Every student is required to successfully complete 4 credits of English Language Arts, including ELA 1, ELA 2, and Expository Writing. All English Language Arts classes are designed to support the Common Core State Standards. Students will be evaluated on mastery of the CCSS through a variety of both summative and formative assessments. *(H) = Honors
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS STANDARDS
1. READING FOR LITERATURE
a. Students will analyze how complex characters develop and advance the plot or develop theme.
b. Draw meaning from text and words and analyze the author’s choice in usage.
c. Consider a particular point of view and it’s impact on the world view or what is really meant.
2. READING FOR INFORMATIONAL TEXT
a. Cite strong through textual evidence to support analysis of what text says explicity
as well as inferences drawn from text.
b. Read/Examine U.S. Documents for literary significance.
c. Integrate multiple sources of information presented in different media or format.
a. Write arguments to support using valid reasoning, relevant and sufficient evidence.
b. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas.
c. Produce clear and coherent writing strengthened by planning, revising, editing and rewriting.
4. SPEAKING AND LISTENING
a. Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions while building on others ideas expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
b. Present information, findings and support evidence so listeners can follow the line of reasoning.
c. Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, premise, linking ideas, word choice and tone used.
a. Demonstrate command of the English Language.
b. Apply knowledge to evaluate meaning.
c. Acquire and use accurately general academic and specific words for all aspects of English Language Arts.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 1
LCY1010 | 1 CREDIT
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 1 (H)
LCY1010(H) | 1 CREDIT
Description: Grade 9. Inspired by the guiding question, “Who am I?”, ELA 1 curriculum will apply the CCS Standards to investigate the theme of identity in all Novels and Short Stories. Students will be introduced to inquiry through discussion as the leading method of deepening thoughts while processing multiple perspectives.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 2
LCY2010 | 1 CREDIT
Description: Grade 10. In this course, students will use the guiding question “Who am I in relation to my Community/Culture?” to explore a variety of literature from a number of cultures and authors. Students will be responsible for reading and writing about these texts while connecting to the guiding question. Students will continue to practice and improve their inquiry and discussion skills. Students will be challenged to think philosophically, but apply English Language Arts skills as evidence of learning through projects and essays.
EXPOSITORY WRITING 1
LWH5211 | 1/2 CREDIT
Description: Grade 10. This course is designed to prepare students to write strong argumentative/persuasive essays. In the first section, students will learn how to read non-fiction articles purposefully for information. Annotation, Synthesis of information, creating a strong claim, identify evidence that supports claim directly. The second section of the class focuses on the writing process and having students write a number of successful essays in preparation for the End of Course Exam. Results of the Expository Writing EOC will be factored into the student’s final grade for the class. AP English Language and Comp (LAY6010) and AP English Comp and Literature (LAY6100) are equivalent courses that would fulfill the .5 credit Expos Writing graduation requirement.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 3 (H)
LCY3010(H) | 1 CREDIT
Prerequisite: It is recommended that the student be reading at grade level or beyond.
Description: Grade 11. This is an accelerated course. Literature and language studies are integrated in expository prose and research-based assignments that cover reading, writing and oral communication strategies. Students will learn to write for specific purposes with emphasis on critical questioning skills and inquiry.
AP ENGLISH COMPOSITION
LAY6100 | 1 CREDIT
Prerequisite: It is recommended that the student be reading at grade level or beyond. The ideal student is expected to be able to perform at a college level, and is self-directed, exhibit effective study skills, ad be self-motivated. Description: Grade 11-12. Students will be required to analyze a number of challenging texts, both classical and modern literature. Students will show mastery of analytical skills through multiple essays and an AP Exam in May. Cost for AP Exam will be approximately $87.00 paid for by the student. A passing grade on AP Exam may allow student to substitute for similar course at a University. This course also counts as an equivalent to the .5 credit of Expository Writing (LWH5211).
Prerequisite: It is recommended that the student be reading at grade level or beyond.
Description: Grade 9. This is an accelerated class designed to challenge students to explore a variety of literature from novels, short stories, poetry, drama and non-fiction. Students will be expected to be self-directed learners and willing to participation daily discussions. Students who successfully complete ELA 1 Honors will be recommended to ELA 2 Honors.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 2 (H)
LCY2010(H) | 1 CREDIT
Prerequisite: It is recommended that the student be reading at grade level or beyond. Students not in a previous ELA honors class will need to have previous teacher’s recommendation.
Description: Grade 10. This is an accelerated course. Literature and language studies are integrated in research-based assignments that cover reading, expository and creative writing and oral communication strategies that develops meaning and understanding for an audience; thematic, philosophical, and cultural approach to literature that defines a person in a community; and use of language as an expression of a person’s culture.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 3
LCY3010 | 1 CREDIT
Description: Grade 11. This course develops critical analysis of English Language Arts skills and content to prepare students for post-secondary education. Critical analysis includes reading, writing and oral presentation strategies for College and Career Readiness. Students will focus on the impact language makes for responding and concise writing. Students will be assessed on their use of language through persuasive and argumentative essays. Students will also be preparing for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium that will be administered at the end of the school year.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 4
LCY4010 | 1 CREDIT
Description: Grade 12. This course develops the reader/writer as an effective communicator in written and oral communication by using a variety of strategies that focus on precision of language. Student will read higher level, philosophical text designed to promote critical thinking skills that stimulate inquiry. Students will also be expected to complete a formal Senior paper that exhibits mastery of the writing process: planning, research, writing, editing, revision and publishing.
YEARBOOK PRODUCTION 1
XYY8610 | 1 CREDIT
Prerequisite: Ability to meet strict deadlines and commitment to work outside of class.
Description: Grades 9-12. The primary task of this class is to design and produce the school yearbook. In accomplishing this goal, students learn techniques for writing captions and copy to accompany photographs, use photographs and copy to create appealing page layouts and organize materials to prepare an effective verbal and visual record of the school year. Students will be expected to work after school and on weekends in order to meet various deadlines. In addition, students will also learn the fundamental operations for sales of copy space, promotional activities, distribution procedures and solving basic graphic problems. This is an elective course, it does not meet English requirement for diploma.
YEARBOOK PRODUCTION 2
XYY8360 | 1 CREDIT
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Yearbook Production 1. Ability to meet strict deadlines and commit to working outside of class time.
Description: Grades 10-12. This course is for students interested in continuing their interest in Yearbook. Students are expected to use and practice skills learned in Yearbook 1 and apply independently. Students are encouraged to take a leadership role as section editors, planning and supervising the creation of the pages assigned to them. Students’ work with photographers, students, faculty members and the administrative staff to plan, schedule and produce the yearbook. This is an elective course and does not meet the English requirement for a diploma.
YEARBOOK PRODUCTION 3
XYY8650 | 1 CREDIT
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Yearbook Production 2. Ability to meet strict deadlines and commit to working outside of class time.
Description: This course is for students interested in continuing Yearbook. Students in this course will be considered highly skilled and will be expected to take leadership roles and additional duties critical to the completion of the final product. This is an elective course and does not meet the English requirement for a diploma.
YEARBOOK PRODUCTION 4
XYY8670| 1 CREDIT
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Yearbook Production 3. Ability to meet strict deadlines and commit to working outside of class time.
Description: Grades 11-12. This course is for continuing Yearbook students. Students in Yearbook 4 are considered “Masters” and will be expected to take high level leadership roles and are responsible for managing the yearbook staff. Students will learn the business side of the yearbook including, but not limited to planning staff meetings, budgeting, communicating with vendors, staff, administration and team members. This is an elective course and does not meet the English requirement for a diploma.