English – Language Arts

Language Arts 7
Pre-requisite: LA 6
Credit: N/A
Course length: Year
In the English 7 course, students will continue to develop communication and critical thinking skills through reading, writing, and listening skills in alignment with the Arizona State Standards. Students will read and analyze different genres of literature including novels, non-fiction articles, informative passages, short stories, and poems. Students will explore several types of writing, including paragraphs, essays and poems. Assignments and projects will be created by combining areas of study, literacy terms, technology, research strategies, and writing skills. Independent reading is expected, with pertinent writing assignments being given on a regular basis. Learning to work collaboratively is essential, so group/partners work will be a routine occurrence. 

Upon completing this course, students will be able to read and comprehend different styles of literature. Students will also be able to develop thought provoking essays using appropriate form and function

Honors Language Arts 7
Pre-requisite: LA 6
Credit: N/A
Course length: Year
Criteria for placement in Grade 7 Honors English– Teacher recommendation, overall grade and performance on summative assessments.

Honors goes beyond English 7 with extended learning activities that require students to increase their use of critical thinking skills to include analysis, synthesis, and problem solving. The curriculum moves at an accelerated pace with a more concentrated focus.

Language Arts 8
Pre-requisite: LA 7
Credit: N/A
Course length: Year
The English 8 course addresses reading, writing, listening and speaking within a rigorous standards-based program. Instruction will include reading comprehension, writing in narrative, argumentative, and informative/explanatory, language conventions, vocabulary development in meaningful contexts, and reference skills. Students will study various genres including the short story, novel, drama, biography, poetry, and informational materials as dictated by Arizona Common Core Standards. Our eighth grade students are introduced to the rigorous expectations of high school in English 8 and students are taught to connect their concrete knowledge to more abstract levels of thinking

Honors Language Arts 8
Pre-requisite: LA 7
Credit: N/A
Course length: Year
Criteria for placement in Grade 8 Honors English– Teacher recommendation, overall grade and performance on summative assessments.

Honors goes beyond English 8 with extended learning activities that require students to increase their use of critical thinking skills to include analysis, synthesis, and problem solving. The curriculum moves at an accelerated pace with a more concentrated focus.

English 9
Pre-requisite: LA 8
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
The English 9 course is an overview of classic literature across the major forms and genres (short story, novel, poetry, drama, epic poetry, and literary non-fiction) designed to broaden opportunities for reading pleasure and develop competency in writing, listening, and speaking. This course of study exposes the student to the various forms of literature from all parts of the world and deals with the universal problems of human nature. In line with the school policy, considerable attention is paid to the development of writing skills through regularly assigned essays, compositions, journals and letters. Emphasis is placed on grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, and spelling. Students write regularly and based on literature, current events, and/ or student experiences. Speeches are incorporated into the curriculum in a variety of ways, as well. Students are expected to become thoroughly familiar with MLA research skills and will complete several research projects.

Honors English 9
Pre-requisite: LA 8
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
Criteria for placement in Grade 9 Honors English– Teacher recommendation, overall grade and performance on summative assessments.

Honors goes beyond English 9 with extended learning activities that require students to increase their use of critical thinking skills to include analysis, synthesis, and problem solving. The curriculum moves at an accelerated pace with a more concentrated focus

English 10
Pre-requisite: ENG 9
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
This one-year English course continues the critical analysis of literature by combining reading, writing, speaking and listening as well as oral and written English language conventions introduced in English 9. This course further prepares students for higher level English courses and testing. This course emphasizes critical thinking skills and development of ideas in class discussion, writing and formal speaking opportunities. Students will advance their use of the Writing Process through a variety of writing modes, with both assisted and unassisted writing assignments; descriptive, persuasive and expository essays will be taught. Students will read texts from various genres including poetry, novels, non-fiction, drama, and functional documents. Students will use skills necessary for competent reading and writing by focusing on language mechanics, vocabulary development, and specific reading and writing assignments

Honors English 10
Pre-requisite: ENG 9
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
Criteria for placement in Grade 10 Honors English– Teacher recommendation, overall grade and performance on summative assessments.

