English Language Arts

ELA Graphic organizer 2018
  • 9th Grade / 10th Grade / 11th Grade / 12th Grade / Reading

    English I
    Course #: HS0104
    Grade: 9
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: English

    Students will read fiction and nonfiction, including ancient literature in translation, and English and American literature from the Renaissance to the present.  They will write responses to literary and media texts; analytic essays; and research-based argumentative essays.  They will develop their vocabulary, close reading skills, listening and speaking skills, and research and inquiry skills.  They will use a writing process to compose multi-draft essays and will practice revision and editing skills in their writing Students will complete the state-required End-of-Course exam at the end of this course.


    English I Literature and Composition
    Course #: HS0188
    Grade: 9
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: English
    Recommendation: Grade of B or above in both semesters of 8th Grade English

    Students will read fiction and nonfiction, including ancient literature in translation, and English and American literature from the Renaissance to the present.  They will focus on writing analytic and argumentative essays, including essays synthesizing researched information as the basis for supporting a claim.  They will work on pre-ACT preparation for the reading, English and writing subtests and will focus on PSAT and SAT vocabulary development.  They will use a writing process to compose multi-draft essays and will practice revision and editing skills in their writing.  Students will complete the state-required End-of-Course exam at the end of this course.


    English II
    Course #: HS0112
    Grade: 10
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: English
    Prerequisite: A student must pass or be concurrently enrolled in one semester of English I before he/she can take English II or World Literature & Composition

    Students will read world literature fiction and nonfiction, focusing on English and American literature from the Renaissance to the present.  They will write analytic, argumentative, and inquiry-based research essays in which they synthesize information and ideas from various sources.  They will develop their skills in revising writing and in producing on-demand, timed essay responses.  They will practice editing skills and review grammar and usage rules.  They will develop their vocabulary, speaking and listening, and test-taking skills, including practice for the reading, English and writing portions of the ACT.  Students will complete the state-required End-of-Course exam at the end of this course.


    World Literature and Composition
    Course #: HS0114
    Grade: 10
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: English
    Prerequisite: A student must pass or be concurrently enrolled in one semester of English I before he/she can take English II or World Literature & Composition

    Students will read world literature fiction and nonfiction, focusing on English and American literature from the Renaissance to the present.  They will write analytic, argumentative, and inquiry-based research essays synthesizing information and ideas from various sources.  They will develop their skills in revising writing and in producing on-demand, timed essay responses, and will practice their editing skills.  They will study academic vocabulary, focusing on the words which appear the most commonly on the PSAT, SAT, and AP English exams.  They will hone their test-taking skills, including practice for the reading, English and writing portions of the ACT Students will complete the state-required End-of-Course exam at the end of this course.


    Creative Writing I
    Course #: HS0154
    Grade: 10-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective

    This course is designed for creative, original thinkers who like to write.  Students will write short stories, poetry, and magazine articles.  Students will be expected to keep class journals.  Since grammar and usage are not taught in this course, students who enroll should have competency in these skills.  Students will present and share work to grow and improve writing.


    Creative Writing II
    Course #: HS0158
    Grade: 10-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective
    Prerequisite: Creative Writing I

    Available to sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have shown proficiency in Creative Writing I, this course further develops individual abilities in writing poetry, short stories, and plays.  Students will keep personal and class journals and will have the opportunity to compete in writing contests.  Members of this class will be the production staff for the school’s literary magazine. Students will present and share work to grow and improve writing.


     English III
    Course #: HS01120
    Grade: 11
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: English
    Prerequisite: A student must have passed or be concurrently enrolled in one semester of English II before he/she can enroll in English III

    Students will read and discuss the themes and motifs in several major American literary texts, including fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction, from the Colonial Era to the present.  They will write analytic and argumentative essays, including research-based synthesis arguments, and will hone their revision and editing skills.  They will practice for the ACT English, reading and writing tests and will develop their vocabularies and speaking and listening skills.


    AP English Language & Composition**
    Course #: HS01123
    Grade: 11
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: English
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of English II or World Literature & Composition
    Recommendation: Grade of B or above in World Literature & Composition or English II

    Students will read and analyze the structure, rhetorical strategies and themes developed in various prose texts, focusing on nonfiction writings by essayists, journalists, political writers, biographers and historians, and social critics; they will also read several major American literary works, focusing on rhetorical techniques used to develop themes in those texts. Students will write textual analysis essays and arguments with research-based support.  This course will prepare students for college writing assignments, for the AP English Language and Composition Exam, and for the reading, English and writing ACT tests.  An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed.


