Language Arts

Seventh Grade Language Arts

Description:  English 7 addresses reading, writing, listening and speaking skills within a standards-based program. Instruction will include reading comprehension, writing in narrative and expository modes, language conventions, vocabulary development in meaningful contexts, and reference skills. Discovering the connection between the author’s strategies, purpose, and meaning, students will study various genres including the short story, novel, drama, biography, poetry, and informational materials. Throughout this course students will be engaged in learning activities that require students to increase their use of critical thinking skills to include analysis, synthesis, and problem solving.

Eighth Grade Language Arts

Description:  The eighth-grade English course is devoted to developing communication and thinking skills through the integrated study of language, literature, and writing. Language study emphasizes sentence patterns, punctuation, spelling, vocabulary, and usage. The study of the writing process includes further development of skills and working with multi-paragraph writings in narrative, descriptive, and expository writing. The study of literature includes the genre or thematic approach, stressing an understanding of literary terminology and author’s purpose. Students will be challenged to do more with literary comparison, composition, and the higher order thinking skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation, and more intensive formal writing.

Ninth Grade Language Arts

Description: This yearlong course is required for all 9th graders. This course will emphasize the skills necessary for writing narrative, explanatory, and argumentative texts. Reading instruction focuses on citing and explaining textual evidence, determining a main idea, determining the meaning of words, analyzing text structure, and point of view as it relates to the author’s purpose. Writing opportunities emphasize three types: argument, informative/explanative and narrative. Students will participate in a variety of discussion formats and present their findings using digital media and speech.

Grade Level: 9

Length of Course: Year

Pre-Requisite: Eighth Grade Language Arts

Available Credit: 1.0 (Language Arts)

Honors Ninth Grade Language Arts

Description: In order to challenge top performing students, this course will emphasize the same materials as Ninth Grade Language Arts but with much greater depth and added requirements and adaptations. Due to the accelerated nature of the course, additional units of study are included to challenge the top performing students with more in-depth reading assignments, complex composition topics and increased vocabulary and critical thinking. Students enrolling in Honors Ninth Grade Language Arts should be comfortable with high standards of performance and critical feedback designed to promote progress. This is an accelerated class that will require considerably more outside preparation time than Ninth Grade Language Arts.

Grade Level: 9

Length of Course: Year

Pre-Requisite: Grade of A in 8th grade English and/or Teacher Signature

Available Credit: 1.0 (Language Arts)

Tenth Grade Language Arts

Description: This course is required for all 10th graders. Within the context of world literature, English 10 covers four broad areas from the Common Core State Standards: 1) Reading literature, 2) Reading non-fiction, 3) Writing, and 4) Speaking and listening. Reading instruction focuses on citing textural evidence, determining theme or main idea, analyzing character, determining the meaning of words, plus analyzing text structure and point of view. Writing opportunities emphasize three types: argument, informative/explanative and narrative. Students will participate in a variety of discussion formats and present their finding using digital media and speech.

Grade Level: 10

Length of Course: Year

Pre-Requisite: Ninth Grade Language Arts

Available Credit: 1.0 (Language Arts)

Honors Tenth Grade Language Arts

Description: In order to challenge top performing students, this course will emphasize the same materials as Tenth Grade Language Arts but with much greater depth and added requirements and adaptations. Due to the accelerated nature of the course, additional units of study are included to challenge the top performing students with more in-depth reading assignments, complex composition topics and increased vocabulary and critical thinking. Students enrolling in Honors Tenth Grade Language Arts should be comfortable with high standards of performance and critical feedback designed to promote progress. This is an accelerated class that will require considerably more outside preparation time than Tenth Grade Language Arts.

Grade Level: 10

Length of Course: Year

Pre-Requisite: Grade of A in 9th grade English, Grade of B or above in Honors 9th English, and/or Teacher Signature

Available Credit: 1.0 (Language Arts)

Eleventh Grade Language Arts

Description: This course is a study of language, literature, composition, and oral communication with a focus on exploring characterization across universal themes, such as the American Dream, and a wide variety of genres. Students use literary interpretation, analysis, comparison, and evaluation to read and to respond to representative works of historical or cultural significance appropriate for Grade 11. Students read classic and contemporary literature balanced with nonfiction–the major foci are American literature and media literacy regarding non-fiction texts. Students examine and compose various types of writing including, literary analysis, satire, synthesis, and narrative as well as deliver grade-appropriate multimedia presentations and access, analyze, and evaluate online and printed information. Successful completion of this course will prepare students for rigorous senior-level courses focused in critical reading and effective written expression.

