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English Courses

Graduation Requirement:  Students must pass four years or 40 credits in English for graduation.

​College Requirement:  Students must pass four years or 40 credits of college-prep English with grades of "C" or higher.  These courses are denoted on the transcript with a "P-" in front of the course title.

English courses receive credit in the B area for the University of California (UC)  and California State University (CSU)  systems.

 

ELD Language Arts 2 (for English Language Learners)
Grades 9/10/11/12
Prerequisites:   Placement in the ELD program.   Appropriate test scores and/or teacher recommendation
This ELD course is the second level of English language development. The student learns both single-paragraph and multi-paragraph development with a focus on correct tense, subject-verb agreement, punctuation and structure. Literary terms in LA2 include a focus on setting, character, plot, theme, conflict and resolution. Vocabulary enlargement and communication skills are also part of the language curriculum for LA2. Students enrolled in this course are also required to take ELD Literacy 2.  This course is not considered a college preparatory course and will not be placed on a four-year college application.
 
P - ELD Language Arts 3 (for English Language Learners)
Grades 9/10/11/12
Prerequisites:   Placement in the ELD program.   Appropriate test scores and/or teacher recommendation
This ELD course is the third level of English language development. The student continues to expand listening, speaking, reading and writing skills with a greater emphasis on literature and paragraph development. This course provides an in-depth study of English language structures, vocabulary, and literature. Students enrolled in this course are also required to take ELD Literacy 3.
 
P - English 1 (Sheltered)
Grades 9/10/11/12
Prerequisites:   Placement in the ELD program.   Appropriate test scores and/or teacher recommendation
English 1 is a California standards-based college preparatory course for 9th graders.   Sheltered courses are designed for students still learning English as a second language.  In addition, students develop skills in reading, grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and multi-media communication.  Students produce multiple pieces of writing, building to full essays; during the year they write a minimum of six original multi-paragraph essays.  In addition, students complete the ESUHSD writing assessment.  Students maintain a writing portfolio that they continue to build and review throughout the year.
 
P - English 1A
Grades 9/10/11/12 
Prerequisites: None
English 1A is a standards-based college preparatory course for 9th graders.  Students read and analyze a minimum of four historically or culturally significant works of literature.  In addition, students develop skills in reading, grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and multi-media communication.  Students produce multiple pieces of writing, building to full essays; during the year they write a minimum of six original multi-paragraph essays.  In addition, students complete the ESUHSD writing assessment.  Students maintain a writing portfolio that they continue to build and review throughout the year. In addition to the English 1 curriculum, students in this accelerated course should expect to read a minimum of two additional works, write a minimum of three additional original multi-paragraph essays, and actively engage in class discussions.
 
P - English 2 A
Grades 10/11/12 
Prerequisites: Passed one semester of English 1A with a D or better.
 
English 2A is a California standards-based college preparatory course for 10th graders.   Students read and analyze a minimum of four works of literature representative of writing from around the world, exploring a broad range of literary elements to enhance understanding. Students write a minimum of six original multiple-paragraph essays, including a basic annotated research paper (5-7 pages).  In addition, students complete the ESUHSD writing assessment.  Students maintain a writing portfolio that they continue to build and review throughout the year.  In addition to the English 2 curriculum, students in this accelerated course should expect to read a minimum of two additional works, write a minimum of three additional original multi-paragraph essays, and actively engage in class discussions.
 
P - English 2 (Sheltered)
Grades 10/11/12
Prerequisites:  Passed one semester of English 1 (S) with “C” or higher.
English 2 is a California standards-based college preparatory class for students who are still learning English.  Students read and analyze a minimum of four works of literature representative of writing from around the world, exploring a broad range of literary elements to enhance understanding. Students write a minimum of six original multiple-paragraph essays, including a basic annotated research paper (5-7 pages).  In addition, students complete the ESUHSD writing assessment.  Students maintain a writing portfolio that they continue to build and review throughout the year.  Separate sections of English 2 are offered for accelerated students. 
 
P - English 3
Grades 11/12 
Prerequisites: Passed one semester of English 2 with a D or better.
 
English 3 is a California standards-based college preparatory course.   Students read and critically analyze a variety of texts, including a minimum of five major works (novels, plays, non-fiction memoirs) that trace the major social, cultural, and philosophical trends that influenced American literature. Students demonstrate logical, critical thinking skills through focused, coherent oral presentations and written interpretation of fiction and non-fiction works. Students write a minimum of six original multiple-paragraph essays, including essays written under the pressure of a specific time limit, and one annotated research paper (8-10 pages) using parenthetical references that follow the Modern Language Association Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 6th or latest edition guidelines. Students maintain a writing portfolio that they continue to build and review throughout the year.
 
P - ERWC (Expository Reading and Writing Course) 
Grade 12
Prerequisites:  Passed one semester of English 3 or AP English with a “C” or higher
The Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) is a rigorous, rhetorically based, full-year college preparatory English course for high school seniors designed to support college-readiness in English for California's diverse students.  ERWC aligns with the California Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy, addresses critical academic literacy challenges identified and successfully prepares students to meet the academic demands and expectations of college and university faculty.  The course's 12 modules, which include a wide variety of expository texts and some literature, emphasize the in-depth study of expository, analytical, and argumentative reading and writing. The University of California (UC) has approved the ERWC for area B credit (of the A-G requirements), and the Course meets college preparatory requirements for both the UC and the CSU.
 
 
P - Genres of Composition
Grades 11/12 
Prerequisites: None
This is a two-semester English credit course that offers additional preparation in composition and response techniques, exploring a broad range of rhetorical modes (narrative, argumentation, informational expository, analytical expository, business communication, technical writing) with an emphasis on understanding nonfiction text. Students perform multiple pieces of writing, composing a minimum of six original multiple-paragraph essays aligned with the California Content Standards for English / Language Arts Standards. Cannot be repeated. This class is for Juniors with 15 or fewer ELA graduation credits concurrently enrolled in English 1 or English 2 and Seniors with 25 or fewer graduation credits enrolled in English 1, or English 2, or English 3.
 
P - English Language and Composition AP
Grade 12
 
AP English Language and Composition is a standards-based college preparatory course open to 12th graders.  This AP course engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes.  Students write a minimum of nine original and formal multiple-paragraph essays, a minimum of six original multiple-paragraph essays written under the pressure of a specific time limit, engage in the study of a variety of fiction and non-fiction works including essays, speeches, and historical documents, extensive vocabulary study, class discussions, and complete a variety of multiple-choice tests to prepare for the exams. 
 
P - English Literature AP
Grade 11
AP English Literature and Composition is a standards-based college preparatory Traditionally, this is the second course in the AP English course progression.  In addition to the standard English 4 curriculum, the AP English Literature and Composition course engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature.  Students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers.  Students write a minimum of nine original and formal multiple-paragraph essays, and minimum of six original essays written under a specific time limit, engage in the study of a variety of literature including novels, short stories, poetry, and dramas, extensive vocabulary study, class discussions, and complete a variety of multiple-choice tests to prepare for the exams.