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:

Description: This class is an introduction to the basics of literature: the epic, novel, drama, short stories and poetry. 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. 
Outside Reading: 600 pages of fictional reading and oral interviews with the teacher are required each quarter. 
Texts:  Class Set  - Adventures in Reading (Holt, Reinhart, & Winston)                   
             Warriner’s Handbook [class set] + consumable workbook  (Holt, Reinhart, & Winston)  
Class Reading (2017-18):
  • The Odyssey by Homer
  •  Animal Farm by George Orwell
  •  Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyun
  •  Night by Elie Wiesel
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 advance to English honors classes in the grades 10 and 11 and AP Literature and Compostion in
grade 12.
Outside Reading: 600 Pages of fictional and no-fictional reading and oral interviews with the teache are required each quarter.
Texts:  Class Set  - Adventures in Reading (Holt, Reinhart, & Winston)                   
             Warriner’s Handbook [class set] + consumable workbook  (Holt, Reinhart, & Winston)  
Summer Reading - Before 9th grade:
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee      ISBN  9780446310789
  • The Pearl by John Steinbeck                 ISBN  9780140177374
      Summer Work will be distributed at the end of the school year.  During the summer, new students who             wish to appy for World Lit Honors, should contact the school office for more information.
Class Reading (2017-2018):
  • The Odyssey  by Homer
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • Night by Elie Wiesel
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
 Prerequisite:  Department approval and Junior High English/History GPA of 3.75
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
  • Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Literature Circle Book (fourth quarter,TBD)
Outside Reading:  600 pages required per each quarter; special circumstances apply.




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. 

Class  Reading 2017-2018):                                                            

  • The Scarlett Letter nby Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • A Raisin' in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  • Literature Circle book (fourth quarter) TBD                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

AMERICAN LITERATURE  Honors Grades 10, 11 
(British Lit Honors will be taught 2018-2019)

Description:  Honors American Lit/Comp is a chronological study of the American literary tradition and its role in the emerging, developing and changing American experience.  The purpose of the course is to support students in the development of analytical skills, specifically in the areas rhetorical analysis.  Through an examination of classic and contemporary works of American literature, including: poetry, novels, short fiction, historical fiction, and non-fiction (particularly texts of historical and literary significance), students will analyze to what extent American literature reflects/reveals or helps to create American culture, the American identity, and the American dream. 
Outside Reading: 600 pages of fictional and non-fictional reading and oral interviews with the teacher are required each quarter.
Summer Reading: 
  • Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain                               ISBN  9781580495837
  • Great American Short Stories edited by Paul Negri  ISBN  9780486421193

Text: Class set - Adventures in American Literature (Holt, Reinhart & Winston)

 Class Reading (2017-18):
  • The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway
  • A Raisin' in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry 

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 of fictional and non-fictional reading and oral interviews with the teacher are required each quarter.

Text: Class Set - Adventures in English Literature (Holt, Reinhart, & Winston)


Class Reading (2017-18):

  • Beowulf by Seamus Heaney
  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare (textbook)
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde



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):
     Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton (ISBN  978074326170)
     How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas Foster (ISBN  9780062301673)
   Choose ONE of the following:
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding (ISBN: 9780399501487)


    Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (ISBN:  9780140177398)


    Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Hurston (ISBN: 978-0061120060)


    One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Solzhenitsyn (ISBN: 9780451228147)


    Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (ISBN: 9780316769174)

Class Reading (2017-18):                    
  • Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens                               
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy                                             
  • Oedipus Rex by Sophocles                                                  
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare                                                         
  • Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller                                  
  • Literature Circle books 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.
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 learn 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