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ELA 1: is a skills-based course designed to aid students to develop, improve, and refine their reading, writing, listening, speaking, and information-gathering skills. Reading skills will include summarizing, paraphrasing, and making inferences/drawing conclusions. Students will read and respond to a multicultural sampling of literature, including short stories, novels, poetry, plays, essays, and biographies that focus on the concept of coming of age. Students will write narrative, informative, and argumentative essays with instruction addressing topic development, organization, sentence structure, word choice, and mechanics. Research skills include integrating information from three to four sources, locating information, evaluating information for its relevancy, and documenting according to APA standards. In addition to required essays, students will take four reading assessments and complete two performance tasks during the course. Aligned to the SAT, these assessments are used to monitor and measure student growth in reading, writing, and synthesizing sources.

ELA 2: focuses on developing analytic skills for reading, writing, speaking, viewing, and listening. Students will write informative, narrative, and argumentative essays. Students will develop analytic skills by reading and responding to a variety of literary and informational texts that allow the student to explore different cultural perspectives. Research skills include integrating information from four to five sources and becoming more adept at documenting according to APA standards. In addition to required essays, students will take four reading assessments and complete two performance tasks during the course. Aligned to the SAT, these assessments are used to monitor and measure student growth in reading, writing, and synthesizing sources.

ELA 3: focuses on American literature from a thematic perspective. Students will read a wide sampling of literary selections in order to understand the varied interrelationships of literature, society, and the individual. Writing instruction will focus on increasing proficiency in literary analysis, argument, and using narrative to support one’s ideas. Students will continue to develop and refine skills in sentence structure, research, reading, listening, and speaking. Students will synthesize five to seven sources. In addition to required essays, students will take four reading assessments and complete two performance tasks during the course. Aligned to the SAT, these assessments are used to monitor and measure student growth in reading, writing, and synthesizing sources.

ELA 4: the 20th Century Playwrights course is an option for fourth year English that provides students with the skills needed for both the workplace and college. During the course, students explore a variety of classic plays from writers of the twentieth century. In addition to reading plays and related informational texts, students also refine their skills in writing argument, narrative, and informative text. Research skills are further refined as students synthesize information from seven to eight sources. In addition to required essays, students will take two reading assessments and complete two performance tasks during the course. Aligned to the Common Core State Standards, these assessments are used to monitor and measure student growth in reading, writing, and synthesizing sources.

ELA 4: Contemporary Ethics is an option for fourth year English that provides students with the skills needed for both the workplace and college. During the course, students read a variety of literature and non-fiction through units focused on contemporary issues such as modern identity, the environment, technology, and health sciences. In addition to reading a variety of grade-level texts, students refine their skills in writing narrative, informative, and argumentative texts. Research skills are incorporated in each unit, culminating in students conducting and presenting research on a topic of their own choosing. In addition to required essays, students will take two reading assessments and complete two performance tasks during the course. Aligned to the Common Core State Standards, these assessments are used to monitor and measure student growth in reading, writing, and synthesizing sources.

ELA 4: Short Story is an option for fourth year English that provides students with skills needed for both the workplace and college. During the course, students explore a variety of short stories from the nineteenth and twentieth century. In addition to reading short stories and related informational texts, students also refine their skills in writing argument, narrative, and informative text. Research skills are further refined as students synthesize information from seven to eight sources. In addition to required essays, students will take two reading assessments and complete two performance tasks during the course. Aligned to the Common Core State Standards, these assessments are used to monitor and measure student growth in reading, writing, and synthesizing sources.