ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS / READING

Department Overview

The Reading/Language Arts curriculum is an integrated, standardsbased program, which emphasizes the development of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking skills. Every junior high school student is enrolled in a comprehensive Reading/Language Arts program. English Language Development courses are provided as an alternative for those students who qualify. Mainstreamed English Learner students will receive continued English language support in the comprehensive program.

 


1330 ENGLISH 7 (P)
7th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: None.


This required course is an integrated, standards-based class that emphasizes the development of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking skills. This integration of skills comes through the reading of selected novels, as well as poetry, short stories, and other literary and non-literary works. Writing and grammar skills are emphasized, specifically through the writing of autobiographical and fictional essays, responses to literature, persuasive compositions, research reports, and direct teaching.



1335 ENGLISH 7 (HP)
7th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: HP courses require application process and teacher recommendation.


English 7 (HP) is an integrated, standards-based class that emphasizes the development of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking skills. In this honors-level course, the exposure to a wider variety of texts provides additional opportunities for in-depth reading and writing analysis. Students enrolled in honor-level English courses are expected to be in Advanced Placement (AP) English courses in 11th/12th grade.



1350 ENGLISH 8 (P)
8th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: None.


English 8 (P) is an integrated, standards-based class that emphasizes the development of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking skills. This integration of skills comes through the reading of selected novels, as well as poetry, short stories, and other literary and non-literary works. Writing and grammar skills are emphasized, specifically through the writing of autobiographical and fictional essays, responses to literature, persuasive compositions, and research reports, and direct teaching.



1355 ENGLISH 8 (HP)
8th
10.0 credits
Prerequisite: HP courses require application process and teacher recommendation.


English 8 (HP) is an integrated, standards-based class that emphasizes the development of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking skills. In this honors-level course, the exposure to a wider variety of texts provides additional opportunities for in-depth reading and writing analysis. Students enrolled in honor-level English courses are expected to be in Advanced Placement (AP) English courses in 11th/12th grade.



1410 SCHOOL PAPER 1
7th - 8th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: Teacher recommendation.


Students will be taught journalistic principles, including basic methods employed in gathering and disseminating information. Students will gain practice in performing the basic functions of copyreading, proofreading, editing, layout, organization of material, and interviewing.



1415 MEMORY BOOK
7th - 8th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: Teacher recommendation.


Students prepare and produce the school memory book. Students learn to budget expenses, plan the book, create the layouts and artwork, and to take photographs. Students in this class also produce the eighth grade supplement.



1435 SPEECH COMMUNICATION 1
7th - 8th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: A grade of "C" or better in Speech Communication 1 or teacher recommendation.


This course is for students who wish to improve their method of oral expression. Additional emphasis is placed on speech preparation, speech delivery, and methods of overcoming fear in speaking before groups. Added emphasis on competitive speech topics, impromptu speaking, dramatic, humorous, and oratorical interpretation will be stressed.



1435Q SPEECH COMMUNICATIONS 1
7th - 8th
2.5 quarter credits
Recommendation: A grade of "C" or better in Speech Communication 1 or teacher recommendation.


This course is for students who wish to improve their method of oral expression. Additional emphasis is placed on speech preparation, speech delivery, and methods of overcoming fear in speaking before groups. Added emphasis on competitive speech topics, impromptu speaking, dramatic, humorous, and oratorical interpretation will be stressed.



1440 SPEECH COMMUNICATION 2
8th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: A grade of "C" or better in Speech Communication 1 or teacher recommendation.


This course is for students who wish to improve their method of oral expression. Additional emphasis is placed on speech preparation, speech delivery, and methods of overcoming fear in speaking before groups. Added emphasis on competitive speech topics, impromptu speaking, dramatic, humorous, and oratorical interpretation will be stressed.



1791 INTENSIVE LITERACY 2
7th - 8th
10.0 credits
Prerequisite: Students who are reading three and a half years or more below grade level on district/site assessments and/or teacher recommendation.


Intensive Literacy focuses on increasing language and literacy skills through the development of oral language, vocabulary, fluency, reading comprehension, and writing. Literacy strategies and skills are taught for the purpose of building students’ proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking.



1792 INTENSIVE LITERACY 3
7th - 8th
10.0 credits
Prerequisite: Students who are reading two to three and a half years below grade level on district/site assessments and/or teacher recommendation.


Intensive Literacy focuses on increasing language and literacy skills through the development of oral language, vocabulary, fluency, reading comprehension, and writing. Literacy strategies and skills are taught for the purpose of building students’ proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking.



1793 INTENSIVE READING
7th - 8th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: None.






1991 CULTURAL LITERATURE
7th - 8th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: None.


The Cultural Literature elective is multi-faceted. The primary goal is to help improve students reading, writing, and analytical skills. This course focuses on a greater variety of authors and subjects, allowing more students to have higher interests and personal connections to the texts they are exposed to. The class focuses in depth on the background, connections, and root of each piece of text, as well as, continuing a critical discussion regarding topics interrelated to all texts. Many of the texts, projects, and subjects addressed in class are related to students' interests, cross-curricular connections, and current events. Students will understand the importance of reading for expanding and supporting their own beliefs, while learning from the variety of topics, characters, and authors presented throughout the course.



1992 WRITER'S WORKSHOP
7th - 8th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: None.


The elective class is an enrichment class or an advanced writing level class depending on the students’ needs and abilities. Writer’s Workshop allows students the freedom to explore different writing genres and use their own life experiences to advance their writing skills; it also creates the writing habit for the student. It also engages students in an environment of authentic purpose and audience to move students’ writing towards addressing their real life issues. That writing helps their learning process. Student writers will explore genres and work at their own pace. Emphasis is placed on the six traits of writing: ideas, organization, voice, word choice, fluency, and conventions as students work through mini lessons. The bulk of class time is allotted to writing, revision, conferencing, research, and ultimately publishing. Students will be held accountable to cover writing genres that include informational expository, analytical and interpretive, problem-solution, seeking common ground, expressing and reflecting, persuasive, evaluating and judging, as well as, fictional, narrative, and creative writing. The workshop will create a causal connection between genre and author’s purpose, narrative, and creative writing. The workshop will create a causal connection between genre and author’s purpose.


 

 

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