English Language Arts Course Descriptions

Available courses

English Learners

This class is designed for students who are in the process of acquiring English.  It is structured to meet the needs of a student at any level of English acquisition.  Listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills are the major focus of the class. Vocabulary and basic grammar are also …

English 9

In this course, students will expand their critical, creative, and analytical reading, writing, and thinking skills, as well as refining their speaking and listening skills. Students will develop their ability to closely read and interpret increasingly complex literature and informational texts, an…

English 10

In this course, students will develop their critical, analytical, and creative reading, writing, thinking, speaking and listening skills, building upon the foundations of English 9. Students will develop their ability to closely read and interpret increasingly complex literature, informational, and…

English 11

This course, designed to help students increase their academic readiness for college and post-secondary education, will focus on the study of literature where students not only become aware of the great, controversial, and beautiful ideas contained in literary history, but also examine the interact…

English 12

This course, designed to help students increase their academic readiness for college, will focus on the study of informational texts and literature, both modern and from long ago, written by people from many racial, ethnic, and cultural groups. Through required all-class reads as well as opportunit…

AP English Language and Composition

According to The College Board’s Course and Exam Description most recently published, “The AP English Language and Composition course focuses on the development and revision of evidence-based analytic and argumentative writing, the rhetorical analysis of nonfiction texts, and the decisions writ…

AP Literature and Composition

According to The College Board’s Course and Exam Description most recently published, “In the AP English Literature and Composition course, students devote themselves to the study of literary works written in—or translated into—English. Careful reading and critical analysis of such works of…

Creative Writing (Elective)

The main objective of this course is to improve writing through writing.  The emphasis is on the student interpreting thoughts, feelings, and experiences into a variety of short pieces.  Class is conducted in “writing workshop” format. Students will do the bulk of, but not all, their …

Yearbook (Elective)

The work of this course is the production of the Spectrum - the school yearbook.  The emphasis of this course is the timely production of this school-wide publication. The course is perhaps one of the only classes students will enroll in where it is acceptable for their homework to be pur…

Technical Theater 1: Stagecraft

This course provides students the opportunity to learn and apply the crafts and technologies of the “backstage” world of the theater. We will learn to interpret and execute a theatrical designer's plans, create our own designs, and see those designs and plans come to life. Through hands-on lear…

Theater 1 (Elective)

The foci of this course include introducing students to the theatre, script analysis, and basic acting. We will explore these areas through hands-on experiences such as working in the high school theatre, reading and discussing selected plays, various acting exercises, and viewing the work of other…

Theater 2 (Elective)

As an extension of Theatre I, the foci of this course include discovering the historical journey of the theatre, engaging in advanced stage work with others, developing your artistic voice through directing, and an introduction to playwriting. We will engage in peer-to-peer activities often, so a p…