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ENGLISH I

Course number: 4051
Credit: 1 unit
Grade level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: None

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course stresses grammar (primarily phrases, clauses, and verbals), mechanics vocabulary, usage, listening, paragraph development, sentence parts and sentence patterns, and structure. Types of literature used are the epic, drama, short story, poetry, and novel. Literary essays and outside readings are expected.



ENGLISH II

Course number: 4052
Credit: 1 unit
Grade level: 10, 11, 12 
Prerequisite: English I

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course stresses the mastery of phrases, clauses, and sentence structure, as well as initial skills of writing with an emphasis on the 5 paragraph essay. Focuses of this course include reading and analyzing world literature. Types of literature used are novel, short story, nonfiction and poetry.

This class includes an End of Instruction test as mandated by the State Department of Education. If this test is not passed, the student must take a reading class, as well as English III, their junior year.

 

ENGLISH III

Course number: 4053 
Credit: 1 unit
Grade level: 11,12 
Prerequisite: English II

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Focuses of this course include usage skills, American literature, and writing. The goal of usage skill work is ACT preparation and improved writing. American literature is used for improvement in understanding, analysis, and writing. Emphasis is placed on essay writing. A research paper is required for the completion of the course. This class includes an End of Instruction test (EOI) as mandated by the State Department of Education.

 

ENGLISH IV

Course number: 4054 
Credit: 1 unit
Grade level: 12 
Prerequisite: English III

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The goals of English IV are the development of language and thinking as reflected in English literature. Emphasis in writing is on expository and persuasive writing, and the development of improved organization, content, and style which illustrate progress toward the correct use of grammar, usage, and mechanics skills. Writing assignments include critical analysis papers, essays, timed writings and research papers. Time is spent on college preparation through resume and scholarship essay writing as well.

 

ESSENTIAL ENGLISH III

Course number: 4053 
Credit: 1 unit
Grade level: 11, 12 
Prerequisite: For special education students on IEP’s only.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Focuses of this course include usage skills, American literature, and writing with the goals of improved reading comprehension, grammar skills and writing skills. This course is recommended for non-college-bound students only.

 

ESSENTIAL ENGLISH IV

Course number: 4056
Credit: 1 unit
Grade level: 12 
Prerequisite: Teacher Approval

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course covers the literature of England, including short story, drama, poetry, and novel. It also covers grammar, mechanics, usage, paragraph writing/practical research, and vocabulary, geared for the non-college bound senior. 
This course is for special education students on IEP’s only and does NOT meet OHLAP requirements.

 

PRE-AP ENGLISH I (HONORS)

Course number: 4011  
Credit: 1 unit
Grade level: 9 
Prerequisite: Teacher Approval

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is for students with a special interest in English. Mastery of grammar is required. It is weighted and for college bound students only. This course meets OHLAP requirements. Concepts for the AP English courses are introduced here. Summer reading may be required. Outside reading and essay writing are stressed as well. The research paper is introduced in this course.

 

 PRE-AP ENGLISH II (HONORS)

Course number: 4012  
Credit: 1 unit/Weighted on 5.0 scale
Grade level: 10
Prerequisite: Teacher Approval

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students in this class are required to have a special interest in English, a mastery of grammar, and the ability to work independently. Focuses of this course include reading and analyzing world literature. Writing will include expository, descriptive, narrative and analytical writing. Beginning research paper techniques will be studied. Summer reading is required.
This class includes an End of Instruction test as mandated by the State Department of Education. If this test is not passed, the student must take a reading class, as well as English III, their junior year.

 

AP ENGLISH III (LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION)

Course number:4010 
Credit: 1 unit, weighted on 5.0 scale
Grade level: 11
Prerequisite: Teacher Approval; grade and conduct contract

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Entry level of Advanced Placement English. This course focuses on the English language through American literature, non-fiction, and expository writing. There is an in-depth study of style analysis and persuasion. One research paper and portfolio is required. Composition skills are built upon with timed writing. The reading and grading is college level with an AP test offered in May for college credit. Outside and summer reading is required. End of instruction exam is given.

 

 AP ENGLISH IV (LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION)

Course number: 4055
Credit: 1 unit/Weighted on 5.0 scale
Grade level: 12 
Prerequisite: It is recommended that a student have an A in her/his previous composition and literature class or a B in previous AP class. Teacher Approval

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to prepare students for both the AP English exam and college level reading and writing. Literature study focuses on short stories, poetry, drama, and modern novels. Literary style and analysis is studied in depth. Composition skills are re-enforced through analytical, expository and persuasive essays. At least one research paper is also required. Vocabulary building is emphasized. Students are urged to take the AP English Composition and Literature exam in May. Summer reading is required. 

 

PROGRESSION OF ELL CLASSES

ELL Language I

ELL Language II

Essential English I

Essential English II

College Bound Students 

ELL Language I

ELL Language II

Mainstream English Courses

 

  ELL LANGUAGE I

Course number: 4062  
Credit: 1 unit

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will motivate newly arrived, pre-literate and early beginning English language learners with high interest, multicultural literature. Through picture support and on-page glossaries the students will build their basic vocabulary and progress their language development. Students will engage in activities that stress both oral language development and listening comprehension on a daily basis.

 

ELL LANGUAGE II

4063 Course number
Credit: 1 unit
Prerequisite: ELL Lang. I

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will provide extensive vocabulary development and skills practice, reading strategies, comprehensive grammar instruction, and fully supported writing projects. Language development and oral communication will be a vital part of this class.

 

 

ELL Resource

4064 Course number Credit: 1 unit


COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to teach reading to students whose native language is other than English. It will emphasize vocabulary, reading, and writing skills. Verbal communications skills will be taught through reading, daily conversation, speaking exercises.

GOAL: Students will read for comprehension. Students will master the English concepts needed for success in school, work and life.

 

 

LANGUAGE ARTS (ELECTIVES)

 

BIBLE AS IN LITERATURE

4291 Course number Credit: 1 unit

Grade level: 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: Teacher Approval


COURSE DESCRIPTION: A textbook directed course that studies the types of literature in the Bible including poetry and history. The unit covers both the New and the Old Testaments and also looks at alternative literature that deals with the Bible.


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