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LA081 English 9
9
,
Special Education
1

This is a year long course that requires selection of both semesters: S1 and S2. This course focuses on assisting students in developing basic reading and writing skills. It is also meant to assist students in developing basic language art skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking, and thinking).

Outcomes:

  • To be able to use specific text examples, with citations, to support a given argument or opinion statement.
  • To be able to read and analyze both fiction and nonfiction material.
  • To produce paragraphs that include a topic, conclusion, and three supporting detail sentences.
  • To develop and utilize new vocabulary as a means to improve overall communication.

If you take this course, you must also take LA081-S2 – English 9 S2

10
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Special Education
1

This is a year long course that requires selection of both semesters: S1 and S2. This course focuses on assisting students in their continued development of basic reading and writing skills. Students in this course will analyze sources and validity, short stories, poems, and novels. Students will learn to create essays using templates and sentence starters.

Outcomes:

  • To cite text evidence from fiction and nonfiction reading in order to make inferences.
  • To demonstrate the understanding of the differences between fact and opinion in writing.
  • To summarize materials in own words.
  • To produce a five paragraph essay, using sentence starters and organizers, containing a topic and conclusion paragraph as well as three supporting paragraphs.
  • To continue to develop and utilize new vocabulary as a means of improving overall communication.

If you take this course, you must also take LA083-S2 – English 10 S2

11
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Special Education
1

This is a year long course that requires selection of both semesters: S1 and S2. This course focuses on assisting students in expanding the development of their reading and writing skills. Students will develop an understanding of the literary process focusing on analysis and critical thinking. The course will also focus on assisting students with more independent essay planning and editing skills.

Outcomes:

  • Cite evidence to support analysis of a text, including inferences that can be drawn from the text.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of character development and viewpoint.
  • Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the writing structure an author uses in both fiction and nonfiction readings.
  • Produce five paragraph essays using sentence starters, containing a topic paragraph, conclusion paragraph, and three supporting paragraphs.
  • Self-edit written work for spelling, punctuation, and capitalization errors.
  • To continue to develop and utilize new vocabulary as a means of improving overall communication.

LA083-S1 – English 10 S1 AND LA083-S2 – English 10 S2

If you take this course, you must also take LA085-S2 – English 11 S2

12
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Special Education
1

This course focuses on assisting students to continue to expand the development of their reading and writing skills. Students on this course have the opportunity to read fiction and nonfiction selections while continuing to use the tools necessary to analyze and evaluate various literary genres.

Outcomes:

  • Cite evidence to support analysis of a text, including inferences that can be drawn from the text
  • To evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different formats to address a question or solve a problem
  • To individually read and comprehend literary nonfiction written at the student’s Lexile level
  • Draw evidence from literary of informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research
  • Write arguments to support claims using text dependent evidence
  • Produce five paragraph essays containing a topic paragraph, conclusion paragraph, and three supporting paragraphs
  • Self-edit written work for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and capitalization errors
  • To continue to develop and utilize new vocabulary as a means of improving overall communication

 

LA085-S1 – English 11 S1 AND LA085-S2 – English 11 S2

If you take this course, you must also take LA087-S2 – English 12 S1

LA103 English 9
9
Standard
1

This is a year long course that requires selection of both semesters: S1 and S2. The focus of English 9 is to improve and expand each student’s language arts skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking, and thinking) through literary analysis, units of grammar study, vocabulary exercises, essay writing and an introduction to research. This course, or English 9 Honors, is required for graduation.

Outcomes:

  • Use examples from the text to support any given argument
  • Determine a theme/central idea of a text (fiction/non-fiction)
  • Analyze the use of literary elements in a piece of literature
  • Read and comprehend a variety of genres (short stories, plays, poems, novels, non-fiction)
  • Produce writing with a clear beginning, middle, and end
  • Initiate discussions and participate effectively in a variety of formats
  • Utilize vocabulary as a means to improve written and oral communication
  • Demonstrate command of conventions of Standard English grammar, spelling, and usage when writing or speaking

If you take this course, you must also take LA103-S2 – English 9 S2

LA114 Honors Eng 9
9
Honors
1

This is a year long course that requires selection of both semesters: S1 and S2. Strong work ethic and minimum grade of B in English Language Arts 8. The focus of English 9 Honors is to challenge students who have demonstrated exceptional work in the area of English. The course will improve and expand language arts skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking, and thinking) and their critical/analytical skills through an introduction to literary terms, literary analysis essay, and research writing. This course, or English 9, is required for graduation.

