Language Arts
Faculty
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Department Chair: Jennifer Walp: English 3-4, Mentor


Darrell Barrett: English 1-2, English 7-8

Elaine Boggs: Honors Eng. 1-2, Eng. 7-8, A.P. Literature 

Lyn Cannaday: A.P. Language and Composition, Eng. 5-6, Journalism

Jennifer Fowler: Eng. 3-4, Literacy Coach

Amber Gould: Leadership, Honors Eng. 3-4, Eng. 3-4

Lori Hamby: Eng. 1-2, Eng. 3-4

Steffannie Hernandez: Eng. 3-4

Erik Johnson: Honors Eng. 1-2, Graphic Communications, Digital Media

Jennifer Walp: Eng. 3-4, Mentor

Lydia Mason: Read 180, ELL Reading

Mike Mason: Eng. 7-8

Jose Morales: Eng. 5-6

Sarah Tok:  Eng. 5-6, Eng. 7-8

Eric Yerger: Eng. 1-2, Eng. 5-6



Course Descriptions

Regular and Accelerated English 1 through 8 are aligned to the Arizona Academic Standards and will prepare students for AIMS (Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards).

READ 180/English 1-2
Grade 9
2 Semesters
2 Credits
Prerequisites: Placement based on 8th grade assessment and teacher recommendation. Concurrent enrollment in an English 1-2 class is required.

READ 180 is a reading intervention program designed to meet the needs of students whose reading achievement is below grade level. This program directly addresses individual needs through adaptive and instructional software, high-interest literature, and direct instruction in reading skills. Emphasis is on the skills of phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. The class is blocked with English 1-2.


English 1-2
Grade 9
2 Semesters
1 Credit
Composition units focus on writing the personal narrative, expository essay, summary of a factual article, and the letter. Students learn to apply correct language conventions in their writing. A study by genre introduces the students to literature. Students are taught to read closely and analyze poetry and the short story for literary elements. In addition to these subjects, high school study skills, oral presentation skills, and test taking skills are taught, and an introduction to the use of the media center is included.


Honors English 1-2
Grade 9
2 Semesters
1 Credit
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

An intensified program of study, this course introduces the skills needed for critical reading and written analysis of literature. Specific literary types such as the short story, non-fiction, the novel, drama, and poetry are studied. Composition instruction stresses mastery of expository essay forms. Emphasis is also placed on intensive review of usage and mechanics, vocabulary development, oral presentation skills, and the use of research skills.


English 3-4
Grade 10
2 Semesters
1 Credit
Composition units focus on writing the persuasive essay, research report, and workplace documents. Students are taught to apply correct language conventions in their writing. A study by genre continues students’ exposure to literature. Students are taught to read closely and analyze poetry and the short story for literary elements. Other literary forms, including novels and drama, are also read and analyzed. A media center research unit is included, as well as a unit on oral presentation skills.


Honors English 3-4
Grade 10
2 Semesters
1 Credit
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

An intensified program of study, this course includes extensive practice in various essay forms and an introduction to media center research. Emphasis is placed on critical reading and analysis of a variety of literary forms which include the short story, novel, drama, and poetry. The students review correct language conventions, develop vocabulary skills as they relate to the study of literature, and develop oral presentation skills.


English 5-6
Grade 11
2 Semesters
1 Credit
Composition units focus on analysis and argumentation. A research unit is included with instruction on the research process and documentation of sources. Students are taught to use the processes of revision and editing to apply correct language conventions in their writing. Emphasis is placed on the interpretation of essays, biographies, poems, short stories, plays, and novels primarily from American literature. Students are also expected to improve their oral presentation skills.


Advanced Placement Language and Composition
Grade 11
2 Semesters
1 Credit
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation
This class engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes.  Both their writing and their reading make students aware of the interactions among a writer's purposes, audience expectations, and subjects, as well as the way genre conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing.


English 7-8
Grade 12
2 Semesters
1 Credit
Composition units focus on a literary analysis essay and workplace documents. A research unit is included with instruction on the research process and documentation of sources. Students are taught to use the processes of revision and editing to apply correct language conventions in their writing. Emphasis is placed on the interpretation of essays, biographies, poems, short stories, plays, and novels primarily from English literature.


Advanced Placement Literature
Grade 12
2 Semesters
1 Credit
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

Advanced Placement English provides the accelerated college-bound English student with three unique advantages: The student studies challenging college level works of recognized literary merit, develops power and precision in organizing and expressing ideas in college-level essay writing, and takes the Advanced Placement examination in English. The student who scores well on the examination can receive up to a full year of English credit from most colleges.



Journalism 1-2 Grades 9-12
2 Semesters
1 Credit
Students learn newspaper production with special emphasis on the following areas: news, feature, editorial and sports writing, headline writing and typography, editing and copy reading, page makeup and design, advertising, press law and responsibility. Optional units of study include history of journalism and broadcasting. This course is designed to prepare students for successful publication of the school newspaper.


Journalism 3-4
Grades 10-12
2 Semesters
1 Credit
Prerequisite: Journalism 1-2 or teacher recommendation

Journalism 3-4 students produce the school newspaper as a laboratory instrument. This class includes practical application of newspaper production skills such as planning, editing, financing and distributing the paper, writing headlines and stories, and designing pages. Other units of study include research techniques and analysis of current events and the professional communications media. Maturity, responsibility and willingness to work and meet deadlines are required personal attributes. At some schools students also publish newsletters, write for local newspapers, produce a literary magazine and a 5-minute video newscast, and write and print a school calendar.


Journalism 5-6
Grades 11-12
2 Semesters
1 Credit
Prerequisites: Journalism 3-4 and teacher recommendation

Journalism 5-6, with emphasis on advanced newspaper production, is offered to students who wish to explore the field of journalism for a third year, generally in management or editorial-level positions. Students learn procedures for submitting articles and photographs for professional publication and investigate career opportunities in the professional media or in journalism education.


Journalism 7-8
Grade 12
2 Semesters
1 Credit
Prerequisites: Journalism 5-6 and teacher recommendation

Journalism 7-8 emphasizes refinement of learned skills and is offered to students who may be planning to pursue a career in the field. Additional units of study include communication law, graphic designing and consumer surveying. Students are encouraged to submit work to professional publications.



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