HIGH SCHOOL: ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

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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.

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COURSE INTRO VIDEOS

English 9A

English 9B

English 12A

English 12B

English Language Development

COURSE CATALOG

ENGLISH 9A

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.

The course’s reading selections demonstrate ways to understand explicit and inferred meaning through textual evidence, central ideas and details that support them, figurative language, and the effects word choice has on tone and mood, among other ideas and concepts. Throughout this course, they will read the novel The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald. They will also examine literary texts to better their understanding of different perspectives from outside the United States, including a story of Mexican citizens desperate to immigrate to the United States, and a story about a Chinese American girl’s relationship with her demanding mother.
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ENGLISH 9B 

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many different forms, including biographies, short stories, newspaper and magazine articles, poetry, and influential historical documents.

The course’s reading selections demonstrate ways to understand explicit and inferred meaning through textual evidence; theme, central ideas, and details that support them; and structural elements and their influence on style, among other ideas and concepts. Throughout this course, you will read the novel Anthem by Ayn Rand.

 

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.

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ENGLISH 10A – Intermediate Rhetoric and Composition

This course emphasizes grammar and usage, spelling, writing skills, punctuation, and literary nonfiction.

Writing activities give students practice in researching, organizing, and developing descriptive, persuasive narrative and expository compositions. Intermediate Rhetoric and Composition continues to investigate the writing and discourse processes while supplementing them with the reading strategies necessary to comprehend and compose nonfiction texts. Students will also examine persuasive arguments through rhetorical techniques that enable both self-expression and persuasion of others. Students will understand the different ways of acquiring and delivering information. By honing skills in the areas of reading and writing, students will maximize their contributions in both the academic and professional worlds.
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ENGLISH 10B – World Literature

World Literature broadens students’ reading experience with exposure to literature from multiple eras and cultures.

Students will encounter diverse reading selections such as epic poetry, folktales, ancient verses, Greek tragedy, short stories, and excerpts from novels. They will be instructed in techniques for evaluating authors’ use of language, determining meanings, making inferences, grasping central ideas, interpreting characters, and drawing conclusions to enable them to evaluate literary elements in these works.

 

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.

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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 learn ways to evaluate use of language, determine meanings, make inferences, grasp central ideas, evaluate bias, and draw conclusions by examining these works. The course also builds on students’ abilities to speak and write formally, with an emphasis on persuading audiences.

 

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.

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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.

The course emphasizes critical and analytical thinking as well as reading and writing skills. Students will and interpret read various works of literature, including novels, short stories, and poems.
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ENGLISH 12A – Advanced Composition and Rhetoric

Advanced Rhetoric and Composition and is the first semester of the 12th grade English Language Arts course.

This course covers the art and craft of rhetoric—persuasion and argument—using informational and nonliterary texts, with a special emphasis on the understanding of reasoning and logic. These texts include documents and speeches that have been integral to the development of legal and social policy in the United States.

 

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.

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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.

This course covers the art and craft of rhetoric—persuasion and argument—using informational and nonliterary texts, with a special emphasis on the understanding of reasoning and logic. These texts include documents and speeches that have been integral to the development of legal and social policy in the United States.

 

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.

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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.

Texts cover eras from the Middle Ages through modern times. Students will acquire the necessary skills for gaining a deeper understanding of literature and literary analysis. The course builds in depth and complexity, starting with instruction on explicit and implicit meanings, use of figurative language and literary devices, and development of central ideas and themes. 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.

 

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.

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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.

Texts cover eras from the Middle Ages through modern times. Students will acquire the necessary skills for gaining a deeper understanding of literature and literary analysis. The course builds in depth and complexity, starting with instruction on explicit and implicit meanings, use of figurative language and literary devices, and development of central ideas and themes.

 

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.

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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.

The vocabulary words they will learn assist in strengthening word use and will help them commit grammar rules to memory. They will improve their writing through writing skills activities which will teach them how to write a paragraph, a narrative, a poem, and peer review a classmate’s work. They will learn about basics in grammar, usage, and punctuation, including phrases and clauses and sentence structures. Through the lessons provided in this course, English language learner students will master techniques that help them achieve greater proficiency of the English language.
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