English

 
ENGLISH
 
 Access to a working computer and printer is necessary and required
for all levels of English.
 
 
For the Following Classes PLEASE NOTE:
All paperback books (novels) required for class reading will be sold at Book Sales.  This ensures that every student has the same edition for student annotation.  PLEASE DO NOT PURCHASE PAPER BACK BOOKS on your own.
 
Books that include ISBN numbers can be purchased outside of Book Sales. THIS ONLY APPLIES TO SUMMER READING FOR HONORS/AP.
 
 

The following courses meet the UC/CSU  A-G requirements:

LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION    Grade  9
 
Description: This class is an introduction to the basics of literature: the epic, novel, drama, short stories and poetry. Students read The Odyssey by Homer and Romeo & Juliet by Shakespeare, (both in the student text). The course includes writing and grammar with weekly vocabulary. Short stories and contemporary periodical articles and poems are presented to teach and refine reading comprehension and composition skills. In the spring, students have a required research project in Geography, supported by English instruction for format, and utilizing Windows applications for presentation. To enrich students’ cultural experience in literature they will read Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston, and Night by Elie Wiesel. 
 
Outside Reading: 600 pages of fictional reading and oral interviews with the teacher are required each quarter. (300 pages per progress report)
 
Texts:  Class Set  - Adventures in Reading (Holt, Reinhart, & Winston)                   
             Warriner’s Handbook [class set] + consumable workbook  (Holt, Reinhart, & Winston)  
 
Class Reading (2016-17):
     Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
     Odyssey by Homer
     Animal Farm by George Orwell
     To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
     Night by Elie Wiesel
 
Supplies:          
  • College-ruled paper
  • Blue, black pens; colored pens (red, purple, or green) for correcting
  • Highlighters, at least three (3) colors
               
 
 
 
 
WORLD LITERATURE    Grade 9/Honors
  
Description:  Emphasis is placed upon a survey of literature including mythology, the novel, short story and drama. Composition skills, understanding of grammar and good reading comprehension and vocabulary skills are required. Vocabulary and writing are integrated with the literature. There is a major research paper in the spring in conjunction with the Geography class. Students who successfully complete this class with a B (85%)  may go on to American Literature in the 10th grade, English Literature in the 11th grade and AP English in the 12th grade.
 
Outside Reading: required each quarter
  
Summer Reading - Before 9th grade:
     To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee   ISBN  9780446310789
     Life of Pi by Yann Martel   ISBN  9780156027328
     Summer Work will be distributed at the end of the school year.
 
Class Reading:
The Odyssey  by Homer
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Night by Elie wiesel
Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Pearl by John Steinbeck
     
 Prerequisite:  Department approval and Junior High English/History GPA of 3.75
           
 Supplies:  
  • Binder,  1 1/2"
  • Dividers
  • College-ruled paper
  • Blue, black pens; colored pens (red, purple, or green) for correcting
  • Highlighters, at least three (3) colors                    
  • Index cards, 4" x 6" 
  • Sticky Notes 3" x 3"
 
 
 
 
 
GENERAL LITERATURE & COMPOSITION   Grade  10
  
Description:  This course presents an overview of literature and writing styles with a focus on developing critical thinking and academic discussion skills.
           
Texts:  Adventures in Appreciation (Holt, Reinhart & Winston) provided in class
 
Class Reading:  
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Tweltfth Night by WIlliam Shakespeare
To Kill a Mockingbird by Lee Harper
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
 
Outside Reading:  600 pages required per each quarter; special circumstances apply.
       
Supplies:  
  • Binder,  1 1/2"
  • Dividers
  • College-ruled paper
  • Blue, black pens; colored pens (red, purple, or green) for correcting
  • Highlighters, at least three (3) colors                    
  • Index cards, 4" x 6" 
  • Sticky Notes 3" x 3"

 

 

  

AMERICAN LITERATURE    Grade 11  

Description:  This class provides a survey of classic American writers, their works and the historical/philosophical perspectives from which they wrote. Content includes the reading of novels, short stories, poems and essays. Students are encouraged to analyze literary concepts and to evaluate them from a Biblical perspective. Written expression, correct use of grammar, composition, and vocabulary development are stressed. SAT style persuasive writing is also a component of the writing for this class.
  

Outside reading: 600 pages of fictional reading and oral interviews with the teacher are required each quarter. (300 pages per progress report)

School Year Reading:                                                                                                                                                          The Scarlett Letter                                                                                                                                                            The Great Gatsby                                                                                                                                                             Into the Wild                                                                                                                                                                     Joy Luck Club

Supplies:          
  • College-ruled paper
  • Blue, black pens; colored pens (red, purple, or green) for correcting
  • Highlighters, at least three (3) colors
 
 
 
 
 
 
BRITISH LITERATURE      Grade 12

Description:  This course presents an overview of English Literature from the earliest Anglo-Saxon writings to the Modern Age.  Students analyze literature from a Biblical worldview .  Major works include the epic Beowulf and the Shakespearean drama, Macbeth.  The class integrates writing, research, vocabulary, and grammar with the literature readings,  Students also study the development of the English language. There is a unit covering the personal essay for college admissions.

