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English 1, 2 (1540, 1541)

CollegePreparatory Course (P). Thecourse content focuses on teaching students skills and strategies for critical,independent reading and writing of complex expository and narrative texts. Thecourse utilizes balanced literacy instructional approaches.

Instruction in each standards-basedunit of study interrelates reading, writing, oral communication, and languagestudy. Students are provided with multiple opportunities to articulate theirown ideas as well as to question, interpret, and evaluate others' ideas.

 

English 1, 2 Cluster (1540C, 1541C)UC "b" requirement

CollegePreparatory Course (P). Thiscourse is for students reading and writing at or above grade level and B orbetter in previous advanced English course or "A" in last regular Englishcourse. This cluster class emphasizes qualitatively different curricular andinstructional strategies. The course emphasizes the thematic study ofliterature in major genre areas: short story, nonfiction, drama, poetry and thenovel.

 

English 1, 2 Seminar (1540S, 1541S)

Prerequisite:Identified seminar students only (as determined by district GATE tests andguidelines) may participate in the seminar program. College Preparatory Course (P). ThisEnglish class explores masterpieces of world literature with an emphasis on thecultural implications of each within historical context. Students should alsobe prepared to independently read a variety of advanced level fiction andnonfiction. Learn through classroom discussion of reading and reading.

 

English 3, 4 (1570, 1571)

CollegePreparatory Course (P). Thecourse content focuses on teaching students skills and strategies for critical,independent reading and writing of increasingly complex expository andnarrative texts. Instruction in each standards-based unit of study interrelatesreading, writing, oral communication, and language study. Students are providedwith multiple opportunities to articulate their own ideas as well as toquestion, interpret, and evaluate others' ideas.

 

English3,4 Advanced (1572, 1573)

CollegePreparatory Course (P). Thiscourse emphasizes the critical analysis of complex expository and narrativetexts. Each standards-based unit of study interrelates reading, writing, oralcommunication, and language study. Students are provided with multipleopportunities to articulate their own ideas as well as to question, interpret,and evaluate others' ideas. While similar to English 3,4, instruction in thiscourse supports in-depth and more independent research-based reading andwriting as well as critical analyses of a range of challenging literary andinformational texts. The course meets the requirements for the Diploma withAcademic Distinction.

 

English 3, 4 Seminar (1570S, 1571S)

Prerequisite:Identified seminar students only (as determined by district GATE tests andguidelines) may participate in the seminar program. College Preparatory Course (P). Thecurriculum emphasizes the thematic study of literature in major genre areas:short story, non-fiction, drama, poetry, and the novel. The course alsoprovides an opportunity to investigate the related worlds of history, art andmusic.

 

American Literature 1, 2 (1583, 1584)

CollegePreparatory Course (P). This course emphasizes skills and strategies forindependent reading of, analyzing, and writing about works of Americanliterature, with a focus on how that literature reflects social, political, andmoral issues in the United States. Instruction in each standards-basedunit of study interrelates reading, writing, oral communication, and languagestudy.

 

English HL 1 IB 1, 2 (1735, 1736)

Thistwo-semester course supports the International Baccalaureate diploma orcertificate program. This course forms the first half of a two-year course inwritten and oral language and comparative literary analysis. In this first yearof study, students focus on selected literary works by North and Latin Americanwriters. Prepare students to take the IB Higher Level (HL) exam in English, andfulfills the Group 1 (Language A) requirement for the InternationalBaccalaureate diploma.


Expository Reading & Writing 1, 2(1698, 1699)

Collegepreparatory course (P). The goal of this course is to prepare college-boundseniors for the literacy demands of higher education. Students develop advancedproficiencies in expository, analytical, and argumentative reading and writing.

 

English HL 2 IB 1, 2 (1741, 1742)

Thistwo-semester course forms the second half of a two-year course in written andoral language and comparative literary analysis that prepares students to takethe IB Higher Level (HL) exam in English. The focus of this second year ofstudy is on selected works of world literature. This course, together with theEnglish HL1 IB course, fulfills the Group 1 (Language A) requirement for theInternational Baccalaureate diploma.

 

ESL 9th Block 1, 2; 3,4;5,6

(1621, 1622, 1623, 1624, 1625, 1626)

This course continues thedevelopment of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English withincreased focus on reading and writing. In this course, students begin tounderstand and use language and information in a wide range of situations.Control of basic grammar is evident but may be inconsistent. Reading and writing activities reflect andextend the level of oral English development of students, and the contentextends their English language experiences.

 

ESL 10th -12thBlock 1, 2; 3,4; 5,6 

(1631, 1632, 1633, 1634, 1635, 1636)

ESL 1-2 Literacy Block provides abalanced approach to English language development, using communication-based,content-based, and literature based activities. Instruction focuses onoral/aural activities to ensure comprehension of concepts and vocabulary.Students learn to understand conversation on a variety of everyday subjects andto ask for clarification when needed. Reading and writing activities aredesigned to help students develop literacy skills using language alreadypracticed orally.


Journalism/Yearbook


Journalism 1, 2 (1960, 1961)

This course introduces the basictechniques and skills of journalistic writing, investigates the meaning offreedom of the press and the dependency of other freedoms upon an informedcitizenry, and prepares the student for participation in school publications.

 

Journalism 3, 4 (1962, 1963)

This course is intended to sharpenthe skills introduced in Journalism 1,2 and provide experience with a highdegree of realism and application to college or career journalism. The classfunctions as a staff, producing the official school newspaper.

 

Journalism 5, 6 (1964, 1965)

Students electing this course supplythe leadership and hold the key positions in the publication of the schoolnewspaper: editor-in-chief, copy editor, advertising and business manager,managing editor, page editors, and columnists. As advanced journalism students,they are responsible for informing the newspaper policy, presenting a balancedimage of the school, planning page composition, meeting with business people,editing, and meeting the full range of responsibilities in producing regularlyscheduled publication.

 

Public Speaking 1, 2 (1415, 1416)

This course in oral communicationinterrelates reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students research,write, and deliver speeches for a variety of purposes, both informal and formal,to varied audiences. The course emphasizes the effective delivery of a varietyof speeches including speeches to inform, persuade, entertain, and communicate.

 

Publications/Yearbook (8421, 8422)

This course provides individualspecialized training and production work in publishing the school yearbook.