CHS English Department Course Offerings:SAT/ACT Preparation, Verbal and Writing 401101CH (Must also register for SAT/ACT Preparation, Math)
Grades 10 – 12 • ½ unit • Prerequisite: English I
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 I 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 is 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 I 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 I
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 II or Honors English II
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 II
This course requires students to write compositions and study American literature. It continues to build on the language study described in English II. 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 III or Honors English III 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 III. 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 III
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.
AP English Language and Composition (Advanced Placement) 307171AW
Grades 11 – 12 • 1 unit • Prerequisite: Honors English III
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. Summer reading is required. Students are required to take the AP exam.
AP English: Literature and Composition (Advanced Placement) 307071AW
Grade 12 • 1 unit • Prerequisite: Honors English IV 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 IV. Students are required to take the AP exam.ElectivesSpeech (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 presentation 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.
Newspaper Production/Journalism I 305364CW
Grades 9 – 12 • 1 unit • Prerequisite: None
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.
Yearbook Production 305664CW
Grades 10 – 12 • 1 unit • Prerequisite: Newspaper Production/Journalism I
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.Note: Three units of elective credit in journalism will apply toward graduation.English Sequencing
Grade of less than 77 in English 8 and/or Not Met on PASS ELA
8th Grade English
8th Grade English I Credit
8th Grade English I Credit
Honors English II
Honors English III
AP Literature (recommended)or