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 senior high school student is enrolled in a comprehensive English/Language Arts program and must earn 40 semester credits in English in order to earn a high school diploma.

 


1505 ENGLISH 1 (P)
9th - 12th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: None.
UC - "B" Approved

English I (P) is an integrated 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, poetry, short stories, and non-fiction texts. Writing and grammar skills are emphasized specifically through the writing of argumentative, explanatory, and narrative compositions.



1508 CHANGING HEARTS & MINDS/ENG (P
9th
10.0 credits
Enrollment in Film Academy (Katella H.S.)
UC - "B" Approved

Changing Hearts and Minds is a year-long course that teaches students to act as purveyors of change in the world-at-large. Throughout the course students will analyze a variety of print and digital texts in order to identify and interpret an author’s, artist’s, and/or designer’s message, and to determine how a specific audience drives a creator’s decision-making process. Students will evaluate and successfully use visual design principles and elements to enhance, distribute and increase visibility of a message or cause. This process will lead students to use writing and the principles of design to create texts and visuals that tell stories and convey effective messages for the purposes of effecting change; this also leads students to be critical thinkers and active receivers of messages. Students will read fiction and nonfiction as sources of inspiration and discovery and then write to learn with an emphasis on how choices of diction and syntax shape a message. Throughout the course, students will use collaboration processes, oral communication, presentation and creative problem solving to strengthen and apply their knowledge of written and visual messaging.



1510 ENGLISH 1 (HP)
9th - 12th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: None.
UC - "B" Approved

English I (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 honors-level English courses are encouraged to be in Advanced Placement (AP) English courses in 11th/12th grade.



1512 or 1512E (eLearning) SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR-ENG 9 HP
9th
10.0 credits
Concurrent enrollment in an business pathway course.
UC - "B" Approved

Reading, Writing and Research in Social Entrepreneurship is a college preparatory 9th grade English course integrated with the entrepreneurship and self-employment pathway standards of the marketing, sales, and services CTE sector. In Entrepreneurs as Researchers, students read and write about who they are and what they believe, in relation to their families and their communities. The Entrepreneurs as Researchers course uses the Common Core’s attention to multi-media, argumentation and informational text as an opportunity for students to explore their experiences, define ethics, analyze social responsibility, and create an action plan for community change. Woven throughout these units of study is an exploration of the characteristics of entrepreneurs such as, integrity, risk-taking, creativity, curiosity, determination, discipline, empathy, flexibility, and responsibility. Entrepreneurs as Researchers will engage students in questions of who they are, how ethics impact choices, what it means to be a socially responsible entrepreneur, what assets and issues exist in their communities, and how they can galvanize those assets to create a more sustainable community. The course has been approved through the UCCI program in conjunction with the UC’s designed to integrate innovative learning with the A-G requirements and real-world applications. Students will work through identifying their ethics and beliefs and move to examining local businesses practices, ultimately proposing a plan of social responsibility to the community. The students will practice the skills or reading, writing and researching through the lens of a social entrepreneur and present information through various modes, including but not limited to, video, audio, photos and written documents and reports.



1520 ENGLISH 2 (P)
10th - 12th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: None.
UC - "B" Approved

English 2 (P) is an integrated 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, poetry, short stories, and various non-fiction texts. Writing and grammar skills are emphasized, specifically through the writing of argumentative, explanatory, and narrative texts.



1524 GET REEL: ENGLISH/YOUR LENS (P
10th
10.0 credits
Enrollment in Film Academy (Katella H.S.)
UC - "B" Approved

"Get Reel: English Through Your Lens" challenges 10th grade students through the intensive analysis of text, including media, informational writing, and fiction. Students develop the abilities and skills to effectively produce powerful video messages, oral presentations, and writing to critically examine and deconstruct ideological and social influences and understand how these influences impact both individual and group identity. Students in this engaging 10th grade English class learn to recognize themselves as both products and members of society as they study and create a variety of text, including narrative and analytical writing, constructed argument, visual mapping, multimedia, and video messages. They understand that language is a powerful medium when read, written, spoken, and performed with purpose. While students explore the universal themes of identity, power, and freedom, with extensive focus on the novel, poetry, informational text, and film, they acquire important technical skills needed to use digital media tools for filming and editing. They gain the necessary abilities for digital media production, while participating in a rigorous, integrated creative English and media course that provides real-world connections through extensive career and technical content.



1525 or 1525E (eLearning) ENGLISH 2 (HP)
10th - 12th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: None.
UC - "B" Approved

English 2 (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 honors-level English courses are encouraged to be in Advanced Placement (AP) English courses in 11th/12th grade.



