 4: Writing 1.0—Writing Strategies; and Unit 5: Writing Applications: 2.0 Genres and Their Characteristics.

COURSE: WRITING COMPOSITION CH(INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSE)
COURSE NUMBER: 4572
A-G: 10 units, ENGLISH (B)
PREREQUISITE: None
DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to introduce students to various concepts related to the study of critical reading, writing, and analysis. Students focus on the rhetorical, grammatical, and syntactical patterns of language and the Writing Process, with emphasis placed on how to write with intent and command overpurpose, audience, ethos, and message. Each Unit includes concepts that build upon one another; early Units focus on grammar and mechanics, sentence and paragraph construction, etc., and later Units focus on the rhetorical framework (purpose, audience, ethos, message) and how to utilize it when critically analyzing texts or writing their own. Throughout the course, students practice a variety of different types of structured essay writing and by the end of the course, students demonstrate proficiency in drafting, editing, revising, critical analysis, rhetorical structure, and research skills.

While all courses are offered each year, if student interest does not warrant, courses may be cancelled.