High School English Overview


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ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS OVERVIEW


Because of the flexibility of English Language Arts course offerings at the high school level, the CCS (common core standards) for grades 9 through 12 is organized into grade bands comprised of 9-10 and 11-12. The 9-12 Standards define what students should understand and be able to do by the end of each grade band. As students progress towards the successful culmination of their high school careers, they will consolidate and internalize all of the skills instilled through the full progression of the CCS.

High school students will employ strong, thorough, and explicit textual evidence in their literary analyses and technical research. They will understand the development of multiple ideas through details and structure and track the development of complex characters and advanced elements of plot such as frame narratives and parallel storylines. Student writing will reflect the ability to argue effectively, employing the structure, evidence, and rhetoric necessary in the composition of effective, persuasive texts. Students will be able to construct college-ready research papers of significant length in accordance with the guidelines of standard format styles such as APA and MLA.

Students in high school will have built strong and varied vocabularies across multiple content areas, including technical subjects. They will skillfully employ rhetoric and figurative language, purposefully construct tone and mood, and identify lapses in reason or ambiguities in texts. Students will recognize nuances of meaning imparted by mode of presentation, whether it is live drama, spoken word, digital media, film, dance, or fine art. Confident familiarity with important foundational documents from American history and from the development of literature over time will accrue before the end of grade 12.

Students will graduate with the fully developed ability to communicate in multiple modes of discourse demonstrating a strong command of the rules of Standard English. Text complexity levels are assessed based upon a variety of indicators (common core standards) for grades 9 through 12 is organized into grade bands comprised of 9-10 and 11-12. The 9-12 Standards define what students should understand and be able to do by the end of each grade band. As students progress towards the successful culmination of their high school careers, they will consolidate and internalize all of the skills instilled through the full progression of the CCS.


Course Offerings


ENGLISH 9

Grade Level: 9 Length: 1 year

UC Requirement Fulfilled: b

Prerequisite: Grade 9 standing

Course Description: This course introduces students to the foundations of English through a study of various literary works, composition techniques, research and computer skills, speaking and listening skills, and grammar and vocabulary. The course strives to nurture student learning and achievement through a variety of approaches and in compliance with the state Common Core Curriculum. Some of the themes explored include heroism, courage, social responsibility, prejudice, love, a sense of belonging, personal ethics, education, and the role of religion in society, as well as a study in the Freedom Writers.



 ENGLISH 10

Grade Level: 10 Length: 1 year

UC Requirement Fulfilled: b

Prerequisite: Grade 10 standing

Course Description: This course includes a study of a variety of literature, composition techniques, creative writing and speech & debate skills. It emphasizes literary and analytical expository and requires students to utilize more cognitive processing skills. Students read from classic novels, dramas, short stories, nonfiction pieces, excerpts from speeches and poetry. Students explore thematic ideas including: heroism, censorship, prejudice, leadership, a utopic world, alienation and friendship.


ENGLISH 11

Grade level: 11 Length: 1 year

UC Requirement Fulfilled: b

Prerequisite: Grade 11 standing

Course Description: This course utilizes American Literature to explore the origins of our diverse literary ideas and voices as it has evolved through history. The literary periods are studied chronologically to develop skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, and critical thinking. Students study language and rhetoric taken from a variety of traditional and modern American sources, including books, essays, articles, personal narratives, historical documents, poems, plays, blogs, YouTube videos, films, documentaries, stand-up comedy acts, and advertisements


ENGLISH 12

Grade level: 12 Length: 1 year

UC Requirement Fulfilled: b

Prerequisite: Grade 12 standing

Course Description: This course explores modern literature and writing. Literature units are arranged by genre, including poetry, drama, fiction, and creative non-fiction. Analysis of the literature focuses on the writer’s voice, style, narrative structures, themes, and elements of craftsmanship. Writing modes include: analytical, argumentative, comparison/contrast, interpretive, narrative, research, reflective, business letters, and creative writing.


CREATIVE WRITING ELECTIVE

Grade Level: 9-12 Length: 1 semester

UC Requirement Fulfilled: none

Prerequisite(s): Recommendation: Successful completion of English 9 a “C” or better and/or very strong writing and reading skills. No more than 20 credits may be applied to a student’s transcript.

Course Description Creative Writing is an elective course for intermediate to proficient writers who seek

an overview of the basic aspects of creative writing techniques, emphasizing the use of the writing

process. The course is designed to provide students the opportunity to write in a variety of genres, including poetry, short story, memoir, autobiography, letters, and scripts. Students will write for the purposes of description, narration, exposition, and persuasion.Original work may be submitted to Teen Ink and a culminating project that may be an illustrated short story or graphic novel


LITERATURE AND FILM ELECTIVE

Grade Level: 9-12 Length: 1 year

UC Requirement Fulfilled: none

Prerequisite(s): Recommendation: Successful completion of English 9 a “C” or better and/or very strong writing and reading skills. Students are cautioned that this course requires extensive reading and writing in addition to viewing films and taking part in discussions with their peers and Supervising

Teacher. Students not prepared to read (up to 150 pages/week) and to write on a regular basis and to take an active part in class discussions should not consider taking this course.

Course Description: This course explores the complex interplay between film and literature. Selected novels, short stories and plays are analyzed in relation to film versions of the same works in order to gain an understanding of the possibilities—and problems—involved in the transposition to film. This course also includes a yearlong study of grammar and vocabulary in accordance to the common core state standards. Students will also investigate films that do not have written work as their inspiration to discover the ways in which these stories work in terms of our understanding of the nature of literature and the role it plays in our lives. Literature may include: The Secret Life of Bees, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Client, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and a variety of works by William Shakespeare.

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Wade Axup,
Jan 22, 2015, 12:30 PM
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