• English Language Arts


    English Fundamentals                                                              Course #3270 Level:                 9-12
    Length:                      Year (10 credits)
    Prerequisite: Low CST test results may require concurrent enrollment in this course and English 9
    Graduation:              Elective credit
    English Fundamentals is a support class that students must take if they scored Far Below or Below Basic on their 8th grade California Content Standards Test. This class will review the fundamentals of grammar, word analysis, and improve students’ reading comprehension.
     

    P-English 9   Course #3030
    Level: 9  
    Length: Year (10 credits)  
    Prerequisite: Graduation: None
    Year 1 English requirement
     
    College Prep: Year 1 English (b) requirement  

    English 9 is a core literature-based language arts course integrating literature, writing, grammar, mechanics, speaking and listening, vocabulary development, reading skills, and study skills.
     

    P-English 10   Course #3040
    Level: 10  
    Length: Prerequisite: Year (10 credits)
    English 1
     
    Graduation: Year 2 English requirement  
    College Prep: Year 2 English (b) requirement  

    English 10 is a core literature-based program integrating literature with writing, grammar, mechanics, speaking and listening, vocabulary development, reading skills, and study skills.
     
    P-English 11                                                                                 Course #3050
    Level:                         11
    Length:                      Year (10 credits)
    Prerequisite:            English 2
    Graduation:              Year 3 English requirement College Prep:         Year 3 English (b) requirement
    English 11 is a core literature-based program integrating the study of American literature with writing, speaking and listening, vocabulary development, reading skills, and study skills.
     
     
     
     
     
    P-English 12                                                                                 Course #3060
    Level:                         12
    Length:                      Year (10 credits)
    Prerequisite:            English 3
    Graduation:              Year 4 English requirement College Prep:         Year 4 English (b) requirement
    English 12 is a core literature-based program integrating the study of British literature with grammar, mechanics, speaking and listening, vocabulary development, reading skills, and study skills.
     
    P-World Studies Program                                                        Course #1428 Level:                 10
    Length:                      Year (double-blocked class 20 credits) Prerequisite:       English 1
    Graduation:              Year 2 English and World Hist requirement College Prep:               Year 2 English (b) and World Hist (a) requirement World Studies integrates English 2 and World History, and is designed to explore world culture and the major turning points in world history to make connections between real life history and American literature. The course will review the rise of democracy through nation building of modern day.
     
    P-American Studies Program                                                  Course #1438 Level:                 11
    Length:                      Year (double-blocked class 20 credits) Prerequisite:       English 2
    Graduation:              Year 3 English and US History requirement College Prep:               Year 3 English (b) and US History (a) requirement American Studies integrates English 3 and U.S. History, and is designed to explore American culture and the major turning points in U.S. history to make connections between real life American History and American literature. The course will review the rise of democracy and the industrial and technological transformations.
     
    P-Adv. Placement (AP) Lang. and Composition                Course #3085 Level:                 11-12
    Length:                      Year (10 credits)
    Prerequisite:            English 2
    Graduation:              Year 3 English requirement College Prep:         Year 3 English (b) requirement
    Advanced Placement Language and Composition is equivalent to a college or university Freshman Composition course and prepares students to take the Advanced Placement Language and Composition exam. Students will become skilled readers and analyzers of literary prose written from a variety of time periods. As a result of such analysis, students will become skilled writers who will be able to produce compositions for a variety of purposes. Through their writing and reading assignments, students learn the purpose and influence of literary prose.
     
    P-Adv. Placement (AP) Literature and Composition          Course #3120 Level:                12
    Length:                      Year (10 credits)
    Prerequisite:            English 3
    Graduation:              Year 4 English requirement College Prep:         Year 4 English (b) requirement
    Advanced Placement Literature and Composition is equivalent to a college or university Freshman Literary Survey course and prepares students to take the Advanced Placement Literature and Composition exam.
     
    P-Science Fiction Literature                                                    Course #3205 Level:                 12
    Length:                      Year (10 credits) Prerequisite:             English 1, 2 and English 3 Graduation:                 Year 4 English requirement
    College Prep:           Year 4 English (b) requirement
    Science Fiction will focus on the reading, analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of science fiction literature in conjunction with current technological and scientific issues and with science fiction film. The class stimulates student interest in technology, fantasy, global thinking, and the future. This English elective provides access to alternative literature.
     
    English Language Development (ELD) 3                             Course #3162 Level:                 9-12
    Length:                      Year (double-blocked class 10 credits) Prerequisite:       CELDT score 3 or Edge Placement Graduation: 10 credits English and 10 credits elective College Prep:                          English (b) requirement
    English Language Development 3 is a course designated for English Learners who score a 3 on the CELDT test. ELD 3 will advance a student’s oral, listening, reading and writing skills and enhance their academic vocabulary. The goal is to prepare English Learners for mainstream academic curriculum.
     
    P-Creative Writing                                                                      Course #3170
    Level:                         10-12
    Length:                      Year (10 credits)
    Prerequisite: English 1
    Graduation:              Elective credit
    College Prep: Elective (g) requirement
    Creative Writing is structured to build upon skills introduced in previous English courses. Focus is on the study of advanced composition, fiction, non-fiction, storytelling, poetry, and speech. The major project will be to produce a student literary magazine.
     
    P-Speech and Debate                                                                Course #3202 Level:                 10-12
    Length:                      Year (10 credits)
    Prerequisite:            English 1, 2.5 GPA, or instructor approval Graduation:  Elective credit
    College Prep:           Elective (g) requirement
    Speech and Debate is a one-year course in oral communication with emphasis on public speaking. Research, writing, and oral techniques needed to develop effective oral presentations, debates, and oral interpretation intersperse the course.
     
    P-Journalism                                                                               Course #3190
    Level:                         10-12
    Length:                      Year (10 credits); may be repeated for credit Prerequisite:              English 1 or instructor approval Graduation:      Elective credit
    College Prep:           Elective (g) requirement
    Journalism provides an introduction to journalistic writing, non-fiction literature, and newspaper production, including news gathering, layout, advertising, and business management. The course focuses on the theoretical basis for scholastic freedom of press, the responsibilities of high school journalists, exclusion of First Amendment freedoms, and journalistic ethics.
     
    P-Peace & Conflict Studies                                                      Course #3186 Level:                 10-12
    Length:                      Year (10 credits)
    Prerequisite:            English 1 and World Cultures or World History Graduation:           Elective credit
    College Prep:           Elective (g) requirement
    Peace & Conflict Studies explores the world of violent and nonviolent solutions. Through readings of prominent authors, students will learn the skills of negotiation and conflict resolution. Students learn to view global human rights as a part of their own cause, not something distinct from their personal life experience. Students learn why we need to end intolerance, racism, and violence in society. Topics like human rights, the environment, structural violence, justice, power, empathy, compassion, respect, tolerance, and freedom are covered.
     
    Poetry                                                                                            Course#3178
    Level:                         10-12
    Length:                      Year (10 credits)
    Prerequisite:            Successful completion of prior English class Graduation:              Elective Credit
    Students explore the world of poetry, learning through a balance of formal study and creative writing, develop an appreciation for poetry and gain valuable experience in critiquing and analyzing literature. After learning a new element, student analyze published examples that employ the element engage in discussions and write their own poetry. Students share poetry in formal and informal readings and critique and analyze their own as well as their classmates writing.