Language Arts Course Offerings by Grade Level

8 English credits required

1 Fundamentals of Oral Communication credit required

Core paths highlighted in green are suggested for increased college readiness.

Courses highlighted in yellow are available for dual credit.

Required Courses

Core Path

Freshman (9th)

Sophomore (10th)

Junior (11th)

Senior (12th)

1

Honors Freshman English

Honors Sophomore English

Honors Junior English

Honors Senior English

Fundamentals of Oral Communication

2

Freshman English

Sophomore English

Junior English

Senior English

Fundamentals of Oral Communication

Elective Courses

Freshman (9th)

Sophomore (10th)

Junior (11th)

Senior (12th)

Readers Choice Books

Readers Choice Books

Readers Choice Books

Readers Choice Books

Creative Writing

Creative Writing

Creative Writing

Annual Staff

Annual Staff

Annual Staff

Effective Goal Setting

Effective Goal Setting

Effective Goal Setting

Effective Goal Setting

Dual Credit Courses

High School Course Title

College Course Title/Number

 College Credits

Honors Junior English

Literature Appreciation  CWI  ENGL 175

3

Fundamentals of Oral Communication

Fundamentals of Oral Communication--CWI (COMM 101)

3

Honors Senior

English

Intro to Composition CWI ENGL 101

3

LANGUAGE ARTS

FRESHMAN ENGLISH A – B

Course numbers 0400 and 0401

Year – 2 credits

Grade Level – 9                                 

Prerequisite – none

Freshman English students will learn and practice writing skills, with emphasis on the 6+ traits, reading comprehension, writing mechanics, and vocabulary.  Literature from anthologies will be read to stimulate interest in writing and values, and also to develop vocabulary.  A research project is required.  This course is required of all ninth grade students except those taking Advanced Freshman English.

SOPHOMORE ENGLISH A – B

Course numbers 0402 and 0403

Year – 2 credits

Grade Level – 10                                 

Prerequisite – none

Continuation of skill development from English 9 with emphasis on competent and correct writing, including a research project and using the 6+ traits.  Literature will be used to enhance reading, speaking and listening skills, and vocabulary studied.  This course is required of all tenth grade students except those taking Advanced Sophomore English.

JUNIOR ENGLISH A – B

Course numbers 0404 and 0405

Year – 2 credits

Grade Level – 11                                 

Prerequisite – none

Introduction to our American Literature.  Students will examine novels, short stories, poetry, essays, plays, and films.  The focus will be placed on reading, discussing, and writing, with an emphasis on argumentation and professional writing skills and the 6+ writing traits.   This course is required of all eleventh grade students except those taking Advanced Junior English.  This may meet the Senior Project requirements for graduation.

SENIOR ENGLISH A – B

Course numbers 0406 and 0407

Year – 2 credits

Grade Level – 12                                 

Prerequisite – none

Introduction to British literature and selected world literature.  Students will examine novels, short stories, poetry, essays, plays, and films.  The focus will be placed on reading, discussion, and written responses.  A research paper is required.  This course is required of all twelfth grade students except those taking Advanced Senior English.  This course meets the Senior Project requirements for graduation.

HONORS ENGLISH

It is the purpose of the English Department to provide a complete and comprehensive education in the language arts. To this end all students are required to enroll in grade-appropriate English courses. In addition, advanced sections will be offered as well as various electives. Sections of advanced will be limited in order to 1.) Ensure good students in all English classes, and 2.) Allow for a more intense work- load in the advanced sections. Students are considered on the basis of their professed and observable motivation in the course of study. This cannot always be ascertained by previous grades received or by class ranking. It is the purpose of the advanced courses to offer more extensive study to those motivated to challenge themselves no matter their relative ability, to create a class in which motivated students receive extensive and challenging course work in addition to the requirements of the standard classes. Standing in the advanced section will be evaluated at semester and will not be an automatic qualifier for the following year. The basic criteria for selection will continue to be student motivation and enthusiasm for the subject matter an

d not class ranking or relative ability.

HONORS FRESHMAN ENGLISH A – B

Course numbers 0410 and 0411

Year – 2 credits

Grade Level –9                                             

 Prerequisite – Sign up only if you were accepted into class

Honors Freshman English students will explore literature and its impact on our lives.  Students will study mythology, poetry, short stories, dramas, novels, and films to foster critical, creative, and analytical thinking skills. This course is for students who demonstrate superior ability and curiosity about the world and their relationship to it. By progressing through a differentiated and more advanced curriculum, students will show mastery in the basic skills in the Language Arts program (see English 9) as well as the skills in the honors curriculum. Reading instruction will extend understanding of literary elements and language, while writing instruction will extend student development in the three modes of writing as outlined by the CCSS: narrative, explanatory, and argumentative. In addition, students will develop skills in critical thinking, effective discourse, collaboration, reflection, and CCSS Language standards. Students will be held to higher expectations to foster and to support the demands of a collegiate future.

