English Courses and Descriptions

  • English Language Arts Graduation Requirement

    To satisfy graduation requirements, each student must earn four credits of English Language Arts: 

    • English I,
    • English II,
    • English III, and
    • English IV.

    *Some Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment courses can fulfill English III and English IV requirements.

    English Language Arts Courses and Descriptions

    English I (G01H09)

    English I addresses four strands of literacy:  Reading, both literary and informational texts; Writing, including research; Listening and Speaking; and Language.  Students read a variety of books, fiction and nonfiction, short stories, poetry, drama, literary nonfiction and informational texts.  Writing involves the modes of narrative, informative/explanatory, and argument/opinion with an emphasis on providing relevant and ample evidence to support a claim.  Students have regular opportunities to conduct both limited and extended research and to share their findings in a variety of ways, including technology-based presentations, whole and small group discussions, and written products.  This course continues to develop language knowledge and skills, enabling students to write and speak in registers appropriate to the purpose and audience.

    • Grade Level: 9
    • Prerequisite: None
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Honors English I (G01H09H)

    Students in Honors English I have demonstrated above grade level skills in reading and writing and an ability to work independently and collaboratively.  As in English I, students read a variety of increasingly complex tests and write in various modes, with the additional expectation of extended reading, writing, and research.  Students must successfully meet district and teacher expectations in the completion of honors criteria each quarter, while also completing at least one or more extended reading and writing assignments related to the quarter’s content. 

    • Grade Level: 9
    • Prerequisite: None
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    English Language Arts Intervention (G01H19)

    Students required to take this course may earn an elective credit in this course designed to improve students’ decoding, fluency, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and writing skills through individualized learning pathways. Students may qualify for this course based on achievement data, universal screening results, and/or reading fluency or writing test results.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11
    • Prerequisite: None
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 3 

    English II (G01H10)

    English II addresses four strands of literacy:  Reading, both literary and informational texts; Writing, including research; Listening and Speaking; and Language.  Students complete a survey of World Literature, including a variety of books, fiction and nonfiction, short stories, poetry, drama, literary nonfiction and informational texts.  Writing involves the modes of narrative, informative/explanatory, and argument/opinion with an emphasis on providing relevant and ample evidence to support a claim while using increasingly sophisticated structures.  Students have regular opportunities to conduct both limited and extended research and to share their findings in a variety of ways, including technology-based presentations, whole and small group discussions, and written products.  This course continues to develop language knowledge and skills, enabling students to write and speak in registers appropriate to the purpose and audience.

    • Grade Level: 10
    • Prerequisite: English I
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1 

    Honors English II (G01H10H)

    Students in English II Honors have successfully completed English I Honors or demonstrated above grade level skills in reading and writing and an ability to work independently and collaboratively.  As in English II, students read a variety of increasingly complex texts and write in a variety of modes, with the additional expectation of extended reading, writing, and research.  Students must successfully meet district and teacher expectations in the completion of honors criteria each quarter, while also completing at least one or more extended reading and writing assignments related to the quarter’s content.  Students are expected to demonstrate mastery of grammar and language mechanics in both writing and speaking by the end of the year.

    • Grade Level: 10
    • Prerequisite: English I
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1 

    English III (G01H11)

    English III continues to develop skills in the four strands of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking, and Language through a survey of American Literature.  Students are expected to read and analyze complex expository works of literary nonfiction, as well as a wide spectrum of various genres of American literature, in order to produce ample evidence to support inferences.  Students will determine themes across multiple texts and express their thinking in writing and speaking supported by ample and relevant evidence from the texts.  Writing will emphasize analysis of text, including research with appropriate citations.  Writing will also focus on revising for specific purposes and audiences and editing to demonstrate command of language and mechanics. 

    • Grade Level: 11
    • Prerequisite: English I  and II
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1 

    Honors English III (G01H11H)

    Students in English III Honors have successfully completed English II Honors or have demonstrated above grade level skills in reading and writing and an ability to work independently and collaboratively.  In English III, students perform a variety of complex reading tasks focused on recurrent themes in American literature and foundational works of American political philosophy.  Analytical writing (both argument/opinion and informative/explanatory) accounts for 80% of the students’ writing.  Students will become skillful in developing claims and counterclaims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.  Students must successfully meet district and teacher expectations in the completion of honors criteria each quarter, while also completing at least one or more extended reading and writing assignments related to the quarter’s content.  Students are expected to demonstrate command of language in various writing and speaking contexts and tasks.

