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English- Language Arts

English 6 Grade 6 (year)
The course focuses on the theme of Change – personally, locally, and globally. Aligned with the CollegeBoard’s SpringBoard curriculum, students begin expanding their cognitive skills of evaluation and analysis by looking at language and how writers use descriptive words and
sentence construction. Students develop their own sense of voice as they write paragraphs, short essays, stories, and poetry. Deep reading and analysis of multiple genres enhance their reading skills and build their vocabulary.
 
English 7 Grade 7 (year)
The course focuses on the theme of Choices, and their effects on people’s lives. Aligned with the CollegeBoard’s SpringBoard curriculum, students extend their exploration of the role of personal voice in writing. Through consistent practice and learning strategies, students continue to hone their reading and writing skills. Oral presentations and collaborative work give them opportunities to improve interpersonal communication skills as well as more formal presentation skills.
 
English 8 Grade 8 (year)
The course focuses on the theme of Challenge – personally, locally, and globally. Aligned with the CollegeBoard’s SpringBoard curriculum, students focus on analysis of heroic archetypes and character traits, while also reading and evaluating elements of both fiction and nonfiction texts.  Students’ speaking, listening, and performance skills are enhanced with opportunities for both formal and informal presentations.
 
English 8 Honors ** Grade 8 (year)
Same as English 8, with added emphasis on reading and writing rigor.
 
English 9 Grade 9 (year)
The course focuses on the theme of Coming of Age.  Aligned with the 
CollegeBoard’s SpringBoard curriculum, students build on their knowledge of literary elements in traditional literary genres, study the relationship between narrative voice and style, while also analyzing literary and stylistic elements in film and literature.
 
English 9 Honors ** Grade 9 (year)
Same as English 9, with added emphasis on reading and writing rigor.
 
English 10 Grade 10 (year)
The course focuses on Culture and Community, and examines how these concepts shape identity and perspective. Aligned with the CollegeBoard’s SpringBoard curriculum, students read and analyze works of world literature, with emphasis on analysis of how stylistic choices and rhetorical elements develop tone in persuasive and argumentative texts. 
 
English 10 Honors ** Grade 10 (year)
Same as English 10, with added emphasis on reading and writing rigor.
 
English 11 Grade 11 (year)
The course focuses on American fiction and nonfiction, using literary and other texts to analyze the concept of the American Dream. Aligned with the CollegeBoard’s SpringBoard curriculum, students research historical and contemporary texts as they articulate the origins and impact of the ideals and realities of the American Dream on life today and on personal thinking. Students are expected to articulate personal convictions and propose solutions to social issues through various forms of writing.
 
Advanced Placement English Language/Composition ** Grade 11 (year)
The course is designed to help students become skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts and to become skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer's purposes, audience expectations, and subjects, as well as the way basic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing.  Additional AP Exam and materials fee of $125.00 (does not include textbook and workbook costs). Students are required to take the AP Exam in May in order to receive a weighted grade for this class.
 
English 12 Grade 12 (year)
The course capitalizes on the skills students have gained as interpreters and analyzers of texts by introducing them to multiple perspectives through which to view text. Students are asked to broaden their understanding and their interpretive skills by thinking deeply about themes and ideas from multiple perspectives. Using historical, cultural, Feminist, Marxist, and Archetypal criticism, students learn to view texts through some of the filters that result in multiple interpretations of the same text or media story. Students apply the theories of criticism to their own reading and to interpretation of both fiction and nonfiction texts.
 
Advanced Placement English Literature/Composition ** Grade 12 (year)
The course is designed to engage students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students can deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students should consider a work's structure, style, and themes, as well as such smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone.  Additional AP Exam and materials fee of $125.00 (does not include textbook and workbook costs). Students are required to take the AP Exam in May in order to receive a weighted grade for this class.