Outcomes:

  • Use examples from the text to support any given argument
  • Determine a theme/central idea of a text (fiction/non-fiction)
  • Analyze the use of literary elements in a piece of literature
  • Read and comprehend a variety of genres (short stories, plays, poems, novels, non-fiction)
  • Produce writing with a clear beginning, middle, and end
  • Initiate discussions and participate effectively in a variety of formats
  • Utilize vocabulary as a means to improve written and oral communication
  • Demonstrate command of conventions of Standard English grammar, spelling, and usage when writing or speaking

If you take this course, you must also take LA114-S2 – Honors Eng 10 S2.

Strong work ethic and minimum grade of B in English Language Arts 8
LA185 English 11
11
Standard
1

This course is a continuance of promotion of literary development in a wide range of areas. Students will develop an understanding of the literary process focusing on analysis and critical thinking. The course will also include practice in writing and will focus on essay development.

Outcomes:

  • Cite strong evidence to support analysis of a text, including inferences drawn from the text and determining where a text leaves matters uncertain
  • Determine 2 or more themes or central ideas and analyze their development over the course of a text
  • Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the writing structure an author uses including, whether the structure makes points clear, convincing, and engaging
  • Produce writing that supports a claim, conveys complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through effective selection, organization, and analysis of content
  • Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research

English 10 or English 10 Honors

If you take this course, you must also take LA185-S2 – Eng 11 S2

LA187 English 12
12
Standard
0.5

This course is a continuance of promotion of literary development in a wide range of areas. Students have the opportunity to read significant literary works while continuing to use the tools necessary to analyze and evaluate various literary genres, along with further development of journal writing, essay writing, and literary analysis. This is a discussion-based course; students are expected to generate questions and demonstrate analysis, synthesis, and evaluation independently.

Outcomes:

  • Cite strong and thorough evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly, as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where a text leaves matters uncertain
  • Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem
  • Read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grade’s text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed
  • Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research
  • Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence
  • Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas

English 11 or AP Prep English

LA205 English 10
10
Standard
1

This is a year long course that requires selection of both semesters: S1 and S2. English 10 is a yearlong course that continues the development of language arts skills. Units of study will include an analysis of media, short stories, plays, poems, and novels. Students will learn to conduct research and incorporate the research into an essay.

Outcomes:

  • Cite and use textual information to support ideas in both fiction and non-fiction formats in order to draw larger inferences
  • Demonstrate understanding and use of figurative language/literary terms
  • Recognize and determine meaning for literary allusions in fiction and non-fiction
  • Produce clear and coherent writing appropriate to the grade level and purpose
  • Analyze literature “”fiction and non-fiction”” to determine central theme with consideration for historical context
  • Analyze their own writing and the writing of others in order to produce writing free of sentence structure, punctuation, style, and spelling errors

English 9 or English 9 Honors

If you take this course, you must also take LA205-S2 – English 10 S2

LA220 Honors Eng 10
10
Honors
1

This is a year long course that requires selection of both semesters: S1 and S2. English 10 Honors is a year long course that will focus on advanced literary development. Units of study will include an analysis of media, short stories, plays, poems, and novels in an effort to focus on an essential, guiding topic.

Outcomes:

  • Cite and use textual information to support ideas in both fiction and non-fiction formats in order to draw larger inferences
  • Demonstrate understanding and use of figurative language/literary terms
  • Recognize and determine meaning for literary allusions in fiction and non-fiction
  • Produce clear and coherent writing appropriate to the grade level and purpose
  • Analyze literature”” fiction and non-fiction”” to determine central theme with consideration for historical context
  • Analyze their own writing and the writing of others in order to produce writing free of sentence structure, punctuation, style, and spelling errors

English 9 or English 9 Honors

If you take this course, you must also take LA220-S2 – Honors English 10 S2

LA400 English 11 – College Prep
11, 12
Accelerated
1

This is a year long course that requires selection of both semesters: S1 and S2 accelerated course This is a challenging course that will help students develop the ability to think and write logically, and learn various ways of researching, organizing, and presenting ideas for a variety of purposes, audiences, and occasions. This course will help students build on previously learned language arts skills and introduce new and more complex literary terms for the purpose of reading, interpreting, and critically analyzing literature. This course will prepare students for AP English or college English. Students must purchase all reading materials. Summer homework is required.

