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GRADE 9

GRADE 10

GRADE 11

GRADE 12

HONORS (H)

English 9

English 10

AP English Language and Composition (American Studies)
English 11: American Lit/Rhetoric I H

AP English Literature and Composition

British Lit Honors/Rhetoric II
African American Lit/Rhetoric II
COLLEGE (C)

English 9 and Reading I

English 10

English 11: American Lit/Rhetoric I

World Lit/Rhetoric II

American Novel/Rhetoric II

African American Lit/Rhetoric II

Contemporary Literature and Writing

ELECTIVES

Reading I

(Placement Only)

Reading II (Placement Only)

History and Thought of Western Man Honors

ACT/PSAE Prep

History and Thought of Western Man Honors

Journalism I

Mass Media, Drama

Journalism I/II

Students may change academic levels based on classroom performance, teacher recommendation, parent request, and reading scores.

Note: Students enrolled in AP courses will be required to participate in additional activities outside of normal classroom time.

INTRODUCTION

English language arts include reading, writing, speaking, listening and the study of literature. In addition, students must be able to study, retain and use information from many sources. Through the study of English language arts, students should be able to read fluently, understanding a broad range of written materials. They must be able to communicate well and listen carefully and effectively. They should develop a command of the language and demonstrate their knowledge through speaking and writing for a variety of audiences and purposes. As students progress, a structured study of literature will allow them to recognize universal themes and to compare styles and ideas across authors and era.

KEY Points for Common Core Standards for Language Arts:

Reading

  • The standards establish a “staircase” of increasing complexity in what students must be able to read so that all students are ready for the demands of college- and career-level reading no later than the end of high school. The standards also require the progressive development of reading comprehension so that students advancing through the grades are able to gain more from whatever they read.
  • Through reading a diverse array of classic and contemporary literature as well as challenging informational texts in a range of subjects, students are expected to build knowledge, gain insights, explore possibilities, and broaden their perspective. Because the standards are building blocks for successful classrooms, but recognize that teachers, school districts and states need to decide on appropriate curriculum, they intentionally do not offer a reading list. Instead, they offer numerous sample texts to help teachers prepare for the school year and allow parents and students to know what to expect at the beginning of the year.
  • The standards mandate certain critical types of content for all students, including classic myths and stories from around the world, foundational U.S. documents, seminal works of American literature, and the writings of Shakespeare. The standards appropriately defer the many remaining decisions about what and how to teach to states, districts, and schools.

Writing

  • The ability to write logical arguments based on substantive claims, sound reasoning, and relevant evidence is a cornerstone of the writing standards, with opinion writing—a basic form of argument—extending down into the earliest grades.
  • Research—both short, focused projects (such as those commonly required in the workplace) and longer term in depth research —is emphasized throughout the standards but most prominently in the writing strand since a written analysis and presentation of findings is so often critical.
  • Annotated samples of student writing accompany the standards and help establish adequate performance levels in writing arguments, informational/explanatory texts, and narratives in the various grades.

Speaking and Listening

  • The standards require that students gain, evaluate, and present increasingly complex information, ideas, and evidence through listening and speaking as well as through media.
  • An important focus of the speaking and listening standards is academic discussion in one-on-one, small-group, and whole-class settings. Formal presentations are one important way such talk occurs, but so is the more informal discussion that takes place as students collaborate to answer questions, build understanding, and solve problems.

Language

  • The standards expect that students will grow their vocabularies through a mix of conversations, direct instruction, and reading. The standards will help students determine word meanings, appreciate the nuances of words, and steadily expand their repertoire of words and phrases.
  • The standards help prepare students for real life experience at college and in 21st century careers. The standards recognize that students must be able to use formal English in their writing and speaking but that they must also be able to make informed, skillful choices among the many ways to express themselves through language.
  • Vocabulary and conventions are treated in their own strand not because skills in these areas should be handled in isolation but because their use extends across reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

Media and Technology

  • Just as media and technology are integrated in school and life in the twenty-first century, skills related to media use (both critical analysis and production of media) are integrated throughout the standards.

Course Number: C14/15

Course Title: English 9 (College)

Prerequisite: None

In this one-year 9th grade course, students will analyze literature, expand grammar and vocabulary skills, develop composition abilities, and demonstrate critical thinking. This English survey class focuses on the characteristics of each genre as well as the art and meaning of literary works. Basic paragraph writing and multi-paragraph essay are emphasized.

Course Number: C16/17

Course Title: English 9 Honors

Prerequisite: Staff Placement

In this one-year 9th grade course, students will take an intensified approach to literary analysis, language and composition development, and advanced critical thinking skills. This English survey focuses on the characteristics of each genre as well as the art and meaning of literary works. Students will be expected to become familiar with the elements of the genre as well as the art and meaning of a given literary work. Paragraph writing and the multi-paragraph essay are emphasized. An outside reading requirement is an integral part of this course.

