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English Courses

English 9

English 9 is an introductory course that lays a foundation of skills that students will need throughout high school. It is a literature-based course with an emphasis on critical reading and composition skills. These skills include: literary analysis and close reading, writing expository essays, creative writing, timed writing, grammar and usage, vocabulary, discussion group skills, and dramatic interpretation. Students are exposed to a variety of classical and contemporary genres: novels, short stories, plays, poetry and non-fiction.

This course meets the UC/CSU “b” requirement.

English 10

English 10 is a college preparatory language arts course which expands and strengthens the skills developed in English 9. This world literature based course emphasizes critical reading, composition and speaking skills. Students will study short stories, poetry, drama, non-fiction and novels. The course also includes extensive writing instruction in a variety of forms, grammar instruction, root word instruction, and vocabulary development.

This course meets the UC/CSU “b” requirement.

English 11

English 11 is a college preparatory language arts course in which students will study traditional and contemporary works drawn from American literature. Materials include novels, plays, short stories, essays, poetry and non-fiction. Student writing focuses on refining the thesis statement and developing the skills necessary for multiple writing tasks as well as the examination of rhetorical techniques in nonfiction writing. The course also includes grammar instruction and vocabulary development.

This course meets the UC/CSU “b” requirement.

English 12

English 12 is a year-long course designed to prepare seniors for the rigor and depth of college-level reading and writing requirements. English 12 course work requires a synthesis of the skills taught through the first three years of the high school English program, emphasizing increasingly sophisticated skills in analysis, discussion, and writing. Students read expansively for comprehension of content and to evaluate authors’ biases and purposes. Students write for a variety of purposes in preparation for college, including application essays, placement assessments, expository analysis of non-fiction, and interpretive literary analysis. Students continue to build writing skills through process draft writing, grammar review and vocabulary development. The course provides extensive and challenging reading of many literary genres, including non-fiction, poetry, fiction, and drama, ranging from classical through contemporary literature. Classroom discussions will tackle challenging themes, philosophical views, and contemporary issues.

This course meets the UC/CSU “b” requirement.

Advanced & AP Classes

English 10 Advanced

English 10, Advanced is a rigorous course due to the increased expectations regarding volume of reading, maturity of insight, sophistication of language use, and standards of evaluations. This course exposes students to world and multicultural literature through discussion and critical analysis of various genres, including non-fiction, myth, legend, epic, poetry, short story, and the novel. Course work focuses on the development of analytical thinking skills, with an emphasis placed on critical writing in response to literature. The course also includes grammar instruction, root work instruction, and vocabulary development with words taken from the literature as well as from lists designed for SAT preparation.

Prerequisite: Meet criteria on placement assessment.

This course meets the UC/CSU “b” requirement.

English Language and Composition AP

Grade 11 AP English Language is a rigorous, college level course emphasizing expository writing and critical reading. Writing assignments include in-class timed writings and out-of-class essays. The analysis of many forms of literature (i.e. novels, non-fiction essays, reflective essays, letters, etc.) focuses on how authors use language and literary devices to inform or persuade. Students also continue to work on grammar and vocabulary development. This is an Advanced Placement course that prepares students to take the AP Language and Composition exam in May.

Prerequisite: B- in prior advanced, honors or AP English course, or meet criteria on placement assessment.

This course meets the UC/CSU “b” requirement.

English Literature AP

Grade 12 AP English Literature is a rigorous, college level course focusing on the study of significant literary works. Students analyze literature, poetry, and essays in terms of concepts and the role of these concepts in the development of the World. The reading list is extensive and written work emphasizes a mature level of insight, the development of careful and thorough analysis, and sophisticated language use. Participation in class discussion is essential. This is an Advanced Placement course that prepares students to take the AP Literature and Composition exam in May.

Prerequisite: B- in prior AP English course, or meet criteria on placement assessment.

This course meets the UC/CSU “b” requirement.

English Electives

Creative Writing

Creative Writing is an elective course designed to introduce students to the fundamental skills necessary to become a creative writer. Students are involved in the close study of literature. Writing exercises include the composition of original poetry, short stories, and vignettes. Students learn the basic techniques of creative writing including figurative elements involved in constructing appropriate setting and theme. Designed to encourage students' creativity through the use of technique as well as mastery of basic writing skills, this course culminates with a portfolio of polished work. Students may repeat the course in the spring for additional elective credit.

This course is an elective but does not meet the UC/CSU “g” requirement or meet the English requirement for graduation.

Newspaper

Grades 10-12 - Year Students can apply the fundamentals of writing to publications of the Wolfprint, the school newspaper. This is a year long class.

Prerequisite: A semester of Journalism required or recommendation from English teacher.

This course meets the UC/CSU “g” requirement

Journalism

Grades 9-12 S1 Class Journalism is a basic course in news, feature, column and editorial writing. In addition, the course will cover: law of the press, advertising, headline writing, and newscasts. This course offers an exploration into the field of journalism and its role in today's society.

Prerequisite: Completion of previous year’s college prep English course with a grade of “C” or better.

This course meets the UC/CSU "g" requirement.

Productions/Yearbook

Grades 10-12 This course involves students in the production of the school annual, El Lobo. Students in this course are responsible for every aspect of page production including photography, headline, copy, caption writing, picture cropping and proof correction. Students are also required to assist in distribution of the yearbooks.

Prerequisite: Application process - see Mrs. Donovan.