English Department

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    English Sequencing

     

    8th Grade

    Freshmen

    Sophomores

    Juniors

    Seniors

     

     Grade of less than 77 in English 8 and/or Not Met on PASS ELA

    English 1*

    English 2

    English 3

    English 4

    College Prep

    8th Grade English

    English 1

    English 2

    English 3

    English 4

    College Prep

    8th Grade English 1 Credit

    English 2

    English 3

    English 4

    English 101/102

    Honors Pathway

    8th Grade English 1 Credit

    Honors English 2

    Honors English 3

    AP Language

    AP Literature or English 101/102

    * An ELA Preparatory may be required.

    English Language Arts 

    SAT/ACT Preparation, Verbal and Writing 401101CH
    (Must also register for SAT/ACT Preparation, Math)  See Math section.
    Grades 10 – 12 ½ unit
    Prerequisite: English 1
    This course explores the strategies for taking the verbal portion of the SAT/ACT. This course is for college-bound sophomores, juniors or seniors who want vocabulary enrichment, concentrated word study, and writing. Students will study synonyms, antonyms, word relationships, roots, prefixes, and suffixes in this study of words and items similar to those found on college entrance exams. This course must be combined with SAT/ACT Preparation, Math.

    Secondary Literacy: Pre-English 1 309901CW
    Grade 9 1 unit
    Prerequisite: None
    This is an elective course for selected students who scored “Not Ready” on ACT ASPIRE, who are involved in the Freshman Transition Program, or who did not meet standards in English 8. Although student interests and needs will drive a portion of the curriculum, all students will receive the same core curriculum and will demonstrate competence on common major assessments, including the EOC style final exam.

    SCCC English I 302463CW
    Grade 9 1 unit
    Prerequisite: None
    This course emphasizes writing compositions and studying literary works in depth. It is for students who may attend college or technical school. Course covers composition and literature interrelated with language study, including mechanics, usage, vocabulary, grammar, library study, and SAT skills. Summer reading required. The End-of-Course exam counts as 20% of a student’s final grade.

    SCCC Honors English II 302564HW
    Grades 9 – 10 1 unit
    Prerequisite: English 1 or Referral
    This course is for high-achieving students with advanced and mature study habits. It covers English 2 requirements and also involves additional reading, writing, interpretation, and evaluation of literature, research skills, and SAT preparation. Summer reading is required.

    SCCC English II 302563CW
    Grades 9 – 10 1 unit
    Prerequisite: English 1
    This course is designed for students who may attend college or technical school. Students will be introduced to literary 
    forms such as the short story, the novel, drama, and poetry. The student will develop his language skills by learning to adapt his writing skills to a variety of purposes. Initial emphasis will be placed on writing the longer paper. The course will also focus on grammar, usage, mechanics, and vocabulary development to improve the student's reading, writing, and speaking abilities. Summer reading is required.

    SCCC Honors English III 302661HW
    Grades 10 – 11 1 unit
    Prerequisite: English 2 or Honors English 2
    This course is designed for the highly motivated, exceptionally talented language arts student who enjoys reading and is willing to put extra time and effort into English studies. The student should also be able to work independently and demonstrate above average grade-level proficiency in writing. This course concentrates on developing the student's ability to study and read literature critically and analytically through the study of major themes and writers of American literature from 1600 to the present. Critical analysis of works of literature as well as documented critical papers on literary topics will be required. Summer Reading is required.

    SCCC English III 302663CW
    Grades 10 – 11 1 unit
    Prerequisite: English 2
    This course requires students to write compositions and study American literature. It continues to build on the language study described in English 2. This level enhances skills for college work. Special emphasis is placed on the SAT/ACT preparation. Summer reading is required.

    SCCC Honors English IV 302761HW
    Grades 11 – 12 1 unit
    Prerequisite: English 3 or Honors English 3 or AP English Language Composition
    This course continues the more intensified language study for high-achieving, highly motivated students. The reading program and the application process are also requirements, as described for Honors English 3. This level focuses on British literature and continues preparation for the SAT/ACT and AP English. At CHS, this course will be taken in conjunction with AP English Literature and Composition. Summer Reading is required.

    SCCC English IV 302763CW
    Grades 11 – 12 1 unit
    Prerequisite: English 3
    This course is for college-bound students who will study British literature and write compositions, continuing to develop language skills essential for college work, as with previous levels of English. Summer reading is required.

