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ENGLISH 9

Course Number: 2130

Grade Level: 9

Semesters: 2

Prerequisite: None

 

This course will cover the English Language Arts Content Standards for California Public Schools and the California Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts 9th grade, and build upon students’ skills in writing, reading, comprehension, and communication skills. Students will examine many aspects of English literature, including novels, plays, poetry, graphic novels, expository pieces and musical lyrics. Throughout the year students will complete narrative, persuasive, literary analysis, expository, and informational, and poetry writing.

 

 

ENGLISH 9 HONORS

Course Number: 2130 Grade Level: 9

Semesters: 2

Prerequisite: Incoming assessment

 

This class provides an exploration of literature, poetry and plays; both classic and modern. Rigor is infused through literary comprehension, critique, response, and analysis. The writing program includes personal, imaginative and analytical assignments as well as the formulation of claims and developing them with textual evidence and thorough and detailed explanations. The genres of biographical and autobiographical narrative and short stories, response to literature, expository and persuasive compositions will all be applied. Focus will be given to the development of independent, critical thought and the effective communication of ideas. Special attention will be given to the development of scholarly artistic expression and as such visual and dramatic arts, music, dance, and media will be woven into the curriculum and will enhance the understanding of literary concepts, respectful collaboration, and listening and speaking strategies.

 

 

ENGLISH 10

Course Number: 2131

Grade Level: 10

Semesters: 2

Prerequisites: English 9

 

Focusing on various elements of the English Language Arts, English 10 will continue to strengthen critical thinking and writing skills obtained in English 9. Students will read literature and identify literary archetypes and universal themes across works. Students will learn to identify literary terms and the author’s use of them. Students will write compositions throughout the year based on the literature read in class.

 

 

ENGLISH 10 HONORS

Course Number: 2131

Grade Level: 10

Semesters: 2

Prerequisites: English 9 Honors and/or assessment

 

In English 10 Honors, students will work towards mastery of Standard Written English conventions while reading a wide variety of literature ranging from the Ancient Greeks and Shakespeare to contemporary literature. Students will be expected to read these works both in class and at home. Additionally, students will write a variety of essays, both formal and informal, about these works of literature as well as controversial issues and events in the outside world. Particular focus will be placed on students mastering the grammar, syntax, and diction necessary to communicate in an educated fashion.

 

 

ENGLISH 11

Course Number: 2132

Grade Level: 11

Semesters: 2

Prerequisites: English 9 and 10

 

English 11 is an all inclusive language arts course spanning various genres of American literature dating from the pre-colonial period through modern day. Genres explored during this course include poetry, drama and classic American literature with an emphasis on persuasive, narrative, informational/technological, and expository approaches to literature. Students will emerge from this class with an in-depth understanding of the evolution of American literature through critical analysis, writing assignments, group and individual projects, and various forms of assessment. A clear understanding of historical connections to literature will guide students in the area of reading comprehension, and will provide them with solid footing in their ability to analyze, and critically discuss American literature in general. Throughout this course students will be introduced to new vocabulary terms to advance their use of vocabulary in written and oral communication as well as aid them in their preparation for SAT’s.

 

 

ENGLISH 11 HONORS

Course Number: 2132

Grade Level: 11

Semesters: 2

Prerequisites: English 9 and 10 Honors and/or assessment

 

English 11 Honors is a comprehensive examination of U.S. literature from the Pre-Colonial period to the present. The curriculum stresses the development of in-depth critical thought, well-written essays, and complex analysis of author intent and technique. Continual and frequent assessment in the areas of oral and written communication, individual and group work, and comprehension of the developing progression seen in the history of American literature will take place during our exploration of the persuasive, expository, narrative, informational, and technological approaches covered during the school year.

 

 

AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Course Number: 2170

Grade Level: 11

Semesters: 2

Prerequisites: English 9 and 10 Honors and/or assessment

 

Through an examination of audience and purpose in the writings and artistic work of Americans (and a few Brits!) from the Colonial Period to the Present, students will become what the College Board identifies as "skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts...[and] skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. " Whether it be expository, analytical, or argumentative writing, the collection of compositions students create will be based not only on the texts, films, audio recordings, and additional media provided, but on the personal experience and observation necessary to cultivate the same sense of audience and intention that defines the work that serves as the basis for the course curriculum.

 

 

ENGLISH 12

Course Number: 2133

Grade Level: 12

Semesters: 2

Prerequisites: English 9, 10, and 11

 

English 12 is an extensive examination of World Literature: novels, plays, short stories, and poems. The curriculum stresses the development of critical thinking and writing, with a focus on analysis of authorial intent and technique. Frequent assessment, oral and written, individual and group, will reinforce our study and practice of the persuasive, expository, narrative, informational, and technological writing approaches.

 

 

ENGLISH 12 HONORS

Course Number: 2133

Grade Level: 12

Semesters: 2

Prerequisite: English 9, 10, and 11 Honors and/or assessment 

 

In English 12 Honors, we will embark on a comprehensive exploration of World Literature in all of its forms. The curriculum stresses further development of in-depth critical thinking and writing, with a focus on complex analysis of authorial intent and technique. Frequent assessment, oral and written, individual and group, will reinforce our examination of the persuasive, expository, narrative, informational, and technological approaches. Particular attention will be paid to the process and craft of writing, honing and enhancing technical proficiency, while at the same time cultivating each student's unique, distinctive voice.

 

 

AP ENGLISH LITERATURE

Course Number: 2171 Grade Level: 12

Semesters: 2

Prerequisite: English 9, 10, and 11 Honors/AP and/or assessment 

 

This class will delve very intensely into many of the greatest works of literature ever penned, including classic works by the Ancient Greeks, Shakespeare, Moliere, and the great Victorian poets up through the soon-to-be classic writings of contemporary authors such as Billy Collins, Sapphire, and Luis Alfara (along with some of Mr. Bailey’s personal favorite Davids: Mamet, Rakoff, Eggers, Sedaris, and Foster Wallace.) This class will focus heavily on the writing skills and the understanding of literary elements such as tone, diction, syntax, and figures of speech that will be necessary for students to earn a passing score on the AP English Literature Test. In addition to the passing score, a passion for reading and writing will become even more intense and crystallized.