English

Literature has the power to awaken, challenge, and even shock the reader by addressing profound questions about human identity and values. Through its ability to enter our minds, hearts and actions, literature offers us the most complete picture of ourselves and humanity. Because it delights and disturbs, literature not only reflects our existence in the world, but also inspires change and the adventure of unforeseen possibilities.

While the English program maintains the intrinsic value of literature and encourages students to read across the boundaries of time, place and culture, it also recognizes the historical and cultural contexts in which literature is created. Literature's investment in aesthetic and intellectual matters is inseparable from its involvement in cultural, social and political issues. By exploring a wide range of literary and cultural works – from Austen to Shakespeare – our students are able to understand how the past informs the present and encourages the reader to become an archivist of both past works and present cultures. In order to achieve consistency in all classes, we do adhere to the currently published MLA standards.

Four years are required for graduation.

AP English Language and Composition - Grade 12

Year - 10 Credits
UC Approved

Prerequisite: AP English Literature students must pass the AP English Lit exam with a score of 3 or higher. AP English Lit students who did not pass the AP exam must have earned a percentage of 85 or higher for both semesters of AP English Literature and pass an entrance exam. English III students must have earned a grade of A- or higher in both semesters and pass an entrance exam. Also, students must maintain a grade of B or better at the quarter and semester to remain eligible for the course.

This course requires a summer assignment to be completed by the first day of school. 

This course is designed in accordance with the annual College Board Course Description for Advanced Placement English Language and Composition. It is a yearlong course offered at the 12th grade level designed to mirror a freshman-level college writing course. This course continues practice in analysis of selected challenging works of non-fiction, fiction, poetry, visual aids, and drama. Students will learn to recognize and analyze form, content, and style in these different genres and to master their control of both using and deciphering language, style, and diction in writing. It emphasizes critical thinking, writing about literature, vocabulary development, grammatical accuracy and research techniques. Students will employ their skills in several types of writing: expository, analytical, journaling, letters, personal essays, and persuasion.

The course also serves to provide a survey of literature in which students undertake a chronological study of British Literature in its historical context from the Anglo-Saxon period to the Modernist Movement. The year will be divided into units that focus on close reading, rhetorical analysis essays, argument essays, and synthesis essays in order to prepare for the AP English Language and Composition Exam at the end of the school year. There is a fee of $100 for AP exam.

AP English Literature and Composition - Grade 11

Year - 10 Credits
UC Approved

Prerequisites: English II Honors students must have earned a percentage of 85 or higher for both semesters of English II Honors, and pass an entrance test. English II students must have earned an A- or higher for both semesters of English II and pass an entrance test. Also, students must maintain a grade of B or better at the quarter and semester to remain eligible for the course.

This course requires a summer assignment to be completed by the first day of school. 

This year long course sees students studying major literary movements and recurrent themes in American Literature, beginning with Native American and colonial works and progressing to the 20th century. Vocabulary emphasizes words that are most commonly found on college entrance, SAT, and College Board exams. Students will study and be tested on the basics of English grammar as they learn the fundamentals of writing advanced compositions. This course requires extensive reading, and stresses critical thinking and written analysis. Good writing skills are vital. Students must take the AP exam at the end of the course for college credit. There is a fee of $100 for AP exam.

English IA - Grade 9

Year - 10 Credits

UC Approved

This course requires a summer assignment to be completed by the first day of school. 

This year-long course is designed to provide students with a foundation in writing, reading, and critical thinking necessary for continued success in high school and college. The course is intended for students currently who need further encouragement in reading, writing, speaking, and language development. The course is intended to  better prepare students for college prep-level curriculum. The course is literature-based, with a comprehensive writing program covering both semesters. Students will respond in oral and written forms to the novels, short stories, poetry, and essays they read, utilizing a variety of writing and presentation modes. The emphasis in grammar includes sentence and paragraph structures; the emphasis in vocabulary includes Latin and Greek roots as well as a variety of contextual usage.

English I - Grade 9

Year - 10 Credits
UC Approved

This course requires a summer assignment to be completed by the first day of school. 

This year long course is an introduction to a variety of literary genres including the short story, poetry, drama, the novel, and mythology. There will be assignments from the Literature book used in class as well as outside novels assigned. Grammar is taught both formally and within the context of writing. Vocabulary instruction includes the study of root word meanings, synonyms, antonyms, analogies, and usage. Words for this study come from the vocabulary text and the literature read. Writing skills taught include the five paragraph essay form, descriptive styles, comparison and contrast, opinion papers, and analysis.

