Curriculum for the Digital Generation
HIGH SCHOOL : ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS CURRICULUM
A combination of high-interest readings, standards-applicable activities, and real-world critical thinking skills, the Language Arts courses reflect careful consideration and research of literature and composition concepts. Projects, activities, and lessons are designed to be motivational, realistic, and engaging while fostering a love of literature and a can-do attitude for writing.
In this course, Students will read and analyze both literary and informational texts. These texts take many different forms, including autobiographies, personal memoirs, newspaper and magazine articles, poetry, and even filmed stage productions.
In this course, students read and analyze both literary and informational texts. These texts take many different forms, including biographies, short stories, newspaper and magazine articles, poetry, and influential historical documents.
They will also examine informational texts to better understanding of historical moments throughout the history of the United States, including presidential speeches and a famous letter written by Martin Luther King Jr. during his imprisonment in a Birmingham jail at the height of the civil rights movement. As they read the selections in this course, students practice ways to recognize textual evidence, identify themes and central ideas, make inferences, and identify figurative and connotative language in a variety of texts.
In addition, students review information on context clues and word nuances, and learn about spelling conventions, style manuals, phrases clauses, parallel structure, semicolons, and colons. Students also learn the definitions, parts of speech, and etymology of various vocabulary words you will see throughout the reading selections. In addition, they learn the elements of writing so that you can plan, write, revise, and edit informational essay and argument essays.
ENGLISH 10A – Intermediate Rhetoric and Composition
This course emphasizes grammar and usage, spelling, writing skills, punctuation, and literary nonfiction.
ENGLISH 10B – World Literature
World Literature broadens students’ reading experience with exposure to literature from multiple eras and cultures.
Then, students will study of classic Greek drama as students read Antigone by Sophocles. The course provides guided instruction in analyzing evidence, comprehending context clues, recognizing symbolism, and identifying figurative language. Students will also learn about using affixes to affect word meaning and understanding denotative and connotative meanings to enhance word choice. Writing activities challenge students’ reading comprehension and composition skills with short projects involving research and writing, as well as producing character analysis and personal narrative essays.
ENGLISH 11A – A Survey of Informational Text
In this course, students will examine seminal American documents ranging from Thomas Paine’s Common Sense through Barack Obama’s second inaugural address.
Students will analyze persuasive arguments on subjects ranging from environmental conservation to legal decisions involving the First Amendment as they learn to identify elements of argument and to use rhetorical devices. Using other nonfiction works, the course guides students in recognizing the importance of analyzing evidence, recognizing symbolism, examining word choice, and identifying figurative language in nonfiction literature. The course also covers grammar and usage, punctuation, and correct spelling and meanings of vocabulary terms, and exposes students to several types of consumer documents.
ENGLISH 11B – American Literature
This is a survey course in American Literature. It involves the study of styles, techniques, philosophies, biographies, and ideas of major American writers as well as the historical events that influenced their works.
ENGLISH 12A – Advanced Composition and Rhetoric
Advanced Rhetoric and Composition and is the first semester of the 12th grade English Language Arts course.
The course builds in depth and complexity from beginning to end, starting with instruction on central ideas and word choice. In this course, students will learn the everyday tools of persuasion, including ethos, pathos, and logos. These serve as the foundation for understanding more complex topics, such as the elements of argument and the chain of legal reasoning used in court cases and historical documents.
ENGLISH 12A Honors – Advanced Composition and Rhetoric Honors
Advanced Rhetoric and Composition Honors is the first semester of the 12th grade English Language Arts course.
The course builds in depth and complexity from beginning to end, starting with instruction on central ideas and word choice. In this course, students will learn the everyday tools of persuasion, including ethos, pathos, and logos. These serve as the foundation for understanding more complex topics, such as the elements of argument and the chain of legal reasoning used in court cases and historical documents. Advanced Rhetoric and Composition Honors also includes honors enrichment activities. These activities expand the depth and scope of the critical thinking and analysis required by students.
ENGLISH 12B – Exploration of British Literature
Exploration of British Literature covers in-depth literary analysis—comprehension and evaluation—using a wide variety of narrative texts from British literature.
The course includes two writing projects: a fictional narrative in the style of Gothic Romanticism and a literary analysis comparing or contrasting two texts from different eras of British literature. In these projects, students write in both short and extended forms. Emphasis is placed on the writing process, from note-taking and outline-making to revising and editing for content and style. Students take a final writing assessment as well as a Final Exam. In addition, students build their vocabulary and language skills with guided instruction and exercises, and engage with their classmates in discussions as part of each lesson.
ENGLISH 12B Honors –Exploration of British Literature Honors
Exploration of British Literature Honors covers in-depth literary analysis—comprehension and evaluation—using a wide variety of narrative texts from British literature.
Students integrate ideas from multiple texts to compare and contrast the treatment of narrative and structural elements. These skills serve as the foundation for understanding the ways in which literature and language evolve and appreciating authors and styles from many eras of British literature. In addition, students complete extended responses to prompts based on the course readings as they expand the depth and scope of their critical thinking and analysis. Students analyze symbolic representations; make inferences; identify and analyze themes; compare characters, setting, and tone in multiple versions of a text; and analyze the impact of structure and meaning in storytelling.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
In this course, English language learner students will develop the foundations of the English language. Regardless of students’ native language, they will strengthen their English proficiency with grammar skills, covering everything from nouns to interjections.