English Language Arts

  • All students must complete 4.0 credits to graduate from high school.

    ELA bracket

    Each year students must take a full credit of English Language Arts from the course offerings found in the English Language Arts section.

     

    English Language Arts 9 (ENG 101/102)

    Grade Level:  9

    Credit: English Language Arts 1.0 NCAA approved

    This year-long course focuses on integrating reading, writing, speaking and listening, and use of language. Students will examine a variety of literary and informational texts and authors, and reading instruction will allow students to cite textual evidence and determine main ideas and themes. Students will expand writing skills through practice on informative, explanatory, and argumentative texts, and will develop skills in organization and style. Students will also participate in a range of collaborative discussions, building on others’ ideas and clearly expressing their own. Students work toward meeting standard on the Common Core 9-10 grade specific standards. Completion of this course is required for graduation.

     

    Honors English Language Arts 9  (ENG 151/152)

    Grade Level:  9

    Credit:  English Language Arts 1.0   NCAA approved

    Prerequisites: Program Placement

    This course meets the requirements of English Language Arts 9, but moves at a faster pace, asks students to think at greater depth and a higher level of complexity, and prepares students for additional honors and Advanced Placement program offerings. Highly capable students are automatically enrolled at this grade level. Students work toward demonstrating mastery of the Common Core 9-10 grade specific standards.

     

    English Language Arts 10  (ENG 201/202)

    Grade Level:  10

    Credit:  English Language Arts 1.0    NCAA approved

    This year-long course emphasizes further development of reading, writing, speaking and listening, and use of

    language. Students will examine a variety of significant literary and informational texts and authors, and reading instruction will allow students to comprehend and analyze more complex texts independently and proficiently. Students will strengthen their ability to write clear claims, use valid reasoning and sufficient evidence in their writing, as well as write explanatory texts to examine complex ideas and concepts. Both collaboratively and individually, students will apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts and to make effective choice for meaning and style. Students work toward meeting standard on the Common Core 9-10 grade specific standards. Completion of this course is required for graduation.

     

    Honors English Language Arts 10   (ENG 251/252)

    Grade Level:  10

    Credit:  English Language Arts 1.0    NCAA approved

    This course is designed to prepare committed and motivated English students for entry into Advanced Placement. English courses at the junior and senior levels. Students must possess a strong work ethic and positive attitude toward rigorous learning. The course meets the requirements of English Language Arts 10, but moves at a faster pace and asks students to think at greater depth and a higher level of complexity. Students work toward demonstrating mastery of the Common Core 9-10 grade specific standards.

     

    English Language Arts 11  (ENG 301/302)

    Grade Level:  11

    Credit:  English Language Arts 1.0   NCAA approved

    This year-long course emphasizes sophisticated development of reading, writing, speaking and listening, and use of language. Students will read literary and informational texts of increasing complexity with greater independence, with deliberate examination of seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth century foundational documents of historical and literary significance. With increasing independence, students will develop confidence in expressing their own arguments and sharing research. Students will write synthesized arguments, using multiple sources to write more sophisticated claims, use more complex logical structures, and varied evidence. They will conduct short and sustained research, developing a capacity to evaluate sources and analyze more substantive topics. Students work toward meeting standard on the Common Core 11-12 grade specific standards.

     

    Advanced Placement English Language and Composition (ENG 462/463)

    Grade Level:  11

    Credit:  English Language Arts 1.5 NCAA approved

    Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Communication Arts 10 or Honors Communication Arts 10

    This year-long, college level course requires a commitment to rigorous thinking and a vigorous work load. A course focused on the study of rhetoric, students will become skilled readers of print and non-print texts produced in a variety of time periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts. Students will focus on the interaction between a writer’s purpose, audience expectations, and subject matter, and analyze how text structure supports meaning. Students will write sophisticated rhetorical analyses, complex inductive and deductive arguments, and evaluate and synthesize various sources for research writing. Completion of the Advanced Placement Exam is required.

     

    English Language Arts 12  (ENG 401/402)

    Grade Level:  12

    Credit:  English Language Arts 1.0    NCAA approved

    This year-long course emphasizes career and college readiness in reading, writing, speaking and listening, and use of language. Students will read works of exceptional craft and thought that serve as models for students’ own thinking and writing with greater independence and flexibility. They will demonstrate their ability to examine of seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth century foundational documents of historical and literary significance, including how two or more texts from the same period treat similar themes or topics. Students will contribute meaningfully to a variety of collaborative structures, developing adaptability in various situations. Students will write routinely over short and extended time frames for a range of increasingly complex writing tasks, purposes, and audiences, and will be required to gather relevant evidence from multiple authoritative sources. An extended research paper is required. Students work toward meeting standard on the Common Core 11-12 grade specific standards.

