Intermediate ELD 9 CREDIT: 1.0 COURSE NO: EN001
Intermediate ELD 9 empowers students’ listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English for everyday and academic purposes. Students participate in conversations in structured situations on a variety of familiar and new topics, read a variety of texts adapted for English language learners, and expand their knowledge of English grammatical structures using sentences to compose paragraphs and essays. During the second semester, students read simple novels and dramas and are introduced to elements of fiction and literature analyses.
Pre-requisite(s): MAP score, written prompt, interview Open to grade(s): 9
Intermediate ELD 10 CREDIT: 1.0 COURSE NO: EN002
Intermediate ELD 10 provides modified learning of literacy and literature aimed at meeting students’ strengths and interests. The course will train the students to read listen, view, speak, write, and present with fluency and clarity. Students make meaningful connections to texts, and the world around them. They are encouraged to think critically. The course prompts students to appreciate the cultural impact and aesthetic power of different texts and cultures. This course empowers students to use language conventions correctly, increase their vocabulary and apply correct grammatical concepts to appropriate sentence structures.
Pre-requisite(s): MAP score, written prompt, interview Open to grade(s): 10
English 9 CREDIT: 1.0 COURSE NO: EN003
Students are introduced to a broad view of world literature; including various genres, which cover short fiction, novels, poetry, drama, and the essay. Formal grammar includes basic parts of speech and extends to more complex usage. Vocabulary study and development are integral parts of the curriculum. Students are introduced to literary terms and taught literary and rhetorical analysis techniques. The writing component of the class is expository in nature and builds from the sentence and paragraph to include the five-paragraph, thesis, the research paper, and the use of academic citation.
Pre-requisite(s): MAP score, written prompt, interview Open to grade(s): 9
English 9 Honors CREDIT: 1.0 COURSE NO: EN004
Students are introduced to the main literary genres and inherent features, literary devices used by authors to enhance those features, writing techniques, and grammatical principles. Students are also prompted to read extensively and respond to various topics in writing. In addition to the mastery of the language, students are induced to develop a love for reading and literature, to use critical and creative thinking skills, and develop personal sense of elegance in both writing and speaking.
Pre-requisite(s): MAP score, written prompt, interview Open to grade(s): 9
Writing Workshop 9 CREDIT: 1.0 COURSE NO: EN005
The course is designed to help students become skilled readers and writers through drafting in several forms (e.g., narrative, expository, analytical, and argumentative essays) about a variety of subjects followed by several stages or drafts, with revision aided by teachers and peers. An important facet of this course is developing research skills, as well as the ability to evaluate and use, primary and secondary sources. Students learn to cite sources using a recognized editorial style (e.g., Modern Language Association, The Chicago Manual of Style).
Pre-requisite(s): MAP and Essay scores Open to grade(s): 9
English 10 CREDIT: 1.0 COURSE NO: EN006
Students further examine how writers use language to provide meaning and pleasure. Students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, and the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. This approach to close method involves the experience, interpretation, and evaluation of literature. Readings correspond to three types of writing: writing to understand a literary work, to explain a literary work, and to evaluate a literary work. Through active reading students further learn how to make careful observations of textual detail, establish connections, and draw inferences from these connections leading to a conclusion about the meaning and value of a piece of writing.
Pre-requisite(s): ENGLISH 9 Open to grade(s): 10
English 10 Honors CREDIT: 1.0 COURSE NO: EN007
Readings in this course recognize cultural, ethnic, racial, gender, and class diversity, and might be considered controversial. This course carries on from English 9 Honors to more demanding AP expectations. The experience interpretation, and evaluation of literature correspond to 3 types of writing: understanding a literary work, explaining a literary work, and evaluating a literary work. Writing and rhetorical analysis are integral ways to reinforce students’ critical reading and analysis skills. Instruction includes attention to organizing ideas in a clear, coherent, and persuasive language. Reading and writing are taught together in order to underscore both their common and distinctive elements and how these support each other.
Pre-requisite(s): ENGLISH 9 and Teacher Recommendation Open to grade(s): 10
Writing Workshop 10 CREDIT: 1.0 COURSE NO: EN008
This course is an extenuation of Honors English 10. Students write interpretations of literature based on textual details: structure, style, themes, social and historical values, figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Students produce formal extended analyses and timed, in-class responses. Students explore and analyze their reading and writing. Students discover what they think through exploratory reading/writing (annotation, free-writing, reading journals, and response/reaction papers); Expository writing includes, analytical essays drawing on textual details to develop explain/interpret a text. Evaluative writing includes analytical, argumentative essays judging a work's artistry, quality, social and cultural values.
Pre-requisite(s): ENGLISH 9 Open to grade(s): 10
English 11 CREDIT: 1.0 COURSE NO: EN009
ENGLISH 11 course introduces students to a broad view of American Literature including short fiction, novels, poetry, drama, and essays. Students are empowered to use critical and creative thinking skills, to develop fluency and clarity in both writing and speaking. Through the close reading and analysis of selected texts, this course helps students further deepen their understanding of studied literary works. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. The instruction includes developing writing skills through expressing ideas in a clear, coherent, and persuasive language with strict adherence to the language convention and grammatical structures.
