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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.

ENGLISH COURSE CATALOG

AP English Language and Composition - Grades 11, 12

Prerequisite: AP English Literature students must pass the AP English Lit exam with a score of 3 or higher. English II Honors students must have earned a percentage of 85 or higher for both semesters of English II. English II and English III students must have earned a grade of 92% or higher in both semesters. Students who do not meet the requirements listed above must take an entrance exam. Also, students must maintain a grade of C- or better at the quarter and semester to remain eligible for the course.


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 11th and 12th grade levels designed to mirror a freshman-level college writing course. This course continues an exhaustive practice in analysis of selected challenging works of non-fiction. Students will learn to recognize and analyze form, content, and style and to master their control of both using and deciphering language, style, and diction in writing. It emphasizes critical thinking, writing, vocabulary development, grammatical accuracy and research techniques. Students will employ their skills in several types of writing: expository, analytical, journaling, letters, personal essays, persuasion and argumentation.


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.


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

  • Year
  • 10 Credits
  • UC and NCAA Approved

AP English Literature and Composition - Grades 11, 12

Prerequisites: AP English Language students must pass the AP English Lang exam with a score of 3 or higher. English II Honors students must have earned a percentage of 85 or higher for both semesters of English II. English II and English III students must have earned a grade of 92% or higher in both semesters. Students who do not meet the requirements listed above must take an entrance exam. Also, students must maintain a grade of C- or better at the quarter and semester to remain eligible for the course.


This course is designed in accordance with the annual College Board Course Description for Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition. This year long course focuses on critical analysis of prose and poetry passages to understand the reflexive nature of literary devices and analysis of how those literary devices enhance one’s understanding of literature. The course addresses objective reading to promote reading practices in order to best support the multiple-choice responses. The class focuses on mastery of writing through both on-demand writing and processed papers, primarily focusing on literary analysis in preparation for the AP Literature Exam.


Vocabulary emphasizes words that are most commonly found on college entrance, SAT, and College Board exams. 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.


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

  • Year
  • 10 Credits
  • UC and NCAA Approved

English IA - Grade 9

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 enrolled in the SERP Program and the International Program 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 novel, short stories, epic poetry, drama, and nonfiction works they read, utilizing a variety of writing and presentation modes. The course curriculum follows the literature focus similar to English 1CP, and includes instruction in research methodology and synthesis.


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

  • Year
  • 10 Credits
  • UC Approved

English I - Grade 9

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.


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

  • Year
  • 10 Credits
  • UC Approved

English I Honors - Grade 9

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


This one-year course covers advanced literature including mythology, drama, poetry, short stories, and the novel. Writing skills are stressed with an emphasis on process and on-demand literary analysis, and includes advanced instruction in research methodology and synthesis.Vocabulary includes the study of classical Greek and Latin roots, 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.


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

  • Year
  • 10 Credits
  • UC Approved

English IIA - Grade 10

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 currently enrolled in the SERP Program and the International Program 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 literature focus similar to English 2CP, and includes instruction in research methodology and synthesis.


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

  • Year
  • 10 Credits
  • UC Approved

English II - Grade 10

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.


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

  • Year
  • 10 Credits
  • UC Approved

English II Honors - Grade 10

Prerequisite: English I Honors students must have earned a percentage of 85 or higher for both semesters of English I. English I students must have earned a grade of 92% or higher in both semesters. Students who do not meet the requirements listed above must take an entrance exam. Also, students must maintain a grade of C- or better at the quarter and semester to remain eligible for the course.


This year-long course in advanced literature includes novels, a memoir, epic poetry, Shakespearean drama, and modern poetry. Writing skills are stressed with an emphasis on process and on-demand literary analysis, and includes advanced instruction in research methodology and synthesis. Vocabulary studies include a return to the origins of English words through recognition of Greek and Latin roots. Proficiency in grammar, reading comprehension, and analysis are required. Participation in this class does not guarantee acceptance into AP English.


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

  • Year
  • 10 Credits
  • UC Approved

English IIIA - Grade 11

This year-long course continues to develop proficiency of the English language by focusing on analysis of novels, short stories, drama, and poetry passages to understand the 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 for students currently enrolled in the SERP Program and the International Program 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 American literature focus similar to English 3CP, and includes instruction in research methodology and synthesis.


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

  • Year
  • 10 Credits
  • UC Approved

English III - American Literature - Grade 11

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.


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

  • Year
  • 10 Credits
  • UC Approved

English IV - British Literature - Grade 12

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.


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

  • Year
  • 10 Credits
  • UC Approved