Course Number: C18/19 (English Portion)

Course Title: Read 180 (Reading Portion)

Prerequisite: Staff Placement, 9-12

This one-year long 90 minute course is an intensive reading interventions program. The program directly addresses individual needs through adaptive and instructional software, high-interest literature, and direct instruction in reading and writing skills.

Course Number: C24/25

Course Title: English 10 (College)

Prerequisite: Credit Earned in English 9 and Teacher Recommendation

In this one-year 10th grade course, students will review and expand upon the skills developed during freshman year. The focus will be on literature (concentrating on the relationship between the individual experience and its reflection in literature), composition (mastering expository, persuasive, and narrative writing), and speech. Students will be expected to read and analyze various genres of literature, write multi-paragraph essays, and participate in speech activities.

Course Number: C26/27

Course Title: English 10 Honors

Prerequisite: Credit Earned in English 9 and Teacher Recommendation

In this one-year 10th grade course, students will further develop those skills introduced in English 9H. The focus will be by theme with emphasis placed on reading and thinking critically. Students will be expected to master theme writing, present research-based speeches, and analyze a wide scope of literature. An outside reading requirement is an integral part of this course. Summer reading is “The Lord of the Flies”.

Course Number: C30/31

Course Title: Reading 1 (College)

Prerequisite: English 9

In this one-year 9th grade course, students will concentrate on building reading speed, comprehension, and vocabulary acquisition. The course focuses on improving students’ understanding of a broad range of reading materials, application of word analysis and vocabulary skills. Students will be expected to apply reading and vocabulary strategies to both fiction and nonfiction across the content areas.

Course Number: C36/C77
Course Title: African American Literature Honors/Rhetoric II Honors
Prerequisite: Successful Completion of American Studies (H) and/or Teacher Recommendation

This is a one year long challenging senior-level course in the study of representative African American authors, contemporary and classic. The novels will reflect the historical time period being studied in the history portion of the course. Students will embark on an exploration of ideas that shape and influence the tradition of African American Literature. The course requires critical reading of texts with attention to a variety of genres. Students will receive current literacy criticism of primary sources. The class includes a substantial writing component that incorporates rhetorical strategies such as argumentation, comparison-contrast, and definition. An emphasis is placed on literary analysis and research. Students will write to evaluate a literary work, explain judgments about its artistry and explore its underlying social and cultural values through analysis, interpretation, and argumentation. Students are expected to maintain a rigorous pace of assigned reading to address complex writing assignments.

Course Number: C42/43

Course Title: English 11 (College): American Literature/Rhetoric I

Prerequisite: Credit earned in English 10

This one-year 11th grade course introduces students to important authors and themes in American thought as expressed through novels, short stories, essays, and political documents. Emphasis is placed on the literary movements and traditions represented by a variety of American authors and parallel relationships between US history and the literature. Students will experience various modes of writing including exposition, persuasion, and narratives with emphasis on grammar, sentence construction, and vocabulary improvement. A research paper written as an in-class process is required to earn credit.

Course Number: C46/47

Course Title: AP English Literature and Composition

Prerequisite: Grade 12 and/or Teacher Recommendation

The Advanced Placement Literature and Composition class is a college-level introduction to major literary selections, literary movements, and writers' techniques. It is an intense, analytical study of poetry, plays, novels, short stories, and college composition; students are expected to discover meaning in literature by being attentive to language, imagery, character, action, argument, and the strategies used to evoke responses from readers. Students are expected to take the national AP Literature & Composition test in the spring; an acceptable score may grant them college credit. A literary analysis research paper is required to earn credit.

Course Number: C51/C75WL

Course Title: World Literature/Rhetoric II

Prerequisite: Grade 12 and Teacher Recommendation

In this college-bound, senior-level course, diverse literature is studied against the backdrop of world civilizations, ranging from the ancient world of 3000 BC to the present. An emphasis is placed on the commonalities of mankind, his struggles and his triumphs, through the use of short stories, religious and philosophical documentation, essays, poetry, short stories and novels, in an historical and culturally relevant context. Student writing is both literature and experientially based with a mandatory research and supplemental reading component. Students enhance their communicative ability through integration of rhetorical theory, grammar, and writing principles with comprehension and interpretation. A research paper is the required final product to earn credit in this course.

Course Number:C52/C73

Course Title:Contemporary Literature and Writing

Prerequisite: Grade 12, Teacher Recommendation

In this one-year 12th grade course, students will read, examine, and discuss a variety of modern literature such as short stories, fiction, and nonfiction. Students will be required to review and expand upon interpersonal and small group communication skills. The focus is on introspective preparation for the workforce through written projects and oral presentation. Students will be expected to complete a final project utilizing written and verbal skills based on career-related research.