1535 ENGLISH 3 (P)
11th - 12th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: None.
UC - "B" Approved

English 3 (P) is an integrated 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, poetry, short stories, and various non-fiction texts. Writing and grammar skills are emphasized, specifically through the writing of argumentative, explanatory, and narrative compositions.



1536 or 1536E (eLearning) DSGN AMERICAN DREAM-ENG (P)
11th
10.0 credits
Students must also be enrolled in a Media Arts Pathway course.
UC - "B" Approved

Students analyze a diverse collection of American voices in literature and film as they relate to manifestations of "The American Dream" across time, regions, and cultures. Students think critically about how depictions of "The American Dream" have evolved and been perpetuated by literature and the media, and use this understanding to create textual and visual responses, which reflect a deeper understanding and personal perspective on "The American Dream." Students integrate this extensive literary knowledge with a mastery of video production technical skills. Throughout the course, students develop as critical thinkers, writers, and filmmakers in the analysis and design of their own American Dreams.



1538 DEP FLD: EXP ID THRGH LIT/VID
11th
10.0 credits
Enrollment in Film Academy (Katella H.S.)
UC - "B" Approved

Depth of Field: Exploring Identity Through Literature and Video Production challenges students to examine and express themselves as individuals and as active participants in a democratic society. Beginning with analyzing their preconceived notions of self, they will use this same critical lens on other figures in fiction and nonfiction in order to shed light on how different writers and artists negotiate individual and group identity. As they develop their critical analytic skills, they will also mature as artists by creating a series of real-world video projects in response to the topics and readings of the course. By the end of the year, each student will have an individual portfolio of representative work and will have worked on a collaborative documentary video project.



1539 CONTEMP ISSUES IN EDUCATION HP
11th
10.0 credits
Must be concurrently enrolled in a CTE Education Pathway course.
UC - "B" Approved

Contemporary Issues in Education is a UCCI college preparatory eleventh grade English course integrated with the Education pathway standards of the Education, Child Development, and Family Services sector, which allows students to see where the skills of English intersect with the elements of education. Students conduct research, closely read and analyze complex texts, evaluate instructional methodology and philosophy, and create a portfolio of reflections, activities, and compositions that, when synthesized, serve as the foundation for three capstone projects. Students will present a standards-based lesson plan, research a contemporary issue in education, and participate in a mock job interview, all of which prepare them for further education and career opportunities in the field of Education, Child Development, and Family Services.



1550 ENGLISH 4 (P)
12th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: None.
UC - "B" Approved

English 4 (P) is an integrated, literature-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, poetry, short stories, and other literary and non-literary works. Writing and grammar skills are emphasized, specifically through the writing of autobiographical, biographical, and fictional essays, responses to literature, reflective compositions, historical investigation reports, expository compositions and direct teaching.



1553 or 1553E (eLearning) AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE/COMP
10th - 12th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: Application process and teacher recommendation.
UC - "B" Approved





1555 or 1555E (eLearning) AP ENGLISH LITERATURE
12th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: Application process and teacher recommendation.
UC - "B" Approved

Emphasis in this class is on world literature and an intensive college-level study of reading and composition. This course is the equivalent to a first-year college course. The AP Literature and Composition course engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and enjoyment to their readers. Writing assignments focus on the critical analysis of literature and include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays.



1563 or 1563E (eLearning) DYSTOPIAN LITERATURE (P)
12th
5.0 semester credits
Recommendation: None.
UC - "B" Approved

This one-semester course will use dystopian literature (including novels, short stories, and essays) and current films and news programs as a springboard for examining contemporary issues. Skills are developed through critical reading, analysis, and synthesis of fiction and non-fiction texts. Writing and grammar skills are emphasized, specifically through the writing of argumentative, explanatory, and narrative texts. This course satisfies a semester of the English 4 graduation requirement.



1565 or 1565E (eLearning) MYTH AND THE HERO'S JOURNEY P
12th
5.0 semester credits
Recommendation: None
UC - "B" Approved

This one-semester course will introduce students to selected literature of mythology and the journey of the hero. Literature will include stories, essays, films, and poems. Students explore the connections between ancient and modern ways of seeing oneself in the world. Students will read, analyze, and synthesize text and film. Writing skills are emphasized, specifically through the writing of argumentative, explanatory, and narrative compositions. Students will further develop communication skills by writing and delivering presentations, using media and technology as appropriate. This course satisfies a semester of the English 4 graduation requirement.



1567 MEDIA LITERACY
12th
5.0 semester credits
Recommendation: None.


This one-semester course will explore the key questions concerning critical analysis of media. This course will help students develop the critical lens necessary to sift through the messages, expressed and implied, from modern media sources.Writing skills are emphasized, specifically through the writing of argumentative, explanatory, and narrative compositions. Students will further develop communication skills by writing and delivering presentations, using media and technology as appropriate. This course satisfies a semester of the English 4 graduation requirement.



