English Department

English Department

CUSD GRADUATION REQUIREMENT

English.............................40.0

Continuous enrollment in English

 

English Department Course Descriptions

 

COURSE TITLE

COURSE DESCRIPTION

TERM

GRADE

A–G REQ

CREDITS

English 9A

This course is designed for ninth graders who need individual attention to master reading and writing skills. Writing instruction emphasizes punctuation, sentence structure, spelling skills, and vocabulary development. Units deal with developing students’ character by reading and writing about real people who have experienced similar challenges and success in their lives.

Year

9

 

5 English credits per semester

ENGLISH 9-P

This course reinforces and develops all elements of language arts. Listening and speaking skills taught in a variety of situations enable students to discuss a wide range of topics. A systematic reading program encourages independent sustained, silent reading. Broad and in-depth core literature units stress substance and focus on major human values and issues. Vocabulary is studied in context and systematically developed. Writing is diversified and assignments cover expository essays and speeches, poetry, and novels.

Year

9

‘B’

UC/CSU

 

5 English credits per semester

HONORS ENGLISH 9-P

 

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation, appropriate score on the state standards test, and passing the Honors English writing test

This course is designed for students with high academic goals. Students are expected to be critical thinkers who possess good reading and writing skills. Course expectations include completion of a research paper, writing of analytical essays based on literary works, extensive use of vocabulary and analogy lessons, and oral presentations. Major units focused around novels, expository essays, and poetry.

Year

9

‘B’

UC/CSU

5 English credits per semester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENGLISH 10-A

This is a course designed for students who need extra help with reading and writing skills. Writing instruction emphasizes punctuation, sentence structure, spelling skills, and vocabulary development. Units deal with developing students’ character by studying the hero’s journey in literature and their own lives.

Year

10

 

5 English credits per semester

ENGLISH 10-P

Elements of composition, grammar, research skills, reading skills, and an introduction to literary forms will be presented during the year. Major units include mythology, the novel, and expository essays, and a research paper.

Year

10

‘B’ UC/CSU

5 English credits per semester

HONORS ENGLISH 10-P

 

Prerequisite: English Department recommendation.

This introductory AP/IB course introduces students to the program and its requirements. Greek drama, early English theatre, and Shakespeare will be studied. Verification of the writing language arts literacy will take place in this course.

Year

10

‘B’

UC/CSU

5 English credits per semester

SURVEY OF MODERN LITERATURE

This course is designed for students who find reading and writing challenging. Students will improve reading comprehension and literature analysis techniques. There is also extensive writing. Emphasis is placed on mechanics and paragraph construction. Research writing is taught as well as an introduction to creative writing. Reading, writing, and speech skills can be remediated in this class.

Year

11

 

5 English credits per semester

AMERICAN LITERATURE-P

 

 

This course is a chronological survey of American literature beginning with the colonial writers and extending to contemporary writers. Literary criticism and knowledge of the development of our national literature will be stressed.

 

Year

11

‘B’

UC/CSU

5 English credits per semester

AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION

 

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Honors English 10 or recommendation of the English Teacher.

This course is an honors class equivalent to a college freshman course. It is designed to help students become skilled at reading and writing rhetorical strategies through a variety of genres including literature, non-fiction, poetry, and visual media. Students should expect rigorous study of text and extensive expository, analytical and argumentative writing. At the completion of the course the student will be able to achieve an adequate score on the College Board’s Advanced Placement English Language and Composition Test, which will earn the student as much as six units of college credit at most colleges and universities.

Year

11-12

‘B’

UC/CSU

 

UC

Approved for honors credit

5 English credits per semester

ENGLISH IB HL 1-P

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Honors English 10 or recommendation of the English Teacher

This course will guide students through the first half of the two-year English component of the International Baccalaureate program, including the initial assessments. Students planning to complete the IB English requirements must follow this course with English IB HL 2 in their senior year. Non-IB students who meet the admission requirement and desire an academically challenging class may also enroll. The course prepares students for rigorous examination through intensive reading and the writing of mechanically sound essays of various rhetorical strategies. Students will analyze and evaluate literature from the genres of prose fiction, poetry, drama, and expository non-fiction. Vocabulary development and oral and written commentary on specific works of literature are emphasized.

Year

11

‘B’

UC/CSU

 

UC approved for honors credit

5 English credits per semester

COLLEGE AND CAREER WRITING

This course is designed to prepare students for success in their post-secondary endeavors. It combines elements of our grade 12 Expository Reading and Writing Course with career and technical writing assignments, experiences they are likely to encounter after high school graduation.

Year

12

 

5 English credits per semester

WORLD LITERATURE-P

This course provides students the opportunity to study, at a college preparatory level, literary selections from a variety of the world's cultures, ancient and modern. In addition, students will practice a range of expository writing forms and sharpen their research skills, all in anticipation of college enrollment.

Year

12

‘B’

UC/CSU

5 English credits per semester

EXPOSITORY READING AND WRITING - P

ERWC is designed to prepare college-bound seniors for the literacy demands they will experience in their post-secondary endeavors. It is a year-long rhetoric-based course that will focus on developing students’ proficiency in expository, analytical, and argumentative reading and writing. Students will experience both nonfiction and literary texts as well as further develop research methods and documentation conventions. The course is aligned to the seven criteria of the UC English requirement and the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy. Students who score as “Conditionally Ready” on the EAP during their junior year and who earn a C.

Year

12

‘B’

UC/CSU

5 English credits per semester

AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION

 

Prerequisite: B+ average in English required.

This course is an honors class equivalent to a college freshman course. It is designed to help students become skilled at reading and writing rhetorical strategies through a variety of genres including literature, non-fiction, poetry, and visual media. Students should expect rigorous study of text and extensive expository, analytical and argumentative writing. At the completion of the course the student will be able to achieve an adequate score on the College Board’s Advanced Placement English Language and Composition Test, which will earn the student as much as six units of college credit at most colleges and universities.

Year

11-12

‘B’

UC/CSU

 

UC

Approved for honors credit

5 English credits per semester

AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION

 

Prerequisite: B+ average in English required.

An honors class equivalent to college freshman English, this course is designed to help the student polish his language arts skills to enable him to perform well on the Advanced Placement or similar tests and to succeed in demanding college-level and university courses where writing and language skills are required. The course requires the study and practice of writing. In addition, the student learns to read works of literature perceptively and how to express responses to them. The student will study intensively a representative sampling of works from several genres and literary periods.

 

Year

12

‘B’

UC/CSU

 

UC

Approved for honors credit

5 English credits per semester

ENGLISH IB HL 2

 

Prerequisite: Successful completion of IB English HL 1 or recommendation of the English Teacher

This course is the culmination of the IB English program. Students complete their analysis of literature begun in Honors or Pre-Honors English, and the articulated composition program. Students receive training on the English component of the IB exam. Students also continue their training for oral commentary. The content of the course includes some of the world’s greatest literature in translation taught in historical and philosophical context.

Year

12

‘B’

UC/CSU

 

UC approved for honors credit

5 English credits per semester