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Code Title Department Description
EN440


Creative Writing English Fulfills "a - g" requirement.
Any student who is interested in writing creatively may sign up for the course. The class is designed, primarily, for the college bound junior or senior. If taken for two semesters, this course fulfills the “G” segment for the AG requirements for UC and CSU schools. This class will offer instruction for and “workshopping” of poetry, short stories, and short pieces of drama written by students. A variety of works of literature will be used to illustrate good writing technique and style.
EN448


Diversity in Film and Literature English The purpose of Examining Cultural Diversity and Gender through Literature and Film is to provide students with the opportunity to practice and improve their analytical and writing skills through the study of great works of literature and their film adaptations. This course is designed so that students will become proficient in analyzing literature and film and how it has and continues to shape beliefs around race, class, ethnicity, gender and national origin. This is an intensive writing, text-based course aimed at enriching the experience of textual literary study and expository, critical and analytical writing through multiple mediums and genres. Major literary pairings at the core of this course include Alice Walker's The Color Purple, Amy Tan' The Joy Luck Club, Julia Alvarez's In the Time of Butterflies, and Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. The approach to the various films and literary pieces will be interpretive, analytical, comparative, and critical from a cultural, social and historical point of view. Through daily reading, expository writing, daily written and oral reflection on the material, and essay driven assessments, students will demonstrate an understanding of the making and meaning of the literature and films and how they reflect culture, as a unique means of expression.
EN414


ELA CAHSEE English This course is designed to meet the needs of those students who have yet to pass the CAHSEE (California High School Exit Exam). Elective credit only. 11th & 12th grade ONLY
EN450


ELD Level 1 English LAS testing. Teacher recommendation.
A course designed for students whose dominant language is other than English. This course offers non English proficient students a Communicative and Natural Approach in acquiring a second language. This communicative approach will focus on survival English and developing the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. State recommended core literature is incorporated in a thematic approach. These courses require 4 class periods.
EN452


ELD Level 2 English LAS testing. Teacher recommendation.
A course designed for students whose dominant language is other than English. This course offers non English proficient students a Communicative and Natural Approach in acquiring a second language. This communicative approach will focus on survival English and developing the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. State recommended core literature is incorporated in a thematic approach. These courses require 4 class periods.
EN463


ELD Level 3 English Fulfills "a - g" requirement.
Prerequisite: LAS testing. Teacher recommendation.
Advanced ELD courses are for students who are working towards proficiency of the English language. In conjunction with their ELD class, students will take a grade level English class.
EN464


ELD Level 4 English Fulfills "a - g" requirement.
Prerequisite: LAS testing. Teacher recommendation.
Advanced ELD courses are for students who are working towards proficiency of the English language. In conjunction with their ELD class, students will take a grade level English class.
EN465


ELD Level 5 English Fulfills "a - g" requirement.
Prerequisite: LAS testing. Teacher recommendation.
Advanced ELD courses are for students who are working towards proficiency of the English language. In conjunction with their ELD class, students will take a grade level English class.
EN421


English 10 CP English Fulfills "a - g" requirement.
A year-long course that leads students to mastering the ELA CA Content Standards introduced in the 9th grade through the use of reading, critical thinking strategies, and major writing assignments. Students will read various writing genres, including novels, to expand student knowledge and appreciation of literature. 10B includes a Persuasive Research Paper intended to demonstrate writing skills mastered throughout the year; this paper must be completed satisfactorily in order to pass the course. An additional focus is providing support and strategies to help students score proficient or higher on the CAHSEE.
EN420


English 10 Honors English Fulfills "a - g" requirement.
Prerequisites: “B” avg. in Honors English 9 or teacher recommendation and counselor approval. This course comprises advanced literary analysis and academic writing, promotes critical thinking and active participation, and prepares students for junior AP language and composition.
EN411


