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English Classes

High School English Core and Elective Curriculum

Literature & Composition I
This class is designed to help students become better writers. The focus of the course is on daily writing as well as developing the skills of grammar, creativity, and organization.  At various points during the year, these skills are blended to develop
longer writing pieces that showcase the students’ talents.
Grade: 9          Length: 2 Semesters          Prerequisite: None

Literature & Composition II    
The focus of Literature & Composition II is on World Literature and includes the close reading of a wide variety of World Literature texts where students will deepen their understanding of literature. Analysis will include such subjects as author’s structure and style, arguments and themes, along with social and historical relevance of literary texts. Elements such as figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone are also analyzed. In addition, students will be immersed in the study of composition and vocabulary in order to write more effectively.
Grade: 10          Length: 2 Semesters          Prerequisite: None

World Literature (H)    
Although the content of World Literature mirrors Literature & Composition II, this Honors course focuses on developing higher order analysis skills necessary for AP English courses taken during student's Junior and Senior years.
Grade: 10          Length: 2 Semesters          Prerequisite: None

Literature & Composition III
The focus of Literature and Composition III is on American Literature and is designed to develop the student’s ability to read and comprehend literature and other writing by authors from a variety of backgrounds and experiences and to analyze and evaluate literature and other writing in a variety of genres, such as nonfiction prose, fiction prose, poetry, and drama. In addition to being able to functionally write in rhetorical modes such as argumentation, exposition, narration, and description using the rhetorical strategies of exemplification, definition, comparison, and contrast, the students will learn to creatively write in a variety of genres, including nonfiction prose, fiction prose, poetry, and drama.
Grade: 11          Length: 2 Semesters          Prerequisite: None

English Language and Composition (AP)   
The goal of the AP English Language and Composition course is to expose students to a wide array of non-fiction prose and appropriate literature selections, to equip students with the necessary tools to critically analyze the purpose and effect of language within such selections, and to develop a deeper understanding of their own personal approach to writing. Through close reading and frequent writing, students develop their ability to work with language and text with a greater awareness of purpose and strategy, while strengthening their own composing abilities. Course readings feature expository, analytical, personal, and argumentative texts from a variety of authors and historical contexts. Students examine and work with essays, letters, speeches, images, and imaginative literature. Students frequently confer about their writing with both the teacher and their peers in the classroom. Students prepare for the AP English Language and Composition Exam and may be granted advanced placement, college credit, or both as a result of satisfactory performance
Grade: 11          Length: 2 Semesters          Prerequisite: None

Literature & Composition IV
British Literature covers the history of literature from the Anglo-Saxon period through the post modernism. Chaucer, Shakespeare, Dickens, Rand, Stoppard, and Hardy are representative of the authors studied. Advanced writing skills are honed through a survey of rhetorical structure.
Grade: 12          Length: 2 Semesters          Prerequisite: None

English Literature & Composition (AP)
The Advanced Placement Literature and Composition course includes an intensive study of representative works from various genres and periods, concentrating on works of recognized literary merit. The course is designed to engage students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature, so as to help them deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students will do annotation, considering the structure, style and theme of the work as well as its smaller-scale elements such as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. They will then do analytical writing to evaluate a literary work by making and explaining judgments about its artistry and exploring its underlying social and cultural values. In addition, students will explore their own thought processes and creativity by doing free writing and developing personal journals.
Grade: 12           Length: 2 Semesters          Prerequisite: None

Competitive Speech
This course is designed to develop skills necessary to compete in speech and debate tournaments. Students compete at various tournaments in Arizona, and in the case of National Qualification, out of state. Competitive Speech and Debate team members are required to attend competitions. These competitions are usually held Fridays and Saturdays. Attendance at rehearsals is mandatory. Attendance at scheduled tournaments is mandatory. Absences could affect a student's grade. Absences, during the school year, to rehearsals, practices and performances could affect a student's grade.
Grade: 9-12 (Elective)      Length: 2 Semesters      Prerequisite: $15.00 one time fee for membership in the National Forensic League.

Introduction to Psychology
This course is designed to introduce students to the study of human behavior, mental processes, and how they affect an individual's or a group's physical state, mental state, and external environment. Students will be exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with the major sub-fields of psychology.
Grade: 9-12        Length: 1 Semester        Prerequisite: None

Speech is a course that provides the student with a foundation of speech communication with emphasis given to preparation, organization, composition and delivery of the extemporaneous speech. Students study modern communication theory, 
classical rhetoric and traditional logic. Students also develop research skills including note-taking, the works cited page and the use of a variety of research tools.  Students present speeches including the speech to inform, the speech to persuade, the debate speech and the problem solving group discussion.
Grade: 11-12          Length: 1 Semester          Prerequisite: None

English 101 (UL)  (Fall)      
ENG101 is a dual enrollment class that teaches writing and composition. Various rhetorical strategies are analyzed. Students write four essays and present one paper
Grade: 12 (Elective)          Length: 1 Semester

Prerequisite: Rio Salado Accuplacer. These classes are open to qualifying juniors and seniors. Students need to have 2 semester track record of subject GPA over 3.0. A passing grade on AIMS reading and writing is required and so is Literature teacher’s recommendation and approval of the college liaison.

English 102 (UL)  (Spring)    
ENG102 is a dual enrollment class that focuses on the rhetorical strategy of Argumentation. Students write one 15 page argumentative research paper.  
Grade: 12 (Elective)          Length: 1 Semester          Prerequisite:  English 101