Pre-requisite(s): ENGLISH 10 Open to grade(s): 11
English 12 CREDIT: 1.0 COURSE NO: EN010
Senior-year English studies great works of classic and contemporary world literature. Perennial questions about our existence, morality and meaning are explored through the eyes of fictional and real characters. Students learn to ask original questions, empathize with experience different from their own, seek out multiple strategies to resolve conflict, to collaborate with others, seek information, reflecting and learn from experience. Students prepare for the TOEFL Internet Based test including standardized test taking strategies while enhancing strengthening their reading, speaking, listening, and writing of English. Students will improve their TOEFL iBT score, and prepare for University-level course-work skills of independence and self-study skills - and, ultimately, fine-tune their English communication for use in academic and professional settings.
Pre-requisite(s): ENGLISH 11 Open to grade(s): 12
English 12 Honors CREDIT: 1.0 COURSE NO: EN011
This is for seniors who have completed most advanced Language and Literature courses and are conversant, prolific academic writers well versed in close reading and analysis of fiction and non-fiction. Students will be allowed to choose their own “literature of merit”, (non-commercial fiction) for insightful personal oral and written analysis. Through Independent Reading and Research Project (IRRP ) students select 6 novels (three per semester to be approved by the teacher) to read and independently complete a research paper. A comprehensive list of 100 reading titles from classics to contemporary assists students in choosing their reading. Writing focuses on critical analysis of literature (expository, analytical, and argumentative essays). Creative writing develops appreciation for how literature is written. The goal is for students to explain clearly, cogently and elegantly their understanding of literary works and why they interpret them as they do.
Pre-requisite(s): ENGLISH 11 and Teacher Recommendation Open to grade(s): 12
IB English A Language and Literature CREDIT: 1.0 COURSE NO: EN012
IB English A: Language and Literature is comprised four parts, two related to the study of language and two to the study of literature. The study of texts produced in a language is central to an active engagement with language and culture and how we see and understand the world. Students demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the use of language, structure, technique and style, how context influences meaning and how perspective influences textual reading. Students compare and contrast the elements, content and context of texts and how to substantiate and justify ideas with relevant examples. Additionally, students evaluate conflicting viewpoints within and about a text. At HL only, students will produce a critical response evaluating aspects of text, context and meaning and write a balanced, comparative analysis. This, like all IB courses, is a two-year program over grades 11 and 12.
Pre-requisite(s): ENGLISH 10, diagnostic test, and Teacher Recommendations Open to grade(s): 11 and 12
IB English BLiterature CREDIT: 1.0 COURSE NO: EN013
Language B is a language acquisition course designed for students with some previous experience of the target language. Students further develop their ability to communicate through the study of language, themes and texts. Through this students develop conceptual understandings of how language works, appropriate to the level of the course. This course may only be taken at HL with an expectation that students extend the range and complexity of their language use and understanding for communicating. Students continue to develop vocabulary and grammar skills, as well as conceptual understanding of how language works, to construct, analyse and evaluate arguments on a variety of topics relating to course content and the target language culture(s). The main focus is on three skills that students are expected to acquire within the two-year frame: Receptive, Productive, and Interactive. This, like all IB courses, is a two-year program over grades 11 and 12.
Pre-requisite(s): ENGLISH 10, diagnostic test, and Teacher Recommendations Open to grade(s): 11 and 12
AP Language and Composition CREDIT: 1.0 COURSE NO: EN014
This AP -designed class is a rigorous introductory university-level course following the College Board’s objective “[to] enable students to read complex texts with understanding and [to] write prose of sufficient richness and complexity [so as] to communicate effectively with mature readers.” Independent reading and copious writing is asked of students both within and beyond the classroom. Texts vary in subject, form, tonalities, audience, and purpose. All readings are assigned to provide students with a spectrum of perspectives and rhetorical strategies. The course is divided into four units. Students receive ample preparation time for the rigors of the AP English Lan guage exam in the May testing session (Multiple Choice and Free Response Sections).
Pre-requisite(s): Diagnostic TEST Open to grade(s): 11 and 12
AP English Literature and Composition CREDIT: 1.0 COURSE NO: EN015
AP English Literature and Composition is a rigorous college-level course. The amount and the type of reading is challenging. Writing is frequent, in-depth and requiring independent thought and creativity. Class participants converse as a body of learners. Each class member will have their voice heard; writings will be read aloud, individual thoughts, ideas, observations shared so that collaborative (and thus conclusive) learning may take place. Students pursue four distinct ‘overarching’ questions, each encapsulating an element of literary study and analysis regarding the nature/nurture of fiction. Students are expected to research and write out two major papers, a Fall and a Spring Research Position Paper. Students receive preparation time for the rigors of the AP English L iterature exam that awaits them in the May testing session (Multiple Choice and Free Response Sections).
Pre-requisite(s): Diagnostic TEST Open to grade(s): 11 and 12
Study Skills CREDIT: 1.0 COURSE NO: EN016
The Study Skills course is designed to assist students develop and further strengthen good study habits and learning strategies through various instructional methods and techniques that are essential for studying more effectively and academic success. Students are introduced to learning styles’ strategies, how to read effectively and practice reading comprehension, use organizers, improve memory and concentration, develop self-regulation, exert self-control and evaluation, manage and alleviate academic stress by planning and organizing study time, implementing note-taking strategies and spaced practice, apply successful test taking strategies and enhance the success in classroom atmosphere.
Pre-requisite(s): None Open to grade(s): ALL