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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
In order to choose courses best suited to individual needs and abilities, each student should carefully read the summarization of the course content. Counselors and teachers will be glad to discuss the various courses and help students make appropriate selections.
 

 
ENGLISH COURSES - GRADE 12
 
ENGLISH 12 / ENGLISH 12 SDAIE (12) One Year
Prerequisite: English 11
UC/CSU Subject Area - B
* SDAIE courses are designated for Limited English Proficiency (LEP) students.
 
Course Description: This survey course examines the major British authors over the centuries. The class begins with the Anglo-Saxons and concludes with the 20th century. Close textual reading is expected. Class discussions promote analysis and interpretation of the various literary pieces. This course is aligned with the California State Content Standards.
 
ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION (12) One Year Elective
UC/CSU Subject Area - B
Prerequisite: A score of Proficient or Advanced on the 11th grade ELA CST’s and a “B” average in 11th grade English. Completion of required summer assignments. Well developed written expression is recommended. For all APs and Honors classes with Summer Assignments: Students failing to turn in the Summer Assignment on the first day of the school year will be dropped from the course and placed in the general education equivalent.
 
Course Description: Designed for the highly motivated student who is able to fulfill college level assignments, this course focuses on close reading, literary analysis, verbal participation in discussion and complex, critical thinking. Students are exposed to various genres of literature and the attendant critical though required to comprehend them. The course parallels an undergraduate, college English course. In May, students in this class are expected to take the AP examination. This course is aligned with the California State Content Standards.
 
MYTH AND LEGEND (12) One Semester
Prerequisite: English 11
UC/CSU Subject Area - B
 
Course Description: This course is offered to students who are especially interested in the study of myth and legend as literature, as a constant source of literary allusion, and as a creative stimulus for all the arts. Students will be given the opportunity to do a wide variety of reading and to produce oral and written expository and creative expression reflecting their study of myth and legend as it relates to language, literature and the arts. In addition, students will be required to use multi-media resources to create and present a research project. This course is aligned with the California State Content Standards.
 
SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY (12) One Semester
Prerequisite: English 11
UC/CSU Subject Area - B
 
Course Description: This course provides for in-depth study of representative works by the world’s leading writers of science-fiction and fantasy. Particular stress is placed on examination of these literary genres as serious art forms which explore human nature and the struggle to cope with the complexities of both the social and natural environment. Attention is also given to examination of literary techniques particular to these fictional forms. The course includes works of the following writers: H.G. Wells, Bradbury Shelley, Clarke, and Asimov. There will be opportunities for student writing of both a critical and creative nature. Such writing will serve to focus and expand student response to the materials of the course and also will serve as a basis for instruction in composition. In addition, students may be required to use multi-media resources to create and present a research project. This course is aligned with the California State Content Standards.
 
MULTICULTURAL LITERATURE (12) One Year
UC/CSU Subject Area - B
 
Course Description: This course presents a literary analysis of representative work by both American and worldwide authors who illustrate the ethnic and cultural diversity of our global society. Intercultural literature and practicum is designed to explain the concepts associated with the major issues that affect cultural diversity in society through literature. Particular emphasis is placed on examination of different literary genres as serious art forms, which explore human nature and our struggle to cope with the complexities and alternative lifestyles of our socially diverse society and environment. The course includes works by the following writers: S.S. Far, P. Mora, J. Seilspour, L. Rodriguez, L. M. Silko, A. Rich and more. There will be opportunities for student writing and project-based learning of both a critical and creative nature. Such activities will serve to focus and expand student response to the materials of the course and will also serve as a basis for instruction in composition and program designing. Enrichment for literary material will take place in the form of intercultural training, research, program designing and implementation of intercultural activities that promote positive human relations among all people in the community and the school site. This course is aligned with the California State Content Standards.
 

 
GRADE 11
 
ENGLISH 11 / ENGLISH 11 SDAIE (11) One Year Required
Prerequisite: English 10
UC/CSU Subject Area - B
* SDAIE courses are designated for Limited English Proficiency (LEP) students.
 
Course Description: This course provides integrated reading and writing techniques through an American Literary emphasis. Using literature as its focus, the course reinforces skills and strategies introduced at the 10th grade level, and initiates critical thinking, as well as evaluative and interpretive skills necessary for more challenging courses. Grammar, syntax, and rhetoric are clarified on an independent basis through the discussion of essays and other written efforts. Appropriate performance in this class will adequately prepare students for 12th grade elective English courses. This course compliments U.S. History. This course is aligned with the California State Content Standards.
 
ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) ENGLISH 11 LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION (11) One Year Elective
UC/CSU Subject Area - B
Prerequisite: Must have scored Proficient or Advanced on the 10th grade ELA CST’s and a “B” average in 10th grade English. Honors classes in 9th or 10th grade are recommended, but not required. Summer assignments will be released in May. It will be the student’s responsibility to download then from the CCHS website and to complete the required reading and written work prior to the start of the fall semester.
For all APs and Honors classes with Summer Assignments: Students failing to turn in the Summer Assignment on the first day of the school year will be dropped from the course and placed in the general education equivalent.
 
Course Description: The emphasis in this course is on integrated reading and writing skills. Employing a literary and rhetorical approach, the course builds on the writing process: prewriting, drafting, sharing, revising, and evaluation. Assignments emphasize expository forms, specially the analytical and persuasive forms but will also include reflection, interpretation, and evaluation. The literary component is American primarily, while the nonfiction (rhetorical) component varies. Students will discuss and present orally; they will analyze and interpret documents as well as research modern issues for class discussion, essays and projects. In May, students in this class are expected to take the AP examination. This course is aligned with the California State Content Standards.
 