Course Number: C61/C75AN

Course Title: American Novel/Rhetoric II

Prerequisite: Grade 12 and Teacher Recommendation

This one-year 12th grade course is an in-depth study of selected multicultural American novels. Students enhance their communicative ability through integration of rhetorical theory, grammar, and writing principles with comprehension and interpretation. A research paper is the required final product to earn credit in this course.

Course Number: C65/C77

Course Title: British Literature Honors and Rhetoric II Honors

Prerequisite: Grade 12 and Teacher Recommendation

This one-year 12th grade course is an advanced composition class for college-bound seniors. Students are required to show proficiency in a variety of expository writing styles. The course will incorporate multi-paragraph essays, persuasive essays, literary analysis and a required research paper. This class provides the students with exposure to college level writing expectations through organization of ideas, presentation of details, sophisticated style, critical thinking, and use of extended vocabulary.

Course Number: C82/83

Course Title: Reading II

Prerequisite: Enrollment in English 10/Reading Specialist Placement

In this one-year 10th grade course, students will further develop their reading speed and comprehension, vocabulary and word analysis skills, and test taking skills. Students will apply reading strategies to a variety of texts and tests. Students will be expected to read and respond to selections both in and outside of class.

Course Number: C84/C75AA

Course Title: African American Literature/Rhetoric II

Prerequisite: Grade 11-12 and Teacher Recommendation

This course focuses on the African-American's contribution to the Literary Arts. African-American origins and culture form the basis of this study to demonstrate how the diffusion of this sub-population has profoundly influenced not only our nation, but also all parts of the world. Students will read, research, discuss, and report on selected works of literature which trace the heritage of African-Americans. Students enhance their communicative ability through integration of rhetorical theory, grammar, and writing principles with comprehension and interpretation. A research paper is the required final product to earn credit in this course.

Course Number: C85

Course Title: Mass Media

Prerequisite: Grade 12

In this one-semester elective language arts course, students will review and develop skills of analysis and evaluation. The focus will be on analysis of television and film productions, using standard literary terms such as plot, characterization, and theme development. Students will be expected to demonstrate understanding of filming and writing techniques and special effects through class discussions and formal writing.

Course Number: C86/87

Course Title: Journalism I

Prerequisite: Grade 11-12 and Teacher/Advisor Recommendation

This full-year elective language arts course is for students interested in learning the journalistic style of writing. The focus is on research techniques, news reporting, feature and sports writing, editing skills, interview skills, photography and page layout and design.

Course Number: C88

Course Title: Drama

Prerequisite: Grade 11-12

In this one-semester elective course, students will be introduced to drama and theatre. The focus will be on theatre production process and literary analysis of scripts. Students will be expected to read and analyze various dramatic pieces, write formal production critiques, perform memorized monologues and present group acting scenes in front of an audience.

Course Number: C89/90

Course Title: Journalism II

Prerequisite: Credit Earned in Journalism I and Teacher/Advisor Recommendation

The advanced Journalism class is a one-year elective available for any students who have successfully completed the Journalism class. This course will provide students the opportunity to develop enhanced journalistic skills and explore new technologies for page layout and design.

Course Number: C92/93

Course Title: American Literature Honors/Rhetoric I Honors/American Studies

Prerequisite: Grade 11 and Teacher Recommendation

This year-long course is a two period, team taught, interdisciplinary class integrating Rhetoric, American Literature, U.S. History, art, music, and architecture. The course develops critical and analytical skills through close reading and interpretation of American Literature of all genres and literary periods. A research paper is required to earn credit for the Rhetoric I component of this course. Successful completion of all four semesters will fulfill the one-credit graduation requirement for U.S. History, American Literature, and Rhetoric I. Summer reading is required.

Course Number: C94/95

Course Title: History and Thought of Western Man Honors

Prerequisite: A/B/C Earned in English 9H and/or Teacher Recommendation; concurrent enrollment in D74/75History
and Thought of Western Man Honors (History)

This one-year, two-period blocked English and History course is designed for gifted and talented sophomores. Students must enroll in both HTWM History and HTWM English in order to participate in the course. The students will be introduced to college reading, advanced writing and higher level thinking skills. The focus will be a survey of the Western World from the ancient Near East to the modern era; the English class will learn about literature, drama, art, and architecture, and the History class will learn about history, philosophy, and music. Selections covered will include Genesis, The Iliad, The Inferno, The Tempest, Tartuffe, A Doll’s House, Cyrano de Bergerac, Siddhartha, R.U.R. and Maus I & II. Students will be expected to analyze literary genres, demonstrate historical interpretations and cultural points of view, recognize historical art movements and specific art works, understand various philosophical perspectives, and synthesize all of these through various activities. Successful completion of both semesters will fulfill one credit of Elective English and one credit of World Civilizations.