    English Composition 110**
    Course #: HS0186
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: English
    Dual Credit: 3 Hours
    Prerequisite: UMKC dual credit requirements. 11th grade students enrolling in this class must still be enrolled in English III or AP English Language & Composition
    Recommendation: Teacher's Recommendation

    This intensive writing and reading course builds on the student’s past writing experiences and provides the opportunity to develop more sophisticated writing.  Students will develop critical thinking and reading skills as they read and respond to a variety of texts exploring social, historical, and cultural issues and contexts.  Students will develop their critical thinking and writing skills as they compose a series of papers.  This course offers the possibility of earning three (3) college credit hours in English Composition through UMKC.  Students must meet the enrollment criteria established by UMKC. An additional honor point will be earned for successful completion of this class. The UMKC fee is required for earning college credit.


    English 124 - Writing About Literature
    Course #: HS0187
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: English
    Dual Credit: 3 Hours
    Prerequisite: English 110 and UMKC dual credit requirements. 11th grade students enrolling in this class must still be enrolled in English III or AP English Language & Composition 

    This course introduces students to literacy criticism in its broadest, most generic sense, focusing on the biographical/historical, formalist, and other more recent approaches to textual analysis.  Students will be introduced to different approaches to writing about literature, as well, but will focus on structural analysis.  They will read literary texts in various genres, including fiction, drama, and poetry, and will read literature from various eras and cultures, from the Renaissance to the present.  Students can earn three (3) college credit hours in English 124 through UMKC.  Students must meet the enrollment criteria established by UMKC.  An additional honor point will be earned for successful completion of the course.  The UMKC fee is required for earning college credit.  This class usually transfers to colleges as a humanities credit.


    Introduction to College Writing
    Course #: HS0182
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: English
    Prerequisite: 1 semester of English III or AP English Language & Composition

    This course is intended for students who want to improve their writing skills and to gain experience in the types of writing required in college composition courses. Students will use a writing process approach, including prewriting, composing, revision, and editing. They will also study published essay models and will learn a process for essay analysis and evaluation. They will review grammar and usage skills in preparation for the ACT.


    Modern Literature
    Course #: HS0180
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: English
    Prerequisite: 1 semester of English III or AP English Language & Composition

    Students will read and explore a variety of literary works, including short stories, novels, plays, and films from varied cultures. The study of the works will emphasize an understanding of traditions unique to various cultures.  Students will learn and practice strategies to improve comprehension and will develop their analytical skills. Writing assignments will be expository and will emphasize analysis and evaluation. Tests over the literature will include items requiring critical thinking and problem solving.


    English IV
    Course #: HS0138
    Grade: 12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: English
    Prerequisite: English III or AP English Language & Composition

    Students will develop the reading and writing skills needed to read college-level texts and to succeed in post-secondary writing courses.  This course will focus on reading both fiction and nonfiction texts and on writing summaries; college admissions essays; and textual analysis, research-based synthesis, and argumentative essays.  Students will review skills needed for success on the ACT test and will read several major works in literature.


    AP English Literature & Composition 110**
    Course #: HS0140
    Grade: 12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: English
    Prerequisite: English III or AP English Language & Composition

    Students study major works in world and American literature, concentrating on analysis and evaluation of the texts to prepare them for the AP English Literature & Composition Exam and for advanced studies in college. An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed. It is recommended that students have earned an “A” or “B” in English III or AP Language & Composition, have strong verbal skills, and have good study and attendance habits. Students are expected to take the AP Exam and pay the examination fee.


    Lit & Test Prep 101
    Course #: HS0132
    Grade: 9
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective
    Prerequisite: Staff Placement

    This course is designed to improve student reading and test-taking skills. Reading strategies such as using schema, inference, questioning, and synthesis will be emphasized.  EOC and ASPIRE (pre-ACT) test-taking strategies will be practiced throughout the course and will include writing instruction. Placement will be determined by staff.


    Lit & Test Prep 102
    Course #: HS0133
    Grade: 10
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective
    Prerequisite: Staff Placement

    This course is designed to improve student reading and test-taking skills.  Reading strategies such as using schema, inference, questioning, and synthesis will be emphasized.  EOC test-taking strategies will be practiced throughout the course and will include writing instruction. Placement will be determined by staff.


    Lit & Test Prep 103
    Course #: HS0134
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective
    Prerequisite: Staff Placement

    This course is designed to improve student reading and test-taking skills. Reading strategies such as using schema, inference, questioning, and synthesis will be emphasized. ACT test-taking strategies will be practiced throughout the course and will include writing instruction. Placement will be determined by staff.


     

  • ** Students enrolling in dual credit and/or AP classes need to check with the college/university they are planning on attending regarding transferability and acceptable grades.