English Language Arts

  Honors English 9 / English 9 introduces students to the foundational knowledge and competencies they will need to achieve success in their high school English classes. They will be exposed to different literary genres and learn to communicate for a variety of purposes. Each unit of study is designed to have students focus on a guiding principle to make them more aware of who they are and the world in which they live. Through these units, students will also be able to understand and analyze why and how an author chooses specific tools and apply those tools in their own writing. Additionally, students will broaden their own reading repertoire by engaging in class discussions and literary circles. By working together to discuss works or projects, students will gain the necessary skills to become stronger critical thinkers, better problem solvers, and improve their communication skills.

  Honors English 10 / English 10 challenges students to develop the knowledge and competencies associated with superior academic success by engaging them in reading, writing, speaking, and listening experiences that enable them to analyze and synthesize information and ideas. Each unit of study is designed to have students understand and analyze why and how an author chooses specific tools and apply those tools in their writing. Additionally, students will broaden their own reading repertoire by engaging in class discussions and literary circles. By working together to discuss works or projects, students will gain the necessary skills to become stronger critical thinkers, better problem solvers, and improve their communication skills. By the end of 10th grade, students will be prepared for the focused literary studies needed in either World Literature (English 11) or Advanced Placement English: Language and Composition (11th grade option).

  Honors English 11 / English 11 is designed to expose students to perspectives that differ from their own culture, ultimately leading them to a deeper understanding of other cultures and the works that represent them. Therefore, students will study, interpret, and critique various genres of literature and other media based on the historical and cultural context of the author and his/her culture. Students will explore and analyze the diversity, significance, and relevance of world literature. Emphasis is placed on making personal and social connections with the historical background and cultural context of the authors and reading. Attention will be paid to understanding author’s purpose, tone, structure, and techniques. Students will learn to model their own writing after patterns found in published authors’ works and to find their own topic ideas from reading quality writing. Students will refine their grammar and sentence fluency skills through teacher conferencing, careful editing of their own work and that of peers.

  Honors English 12 / English 12 acts as the last foundational course students will take in English before entering post-secondary institutions. First semester will focus on the genre of memoir through the analytical study of “First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers” by Loung Ung. By understanding the tone, perspective and writing style of Loung Ung, students will then begin to write their own memoir over the course of the first quarter. By focusing on reading and writing memoirs, students will be able to write informed personal college essays that will assist them with their applications. Additionally, students will compare and contrast how Native Americans and Puritans established their societies and family structures by looking into creation stories and reading/performing “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller. Second semester will focus on reading and writing poetry by analyzing the work of Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson.

  AP English Language and Composition is designed to help students become skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts and to become skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects as well as the way generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing. The course also provide opportunities to write about a variety of subjects and to demonstrate an awareness of audience and purpose. In addition, this course aims to teach students that the expository, analytical, and argumentative writing they must do in college is based on reading texts from various disciplines and periods as well as personal experience and observation.

  AP English Literature and Composition will engage students in careful reading and analysis of a challenging set of literary works from a range of genres including the novel, short story, poetry, and drama. The focus of the course will be on intensive reading and discussion of the literature, as well as introducing secondary critical essays for discussion and evaluation. Emphasis will be placed on thoughtful and cogent analysis of the readings using a variety of theoretical frameworks and devices. The course is intended to provide students with an academic experience parallel to that of a college level literature course. This course will also include a writing component that focuses on expository, analytical, and argumentative writing about the literature through both discussion and essay format. Students are expected to be active readers as they analyze and interpret textual detail, establish connections among their observations, and draw logical inferences leading toward an interpretive conclusion.

  Journalism and Publishing – Come help publish and improve the Hawkeye and Pacific Pen, your APIS student publications. This course will focus on the fundamentals of journalistic writing, interviewing, and research, and online publishing but will also incorporate elements and skills of design, photography, and page layout. Furthermore, we need people that want to learn about and develop their skills in publicity and advertising.