English I Honors - Grade 9

Year - 10 Credits
UC Approved

Prerequisite: Placement is based on passing the High School Placement Test (HSPT). Also, students who do not maintain a B- grade or better at the quarter or semester may be dropped from the course.

This course requires a summer assignment to be completed by the first day of school. 

This one year course covers advanced literature including mythology, drama, poetry, the short story and the novel. Writing instruction stresses critical and analytical thinking. Vocabulary includes the study of classical Greek and Latin roots, synonyms, antonyms, analogies, and usage in preparation for standardized tests. Proficiency in Grammar, reading comprehension, analytical thinking, and writing are vital. Participation in this class does not guarantee acceptance into English II Honors.

English IIA - Grade 10

Year - 10 Credits
UC Approved

This course requires a summer assignment to be completed by the first day of school. 

This year-long course continues to develop proficiency of the English language through reading comprehension and analysis, writing development, speaking fluency, as well as vocabulary and grammar usage. Students will respond to literature with an emphasis on written analysis and oral presentations using a variety of writing and presentation modes. The course is intended for students  who need further encouragement in reading, writing, speaking, and language development. The course is intended to better prepare students for college prep-level curriculum. The course curriculum follows the World and Multi-Cultural literature focus similar to English 2CP, and includes instruction in research methodology and synthesis.

English II - Grade 10

Year - 10 Credits
UC Approved

This course requires a summer assignment to be completed by the first day of school. 

This one year course is a thematic approach to literature covering a variety of literature genres including the short story, poetry, drama, and the novel. The readings focus on World and Multi-Cultural Literature from the text as well as outside novels assigned. The study of grammar, composition, and vocabulary follow the same format as the previous year’s study and is aimed to prepare students for standardized testing. Grammar continues to be taught both formally and in the context of writing. Composition stresses several rhetorical modes and encourages critical and analytical thinking. The research process and documentation styles are also taught.

English II Honors - Grade 10

Year - 10 Credits
UC Approved

Prerequisite: English I Honors students must have earned a percentage of 85 or higher for both semesters of English 1 Honors. English I students must have earned an A- or higher for both semesters of English I and pass an entrance exam. Also, students who do not maintain a B- grade or better at the quarter or semester may be dropped from the course.


This course requires a summer assignment to be completed by the first day of school. 

 

This year-long course in advanced literature includes ancient and modern drama, the novel, romantic and classical poetry, and short story selections. Writing skills are stressed with an emphasis on descriptive writing, formal essays and the research process. Vocabulary studies include a return to the origins of English words through recognition of Greek and Latin roots. Competency in grammar and a proficiency in reading comprehension and analysis are required. Participation in this class does not guarantee acceptance into AP English III.

English IIIA - Grade 11

Year - 10 Credits

UC Approved

This course requires a summer assignment to be completed by the first day of school. 

This year-long course continues to develop proficiency of the English language by focusing on analysis of novels, prose, and poetry passages to understand the emerging nature of literature born on the American continent. The course is intended for students who need further encouragement in reading, writing, speaking, and language development. The course is intended to better prepare students for college prep-level curriculum. Speaking fluency, as well as vocabulary and grammar usage are key components of this course. Coursework focuses on development of writing through both on-demand and processed papers. The course will also continue to develop research methodology and synthesis according to MLA guidelines.

English III - American Literature - Grade 11

Year - 10 Credits
UC Approved

This course requires a summer assignment to be completed by the first day of school. 

This course is the chronological study of American Literature from the early 17th century to the 20th century including: poetry, the short story, essays, drama, and the novel. Students continue their development of the skills necessary for success in college. These skills include: reading comprehension, critical thinking, literary analysis, and writing about literature, essay writing, creative writing, and grammatical accuracy in writing, vocabulary development, research skills and communication skills.

English IV - British Literature - Grade 12

Year - 10 Credits
UC Approved

This course requires a summer assignment to be completed by the first day of school. 

This is a year-long course in which students undertake a chronological study of English Literature in its historical context from Beowulf to the 20th century. This course continues the students’ practice in literary analysis of selected works of poetry, fiction and drama. It emphasizes critical thinking, writing about literature, vocabulary development, grammatical accuracy in style and writing and research techniques. It also emphasizes intensive practice in reading, oral presentation and writing under the pressure of time.

JSerra Catholic High School

26351 Junipero Serra Road
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Phone: 949.493.9307 | Fax: 949.493.9308
Email: info@jserra.org

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