Using classical and contemporary literature selections, students will become familiar with literary elements with an emphasis upon theme, setting, character, and plot. This course will enable students to meet the Arizona state standards for English at the proficiency level. Students will read Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Homer’s The Odyssey, novel selections, and a variety of short stories, nonfiction, and poems. Students will study, develop, and practice genre writing through composition activities with an emphasis placed on writing as a process. Students will also review and use the analytical writing traits to critique both personal and peer writing. A strong emphasis will be placed on grammar, mechanics, language usage, vocabulary development, and spelling skills. Public speaking and listening skills will also be taught and reviewed.
Honors English 1
This is an accelerated course that is designed for the student who intends to pursue a college education. This course will work on skills necessary to be successful in a college atmosphere and to prepare students for the ACT and SAT. Areas of focus will include, but are not limited to, exploring British literature, expanding vocabulary skills, improving writing, developing speaking and listening skills, and conducting and presenting research.
Using classical and contemporary literature, students will read Julius Caesar and a selection of short stories, poetry, and novels. Students will acquire and use new vocabulary in relevant contexts. Fluency and comprehension strategies will be emphasized. The literary elements of theme, point of view, characterization, setting, and plot will be analyzed. Students will experience an intense grammar and language study. Using the writing process and the Six-Trait Writing Rubric, students will focus on improving their skills in writing essays, business correspondence, and literary responses. Students will also practice effective speaking and listening skills.
Honors English 2
This course will include close analysis of American and British Literature. Students will write and analyze different types of essays, stories, and research documents using the AP rubric. A strong emphasis will be placed on exceeding the Arizona state standards for reading and writing.
(Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 1 or Honors English 1)
Using classical and contemporary literature selections, students will read short stories, dramas, poetry and novel selections related to and dealing with American literature/history. Students will have an intense grammar and vocabulary study and, using the Six-Trait Writing Rubric, will continue to improve their writing skills. Students will write and analyze different types of stories, essays, and research documents. Students will continue to be given the opportunity to meet the proficiency level standards in the areas of reading and writing.
Using classical and contemporary literature selections centering around world literature, students will read short stories, dramas, poetry and literature selections. Students will receive instruction in literary devices, rhetoric and vocabulary, and will use the Six-Trait Writing Rubric to improve their writing skills. Students will complete argument essays, a speech, and a research project. Students will continue to be given the opportunity to meet the proficiency level standards in the areas of reading and writing.
Dual Enrollment English 101/235
ENG 101 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1
This MCC course will review the fundamentals of grammar, sentence structure and paragraphs. It includes extensive theme writing with emphasis on exposition and critical thinking.
ENG 235 AMERICAN LITERATURE 1
A general survey of American literature from the time of European discovery through the Civil War. Includes representative readings in Native American traditions, Spanish exploration, the Puritan tradition, the Great Awakening, America’s founding philosophies, Transcendentalism, and American Romanticism.
Dual Enrollment English 102/233
ENG 102 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 2
This course is a continuation of the composition and rhetoric focus of ENG 101 with an emphasis on persuasive, research-based writing and analysis.
ENG 233 ENGLISH LITERATURE 1
A general survey of English literature from approximately the eighth century to the mid-eighteenth century. Includes representative readings from the Anglo-Saxon, Middle-English, Renaissance, and Neo-Classical (Restoration, Augustan Age, and Age of Johnson) periods.
This course will provide instruction in basic language skills, integrating reading and writing, speaking, and listening, while placing great emphasis on the progress of individual students. Student placement will be determined by scores from the spring AZMerit testing and/or teacher recommendation, and is generally for freshman students only. (1 elective credit)
Resource Language Arts
This class is designed for those students identified as special needs in the area of reading and/or written language. The reading curriculum will focus on improving reading, decoding, and comprehension skills through short stories, poetry, drama, and novel selections. Improvement of written language skills will also be a focus which will be based on the 6+1 writing traits that include: ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and presentation.