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English Courses

ENGLISH I - LA106 (ENG1)

Credit: 1
Grade: 9
Prerequisite: Language Arts, 8th Grade

 

The English I course emphasizes higher-level thinking and fosters enthusiasm for reading and writing. Students will explore classic and contemporary literature, including short stories, poetry, novels, essays, and plays. During each unit, we will analyze literary techniques and text structures. Through each text we will examine how authorial strategies intersect with students’ individual experiences and responses. Students will use this deep understanding of authors’ craft and purpose to compose their own extended writing pieces throughout the year. English 1 students will practice increasing autonomy as they develop their identity as readers and writers. Ninth grade students will take the STAAR English I test in the spring semester. This is an End-of-Course exam each student must pass to graduate high school by Texas state law. All assignments in English 1 are geared towards teaching the standards that will be assessed on the STAAR.

  • Credit: 1
  • Grade 9
ENGLISH I HONORS - LA102 (ENG 1)

Credit: 1
Grade: 9
Prerequisite: Language Arts, 8th Grade (suggested grade of 90+) or 8th Grade Pre-AP (suggested grade of 85+)

This is an advanced-level, accelerated paced, reading and writing-intensive course for students who enjoy and are genuinely interested in challenging themselves as readers and writers. In this course emphasis will be placed on vocabulary development and units of advanced syntax and usage. Major literary works will include a choice of a young adult fiction book, To Kill a Mockingbird; Romeo and Juliet; and a Pre-Twentieth Century novel. In addition, selected short stories, nonfiction and poetry will be studied. There will be major grade process writing assignments which include analytical and expository pieces, as well as major grade in-class writings. There will also be frequent discussions, occasional major projects, periodic research, and daily outside reading. Students will be expected to independently manage reading and writing assignments and will be expected to demonstrate strong critical thinking skills of analysis, evaluation, and synthesis through participation in classroom discussion and writing.

  • Credit: 1
  • Grade 9
  • HONORS
ENGLISH II - LA114 (ENG 2)

Credit: 1
Grade: 10
Prerequisite: English I

This course will focus on examining author’s voice as well as stylistic and rhetorical choices that authors make in their writing. Students will practice incorporating these skills into their own writing. Students will read novels, short pieces of nonfiction, and poetry and will express their knowledge and understanding of topics through multi-platform projects and assignments. Students will explore narrative writing in Writer’s Notebooks. They will also be expected to read independently. Major assignments will include public speaking opportunities, a persuasive essay and a research paper.

  • Credit: 1
  • Grade 10
ENGLISH II HONORS - LA117 (ENG 2)

Credit: 1
Grade: 10
Prerequisite: English I

This course combines higher-level thinking skills with independent reading and study. Emphasis will be placed on Advanced Placement preparation, critical study of literature, guided and independent research, and papers of critical analysis. This course also includes study of syntactical structures for effective writing. The English II Pre-AP student will be expected to handle extensive and challenging reading and writing assignments on a daily basis. There will be frequent special projects, major composition assignments, and outside reading.

  • Credit: 1
  • Grade 10
  • HONORS
ENGLISH III - LA122 (ENG 3)

Credit: 1
Grade: 11
Prerequisite: English II

This course incorporates both a chronological and thematic approach to the study of American literature with emphasis on reading comprehension and literary analysis. Students will complete formal and informal writing assignments, focusing on improving language usage and developing ideas. Students will also complete units of vocabulary in preparation for the SAT/ACT and will conduct a research unit on college and career possibilities. Novels will include Of Mice and Men and Into the Wild.

  • Credit: 1
  • Grade 11
AP LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION (AP ENGLISH III) - LA118 (APENGLAN)

Credit: 1
Grade: 11
Prerequisite: English II (suggested grade of 90+), or English II Pre-AP (suggested grade of 85+).

This course will emphasize the ability to think abstractly, requiring students to demonstrate strong critical thinking skills of analysis, evaluation, and synthesis through participation in classroom discussion and writing. Students will be expected to manage extensive and challenging reading and writing assignments. The course will emphasize reading of non-fiction books, essays, articles, visual rhetoric, and speeches and will also include reading fiction, drama, and poetry. Independent reading will be required. Students will be expected to conduct guided and independent research and to compose in-class timed writings, longer process compositions, and a multimedia project. Preparation for the Advanced Placement exam and the SAT will include units on vocabulary, style, and the critical study of language. Students will be strongly encouraged to take the AP Language and Composition test in the spring.

  • AP
  • Credit: 1
  • Grade 11
ENGLISH IV - LA132 (ENG 4)

Credit: 1
Grade: 12
Prerequisite: English III

This course provides an intensive study of composition during which students will employ the stages of the composition process including prewriting, writing, and revision. The course also includes an in-depth study of British and other selected literature with historical background, literary analysis, and outside reading assignments, as well as discussion and writing.

  • Credit: 1
  • Grade 12
AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION (AP ENGLISH IV) - LA126A (APENGLIT)

Credit: 1
Grade: 12
Prerequisite: English III or AP English Language & Composition

This course focuses on reading, analyzing, and writing about literature (fiction, poetry, drama) from various time periods. Students will engage in close reading, academic discussion, and critical analysis of literature to deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to reveal ideas about the human condition. Students should expect 3-5 hours of work outside of class each week, including a minimum of 2 hours a week spent reading outside of class, as well as spend a significant amount of time writing essays, responses, and analyses. Each semester, students will read a wide variety of both assigned texts and independent choices. Students are expected to demonstrate: close reading and literary analysis at a high level, academic independence, multiple modes of effective writing, time management in light of the heavy writing load, and discussion skills. Students who take this course will prepare for the AP Literature and Composition exam in the spring.

  • AP
  • Credit: 1
  • Grade 12