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English

Graduation Requirements: 40 Credits
At least 10 credits of English are required in each school year:
English 1: (10 credits)
English 2: (10 credits)
English 3: (10 credits)
Senior Year: (10 credits)

*Please note:
The abbreviations P, H and AP are all UC/CSU approved courses
P = UC/CSU approved; H = Honors
AP = Advanced Placement

Courses

English 1 - P

English 1 - P

REGISTRATION CODE: E101
STATUS: UC/CSU & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: DLS
PREREQUISITES: None
LEVEL: 9th grade

English 1 is a comprehensive course which provides the freshman student with practice in each of the language arts: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The content of the course includes a wide variety of activities based on the reading of literature in all genres. The development of each student’s strengths and abilities as a critical thinker, expository writer and reader is stressed throughout the course.

English 2 - P

English 2 - P

REGISTRATION CODE: E202
STATUS: UC/CSU & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: DLS
PREREQUISITES: None
LEVEL: 10th grade

English 2 is a comprehensive course which builds on skills acquired in English1. Practice in reading, writing, speaking and listening is stressed. The assignments, which provide a wide variety of language experiences, allow the student to progress as rapidly as possible toward becoming a fluent and effective writer. The expository essay is a major focus in the writing syllabus for this course.

AP English Lang & Composition

AP English Language and Composition

REGISTRATION CODE: E353
STATUS: UC/CSU & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: DLS and CHS
PREREQUISITES:

  1. Completed AP Application
  2. B- in English (H) or an A- in regular English courses
  3. Department approval required
  4. Student writing portfolios will be reviewed and discussed. Some students may need to submit additional writing samples.

LEVEL: 11th grade, 12th grade (with Department approval)

The Advanced Placement English program, sponsored by the College Board, is an intensive program of college-level curriculum that provides qualified juniors with an opportunity to earn advanced placement, college credit, or both, at nearly 3,000 colleges and universities across the country. By challenging and stimulating students, the program provides access to quality education, accelerates learning, rewards achievement, and enhances their high school career. Specifically, the AP Language and Composition course seeks to hone students’ skills as readers and writers of prose. The course uses a wide variety of selections from the rich tradition of world literature as the foundation for instruction. Analytical, expository, and argumentative writing are emphasized because these form the basis for academic and professional writing. Students are expected to sit for the Advanced Placement Examination.

AP English Lit & Composition

AP English Literature and Composition

REGISTRATION CODE: E454
STATUS: UC/CSU & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: DLS and CHS
PREREQUISITES:

  1. Completed AP Application
  2. B- in advanced English courses (Honors or AP) or an A- in regular English courses
  3. Department Approval required
  4. Student writing portfolios will be reviewed and discussed. Some students may need to submit additional writing samples.

LEVEL: 12th grade

AP English Literature and Composition is a specialized course for students who demonstrate an exceptional interest in and a commitment to the study of literature. The course is designed to cultivate careful readings of a variety of literary works (both in genre and in era) in order to develop a more sophisticated understanding of literary art and meaning. In order to develop the ability to perceive central issues, purposes, and techniques of various writers, students will learn to comment on abstract questions through analysis of specific works. In addition, students will explore, identify, and practice effective oral communication skills and improve their skills in written English through frequent writing.

Students are expected to sit for the Advanced Placement Examination.

Senior Selectives

Senior Selectives

Advanced Placement English Literature (10 credits) - African American Literature (5 credits) - Classics of Horror (5 credits) -The Culture of Storytelling (5 credits) - Dystopian Fiction (5 credits) - Literature, Conflict and the Human Experience (5 credits) - Psychological Realism (5) -Shakespeare (5 credits) - The Short Story (5 credits) - Writing Seminar (5 credits) - The 21st Century Woman (5 credits) -Podcasting and Storytelling (5 units)- Voices of the Oppressed (5 credits)- Western Literature (5 credits)

Note: concerning Honors Courses in the 9th and 10th Grade: The U.C. System does not certify any ninth and tenth grade level courses as honors courses. Only AP English Language and AP English Literature are U.C. certified honors level courses.

