English

ENGLISH

  • ENGLISH 1  
  • ENGLISH 2
  • AMERICAN LITERATURE
  • AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION 
  • EUROPEAN LITERATURE
  • AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION  
  • AP EUROPEAN LITERATURE* (offered as an elective)

9th Grade

ENGLISH 1 

The goal of this Ethnic Studies infused English course is to create “conscious citizen scholars” who represent the penultimate qualities of thought, compassion, intention, and ability to engage in the discourse of the academic, professional, and multicultural worlds they live in. This course will equip students with a critical way to see the world and their place in it, and challenge students to apply what they have learned in their homes, schools, and surrounding communities.

Ninth grade World Literature explores a diversity of world literature with universal themes: the Quest for Identity, Coming of Age, Personal Transformation, and the Individual vs. Society. 

Students will read and discuss fiction and non-fiction, including the following texts: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (our summer reading book); selections from World Myth; Sophocles' Oedipus Rex; Shakespeare's Romeo and JulietLike Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquival; short stories; poetry; newspaper articles, essays, and other non-fiction works; and film and video.

Students will learn to write within the four Common Core Spirals of Narrative, Informative/Explanatory, Argument, and Research. We will focus in depth on the writing process, including literary and academic vocabulary development and standard English grammar and mechanics. 

10th Grade

ENGLISH 2 

PREREQUISITES:  English 1

The 10th grade English curriculum is multicultural, involving the study of works by American and international writers whose writing reflects their cultural background and their immigrant or minority experience. The emphasis in this course is on writing in the form of essays in a variety of genres following the ELA Core Curriculum Scope and Sequence: Narrative, Expository, Argument and Research.  All writing instruction conforms to the Common Core State Standards. 

11th Grade

AMERICAN LITERATURE

PREREQUISITES: English 1 - 2

American Literature is a survey of major literary works, topics, and themes across the history of the United States, from the Colonial period to modern times. Students will read both fiction and non-fiction texts, practice writing in a variety of modes (narrative, expository, persuasive, creative), work towards a mastery of English mechanics and grammar, engage in extensive research, and develop effective public-speaking and presentational skills.  The course makes extensive use of internet and electronic tools, as well as experience "beyond classroom walls."

 

AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION 

PREREQUISITES: Interest in writing intensive, non-fiction course.

Students will: read non-fiction prose critically, think and write analytically about the rhetorical choices a writer has to make to convey meaning, purpose and effect, write compositions that establish and develop an argument, reflect analytically upon their own writing and that of their peers, "read", analyze and write about documentary film and other visual images, increase their mastery of standard English usage, prepare to do acceptable work on the Advanced Placement exam.

12th Grade

ENGLISH - EUROPEAN LITERATURE 

PREREQUISITES: English 1, English 2, and American Literature

European Literature Class is a survey class that follows a chronological look at the progression of literature from the early Medieval Period to Modern Day. The class readings include poetry, novels and short stories. Students will be required to move from summary writing to critical analysis of the use of writing techniques. The class requires regular meeting, reading, writing and critical analysis.

AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION 

Students will be introduced to a wide array of texts from across Europe. Using novels, short stories, poetry, film, electronic media, and the visual arts, students will become increasingly familiar with the role of literature in the rich history of Pre-Romantic through Post-WWII Europe—including the ways by which individuals and texts from various countries share common themes, beliefs, and values, while possessing unique customs, traditions, and literary styles.