 
GRADE 10
 
ENGLISH 10 / ENGLISH 10 SDAIE (10) One Year Required
Prerequisite: English 9
UC/CSU Subject Area - B
* SDAIE courses are designated for Limited English Proficiency (LEP) students.
 
Course Description: This course further develops a student's basic language and composition skills, including vocabulary, spelling, sentence construction and concept development. Writing will be taught as a process with instruction in each of the stages: pre-writing, drafting, sharing, revising, and evaluation. Assignments will stress the concepts of unity, coherence, logical development and appropriate diction. The writing component includes expository forms such as reflection, speculative, interpretation and persuasion. The literature component further develops analytical and reading comprehension skills in the different genres: novel, drama, poetry, short story, and non-fiction. Students will develop listening and speaking skills, delivering oral reports, and evaluate oral and media communications. They will analyze the structure and form of workplace documents. Students are required to participate in an extracurricular reading program and complete a research project. This course is aligned with the California State Content Standards.
 
ENGLISH 10 HONORS (10) One Year Elective
UC/CSU Subject Area - B
Prerequisite: A “B” average in English 9 and a score of Proficient or Advanced on 9th grade ELA CSTs. Students are responsible for obtaining the summer reading and writing requirements from their English 9 teacher and completing them as instructed.
For all APs and Honors classes with Summer Assignments: Students failing to turn in the Summer Assignment on the first day of the school year will be dropped from the course and placed in the general education equivalent.
 
Course Description: English 10 Honors is designed for highly motivated sophomores who demonstrate exceptional ability in English and are willing to read and write extensively both in and out of class. Students are expected to participate in an extracurricular reading program. The course covers the same content as English 10 with the addition of 5 to 6 more novels and essays and an accelerated approach to the material. Students are required to complete an intensive research paper. This course compliments World History AP. This course is aligned with the California State Content Standards.
 

 
GRADE 9
 
ENGLISH 9 / ENGLISH 9 SDAIE (9) One Year Required
* SDAIE courses are designated for Limited English Proficiency (LEP) students. UC/CSU Subject Area - B
 
Course Description: English 9 is a one year course that surveys the basic literary genres of the novel, poetry, short story, and drama as well as provides practice with the writing process which stresses: pre-writing, drafting, sharing and responding, revising and editing. Students respond to the literature by speaking and writing. The writing component includes autobiographical incident, evaluation, observation, and reflection. Students write many kinds of compositions for a variety of audiences and purposes. The course introduces basic elements of oral communication, emphasizing development of articulation, poise and confidence in speaking and developing a sense of audience. This course compliments Global Issues where applicable. This course is aligned with the California State Content Standards.
 
ENGLISH 9 HONORS (9) One Year Elective
UC/CSU Subject Area - B
Prerequisite: A “B” average in 8th grade English and a score of Proficient or Advanced on 8th grade ELA CSTs.
 
Course Description: English 9 Honors is designed for highly motivated freshmen who demonstrate exceptional ability in English and are willing to read and write extensively both in and out of class. Course covers the same content as English 9 at an accelerated pace and in greater depth. This course is aligned with the California State Content Standards.
 

 
ENGLISH ELECTIVES
 
JOURNALISM (9, 10, 11, 12) One Year
Prerequisite: “B” or better in previous English classes and teacher approval.
 
Course Description: This is a writing course aimed at acquainting the student with the techniques of news writing and editing as applied to the high school and daily newspaper. It orients the student in an intelligent analysis of the daily newspaper.
 

 
ENGLISH FOR ENGLISH LEARNERS
 
ELD I (English Language Development) (9,10,11,12) One Year
Prerequisite: Classification of a Level I (as indicated by exam)
 
Course Description: This is a communication-based course in English as a second language. It is designed for non-English speakers who need to develop basic proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing and need to gain knowledge and understanding of the American culture. This class is two periods in length focusing upon grammar, conventions, vocabulary, and including some language arts.
 
ELD II (9,10,11,12) One Year
Prerequisite: Classification of a Level II (as indicated by exam)
 
Course Description: This is an intermediate course in English as a second language designed for English learners who need to further gain understanding of American culture and extend communicative competence by developing listening and reading comprehension, speaking fluency, and writing skills. This class is one period in length focusing upon grammar, conventions, and vocabulary taken in conjunction with another class period of language arts.
 
ELD III (9,10,11,12) One Year
Prerequisite: Classification of a Level III (as indicated by exam).
UC/CSU Subject Area - B
 
Course Description: This is an advanced course in English as a second language designed for English learners who need to expand their understanding of American culture and extend communicative competence by sharpening listening skills, increasing oral and written fluency, and developing academic reading skills. This class is one period in length focusing upon grammar, conventions, and vocabulary taken in conjunction with another class period of Language Arts.
 

 
READING SUPPORT
 
INTENSIVE I AND ENGLISH ESSENTIALS (9,10,11,12) One Year
Prerequisites: None
 
Course Description: This course is based on the Read 180 program by Scholastic.com. It is an intensive reading intervention program designed to meet the needs of students whose reading achievements is below the proficient level. The program directly addresses individual needs through adaptive and instructional software, high-interest literature, and direct instruction in reading and writing. The curriculum is UC approved for English 9 credit and students will also receive an elective credit. This class is a two-hour block that meets everyday.