African-American Literature - P

African-American Literature

REGISTRATION CODE: E407
STATUS: UC/CSU & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 5
CAMPUS: CHS
PREREQUISITES: Completion of English 3 or AP English Language and Composition
LEVEL: 12th grade

Through the process of reading and analyzing African-American literature, students will relect on and answer “Who am I as an individual?” in a multi-cultural community. This will include creating a collective class voice while examining our individual identities. In the process of the semester, students will examine experiences of people of color and other members of historically marginalized communities on a local and global level. Through classroom discussions and individual writing assignments, students will become critical thinkers capable of using language to examine knowledge, experience and power in society.

Culture of Storytelling-P

The Culture of Storytelling-P

REGISTRATION CODE: E426
STATUS: UC/CSU & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 5
CAMPUS: DLS
PREREQUISITES: None

LEVEL: 12th grade

The “Culture” of Storytelling: A Journey into Allegory, Mythology, Fable and Fairy Tale

Humans have always been bound by stories. Even before they were written down, stories were told through words and pictures as a means of expressing culture, tradition, values, history and religion. This senior selective will take students on a journey through various storytelling platforms which include classic myth, fables and fairy tales, only to conclude in a study of the modern novel and film as a reinterpretation of classic storytelling forms. Students will learn to see the allegorical and metaphorical dimensions of various narratives as expressions of human experience and human endeavor. The course will also encourage an appreciation of the universal motifs and themes which transcend culture and geography. Students will write analytical essays, engage in class discussion, perform literary and film analysis, and learn to synthesize various storytelling forms. The culminating activity for the course is a group project on the significant role of various archetypes, including the monsters and the hero.

21st Century Woman - P

The 21st Century Woman - P

REGISTRATION CODE: E415
STATUS: UC/CSU & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 5
CAMPUS: CHS
PREREQUISITES: None
LEVEL: 12th grade

This course provides students will a variety of entry points for critically analyzing both opportunities and challenges facing women living in the 21st century. To help develop context and understanding for current women’s rights issues, students will both examin definitions and frameworks used to discuss women’s rights, including U.S domestic and international laws

WESTERN LITERATURE - P

Western Literature- P

REGISTRATION CODE: E427
STATUS: UC/CSU & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 5
CAMPUS: DLS
PREREQUISITES: None
LEVEL: 12th grade

What is the American icon? What is the quintessential American image? The cowboy. The gunslinger. The loner riding his horse across the plain with his six-gun at his side. What is it about this image that speaks to the American and the global imagination? How accurate is this perception? Was there more to Western life than that? These are the questions the will open the door to the Western Literature course. As we proceed, we will look at written and filmed versions of popular Western American fiction to sort out fact from fantasy and to examine how this American iconography has evolved over time. Students will discover that the stereotypical image resonates with the desire for independence and initiative, as well as the distrust of authority the gave birth to the United States. However, not surprisingly, students will discover that there is more to Western literature than that--just as there was more to life in the Old West than gunslingers and outlaws. Women, Native Americans, Mexicans, and Mexican-Americans all lived and died in the region and had unique perspectives on life there. All these will be explored over the course of the semester. Students will produce two essays and a brief research project during the semester as well as a number of small assignments such as journals and brief analytical writings. Students will engage in frequent small-group and class discussions to plumb the depths of this rich literary heritage.

 

Writing Seminar - P

Writing Seminar - P

REGISTRATION CODE: E408
STATUS: UC/CSU & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 5
CAMPUS: CHS & DLS
PREREQUISITES: None
LEVEL: 12th grade

This will be a fall semester course offering.