1569 EXPOSITORY R/W (P)
12th
5.0 semester credits
Recommendation: None.
UC - "B" Approved

The goal of the Expository Reading and Writing Course is to prepare college-bound seniors for the literacy demands of higher education. Through a sequence of rigorous instructional modules, students in this rhetoric-based course develop advanced proficiencies in expository, analytical, and argumentative reading and writing.



1571 or 1571E (eLearning) WHY SHAKESPEARE? (P)
12th
5.0 semester credits
Recommendation: None.
UC - "B" Approved

This one-semester course is designed to explore the significance of Shakespeare’s contributions to literature through close analysis of three of his plays and selected sonnets. Students will read, analyze, and synthesize text and film. Writing skills are emphasized, specifically through the writing of argumentative, explanatory, and narrative compositions. This course satisfies a semester of the English 4 graduation requirement.



1573 SCIENCE FICTION (P)
12th
5.0 semester credits
Recommendation: None.
UC - "B" Approved

This one-semester course will introduce students to a brief history of science fiction with an eye toward developing a definition of science fiction over the course of the class. Writing skills are emphasized, specifically through the writing of argumentative, explanatory, and narrative compositions. This course satisfies a semester of the English 4 graduation requirement.



1665 SCHOOL PAPER 2
9th - 12th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: Application process and teacher recommendation.


Students address all aspects of newspaper production. Students study and use the writing process, including gathering information, writing, editing, rewriting, and publishing. Additional skills taught include selling and designing advertising, calculating production costs, and applying graphic arts techniques including layout, design, and photo journalism. The student staff is responsible for designing, editing, publishing, and distributing the school newspaper. This course may fulfill the career education requirement.



1671 or 1671E (eLearning) READING MOVIES: FILM LIT (P)
12th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: None.
UC - "B" Approved

Reading Movies: Film Literacy is an integrated class that develops communication skills through the critical study of literature and film. Students will analyze traditional literature-based topics (plot, character development, point of view, etc.); in addition, students will analyze film production techniques (framing, focus, lighting, sound, etc.) and understand how these techniques contribute to a filmmaker’s purpose. Students will create film reviews, soundtracks, screenplays, and multimedia adaptations and presentations. The ultimate goal of this course is to help students become critical and confident viewers, listeners, readers, and writers.This course satisfies the English 4 graduation requirement.



1682 ANALYSIS COMEDY IN CULTURE P
12th
10.0 credits
None
UC - "B" Approved

Analysis of Comedy in Culture challenges students to go beyond "the joke" and examine the crucial role that comedy has played in cultures throughout time. Whether as a form of entertainment, political and social criticism or ethnic and gender identity, comedy serves as a lens through which to define self, critique societal norms and challenge stereotypes. Students will examine the historical roots of the Western comedic form and genre, as well as study classic and contemporary comedic texts that raise questions about gender identity, relational allegiances, class structure and ethnic and geographical affiliations. While the course will focus on plays, novels, short-stories and articles as texts for study, students will also be exposed to films, television shows, advertisements, websites and other media that will help them appraise how and why comedy offers an important touch point for critical thinking. As a result of this inquiry, students will be able to better evaluate the ongoing role of humor to bridge differences, while also exposing the members of the class to the hypocrisies and foibles of the human condition. Additionally, this course will focus not only on humor comprehension but original humor creation, including that which is linguistic, conversational and non-verbal.



1705 ORAL EXPRESSION/INTERP 1 (P)
9th - 12th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: None.
UC - "F" Approved

Students will be introduced to an appreciation of the cultural and historical roles that oral language and literary interpretation play in our society. Students will gain confidence in processing, analyzing, and responding to literature through language and creative expression. Emphasis will be placed on effective, responsible, and ethical communication and performance. Additionally, students will focus on the analysis, presentation, and evaluation of performances of literature by others and by themselves.



1710 ORAL EXPRESSION/ INTERP 2 (P)
10th - 12th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: A grade of "C" or better in Oral Expression and Interpretation: Performance 1 or teacher recommendation.
UC - "F" Approved

Students will experience expanded opportunities to create, develop and produce oral interpretations of literature. Students will gain confidence in processing, analyzing, and responding to literature through language and creative expression. Emphasis will be placed on effective, responsible, and ethical communication and performance. Students will focus on the analysis, presentation, and evaluation of performances of literature by others and by themselves. Assessment will be made, not only of student performances, but also of the development of critical-thinking skills and creativity.



1990 ENG LANG ART ELECTIVE CREDIT
9th - 12th
10.0 credits
Recommendation: None.


This course code number will be used to designate credits for courses not offered in the Anaheim Union High School District.


 

 

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