Outside reading:  600 pages required each quarter

Text:  Adventures in English Literature      Holt, Reinhart, & Winston, pub. Used as a class set                                    

School Year Reading (2016-17):                                                                                                                                         Beowulf edited by M A Roberts   

 Supplies: 
  • Navy blue or black ink pens for all class and home work
  • Red, green or purple pens for class notes and correcting
  • FLASH DRIVE
  • Computer/Internet access

 

  

 

BRITISH LITERATURE   Honors    Grades 10, 11 (2016-17)  Brit Lit and Am Lit will be offered every other year.

 
Description:  Presents an overview of English Literature from the earliest Anglo-Saxon writings to the Victorian period. Students analyze literature from a biblical worldview. Major works include the epic Beowulf, The Prologue to Canterbury Tales, the Shakespearean drama Macbeth, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and Joseph Conrad's novel Heart of Darkness. The class integrates writing, research, vocabulary, and grammar with the literature readings. 
 
Outside reading: required each quarter.
 
Summer Reading (prior to 2016-17 class)
          1984 by George Orwell    ISBN  9780451524935
           Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte   ISBN  9781580493949
 
Texts:  Adventures in English Literature     Holt, Reinhart, & Winston, pub. Used as a class set
 
School Year Reading (2016-17):
          Beowulf edited by M. A. Roberts            
          Macbeth  by William Shakespeare         
          Frankenstein by Mary Shelly                  
          Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad     
 
Supplies:                                  
  • Navy blue or black ink pens for all class and home work
  • Red, green or purple pens for class notes and correcting                                   
  • FLASH DRIVE 
 
 
 
 
 
 
AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSTITION     Grade 12
  
Description:  Emphasis is placed on interpretation of literature, outside reading, and advanced composition skills. Summer reading is required. Major portfolio is due in May covering all literature read during all high school years. The class is in accordance with the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board. Each student taking this course is required to take the College Board Examination in May. With a score of 3 to 5 on the exam, most colleges and universities grant advanced credit in English courses and give college credit up to two semesters depending upon college or major.
 
Summer Reading (prior to 2016-17 class):
     Lord of the Flies by William Golding           ISBN  9780399501487
     Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton     ISBN  978074326170
     How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas Foster  ISBN  9780062301673
 
School Year Reading (2016-17):                    
     Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens                                
     Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora N Hurston           
     The Road by Cormac McCarthy                                             
     Oedipus Rex by Sophocles                                                  
     Antigone by Sophocles                                                         
     Hamlet by William Shakespeare                                                         
     Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller                                  
     Literature Circle book to be chosen by student
  
Fee: CollegeBoard AP test fee is paid at Book Sales
    
Prerequisite: Successful matriculation with a B average through Honors World, American, and English Literature Classes or Department approval.
  
Supplies:
  • One 1 1/2" 3-ring binder) designated for English with 10-tab dividers
  • College-ruled paper                                  
  • Navy blue or black ink pens
  • Red, green, or purple ink pens for correcting
  • Highlighters  
  • Sticky notes, 3" X 3"
  • Flash Drive
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CREATIVE WRITING     Grades 10-12
 
This course has been approved for UC Credit.
 
Description:  In this course students will harness their creativity and imagination and express themselves through various forms of writing.  Students will write everyday and explore different writing techniques and styles.  Writing skills will be developed by learning the elements of a story and utilizing writing skills, such as pre-writing, editing, re-writing, and critiquing.  Students will also examine various styles of writing by reading poetry, songs newspaper columns, short stories, novels, narratives, and more.  Additionally, students must be willing to share their work; that is, they must be willing to read aloud to the whole class, share their ideas with the group, and publish their work. Students will be be asked to critique their own work and the work of others in a positive and constructive manner.
As a community, students will earn a great deal about each other by writing across various modes of art in language and describing how writing works and what it does through various methods centering on close examination language.
 
Text: None
 
Fee: None
 
Prerequisite:  Pass Ninth Grade English
 
Supplies:  A list will be given in class
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
INTRODUCTION TO JOURNALISM     Grades 11, 12  (N/A at this time)
 
This course is an elective and does not meet UC requirement
 
Description:  This course presents an overview of the field of journalism and mass communication. Students are trained to be consumers of media and to understand news—gathering and production. It includes basic news writing, reporting, editing, reviewing film and music, reviewing restaurants and art shows, and looking at legal/ethical issues. This class emphasizes the consistent publication of student work—i.e. essay contests, newspaper opinion-editorials, school newspaper, etc.
  
Leadership, cooperation and high standards of achievement are essential in all class members. Students taking this class must be self-motivated, responsible, and have high interest and organizational skills.
 
Text: None
 
Prerequisites : 
  • Sample of student writing to be submitted to Journalism teacher
  • Teacher recommendation (completed form required)
  • Must be an 11th or 12th grader and have earned a ‘B’ or better in English the year prior 
 
 Supplies:
  • Two Composition Books
  • Writing pens and pencils
  • USB Flash Drive (1 gig or more)
  • Internet Access
  • Student and Parent  E-mail Addresses