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ENGLISHELA 1 is a skills-based course designed to aid students to develop, improve, and refine their reading, writing, listening, speaking, and information-gathering skills. Reading skills will include summarizing, paraphrasing, and making inferences/drawing conclusions. Students will read and respond to a multicultural sampling of literature, including short stories, novels, poetry, plays, essays, and biographies that focus on the concept of coming of age. Students will write narrative, informative, and argumentative essays with instruction addressing topic development, organization, sentence structure, word choice, and mechanics. Research skills include integrating information from three to four sources, locating information, evaluating information for its relevancy, and documenting according to APA standards.

In addition to required essays, students will take four reading assessments and complete two performance tasks during the course. Aligned to the SAT, these assessments are used to monitor and measure student growth in reading, writing, and synthesizing sources.

ELA 2 focuses on developing analytic skills for reading, writing, speaking, viewing, and listening. Students will write informative, narrative, and argumentative essays. Students will develop analytic skills by reading and responding to a variety of literary and informational texts that allow the student to explore different cultural perspectives. Research skills include integrating information from four to five sources and becoming more adept at documenting according to APA standards.

In addition to required essays, students will take four reading assessments and complete two performance tasks during the course. Aligned to the SAT, these assessments are used to monitor and measure student growth in reading, writing, and synthesizing sources.

ELA 3 focuses on American literature from a thematic perspective. Students will read a wide sampling of literary selections in order to understand the varied interrelationships of literature, society, and the individual. Writing instruction will focus on increasing proficiency in literary analysis, argument, and using narrative to support one’s ideas. Students will continue to develop and refine skills in sentence structure, research, reading, listening, and speaking. Students will synthesize five to seven sources.

In addition to required essays, students will take four reading assessments and complete two performance tasks during the course. Aligned to the SAT, these assessments are used to monitor and measure student growth in reading, writing, and synthesizing sources.

ELA 4 Course Overviews

ELA 4: 20th Century Playwrights course is an option for fourth year English that provides students with the skills needed for both the workplace and college. During the course, students explore a variety of classic plays from writers of the twentieth century. In addition to reading plays and related informational texts, students also refine their skills in writing argument, narrative, and informative text. Research skills are further refined as students synthesize information from seven to eight sources.

In addition to required essays, students will take two reading assessments and complete two performance tasks during the course. Aligned to the Common Core State Standards, these assessments are used to monitor and measure student growth in reading, writing, and synthesizing sources.

ELA 4: Short Story is an option for fourth year English that provides students with skills needed for both the workplace and college. During the course, students explore a variety of short stories from the nineteenth and twentieth century. In addition to reading short stories and related informational texts, students also refine their skills in writing argument, narrative, and informative text. Research skills are further refined as students synthesize information from seven to eight sources.

In addition to required essays, students will take two reading assessments and complete two performance tasks during the course. Aligned to the Common Core State Standards, these assessments are used to monitor and measure student growth in reading, writing, and synthesizing sources.

ELA 4: Western European Literature* is a fourth year English option for those students ready to take on the challenge of honors level curriculum. During the course students explore diverse selections of texts from western Europe spanning the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. In addition to reading classic literature and informational texts, students also develop college ready skills in argument, exposition, narration, and evaluation. College level research skills are honed with students effectively synthesizing at least eight sources.

In addition to required essays, students will take two reading assessments and complete two performance tasks during the course. Aligned to the Common Core State Standards, these assessments are used to monitor and measure student growth in reading, writing, and synthesizing sources.

ELA 1 Honors* is a rigorous course that is intended for students who are ready for a challenging English curriculum. Students improve their reading, writing, listening, speaking, and information-gathering skills while reading a wide variety of classic, multicultural literature. Socratic seminar and debate are an integral part of the class. Students will write narrative, argumentative, and informative essays with instruction that addresses going beyond the typical five paragraph essay. Research skills include integrating information from four sources, locating information, evaluating information for its relevancy, and documenting according to APA standards.

In addition to required essays, students will take four reading assessments and complete two performance tasks during the course. Aligned to the SAT, these assessments are used to monitor and measure student growth in reading, writing, and synthesizing sources.

ELA 2 Honors* is a rigorous world literature course that includes classic literature and informational texts from Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Students write informational, argumentative, and narrative essays that strengthen their analytic skills and ability to synthesize information. Socratic seminar and debate are an integral part of the class. Research skills include integrating information from five sources and becoming more adept at documenting according to APA standards.

In addition to required essays, students will take four reading assessments and complete two performance tasks during the course. Aligned to the SAT, these assessments are used to monitor and measure student growth in reading, writing, and synthesizing sources.

ELA 3 Honors* is a rigorous course that focuses on American literature from a chronological approach. Students will read a wide variety of literary and informational texts from classic American literature in order to trace the development of American literature over time. Writing instruction will focus on increasing proficiency in evaluation, literary analysis, argument, and using narrative to support one’s ideas. Students will continue to develop and refine skills in sentence structure, research, reading, listening, and speaking. Students will synthesize seven sources.

In addition to required essays, students will take four reading assessments and complete two performance tasks during the course. Aligned to the SAT, these assessments are used to monitor and measure student growth in reading, writing, and synthesizing sources.

*For these Honors courses, students are expected to meet the requirements listed for their grade level in order to be deemed eligible.