Honors goes beyond English 10 with extended learning activities that require students to increase their use of critical thinking skills to include analysis, synthesis, and problem solving. The curriculum moves at an accelerated pace with a more concentrated focus

English 11
Pre-requisite: ENG 10
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
English 11 is a broad survey of American Literature, encompassing poetry, drama, short stories, novels and nonfiction. The primary goals of the course are to develop critical thinking skills as relates to literature and society, to understand and appreciate the importance of literature in history and contemporary society, and to develop effective written and oral communication skills that empower students to succeed in a demanding global economy. Students will learn about literature in the context of the broader American historical and political climate in which it was written, to further underscore the connection between literature and the development of our American democracy and unique American voice. There will be a strong emphasis on vocabulary development, civil discourse, and engaging texts on a deeper level. The class will be writing intensive, with a focus on rhetorical and argumentative essays, and students will learn how to appropriately cite their work in both MLA and APA format.

English 12
Pre-requisite: ENG 11
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
English 12 is a broad survey of British and World Literature, encompassing poetry, drama, short stories, novels and nonfiction. The primary goals of the course are to develop critical thinking skills as relates to literature and society, to understand and appreciate the importance of literature in history and contemporary society, and to develop effective written and oral communication skills that empower students to succeed in a demanding global economy. Students will learn about literature in the context of the broader historical and political climate in which it was written and to further underscore the connection between literature and culture at large. There will be a strong emphasis on vocabulary development, civil discourse, and engaging texts on a deeper level. The class will be writing intensive, with a focus on rhetorical and argumentative essays and students will learn how to appropriately cite their work in both MLA and APA format.

AP Literature and Composition
Pre-requisite: ENG 10 and/or 11
Credit: 1
*potential additional 3 college credit s upon earning AP exam score of 3 or higher
*Exam fee $93; fee reductions and scholarships are available
Course length: Year
Pre-requisites: Completion of English 10 with a “B” or better, a score of “Proficient” or better on AZMerit reading and writing, and strong reading comprehension skills demonstrated by benchmark performance.

AP Literature and Composition is a broad survey of British and World Literature, encompassing poetry, drama, short stories, novels and nonfiction. This is a reading and writing intensive course intended for students with a strong academic focus. The purpose of this course is twofold; the goal for all students is to well-prepare them for further study at the college level and will be conducted much like a college level course. The second goal, for students that have elected to enroll as AP, is to prepare students for the rigor of the College Board Advanced Placement exam in the Spring, where they will have an opportunity to earn college credit. This course is designed to focus on our roles as global citizens, and draws on texts from a wide variety of cultures and historical eras. We will focus on developing effective annotation skills, critically thinking and writing at an elevated level, and engaging in vigorous and lively discussion and debate. There will be a strong vocabulary building component, as well exposure to seminal classic literary works, in addition to a strong foundation in critically regarded contemporary writers. Students will learn about each text within the context of the historical and political climate in which it was written, focusing on the relationship between world events. Students will be writing several essays, predominantly argumentative or persuasive in nature, and will be expected to do substantial research for their papers, using in-text citations in both MLA and APA format, as well as mixed media research projects and presentations. 

AP Language and Composition
Pre-requisite: ENG 10 and/or 11
Credit: 1
*potential additional 3 college credit s upon earning AP exam score of 3 or higher
*Exam fee $93; fee reductions and scholarships are available

Course length: Year
Pre-requisites: Completion of English 10 with a “B” or better, a score of “Proficient” or better on AZMerit reading and writing, and strong reading comprehension skills demonstrated by benchmark performance

AP Language and Composition is a broad survey of primarily non-fiction American texts, with some exposure to American Literature, encompassing poetry, drama, short stories and novels. This is a reading and writing intensive course intended for students with a strong academic focus. The purpose of this course is twofold; the goal for all students is to well-prepare them for further study at the college level and will be conducted much like a college level course. The second goal, for students that have elected to enroll as AP, is to prepare students for the rigor of the College Board Advanced Placement exam in the Spring, where they will have an opportunity to earn college credit. We will focus on developing effective annotation skills, critically thinking and writing at an elevated level, and engaging in vigorous, lively discussion and debate. There will be a strong vocabulary building component, as well exposure to seminal classic literary works and historical United States documents, with a strong foundation in critically regarded contemporary writers. Students will learn about each text within the context of the historical and political climate in which it was written, and will be expected to learn the broader social and cultural implications of each text, including the role of specific texts in the shaping of the unique American democratic republic.