     

    Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition (ENG 460/461)

    Grade Level:  12

    Credit:  English Language Arts 1.5   NCAA approved

    Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Communication Arts 11 or AP English Language and Composition.

    This year-long, college level course requires a commitment to rigorous thinking and a vigorous work load. A course focused on the study of poetry and prose, students will engage in the careful reading and analysis of imaginative literature from a variety of time periods and genres. Students consider a work’s structure, style, and universal themes as well as elements such as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone, and will analyze how these elements work together to create meaning and significance. Completion of the Advanced Placement Exam in required.

     

    Bridge to College English  (ENB 401/402)

    Grade Level:  12

    Credit: English Language Arts 1.0

    This course is designed for seniors who score a 2 on the Smarter Balanced 11th grade assessment in ELA. This course will develop students’ college and career readiness by building skills in critical reading, academic writing, speaking and listening, research and inquiry, and language use. Students will read complex nonfiction and fiction texts focusing on issues of both current and enduring importance. Students will learn to evaluate the credibility of information, critique others’ opinions, and construct their own opinions based on evidence.  Beginning in fall 2016 students who have passed the course (with a B or higher) will be considered college-ready by the majority of colleges in Washington and permitted to enroll in college-level English courses without additional placement testing.

     

    Journalism (ENG 203/204)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit: Elective 0.5 NCAA approved

    Newspaper and magazine writing as well as broadcasting journalism are included.  Students study the process of collecting, writing, editing and publishing news and information. This class is recommended for students interested in working on the school newspaper, yearbook, or video productions.

     

    Speech/Debate (ENG 253/254)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Elective 0.5 NCAA approved

    Students will prepare and present a variety of speeches for various purposes including informative and persuasive styles.  Contest speech opportunities will be available. Debate activities will include research and preparation on both sides of current issues.

     

    Creative Writing (ENG 409/410)

    Grade Level: 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Elective 0.5

    Creative Writing is designed for students who wish to experiment in self-expression through writing while creating original forms of descriptive writing, poetry, creative nonfiction and fiction. Writing emphasis is placed on pre-writing techniques, vocabulary development, establishing a strong and unique voice, advancing awareness and manipulation of technical elements, and revision. Students will critique and refine writing through guided discussions, collaborative revisions, and individual reflections. Students will read closely for multiple purposes: to engage multiple styles of text, to analyze and evaluate exemplary texts, to develop creative writing skills.




    Non-Departmental Electives

     

    Freshman Seminar  (GEN 105/106)

    Grade Level: 9 Credit:  Elective .05

    Freshman Seminar is a one-semester, elective course that offers ninth graders some important keys to high school success. This pass/fail course will offer students instruction in study skills, organization strategies, goal setting and time management techniques. It will introduce freshmen to the culture of their specific high school focusing on the traditions activities, and services available ‘students will work on high school planning, and explore post -secondary career options. Students will have one-on-one conference time with the teacher throughout the semester.

     

    Journalistic Writing  (GEN 201/202)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Credit:  Elective 1.0 (repeatable)     Prerequisite:  Application, interview and/or advisor recommendation.

    Students in this course are responsible for the production of the school newspaper. Staff members are selected by an application and interview process.  Students gain experience in writing, editing, design, layout and photography. Meeting deadlines and a willingness to work outside of the regular school day are required.  In addition, students will participate in selling advertising and designing ads for local businesses. Students will develop leadership and cooperative skills as they work in this production class. Students have the opportunity to compete at the state and national levels while working on a student produced newspaper.  Students may be required to work after school to meet deadlines.

     

    Leadership  (GEN 203/204)

    Grade Level:  9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable Credit:  Elective 0.5 Prerequisite:  Teacher approval

    This class provides school service through participation in activities. Learning includes group dynamics, decision- making, getting organized, developing positive self-image, improving communication, conducting effective meetings and producing creative visuals. This class is designed for ASB officers, club officers, natural helpers, cheerleaders and others interested in school leadership roles.  Students are required to attend activities outside of class time.


    English Language Arts/Reading Lab  (ENG 117/118)

    Grade Level:  9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit: Elective 0.5

    Students will gain reading skills necessary to meet the reading requirements of high school courses. Students will focus on specific reading skills such as fluency, vocabulary, critical thinking and comprehension.

     

    English Language Arts/Writing Lab   (ENG 119/120)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit: Elective 0.5

    Students will gain writing skills necessary to meet the writing requirements of high school courses. Students will focus on Six + 1 Traits of writing, writing in a variety of genres and writing for a variety of purposes.

     

    Yearbook Technology  (CTT 351/352)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Credit: Occupational or Elective 1.0

    Prerequisite:  Application, interview and/or advisor recommendation.

    This Elective course is offered through the Career and Technical Education Department.  See CTE section p. 19.

     

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