Writing Seminar will explore writing in a variety of modes including response to literature, the reflective essay, the persuasive essay, and the research based essay. In addition to submitting their work to the teacher, students will also be publishing their work digitally for a more global audience. The literature of the class includes a variety of texts, such as novels, short stories, film, memoir, essays, and poetry. The course is designed to expand rhetoric, sharpen grammar, and hone the critical and analytical skills of students. There will be continued emphasis on advancing skills in reading, listening, speaking, and critical thinking. Attention will be given to other horizons from composing “specialty essays” (i.e. college admission statement and the library research paper) to working with digital media to exercises in creative writing to prepare for college level work.

Note: Summer reading requirement for this course will be announced in the spring via the Carondelet/De La Salle website.

English 1 (H)

English 1 (H)

REGISTRATION CODE: E102
STATUS: UC/CSU & NCAA
Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: DLS
PREREQUISITES: Teacher recommendation and Entrance Examination Scores
LEVEL: 9th grade

Honors English 1 is a comprehensive English course for students who have superior abilities in reading and writing. They should demonstrate evidence of a desire to read; should have maintained a 90% average or above in English and related subjects; and should have scored above the 90th (local) percentile in the verbal, reading, and language arts sections of the Entrance Examination. (Space is usually limited to the top 28 students.)

Note: The U.C. System does not certify any ninth- and tenth-grade level courses as honors courses. Only AP English 3 and AP English 4 are U.C. certified honors/AP level courses.

Psychological Realism - P

Psychological Realism

REGISTRATION CODE: E410
STATUS: UC/CSU & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 5
CAMPUS: CHS
PREREQUISITES:
Completion of English 3 or AP English Language Composition
LEVEL: 12th grade

Using basic psychological concepts of Freud, Jung, Adler and Kohlberg, this course aims to make the students aware of the uniqueness of every individual and to sharpen understanding of self and others. Students will deal with psychological realism as evidenced in character behavior in novel and plays.

Note: This course meets at period 7.

 

Dystopian Fiction - P

Dystopian Fiction - P

REGISTRATION CODE: E409
STATUS: UC/CSU & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 5
CAMPUS: CHS
PREREQUISITES: Completion of English 3 or AP English Language and Composition
LEVEL: 12th grade

Students will investigate dystopian themes in literature and explore how authors from various cultures and time periods have attempted to draw attention to real-world issues, specifically regarding the reservations of human dignity in a generally corrupt society. The course is designed to expand rhetoric, sharpen grammar, and hone the critical and analytical skills of students.There will be continued emphasis on advancing skills in reading, writing, critical thinking, speaking and listening.

Podcasting and Storytelling -P

Podcasting and Storytelling-P

REGISTRATION CODE: E
STATUS: P
CREDITS: 5
CAMPUS: CHS
PREREQUISITES: None
LEVEL: 12th grade

The Podcasting and Storytelling course is a semester long English senior selective course. This course will provide basic background knowledge of the medium of podcasting, and will also focus on the elements of effective storytelling (organization, tone, evidence, language, etc.) There will be a core reading list to begin the semester, and students will be required to listen to and evaluate the techniques implemented in a variety of podcasts. As the semester progresses, much of the curriculum for this class will be inquiry-based, and students will largely create their own reading lists (with teacher's approval) based on what topic they specifically choose to study. The student selected reading choices will give context and background information that enables them to become knowledgeable enough to produce original podcasts that tell a story relating to their chosen subject.

Voices of the Oppressed -P

Voices of the Oppressed-P

REGISTRATION CODE: E
STATUS: P
CREDITS: 5
CAMPUS: CHS
PREREQUISITES: None
LEVEL: 12th grade

This class will explore the role of power in national and worldwide society and the effects on the oppressed as well as the oppressors. Steve Biko's statement that "the most powerful weapon in the hands of the oppressors is the minds of the oppressed" will be the guiding lens for the course. Through looking at the oppressors and the others, students will critically examine how the role of environment in conjunction with class systems creates systematic oppression across many avenues in society.

