English Courses

  • STRATEGIC ENGLISH SUPPORT

    Grade: 9/10 Duration/Credit Year/10 Credits
    UC/CSU: No CSU/UC admission requirements met by this course
    Prerequisite SRI performance scores at below basic or lower; teacher recommendation. 

    Strategic English Support (SES) is a standards-aligned course designed to give students the skills and support they need to meet the California English Language Arts Standards and be successful in their English class. On a regular basis, SES teachers will engage in meaningful collaboration with the English teachers at their school site to guide the pre-teaching and re-teaching throughout the year. Students will be assessed on a regular basis to determine how well they are meeting the ELA standards. The class will support mastery of the standards for English using materials that are appropriate to the students’ abilities and experience

    ENGLISH 1 CP/AS

    Grade: 9 Duration/Credits : Year/10 Credits
    UC/CSU: Yes, “b” - English

    This course introduces students to the expectations for high school Common Core reading and writing and teaches foundational skills for future English classes. Texts may include mythological stories from the Greek tradition, a Shakespearean drama, as well as fiction and non-fiction from the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will learn basic components of composition, including the development of theses; the organization of paragraphs; and the integration of sources. The class will also focus on the fundamental elements of English grammar and apply those fundamentals to writing assignments. Thematic units may be tied to, but are not limited to causes of war, institutionalized racism, and others).AS students will also read supplemental selections geared toward students who read above grade level. See attachment for a description of expectations for AS designation selection.

    ENGLISH 2 CP/AS

    Grade: 10 Duration/Credits : Year/10 Credits
    UC/CSU: Yes, “b” - English

    This course puts an emphasis on 20th century literature and puts the texts into the context in which they were composed. With each text that students read, they will also study the historical background that shaped the subject matter. Texts will include drama, novels, and non-fiction. The class will continue to focus on the fundamental elements of English grammar and apply those fundamentals to writing assignments. Students will also continue to develop Common Core writing skills introduced in English I, with special attention paid to original argument and analysis. Thematic units are tied to, but not limited to 13 the rise of totalitarianism, human nature, and others. See attachment for a description of expectations for AS designation selection.

    ENGLISH 3 CP/H

    Grade: 11 Duration/Credits : Year/10 Credits
    UC/CSU: Yes, “b” - English

    This course focuses on American literature and aligns with themes in the US History course. Fiction and non-fiction readings will be drawn from the colonial period to the 21st century. Genres covered will include novels, drama, poetry, sermons, essays, articles, and memoir. Final written assessments include narrative, informational, and argumentative forms of writing. The year culminates with the Junior Humanities Project, which is a thesis-based research paper that develops argument using outside sources. Particular attention will be given to research skills, evaluating sources, and their credibility. The writing, grammar and vocabulary elements of this class look towards preparing students for the PSAT and SAT, and are aligned with the Common Core Standards. In addition to the above, the Honors course provides students preparation for the AP Language and Composition exam, which is optional at the end of junior year, and prepares them to take the AP Literature course senior year. Students are primarily expected to read independently. Honors students also read additional works that enrich the core text used in the CP course.

    ENGLISH 4 CP

    Grade: 12
    Duration/Credits : Year/10 Credits
    UC/CSU: Yes, “b” - English

    The goal of the 12th grade English course is to prepare students for first year college English. As such, students will draw on skills that they have learned and practiced throughout the CP English sequence and apply those skills to a variety of different reading, writing, speaking, and multimedia tasks. Fiction and non-fiction reading selections grow more challenging, and may include Greek tragedy, Shakespeare, more challenging memoir, and excerpts from the California State Universities’ Expository Reading and Writing Course. Students will complete another humanities thesis-based research paper, with emphasis on identifying bias and writing counter-arguments and rebuttals. Continued vocabulary development is geared particularly toward the SAT and ACT tests. Concepts of grammar and composition learned in previous years will be practiced, applied, and refined.

    AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION

    Grade: 12
    Duration/Credits : Year/10 Credits
    UC/CSU: Yes, “b” - English Prerequisite: Competence (grade A or B) in past English classes is strongly recommended

    This class is designed to be a college-level course and prepares students to take the AP Literature and Composition exam in May. Coursework will focus on developing the skills necessary for students to do close analysis of various literary elements as they are employed by writers in poetic, narrative and dramatic forms. Fiction and non-fiction reading selections grow more challenging, and will include Greek tragedy, Shakespeare, more challenging memoir, and poetry. Students are expected to read the literature and apply close reading strategies independently. Students will be graded primarily on their level of understanding of the material as demonstrated in critical essays. The curriculum will be completed a few weeks before the actual AP exam, leaving time to prepare for the test by taking practice exams and reinforcing student understanding of all the concepts taught throughout the course.