Grade Level: 11

Length of Course: Year

Pre-Requisite: Tenth Grade Language Arts

Available Credit: 1.0 (Language Arts)

Honors Eleventh Grade Language Arts

Description: In order to challenge top performing students, this course will emphasize the same materials as Eleventh Grade Language Arts but with much greater depth and added requirements and adaptations. Due to the accelerated nature of the course, additional units of study are included to challenge the top performing students with more in-depth reading assignments, complex composition topics and increased vocabulary and critical thinking. Students enrolling in Honors Eleventh Grade Language Arts should be comfortable with high standards of performance and critical feedback designed to promote progress. This is an accelerated class that will require considerably more outside preparation time than Eleventh Grade Language Arts.

Grade Level: 11

Length of Course: Year

Pre-Requisite: Grade of A in 10th grade English, Grade of B or above in Honors 10th English, and/or Teacher Signature

Available Credit: 1.0 (Language Arts)

Twelfth Grade Language Arts

Description: English 12 is a senior-level course that focuses on strengthening the basic skills in reading and writing. With British Literature as the focus, students use literary interpretation, analysis, comparisons, and evaluation to read and respond to representative works of historical or cultural significance in classic, contemporary, and young adult literature balanced with nonfiction. Students use tools to assist them in crafting persuasive arguments, responses to literature, reflective compositions, and technical documents that incorporate visual information in the form of pictures, graphs, and tables. Students write and deliver multimedia presentations and access, analyze, and evaluate online and printed information.

Grade Level: 12

Length of Course: Year

Pre-Requisite: Eleventh Grade Language Arts

Available Credit: 1.0 (Language Arts)

Honors Twelfth Grade Language Arts

Description: In order to challenge top performing students, this course will emphasize the same materials as Twelfth Grade Language Arts but with much greater depth and added requirements and adaptations. Due to the accelerated nature of the course, additional units of study are included to challenge the top performing students with more in-depth reading assignments, complex composition topics and increased vocabulary and critical thinking. Students enrolling in Honors Twelfth Grade Language Arts should be comfortable with high standards of performance and critical feedback designed to promote progress. This is an accelerated class that will require considerably more outside preparation time than Twelfth Grade Language Arts.

Grade Level: 12

Length of Course: Year

Pre-Requisite: Grade of A in 11th grade English, Grade of B or above in Honors 11th English, and/or Teacher Signature

Available Credit: 1.0 (Language Arts)

Creative Writing

Description: This course integrates reading, writing, and multi-media to develop the creative writing process. Instruction includes developing settings, character, and plot. Additionally, the course is designed to explore conflict and conflict resolution, character motivation, and hone skills writing dialogue, organizing content, using literary devices, and creating interest through the inclusion of details, sub-plotting, and sequencing including foreshadowing and flashback. The exploration of the writing process includes pre-writing, drafting, revision, and publishing. Instruction includes using technology, including the internet, to research and synthesize information. Creative writing topics include fairy tales, historical fiction, short stories and frame stories.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Length of Course: Year

Pre-Requisite: None

Available Credit: 1.0 (Elective)

English 1010: Introduction to Academic Writing

Description: This course is administered through Utah State University. Learning Objectives for the course include 1. Use writing and reading for inquiry, learning, critical thinking, and communicating 2. Analyze and respond appropriately to different rhetorical situations Understand writer’s purpose, and determine the best genre, voice, tone and level of formality to address the needs of your audiences. 3. Understand the relationships between language, knowledge, and power and be able to integrate your ideas with those of others. 4. Employ flexible writing processes to draft, revise, edit and proofread multiple drafts, using a variety of technologies and collaborations with other writers. 5. Understand and observe the conventions that govern genres, formats, grammar, mechanics, and the use and citation of sources. 6. Use electronic environments when appropriate to research and to share writing and ideas.

Grade Level: 11, 12

Length of Course: Year

Pre-Requisite: Teacher Signature

Available Credit: 0.5 (May be used to complete half of English 12 requirement)