English Courses Offered

  • English 1 / English 1 Advanced Standing (A.S.)

    Grade Level:  9

    Throughout their freshman year, students will read core texts, as well as shorter fiction, nonfiction pieces, and poetry to explore topics such as identity, coming of age, love, conflict/adversity, tolerance/justice, and technology. Students learn and practice a variety of reading strategies that allow them to meaningfully access, comprehend and analyze grade-level texts. Students will learn to write a variety of formal essays and paragraphs including literary analysis, argumentative, and synthesis pieces. All of these writing types focus on establishing arguable claims, selecting appropriate evidence, and writing analysis that supports their ideas in an organized structure. Students will also write narratives with the focus on development of setting, character, conflict and theme, as well as the effective use of various literary techniques. Writing style and sentence clarity will be supported with ongoing grammar and vocabulary instruction.  Throughout these units, students will develop their speaking and listening skills through class discussions, presentations, collaborative work, and structured academic discussions. Additionally, students will regularly utilize technology to build 21st century academic skills such as producing published writing, creating multimedia presentations, researching and reading texts, and collaborating with peers.

    This course meets the U.C./C.S.U. (University California / California State University) A-G “B” English requirement.

     

    English 2 / English 2 Advanced Standing (A.S.)

    Grade Level:  10

    During the sophomore year, students in English II move from learning the basic structures of reading and writing to developing their ideas, voice, and personal repertoire of strategies.  Over the course of the year, students will read several anchor texts, as well as various pieces of nonfiction and shorter fiction. They will deepen their understanding of complex themes around the tension between the identity of the individual and the pressures of society, rebellion and conformity, and philosophical questions around nature and nurture.  Throughout the year, students write literary analysis essays, argumentative essays, and synthesis essays based on assigned texts and/or independent research. All of these writings focus on selecting appropriate evidence and analysis that support a thought-provoking argument, as well as maintaining a clear organizational structure. Writing style and sentence fluency are supported by the instruction of grammar in context--grammar taught in connection with student writing, sentence construction, and the clear expression of ideas. Students are also taught vocabulary in context. Students will also create narrative pieces using various descriptive writing techniques. Throughout these units, students continue to develop their speaking and listening skills through presentations, group work, and structured academic discussions (e.g. Socratic seminars, recorded discussions, etc).

    This course meets the U.C./C.S.U. (University California / California State University) A-G “B” English requirement.

    English 3

    Grade Level:  11

    English III is a rigorous college and career preparatory course designed to ensure college and career success. Students read novels, short stories, drama, poetry, and nonfiction with the emphasis on American literature, looking at the concept of the American Dream (and whether it exists and is available to all), race, class, gender, and historical connections. This year helps students consider their relationship to American society, as they lead into a twelfth grade curriculum focusing largely on personal identity. They analyze fiction and nonfiction texts with a critical eye, forming opinions on textual-based evidence. They produce a variety of writing: argumentative, informative and synthesis. They expand speaking, listening, research and presentation skills within the context of grade-level texts. They hone thinking and communication skills to assist in future academic and workplace endeavors.

    This course meets the U.C./C.S.U. (University California / California State University) A-G “B” English requirement.

                    

    Advanced Placement (A.P.) English Language  
    Grade Level: 11

    This two semester course focuses on the nature of the American experience in literature. English AP prepares students for the Advanced Placement examination and advanced studies in English. Students must complete a summer reading requirement consisting of three or four novels or plays to be finished by the opening week of the fall semester. In the fall, students study such topics as American Individualism, Realism, Romanticism, Gothicism, and Modernism, and a variety of American Transcendentalist essays. They will also study poetry and learn to write the reflective and controversial issue essay. During this time students will write a large number of critical and personal essays, working on techniques of analysis and synthesis as well as perfecting their own personal writing style. In the spring, students will focus on the American experience of the twentieth century and will read such works as The Great Gatsby, Invisible Man, and As I Lay Dying, as well as controversial issue essay and debate.

    This course meets the U.C./C.S.U. (University California / California State University) A-G “B” English requirement.

    English 4

    Grade Level: 12

    This Common Core Standards aligned course prepares students for success in post-high school endeavors.  This rigorous preparatory course is designed to hone reading and writing skills and to provide a strong foundation for college and career. Students read novels, short stories, drama, poetry, and nonfiction. Students analyze literature and nonfiction, as well as other text types such as visuals and films, with a critical eye, forming opinions based on evidence and drawing connections to external research and personal experience.  Students will produce a variety of writing: expository, informational, narrative, summary, synthesis, and response to nonfiction. Students will research, evaluate, and integrate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats. Students will expand speaking, listening, and multimedia presentation skills.

    This course meets the U.C./C.S.U. (University California / California State University) A-G “B” English requirement.

    Advanced Placement (A.P.) English Literature

    Grade Level: 12

    This two semester course of study is designed to prepare students for the demands of the Advanced Placement Examination and highly competitive colleges and universities. Students must complete a summer reading requirement to be completed by the opening week of the fall semester. Students read a variety of prose and poetry selections, study complex works of literature, and learn a variety of techniques for approaching all types of literary works. They further develop their writing as well as perfect their own critical essays. Students learn to analyze the stylistic characteristics of prose and to define the relationship between a writers’ style and his meaning. They also read works of literary criticism and theory. To continue on the following year, a student should maintain a grade of C or better at the end of each semester.

    This course meets the U.C./C.S.U. (University California / California State University) A-G “B” English requirement.

    English Language Development (E.L.D.) 3
    Grade Level: 9 to 12

    This double-period course for intermediate E.Ls (English Language) is designed as a bridge from English Language to mainstream English. The curriculum for English Language Development. 3 is aligned with English 1. Heavy emphasis is given to literature of various genres, writing, grammar, and vocabulary acquisition. Students in this course may also take other sheltered classes in the Mathematics, Science, and Social Sciences departments. To exit English Language Development 2 and go into mainstream English, students must read at an 8th grade level and be able to write a coherent essay. This class may be repeated for credit towards graduation; however English credits for University California / California State University requirements are only counted once.

    This course meets the U.C./C.S.U. (University California / California State University) A-G “B” English requirement.