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    English 1
    Grades: 9                   Credits: 10 (Yearlong Course)                UC/CSU: Yes (fulfills B requirement)
    Prerequisites:  None
    This course is designed to prepare freshmen for the challenges of college, as well as post-secondary technical schools.  Language mechanics, composition and the study of literature will be emphasized.  The core curriculum in this course includes district-approved novels and the 9th grade textbook, McDougal Littell Literature, which focuses on the mastery of the California State Standards for English Language Arts.  Essay styles include: biographical narrative, response to literature, research, persuasive, and business letters. 

    English 2
    Grades: 10                 Credits: 10 (Yearlong Course)                UC/CSU: Yes  (fulfills B requirement)
    Prerequisites:  None
    Sophomores will learn to write more complex essays, deepen their understanding of world literature, and improve their academic literacy and critical thinking skills.  In addition to the district-approved novels, students will read from the 10th Grade literature anthology, McDougal Littell Literature, which emphasizes the mastery of the California State Standards for English Language Arts.  Students will develop individual and group projects focusing on the themes presented in the reading. Essay styles include analytical response, biographical narrative, response to literature, persuasive, and business letters.

    English 3
    Grade: 11                   Credits: 10 (Yearlong Course)                UC/CSU: Yes (fulfills B requirement)
    Prerequisites:  None
    Juniors will receive preparation for college, community college, or technical training school in the areas of critical reading and writing, literary analysis, and expository essays. In addition to the district-approved novels, students will read from the 11th-grade literature anthology, McDougal Littell:  American Literature, which emphasizes the mastery of the California State Standards for English Language Arts.  In addition, students will focus on the California State Standards for English Language Arts.  Focus essays include literary response, analytical, persuasive, and reflective. Students will also create two Family History Project Videos, which coincide with the lessons taught in U.S. History. 
     
    English 3 - Advancement Placement Language & Composition
    Grade: 11                   Credits: 10 (Yearlong Course)                UC/CSU: Yes  (fulfills B requirement)
    Prerequisite:  None
    This course is designed for students who are interested in preparing themselves for college or university with a rigorous writing and literature course, as well as developing interpretive skills needed for the AP Language and Composition Exam.  The course will enable students to read complex texts with understanding and to write prose of sufficient richness and complexity to communicate effectively with mature readers.  Students will become aware of their own composing process. Students will also read a wide variety of prose styles from many disciplines and historical periods to gain an understanding of the interdisciplinary connections. Students improve their expository composition skills in preparation for the Advanced Placement Test administered in May.  Passing that exam may earn students transferrable college credits. Completion of summer work is required.
     
    English 4
    Grade: 12                    Credits:10 (Yearlong Course)                 UC/CSU: Yes (fulfills B requirement)
    Prerequisites:  None
    This class provides preparation for seniors planning to attend a four-year university, a community college, or a technical training school after graduation.  The core curriculum includes a study of world literature from Perrine’s Literature:  Structure, Sound, and Sense, as well as supplementary readings.  Seniors learn the techniques of advanced composition and improve their vocabulary and research skills. Standard essay styles include analytical response, literary response, reflective, research, business letter, and resume.  
     
    English 4 - Advancement Placement Literature & Composition
    Grades: 12                  Credits: 10 (Yearlong Course)                UC/CSU:  (fulfills B requirement)
    Prerequisites:  Students are required to earn an “A” or “B” in English III.
    This course is designed for senior students who have their sights set on a university education. The expectations are high, the workload is considerable, but the benefits are many. Students study world literature and improve their expository composition skills in preparation for the Advanced Placement Test administered in May.  Passing that exam may earn students transferrable college credits. Completion of summer work is required.

    Expository Reading and Writing
    Grades: 12                 Credits: 10 (Yearlong Course)                UC/CSU: Yes (fulfills B requirement)
    The goal of the Expository Reading and Writing Course is to prepare seniors for the literacy demands of higher education and enable them to enter into English 1A at the post-secondary level. Students will develop advanced proficiency in expository, analytical, and argumentative reading and writing. They will use an assignment template which helps them read, comprehend, and respond to non-fiction literary texts. Course texts include contemporary essays, newspaper and magazine articles, editorials, reports, biographies, memos, assorted public documents, and other nonfiction texts. 

    Intensive English/ELD 2
    Grades: 9-12             Credits: 20 (Double Period, Yearlong Course) 
    Preparation: Students at Level 2, Early Intermediate, English Language Proficiency Level
    This course will facilitate the English language acquisition of students who are at the Early Intermediate Levels. Students will develop sufficient English language skills to understand the vocabulary and topics introduced in this course through standards-based lessons key to success in the California public school system. Students will be able to comprehend and use academic vocabulary words in listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities. Students will develop sufficient English language skills to understand directions and concepts studied in class and to carry on conversations with the teacher and other students on both social and academic topics. Students will be able to produce examples of personal, social, and academic writing.

    Intensive English/ELD 3
    Grades: 9-12           Credits: 20 (Double Period, Yearlong Course)
    Preparation: Students at Level 3, Intermediate, English Language Proficiency Level     
    This course will facilitate the English language acquisition of students who are at the Intermediate level. Students will develop sufficient English language skills to understand and access standards-based lessons in literature and writing key to success in the California public school system. Writing exercises focus on process and are developed through core literary and expository works and their connection to student life. Students will develop reading comprehension skills through the study of the literary and expository selections introduced in this course. Students first learn how to compose paragraphs and progress to authoring organized expository and narrative writings with a focus on the organization of focus of a controlling idea.

    Transitional English
    Grades: 9 -11          Credits: 20 (Double Period, Yearlong Course)
    Preparation: Students at Level 3, Intermediate, English Language Proficiency Level     
    This course will facilitate the English language acquisition of students who are at the Intermediate Level and who have been in the United States school system for more than five years. This course provides a print-rich environment including both non-fictional and fictional texts. Students will develop reading fluency skills through extensive reading and interaction with the reading of a variety of texts. Students will gain reading comprehension skills through the study of the literary and expository selections introduced in this course. Students first learn how to compose paragraphs and progress to authoring organized expository and narrative writings, including descriptive, compare and contrast, narratives, and literary response essays.