• ENGLISH 1 (P)/ACCELERATED (P)
    Prerequisite(s):  A freshman level course; For Accelerated courses, the following criteria may be used: Teacher recommendation, and/or student choice.
    English 1P is designed to continue the development of student skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The course is college preparatory, with the curriculum based on the English Language Arts California State Content Standards and the CA Common Core State Standards. The course incorporates the various genre found in literature: short story, novel, drama, poetry, and non-fiction. In addition, informational text and workplace documents are embedded in the chapter organization of the text. Strategies such as AVID, Marzano, and STRP (The Strategic Reading Project) are used to increase reading and critical thinking skills.

    ENGLISH 2 (P)/ACCELERATED (P)
    Prerequisite(s):  A sophomore level course: Successful completion of English 1P is recommended. For Accelerated courses, the following criteria may be used: Teacher recommendation, completion grade in English 1 Accelerated, and/or student choice.
    English 2P is designed to continue the development of student skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The course is college preparatory, with the curriculum based on CCSS Common Core State Standards.  The course incorporates the various genres found in literature: short story, novel, drama, poetry, and non-fiction. In addition, informational and workplace documents are embedded in the chapter organization of the text. Strategies such as AVID, Marzano, and STRP (The Strategic Reading Project) are used to increase reading and critical thinking skills.

    ENGLISH 3 (P)
    Prerequisite(s): A junior level course:  Successful completion of English 2P is recommended.  
    English 3P focuses on a historical approach to the study of American literature and the continued development of student skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The course is college preparatory, with the curriculum based on the California State Content Standards-English Language Arts and the CA Common Core State Standards. The course incorporates the various genre found in literature: short story, novel, drama, poetry, and non-fiction. In addition, informational texts and workplace documents are embedded in the chapter organization of the textbook. All students will write an editorial, an autobiographical/reflective narrative, a descriptive essay, an expository essay, a literary response, and a major research paper following MLA guidelines.

    ENGLISH 4 (P)
    Prerequisite(s):  A senior level course:  Successful completion of English 3P is recommended.
    English 4P focuses on a historical approach to the study of British and World literature and the continued development of student skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.  The course is college preparatory, with the curriculum based on the California State Content Standards for English Language Arts (CSCS-ELA) and the CA Common Core State Standards.  The course incorporates the various genres found in literature:  short story, novel, drama, poetry, and non-fiction.  In addition, informational texts and workplace documents are embedded in the chapter organization of the textbook.  All students will write a descriptive essay, a literary analysis, compare/contrast essay, a reflective essay, and a major research project.

    ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION AP (P)
    Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of English 2P Accelerated or English 2P.
    This class is designed to aid students in developing an individual writing style adaptable to different occasions for writing in college.  Included in the course will be examination and practice of specific kinds of writing and writing styles appropriate for various assignments.  Students will study examples of recognized American authors as a basis for different writing experiences.  One goal of Junior English Seminar AP is to enable students to pass the Language and Composition AP Exam at the end of the year. A high score on this exam makes it possible for student to receive freshman English credit for this course at many universities and colleges around the United States. Although the work is demanding, that fact is recognized in the grading system; most colleges allow a 25% bonus for all Advanced Placement grades (e.g., A=5 points; B=4 points; etc.)  Emphasis is placed upon English literature and analytical writing.

    ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION AP (P)
    Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of English Language and Composition AP or an "A" or "B" in Eng 3P is recommended
    This course is intended primarily for those students who plan to attend highly competitive colleges and universities.  One of the important purposes of the course is to enable participants to improve the skills necessary to succeed on the Advanced Placement Literature & Composition Examination.  A high score on this exam makes it possible for student to receive freshman English credit for this course at many universities and colleges around the United States. Although the work is demanding, that fact is recognized in the grading system; most colleges allow a 25% bonus for all Advanced Placement grades (e.g. / A=5 points; B=4 points; etc.)  Emphasis is placed upon English literature and analytical writing. 

    EXPOSITORY READING AND WRITING COURSE (ERWC) (P)
    Prerequisite(s): A grade of “C” or better in English 1P, 2P, and 3P. A selection process will be followed which includes:

    • student interest
    • student GPA of 2.0 or better
    • completion of “a-g” requirements appropriate for grade level

    The goal of the Expository Reading and Writing Course is to prepare college-bound seniors for the literacy demands of higher education. Through a sequence of fourteen rigorous instructional modules, students in this yearlong, rhetoric-based course develop advanced proficiency in expository, analytical, and argumentative reading and writing. The cornerstone of the course—the assignment template—presents a process for helping students read, comprehend, and respond to nonfiction and literary texts. Modules also provide instruction in research methods and documentation conventions. Students will be expected to increase their awareness of the rhetorical strategies employed by authors and to apply those strategies in their own writing. They will read closely to examine the relationship between an author’s argument or theme and his or her audience and purpose; to analyze the impact of structural and rhetorical strategies; and to examine the social, political, and philosophical assumptions that underlie the text. By the end of the course, students will be expected to use this process independently when reading unfamiliar texts and writing in response to them. Course texts include contemporary essays, newspaper and magazine articles, editorials, reports, biographies, memos, assorted public documents, and other nonfiction texts. The course materials also include modules on two full-length works (one novel and one work of nonfiction).  Written assessments and holistic scoring guides conclude each unit.