Outcomes:

  • Read, interpret, evaluate, and critically analyze literary and nonliterary texts that recognize the breadth and depth of literature
  • Demonstrate command of conventions of Standard English grammar, spelling, and usage when writing or speaking
  • Develop AP level vocabulary in order to use phrases and words to improve written and oral communication
  • Participate effectively in small and large group discussion as a way to enhance understanding of a text
  • Write timed, subjective, formal literary analysis essays, focusing on relevant and significant literary elements as well as the universal themes found in literature
  • Write using unity (clarity), coherence, and adequate development
  • Develop effective test-taking strategies for both the multiple choice and written portions of the AP Exam
  • Construct text annotations to aid in comprehension and analysis of texts.

English 10, English 10 Honors, or English 11

If you take this course, you must also take LA400-S2 – English 11 – College Prep S2

LA650 Methods of Writing
12
Standard
0.5

This course seeks to improve writing skills in order to prepare students for the real world (work or college). Students will learn about writing for different purposes: to express and reflect, inform and explain, evaluate and judge as well as create narratives and other forms for creative writing.

LA250-S1 – English 11 S1 AND LA 250-S2 – English 11 S2
OR
LA400-S1 – English 11 – College Prep S1 AND LA400-S2 – English 11 – College Prep S2

LA751 Philosophy
12
Advanced Placement
0.5

Students will be introduced to, research, and discuss the evolution of western philosophy through various aspects of social, theological, political, and contemporary philosophies. Students will explore the relationship between history, literature and philosophy, through reading, analyzing, and discussing such works as Plato’s Republic, St. Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theological, and Justein Gaarder’s Sophie’s World.

Outcomes:

  • Cite and use textual information to support ideas in primary source and non-fiction formats in order to draw larger inferences
  • Demonstrate understanding and use of philosophical content vocabulary in both written and oral formats
  • Identify and explain a variety of philosophical movements associated with western civilization
  • Analyze the purpose and the importance of these philosophical movements on society in relation to its historical social context as well as its modern impact
  • Produce clear and coherent extended writings and presentations appropriate to the grade level and purpose
  • Incorporate a variety of media into presentations
  • Analyze source material and non-fiction to determine the guiding principles and central themes of a philosophical work
  • Analyze their own writing and the writing of others in order to produce writing free of sentence structure, punctuation, style, and spelling errors
  • Master the analytical skills of Socratic questioning and Socratic discussion

LA250-S1 – English 11 S1 AND LA 250-S2 – English 11 S2
OR
LA400-S1 – English 11 – College Prep S1 AND LA400-S2 – English 11 – College Prep S2

LA770 AP English 12
12
Advanced Placement
1

This is a year long course that requires selection of both semesters: S1 and S2 .Rigorous course and expectations for college bound students. This course provides students with an in-depth study of literature and composition that is comparable to a first-year college English course. Emphasis is placed on critical analysis of works of literary merit, the application of literary terms, and composition. Students should plan to take the advanced placement exam at the completion of the year’s work. Materials selected for in-depth study are mature and deemed works of literary merit by The College Board. Students must purchase all reading materials. Summer homework is required.

Outcomes:

  • Read, interpret, evaluate, and critically analyze literary and nonliterary texts that recognize the breadth and depth of literature
  • Demonstrate command of conventions of Standard English grammar, spelling, and usage when writing or speaking
  • Develop AP level vocabulary in order to use phrases and words to improve written and oral communication
  • Participate effectively in small and large group discussion as a way to enhance understanding of a text
  • Write timed, subjective, formal literary analysis essays, focusing on relevant and significant literary elements as well as the universal themes found in literature
  • Write using unity (clarity), coherence, and adequate development
  • Develop effective test-taking strategies for both the multiple choice and written portions of the AP Exam
  • Construct text annotations to aid in comprehension and analysis of texts

LA250-S1 – English 11 S1 AND LA250-S2 – English 11
or
LA400-S1 – English 11 College Prep S1 AND LA400-S2 – English 11 College Prep S2