 

Classics of Horror-P

Classics of Horror-P

REGISTRATION CODE: E411
STATUS: UC/CSU & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 5
CAMPUS: DLS
PREREQUISITES: None
LEVEL:  12 grade 

Classics of Horror is an English selective that gives the student an opportunity to thoroughly study and investigate the world of the horror story.  The student will be asked to pay particular attention to the role of invasion, isolation, madness, pride, and family in the assigned texts.  This course will focus on character and setting as a function of the Gothic novel and horror film.  The student will learn to recognize common elements and themes and will learn to identify the relevance of social, historical and political context.  Shelley, Stoker and Stevenson have created texts that have haunted us for decades.  Their respective "monsters" have become a part of the American psyche as well as part of our own "cultural literacy."  Frankenstein, Dracula and Hyde have developed into symbols for Fear, Social Degeneration, the destructive power of the Ego, and the "Other."

Literature, Conflict, and the Human Experience

Literature, Conflict, and the Human Experience-P

REGISTRATION CODE: E419
STATUS: Pending
CREDITS: 5
CAMPUS: DLS
PREREQUISITES: None
LEVEL:  12 grade (11 grade with instructor approval) 

Literature reflects history and history affects literature.  Often, literature informs and shapes our understanding of history because literature can bring history to life in ways that textbooks cannot.  This class looks to investigate that link.  The course aims to examine powerful international conflicts that often go unexplored in secondary education.  In this semester-long class, students will examine the causes, conduct, and fallout of these conflicts through literary works, historical documents, multimedia sources, as well as individual and group research.  Students will produce one essay, one project, and one presentation as major assessments.  In addition, students will engage in frequent discussion about the course material and historical events.

English 3 - P

English 3 - P

REGISTRATION CODE: E303
STATUS: UC/CSU & NCAA
Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: DLS and CHS
PREREQUISITES: None
LEVEL: 11th grade

English 3 is a comprehensive course which provides the junior student with practice in each of the language arts: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The content of the course includes a study of American literature as represented in the major genres: short story, drama, novel, lyric and narrative poetry, essay, and biography. Practice in writing, particularly the critical essay, is a major emphasis in this course.

If the course is taken at CHS there may be a few blended (online) component as well as a research paper.

The Short Story-P

The Short Story-P

REGISTRATION CODE: E424
STATUS: UC/CSU & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 5
CAMPUS: DLS
PREREQUISITES: None
LEVEL:  12 grade 

This course is intended to give students an understanding of the basic elements of short fiction: plot, setting, character, theme, tone and point of view, as well as knowledge of the development of the short story form.  Students will study the works of representative authors from Poe to Capote.  Students will write analytic papers, practice the elements of fiction in short writings, and compose one original work of fiction as the final project to increase their understanding of the form.

English 2 (H)

English 2 (H)

REGISTRATION CODE: E203
STATUS: UC/CSU & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 10
CAMPUS: DLS
PREREQUISITES:

  1. Completed Honors Application
  2. B- in English 1 (H) or an A- in regular English 1
  3. Department approval required
  4. Student writing portfolios will be reviewed and discussed. Some students may need to submit additional writing samples.

LEVEL: 10th grade

 

Honors English 2 is a comprehensive English course for students with outstanding ability in the areas of reading, writing and speaking. The goals are the same as those for English 2, but more advanced materials are used to challenge the stronger abilities of honors students. As an honors course, the students should expect heightened rigor in terms of pacing and breadth of written work.

Shakespeare - P

Shakespeare - P

REGISTRATION CODE: E414
STATUS: UC/CSU & NCAA Approved
CREDITS: 5 or 10
CAMPUS: DLS
PREREQUISITES: None
LEVEL: 12th grade

In this course students will read and experience a variety of Shakespeare’s work. The course will cover a play from each of Shakespeare’s three dramatic genres (comedy, history, tragedy) and some of his poetry. In addition, students will watch filmed and/or live performances of Shakespeare’s dramas in order to explore the variety of interpretations that the texts can generate. The course’s writing emphasis will be on expository work, but there will be some creative work as well. Students will also engage in the dramatization of some scenes from Shakespeare’s plays.