Course Number: C96/97

Course Title: AP English Language and Composition (American Studies)

Prerequisite: Grade 11, Teacher Recommendation, and Concurrent Enrollment in D38/39

(AP U.S. History)(American Studies)

The Advanced Placement English Language and Composition course is designed to be the equivalent of a college introduction composition course. The AP course in English Language and Composition provides an opportunity for high school students to receive credit for college-level work completed at the secondary school level. The goal of AP English Language and Composition is to help students become skilled leaders in prose written in a variety of disciplines and rhetorical contents and become skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes, and are aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects. An integral part of this course is the development of research skills that enable students to evaluate, use, and cite source material. A research paper and summer reading are required.

Course Number: CG11/12

Course Title: ACT/PSAE Prep

Prerequisite: Staff Placement

This one-year course provides an intensive review of language arts and mathematics skills necessary for students to enhance knowledge and strategies to improve performance on the PSAE/ACT. Specific practice with Work Keys and on-line ACT sample exams are provided.

Course Number: C98/99

Course Title: Independent Study

Prerequisite: Recommendation of Instructor and Administrative Approval

Upon acceptance, the student must obtain the approval of an instructor in the Language Arts under whom he/she will study. The approved program must be in a Language Arts course currently offered in District 227 of which the student’s schedule prohibits normal enrollment. The approved program must be submitted to the designated administrator for final approval. This is a pass/fail equivalent.

Course Number: HZ112/113

Course Title: English 9

Prerequisite: Team recommendation*

This course teaches sentence structure and emphasizes accuracy in grammar and usage. Creative writing as well as paragraph and theme writing become opportunities to apply these skills. Reading comprehension is reinforced through short stories and short novels. Students begin using word processing skills.

Course Number: HZ114/115

Course Title: English 10

Prerequisite: Team recommendation*

Students will review and expand upon the skills developed during freshman year. The focus will be on incorporating structured writing and paragraph techniques. In addition it integrates world literature and poetry. Word processing skills are also applied. This course is designed for sophomores.

Course Number: HZ116/117

Course Title: English 11

Prerequisite: Team recommendation*

This course builds upon skills acquired in English 9 and 10 and incorporates research skills. Students will analyze literature, interpret plays and demonstrate their understanding and knowledge through speaking and writing for a variety of audiences and purposes.

Course Number: HZ118/119

Course Title: English 12

Prerequisite: Team recommendation*

In this course student’s focus on structured paragraph-writing techniques that will be implemented in a research paper. They also prepare for post high school by writing cover letters and resumes. Students will analyze various literary genres in greater depth.

Course Number: HZ120/121

Course Title: Popular Literature

Prerequisite: Team recommendation*

Students will read, examine, and discuss a variety of modern literature such as short stories, poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Students will be required to exhibit proficiency in writing, vocabulary, and oral communication.

Course Number: HZ128/129

Course Title: English Composition

Prerequisite: Team recommendation*

Students will apply previously acquired English skills through different types of writing. These include paragraphs, essays, reports, imaginative and practical writing and poetry.

Course Number: HZ132/133

Course Title: Reading I

Prerequisite: Team recommendation*

Students will spend time reading both in the classroom and independently. The course focuses on improving student vocabulary, word analysis skills, reading speed and comprehension, study strategies, and test taking skills. Students will be expected to red and respond to a variety of fiction and nonfiction.

Course Number: HZ134/135

Course Title: Reading II

Prerequisite: Team recommendation*

Students will further develop their reading speed and comprehension, vocabulary, word analysis skills, and test taking skills. Students will apply reading strategies to a variety of texts. Students will be expected to read and respond to selections both in and outside of class.

Course Number: HZ140/141, HZ142/143, HZ144/145, HZ146/147

Course Title: Resource I, Resource II, Resource III, Resource IV (Grades 9-12)

Prerequisite: Team recommendation*

The main focus of the resource class is to assist/support students in the general education courses as well as provide instruction in the areas of test taking skills, organizational strategies, and writing skills.

Course Number: HZ154/155(English)

Course Number: Reading: HZ 154A/ 155A, HZ156/157, HZ156A/157A

Course Title: Read 180

Prerequisite: Staff Placement, 9-12

This one-year long 90 minute course is an intensive reading interventions program. The program directly addresses individual needs through adaptive and instructional software, high-interest literature, and direct instruction in reading and writing skills.

Course Number: HZ198/199

Course Title: Independent Study

Prerequisite: Team Recommendation*(instructor and administrator approval)

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