English 11 CP English Fulfills "a - g" requirement.
This is a yearlong class designed to extend the student’s knowledge and appreciation of American Literature and the ideas it expresses. The literature studied will be used as the basis for other language arts activities, and the student will actively respond to the central works through integrated vocabulary, writing, grammar, speaking, and listening activities.
EN431


English 9 CP English Fulfills "a - g" requirement.
This is a year-long class designed to extend students’ knowledge and appreciation of multiple genres of literature while orienting them to the expectations and responsibilities of high school. Classes emphasize development of writing and research skills.
EN433


English 9 Honors English Fulfills "a - g" requirement.
Prerequisites: 375 or above on CST ELA, B or better in Basic English, C or better in high cluster Language Arts and/or teacher recommendation. This is a year-long class designed to prepare students for the rigors of Advanced Placement courses. The class focuses on academic writing, literary analysis, critical thinking, and active participation. This course is a pre-cursor to Sophomore English Honors.
EN416


English Language 11 Advanced Placement English Fulfills "a - g" requirement.
Prerequisites: Tenth grade teacher's recommendation and / or a score of "Advanced" on the AP Language and Composition placement test. Previous experience in honors classes is recommended, but not required.
This course teaches language and composition at the college level, and students who complete the course should be fully prepared to take the Advanced Placement test for college credit. The students enrolled in this course will read novels and essays; they will write in a variety of rhetorical modes including analysis and research. Vocabulary development, critical reading, and essay writing are emphasized in this year-long course.
EN400


English Literature 12, Advanced Placement English Fulfills "a - g" requirement.
Prerequisites: “C” average in 11th grade CP, 11th grade Honors or 11 grade AP Language. This course uses humanities and literature/poetry/drama to explore the mindset of specific historical periods to discover how the literature is a reaction to or affirmation of a particular mindset. The course is also infused with Advanced Placement strategies to assist the student in the passing of the Advanced Placement exam. A heavy dose of grammar and writing skills is also articulated into the curriculum.
EN470


Expository Reading and Writing Course - ERWC English Fulfills "a - g" requirement.
The Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) is a full-year college preparatory English course for high school juniors or seniors. The ERWC aligns with the California English-Language Arts Content Standards, addresses critical reading and writing problems identified by the CSU English Placement Test Committee, and prepares students to meet the expectations of college and university faculty. Course assignments, organized into 14 modules and based mainly on non-fiction texts, emphasize the in-depth study of expository, analytical, and argumentative reading and writing. The University of California has approved the ERWC for area "b" credit (from the "a-g" requirements), and the Course meets college preparatory requirements for both the UC and CSU.
EN441


Journalism English Fulfills "a - g" requirement.
Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.
This course offers training in collecting and writing news, interviewing, editorial and feature writing, page layout, advertising, and the mechanics of editing the high school paper. Students will also be introduced to the various forms of literature as they appear in newspapers and periodicals. This class will create the school newspaper.
EN423


Language! A, B, C and D English The Language! Course is a state adopted literacy program designed to increase the performance of students who are reading below grade level. Language! focuses on the skills necessary to accelerate learning so students are able to access grade-level content.
This intensive intervention:
    Integrates the six key literacy strands
    Relies on ongoing and summative assessment to guide instruction
Students are placed in Language! based on the Language! Placement Exam and English Language Arts California Standards Test scores. In conjunction with their Language class, students will take a grade level English class.
EN447


Multicultural Literature English Fulfills "a - g" requirement.
Multicultural Literature will explore four different ethnicities in the United States (African American, Asian American, Native American, and Hispanic American cultures), paying particular attention to how these cultures assimilate to the American culture. Each semester will cover two different cultures: African American and Asian American in the fall and Native American and Hispanic American in the spring. By reading different genres of literature, including poems, articles, and short stories, students will examine whether it’s possible to retain one’s cultural identity in America. Students will also partake in creative and reflective writing, discussions, and projects, which will allow them to think about their own cultural identity as well as other’s. Each unit will cover a different culture and a snapshot of its history but stick to three common/universal themes (identity, family, and tradition).