    • Grade Level: 11
    • Prerequisite: English I  and II
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    AP Language and Composition (G01H17)

    AP Language and Composition emphasizes critical reading, analysis, research, and composition.  Students are expected to analyze a wide variety of complex prose from a variety of time periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts.  Writing assignments emphasize development of critical analysis based on text and incorporating evidence from research.   Extensive outside reading and writing is required.  This is a college-level course approved by the Advanced Placement College Board.  Reading selections may have mature and controversial themes.  Students will develop the cognitive and communicative skills to do well on the AP English Language and Composition Examination in May.

    • Grade Level: 11 or 12
    • Prerequisite: English I  and II
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

     *This course qualifies as an EPSO if students complete the course and attempt the exam.

    English IV (G01H13)

    English IV continues to develop and refine skills in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking, and Language through a survey of British Literature.  Students are expected to read and analyze complex expository works of literary nonfiction, as well as a wide spectrum of various genres of British literature, in order to produce ample evidence to support inferences.  Students will determine themes across multiple texts and express their thinking in writing and speaking supported by ample and relevant evidence from the texts.  Writing will emphasize analysis of text, including research with appropriate citations.  Writing will focus on developing increasingly sophisticated structures, blending modes of narrative, informative/explanatory, and argument/opinion, revising for specific purposes and audiences, and editing to demonstrate command of language and mechanics.  

    • Grade Level: 12
    • Prerequisite: English I, II, III
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1 

    AP Literature and Composition (G01H18)

    AP English Literature and Composition is a rigorous college-level course in which students complete a survey of world literature.  Students must write extensively, well-developed compositions in all modes, especially literary analysis.  to evaluate structure and tone of pieces of text representing a variety of literary genres.  Reading selections deal with mature themes.  In addition to extended reading, students also complete an in-depth literary analysis incorporating MLA documentation.  Students also regularly practice timed Advanced Placement writing prompts in preparation for the AP English Literature and Composition Examination in May.  

    • Grade Level: 12
    • Prerequisite: English I, II, III
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

      *This course qualifies as an EPSO if students complete the course and attempt the exam.

    English Language Development I*(G22H00)

    Board-approved materials fee may be requested, but not required. Focuses on the basic skills of English for students at the beginning proficiency level.  This course focuses on the basic concepts of reading, writing, listening, and speaking in the English language.  Designed for those students for whom English is not the primary language.

    *NOTE: Two (2) credits in E.S.L. may substitute for two (2) of the four (4) credits in English which are required for graduation

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: None
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    English Language Development II* (G22H01)

    Board-approved materials fee may be requested, but not required. Builds upon the basics and expands comprehension with the introduction of academic vocabulary.  The curriculum focuses on advancing literary skills for the development of new knowledge/skills.  Designed for those students for whom English is not the primary language.

    *NOTE: Two (2) credits in E.S.L. may substitute for two (2) of the four (4) credits in English which are required for graduation.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: None
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    English Language Development III *(G22H02)

    Board-approved materials fee may be requested, but not required.

    Builds on the skills earned in E.S.L. 2 and adds additional academic language needs.  The emphasis is more on academic processes and content knowledge, rather than basics.  Designed for those students for whom English is not the primary language.

    *NOTE: Two (2) credits in E.S.L. may substitute for two (2) of the four (4) credits in English which are required for graduation.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: None
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    English Language Development IV*(G22H03)

    Board-approved materials fee may be requested, but not required. Focuses on academic content appropriate for grade level of students.  More reading and writing content is used.  Grammar structure is emphasized.  Designed for those students for whom English is not the primary language.

    *NOTE: Two (2) credits in E.S.L. may substitute for two (2) of the four (4) credits in English which are required for graduation.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: None
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1 

    ESL 9-12*(G22H04)

    This English Language Development course is for students who have a proficiency of 3.5 or higher on language proficiency assessment and who are enrolled in English with ESL supports.

    English Language Arts Electives

    Note: These courses can count as electives towards a student’s Humanities and Fine Arts elective focus area.

    AP Seminar (G01H22)

    Seminar is a foundational course that engages students in cross-curricular conversations that explore the complexities of academic and real-world topics and issues by analyzing divergent perspectives. Using an inquiry framework, students practice reading and analyzing articles, research studies, and foundational, literary, and philosophical texts; listening to and viewing speeches, broadcasts, and personal accounts; and experiencing artistic works and performances. Students learn to synthesize information from multiple sources, develop their own perspectives in written essays, and design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as part of a team. Ultimately, the course aims to equip students with the power to analyze and evaluate information with accuracy and precision in order to craft and communicate evidence-based arguments.

    • Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: English I
    • Minimum Credit: 2
    • Maximum Credit: 2

    *This course qualifies as an EPSO if students complete this course, the AP Research course,  and the AP Research project.

