The freshman English curriculum is designed to meet district and state standards in the area of Language Arts. This course will include in depth studies in a variety of genres such as fiction, nonfiction, drama and poetry focused on narrative writing, expository writing and written literary analysis in order to prepare for AzMerit. Spelling, grammar, and vocabulary will also be incorporated in the curriculum.
Honors Freshman English will meet and often exceed district and state standards. This course will introduce critical thinking skills to analyze a variety of genres including poetry, drama, fiction and non-fiction. Presentation and discussion skills will be used throughout the course. An emphasis on expository, narrative and research writing will be seen as well as extensive literary analysis. This course requires organization, strong grammar and a summer reading/writing assignment.
Sophomore English, develops higher level thinking skills through a diverse cross section of literature, with a strong focus on the use of the writing process and the six traits rubric to create essays. Further development of grammar and vocabulary skills will also be emphasized.
The Honors English 10 course is designed as a bridge between the content learned in Honors English 9 and AP English Literature. This course will involve an intensive study of: writing modes, literary analysis, discussion, and research skills. This course is especially suited for students with superior English skills, a desire to be challenged, and a willingness to share ideas verbally. Students should be prepared to do a great deal of reading and writing work outside of class.
This course will review all skills learned in freshman and Sophomore English, as well as place further emphasis on writing. Several essays, including a major research paper, will be required in this class. Literature will focus on American authors.
The AP English Literature and Composition course is designed to engage students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature, and is designed to comply with the curricular requirements described in the AP English Course Description. 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. The course will include intensive study of representative works of recognized literary merit from American, British, and World authors written from the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries. As this is meant to be a college-level course, the literature is meant to challenge not only students’ perceptions of themselves as readers and writers, but to challenge their perceptions of the world surrounding them. Writing is an integral part of the AP English Literature and Composition course, as the AP examination is weighted toward student writing about literature. Writing assignments should focus on the critical analysis of literature and should include expository, analytical, argumentative essays. Students are encouraged to take the AP English Literature and Composition test, for which they pay their own test fees.
This course is a survey of British and world literature, from its beginnings to modern times, and serves as a culmination for all skills previously learned in high school English. Emphasis is on the reinforcement of reading and writing skills, the cultures and history of the authors, the development of skills in serious literary analysis, and on the student making personal connections to the literature. Essay requirements will increase in length from previous coursework and advanced reasoning will be expected; in addition, students will complete the research paper portion of the Senior Exit Project.
This class prepares a student to take the College Board’s Advanced Placement English Language and Composition exam. Students will analyze and interpret works (focus on nonfiction) while identifying and explaining the authors’ use of rhetorical strategies and techniques. Students will write in a variety of genres and contexts, both formal and informal, employing appropriate conventions and moving through the stages of the writing process. This course also prepares students for college entrance exams (ACT and SAT), which take place in early May.