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ENGLISH 9 HONORS (English 9 Honors)

1 year (10 credits)

**Required for graduation**

Open to Grade: 9

Prerequisite: None

Meets UC/CSU requirements

At the beginning level of high school English, students, through the study of literature, develop skills in higher order reading comprehension, language usage and writing, literacy analysis, critical thinking, speaking and listening, and academic research. The difference between English 9 and subsequent English courses lies in the length, complexity, sophistication and range of course materials.  While this course covers the same content standards as required in English 9, it is designed for students who seek academic rigor and higher level analysis, critical thinking and synthesis of the text. The units of study are project based or theme based, with an emphasis on essay development and format.


ENGLISH 10 (English 10)

1 year (10 credits)

**Required for graduation**

Open to Grade: 10

Prerequisite: None

Meets UC/CSU requirements

At the second level of high school English, students, through the study of literature, develop skills in higher order reading, comprehension, language usage and writing, literary analysis, critical thinking, speaking and listening, and academic research.  The difference between English 10 and subsequent English courses lies in the length, complexity, sophistication and range of course materials.


ENGLISH 10 HONORS (English 10 Honors)

1 year (10 credits)

**Required for graduation (Replaces English 10)**

Open to Grade: 10

Prerequisite: None

Meets UC/CSU requirements

At the second level of high school English, students, through the study of literature, develop skills in higher order reading, comprehension, language usage and writing, literary analysis, critical thinking, speaking and listening, and academic research. The difference between English 10 Honors and subsequent English courses lies in the length, complexity, sophistication and range of course materials.


ENGLISH 11 (English 11)

1 year (10 credits)

**Required for graduation**

Open to Grade 11

Prerequisite: None

Meets UC/CSU requirements

In English 11, students continue to develop and refine essential skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening.  Through the study of core works of American fiction, nonfiction, public documents and technical texts, students will develop proficiency in reading for a variety of purposes.  By interpreting and creating texts in response to the literature, students will come to understand, participate in, and contribute to a common literary and cultural heritage.  Students will learn to analyze texts from the literature and the real-life world (such as newspapers, journals, and essays) and cogently express applications to their own lives through writing and speaking. By applying and generating technical texts, students will develop competencies that will prepare them for life in the workplace.  Additionally, they will exercise and refine their abilities to speak to different audiences for a variety of purposes.   The difference between English 11 and subsequent courses lies in the length, complexity, sophistication, and range of source materials.


LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION AP (English Language & Composition AP)

1 year (10 credits)

**Required for graduation (Replaces English 11)**

Open to grade: 11

Prerequisite: None

Meets UC/CSU requirements

The English Language and Composition course is organized according to the requirements and descriptions of the current AP English Course Description and is open to students in grade 11 who wish to undertake a rigorous and challenging study of the elements of language and how they relate to rhetorical analysis and advanced essay writing. Students will become skilled readers of a variety of prose, primarily non-fiction, from a wide variety of periods, disciplines, and genres. Through close reading students will learn to identify values and assumptions that underpin the author’s use of various rhetorical figures and devices of exposition. While a solid basis in English grammar is assumed, students will delve into elements of English language, as well as rhetoric and logic to become better writers. Students are expected to complete a summer assignment in preparation for this course. Standards for this class are set by the College Board, based off the freshmen composition course in college.  This course is also designed to prepare the student to achieve success on the Advanced Placement Examination in English Language and Composition administered by the College Board.


ENGLISH 12 (English 12)

1 year (10 credits)

**Required for graduation**

Open to grade: 12

Prerequisite: None

Meets UC/CSU requirements

In English 12, students continue to develop and refine essential skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening.  Through the study of core works of world fiction, nonfiction, supplementary and technical texts, students will develop proficiency in reading for a variety of purposes.  By interpreting and creating texts in response to the literature, students will come to understand and appreciate their shared humanity.  Students will learn to analyze texts from the world of literature and the real-life world (such as newspapers, journals, and essays) and cogently express applications to their own lives through writing and speaking. By applying and generating technical texts, students will develop competencies that will prepare them for life in the workplace.  Additionally, they will exercise and refine their abilities to speak to different audiences for a variety of purposes.   The difference between English 12 and previous English courses lies in the length, complexity, sophistication, and range of source materials.


LITERATURE & COMPOSITION AP (English Literature & Composition AP) 

1 year (10 credits)               

**Required for graduation (Replaces English 12)**

Open to grade: 12

Prerequisite: None

Meets UC/CSU requirements                                                          

Through a study of English and Continental literature from the 16th century to the present, the student will refine skills of literary analysis and criticism, writing, speaking, listening, academic research and close reading for meaning and significance.  Students will read extensively from a wide variety of literary works, some of which are taught in college-level English courses.  Regular in-depth discussion, analysis and interpretation of challenging works will lead the student to an enriched understanding of our common cultural heritage with peoples of the world.  This course is also designed to prepare the student to achieve success on the Advanced Placement Examination in English Literature and Composition administered by the College Board.