    *Successful completion of both AP Seminar and AP Research may fulfill English IV as a graduation requirement.

    AP Research (G01H23)

    AP Research allows students to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, or issue of individual interest. Through this exploration, students design, plan, and conduct a research based investigation to address a research question. In the AP Research course, students further their skills acquired in the AP Seminar course by understanding research methodology; employing ethical research practices; and accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing information as they address a research question. Students explore their skill development, document their processes, and curate the artifacts of the development of their scholarly work in a portfolio. The course culminates in an academic paper of approximately 4000–5000 words (accompanied by a performance or exhibition of product where applicable) and a presentation with an oral defense.

    • Grade Level:  11, 12
    • Prerequisite: English I, English II, and AP Seminar.
    • Minimum Credit: 2
    • Maximum Credit: 2

     *This course qualifies as an EPSO if students complete this course after completing AP Seminar and after completing the AP Research project.

    *Successful completion of both AP Seminar and AP Research may fulfill English IV as a graduation requirement.

    Creative Writing (G01H16)

    Creative Writing is a nine weeks course designed to expand the students’ writing skills, logical thought processes, and original thinking as they explore different modes of writing.  Students are expected to grow in their ability to think innovatively and logically and to express themselves effectively.  Assignments include both individual and collaborative writing, and students are expected to share their work within the classroom community.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: English I
    • Minimum Credit: .5
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Advanced Creative Writing (G01H00)

    The student will be given the opportunity to develop a creative outlet through additional writing experiences in fiction and/or nonfiction. Creative Writing allows them to promote self-expression, to explore various writing styles, and to strive for variety in diction, sentence structure, and format. Students will develop fluency, logic, clarity, and creativity; write for a variety of audiences; explore diverse modes and genres of writing; utilize evaluation and revision skills; focus on the steps of the process writing; and use available technology in the creative process.

    • Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: English I, Creative Writing
    • Minimum Credit: .5
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Preparing for ACT, Postsecondary, & Career (G25H00)

    Students review skills and competencies required for success on the sections of the ACT.  They will become familiar with the format and scoring of the ACT, learn test-taking skills, and receive individualized instruction, enabling them to demonstrate their knowledge on the ACT. 

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: None
    • Minimum Credit: .5
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Honors Genre Literature (G01H01H)

    Students will explore the intricate aspects that define the literary genre, read widely in the genre, study the thematic element(s) of the genre, explore various styles, settings, characters, and plot elements of the literary genre.  Students will analyze, evaluate, and synthesize literature in the genre, participate in collaborative conversations, and write extensively about the literary genre.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: NA
    • Minimum Credit: .5
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Journalism I (G01H15)

    Students in Journalism I support the production of the school newspaper.  The class functions as a class and laboratory in which students learn and practice skills in writing, photography, graphic design, desktop publishing, selling and designing advertisements and marketing the newspaper.  Students in Journalism II support the production of the school newspaper.  They write and publish school newspaper articles, take and crop photographs, create original graphics, and develop and balance the printing budget.  This course is considered an elective course.

    • Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: English I
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 2

    Journalism II Y/N (G01H02)

    Students in Journalism II support the production of the school newspaper.  The class functions as an advanced class and laboratory in which students learn and practice advanced skills in writing, photography, graphic design, desktop publishing, selling and designing advertisements and marketing the newspaper.  Students in Journalism II support the production of the school newspaper.  They write and publish school newspaper articles, take and crop photographs, create original graphics, and develop and balance the printing budget.  This course is considered an elective course.  

    • Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: English I
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 2

    Mythology (G01H74)

    Students will explore literature that focuses on the myths of gods and heroes of various cultures and literature used to explain natural phenomenon. Students will examine how mythical allusions, archetypes, and themes have enriched cultures over time.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: NA
    • Minimum Credit: .5
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Speech and Communications (G01H06)

    Speech develops public speaking skills.  The curriculum includes skills in researching, writing, presenting, and adapting speeches to various audiences and purposes with various communication tools of perception, listening, speech apprehension, ethics, and nonverbal communication included. Forensics and debate may be included.   

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: NA
    • Minimum Credit: .5
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Film as Literature Visual Literacy (G01H05)

    This course interprets visual forms of media and analyzes and evaluates the effectiveness of the various types.  Visual forms of media can include film, print, photography, stage productions, short videos, and graphic designs.  These forms of media will be sued to develop the student’s ability to understand messages conveyed through images.  Throughout the course, students will examine and analyze the effect of various forms of media in order to broaden students’ cultural literacy. 

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: NA
    • Minimum Credit: .5
    • Maximum Credit: 1