    Honors Advanced Composition 303061HW
    Grade 12 1 unit
    Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in English 4.
    This course is designed to offer the advanced student the opportunity to continue studying literature and composition at an accelerated level. The course includes the study of world literature and writing tasks that will help students discover new insights. This course is a prerequisite for AP English, but if a student does not continue with AP English, the credit for this course will revert to honors weighting. Summer reading is required. 

    AP English: Literature and Composition (Advanced Placement) 307071AW
    Grade 12 1 unit
    Prerequisite: Honors English 4 or AP English Language and Composition 
    This course is an intensified, in-depth study of literature and the process of analysis. Emphasizing advanced writing and discussion skills, this course will enable students to perform analytical close readings in preparation for advanced academic study in college. Reading selections include established works of literary merit. Summer reading is required. At CHS, this course should be taken in conjunction with Honors English 4. Students are required to take the AP exam.
     
    AP English Language and Composition
    (Advanced Placement) 307171AW
    Grades 11 – 12 1 unit
    Prerequisite: Honors English 3
    This AP course is designed for students who have been enrolled in the honors English program. The course focuses on sophisticated literary analysis and on the critical reading and writing skills expected of college level literature courses. Students are required to take the AP exam.

    Advanced Composition 303062CW
    Grades 11 – 12 1 unit
    Prerequisite: Previous completion of or concurrent enrollment in English 4.
    This course offers in-depth practice in advanced writing skills required in college. It is strongly recommended for college bound students. Students will study selections from world literature. Emphasis is on persuasive and logical writing with usage of standard English. Students will write essays, themes about literature, and a formal term paper. Summer reading is required.

    Speech (Public Speaking) 304060CW
    Grades 10 – 12 1 unit
    Prerequisite: English 1
    This course is designed as an elective for any student who wishes to improve his competency in speaking and in the related skills of listening, composing, and reasoning. The selection of subjects, audience analysis, techniques of research, organization of materials, effective presentational skills as well as instruction in critical thinking and listening skills will be included. All state PACT standards pertaining to the use of spoken language will be addressed.  
     

    Three units of elective credit in journalism will apply toward graduation.

    Journalism 1 305062CW
    Grades 9 – 12 1 unit
    Prerequisite: English 1 and Application 
    This course introduces the basic principles of media work. Students study the role of journalism in American society as well as the techniques of writing feature stories, editorials, and columns. Instruction is also given in graphics, layout and design, photography, and advertising.

    Journalism 2 305162CW
    Grades 10 – 12 1 unit
    Prerequisite: Journalism 1
    This course incorporates all tasks geared toward the skills needed to produce a newspaper or yearbook. Students desiring an opportunity to produce a school publication should take this course.

    Newspaper Production 305364CW
    Grades 10 – 12 1 unit
    Prerequisite: Newspaper Production 2
    This course provides an in-depth study of the responsibility of journalism in our system of mass communications and focus on the technical aspects of the media. Instruction emphasizes management, public relations, finance, and photography. Students will also have an opportunity to study other areas of the media which may interest them.

    Newspaper Production 2 305563CW
    Grades 10 – 12 1 unit
    Prerequisite: Journalism 1 and English 1
    This course provides an in-depth study of the responsibility of journalism in our system of mass communications and focus on the technical aspects of the media. Instruction emphasizes management, public relations, finance, and photography. 

    Newspaper Production 3 309933CW
    Grades 11 – 12 1 unit
    Prerequisite: Newspaper Production 2
    This is an elective course that gives students marketable experience in print media publishing, journalistic writing and staff management. This course primarily works toward the completion and distribution of the school newspaper. However, our most important goal is getting relevant information to the student body, so other reporting assignments will be required

    Newspaper Production 4 309934CW
    Grades 11 – 12 1 unit
    Prerequisite: Newspaper Production 3
    This is an elective course that turns the yearbook experience into a real business. Students should act like this is their job, not just an elective course. Timeliness, initiative, and teamwork are essential to this job. Because “Newspaper” is a monetary business, students must cooperatively work with others, must be industrious, and must be eager to be creative. Most assignments will require work outside of class. Students must be responsible with Journalism equipment and represent the school well, especially while on assignment.

    Yearbook Production 2 305664CW
    Grades 10 – 12 1 unit
    Prerequisite: Newspaper Production 2
    This course provides an in-depth study of the responsibility of journalism in our system of mass communications and focus on the technical aspects of the media. Instruction emphasizes management, public relations, finance, and photography. Students will also have an opportunity to study other areas of the media which may interest them.