HONORS SOPHOMORE ENGLISH A – B

Course numbers 0412 and 0413

Year -  2 credits

Grade Level – 10                                             

Prerequisite  -  Sign up only if you were accepted into the class

Honors Sophomore English explores contemporary issues.  Students will study literature that is relevant to issues beyond students’ personal views and opinions, issues that reach into their community and region.  They will analyze this literature closely, will write in a variety of forms, emphasizing the 6+ traits of writing, for a variety of audiences, including a research paper which accesses nonfiction sources relevant to contemporary issues, and will emphasize clarity, correctness and valid evidence in their writing.

HONORS JUNIOR ENGLISH A – B

Course numbers 0414 and 0415  

Year – 2 credits

Grade Level – 11                                             

Prerequisite – Sign up only if you were accepted into the class

This course introduces American literary genres (novel, short story, drama, and poetry) and provides the student with the terminology and standard techniques of literary analysis and explanation.  This course also develops skills within technical and persuasive writing.  Students will produce writing that is applicable to educational, professional, and public settings.   Emphasis will be placed on the 6+ traits of writing. First semester is offered for three (3) CWI credits for Technical Writing, and second semester is offered for three (3) CWI credits for Introduction to Literature. This may meet the Senior Project requirements for graduation.

HONORS SENIOR ENGLISH A – B

Course numbers 0416 and 0417

 

Year - 2 credits

Grade Level – 12                                           

Prerequisite -  Sign up only if you were accepted into the class

A college-level class (college credit is optional).  Honors Senior English is a workshop based course that builds critical thinking and autonomy for student writers. While we analyze a variety of short and long texts, we learn to read like writers and to produce narrative, expository, and argumentative pieces that are appropriate for a wide variety of rhetorical situations.  Students will learn valuable skills for conducting scholarly research that will provide a solid foundation for success at the college level.  

 

LANGUAGE ARTS – OTHER COURSES

THESE CLASSES WILL NOT SUBSTITUTE FOR CORE ENGLISH CREDITS.

CREATIVE WRITING

Course number 0434

Semester – 1 credit

Grade Level -9,10, 11, 12                    

Prerequisite – none

Experiment with many kinds of creative writing, including short stories and poetry.  Write for and to an audience – be ready to share your work.  Writing guidelines come from the teacher, but the subjects and contents come from the student.  Grading is based not on individual skill level, but on production and improvement.

FUNDAMENTALS OF ORAL COMMUNICATION

Course number 0450

Semester – 1 credit

Grade Level – 11, 12                          

Prerequisite – none

This class is mandatory for graduation and meets the Senior Project requirements for graduation     

Ten (10) credits of Ag meets this requirement

HSB Management (0229) meets this requirement

This course seeks to explore the process of communication, both interpersonal and intrapersonal.  Students will engage in a variety of activities in order to enhance the communication skills needed in daily life, including strategies for public speaking, group discussion, and debate.  This class aims to build students’ self-confidence while strengthening students’ abilities to communicate in a variety of situations.     Dual credit may be taken through College of Western Idaho.

READERS CHOICE BOOKS

Course number 0456

Semester – 1 credit

Grade Level – 9, 10, 11, 12                

Prerequisite – none

Design your own reading list and spend most of the course time in quiet, individual reading.  Expect to read extensively, and to respond in writing to what you read.  

ANNUAL STAFF A – B

Course numbers 0480 and 0481

Year – 2 credits

Grade Level –9, 10, 11, 12                    

Prerequisite – Students must apply to register for this class.

In this class, students will learn page design and editing while creating an innovative book which records school memories and events. This class emphasizes computer-generated layouts using online design software and digital photography.  Precise attention must be paid to grammar, information gathering and writing in a journalistic style. Participants learn useful, real-world skills in time management, marketing, teamwork, and photography.  Course requirements include taking photos at games and extra-curricular events, as well as occasional after school work sessions.

EFFECTIVE GOAL SETTING

 Course number 0457

Semester – 1 credit

Grade Level – 9, 10, 11, 12                

Prerequisite – none

Setting clearly defined goals helps students to accomplish them with pride.  Goals set students up for success and boosts self-confidence.  This class will motivate students in the short term so they can accomplish long term goals