English

Graduation Requirement: 40 Credits

  • 9th Grade: English 1 or Honors English 1 (10 Credits)
  • 10th Grade: English 2 or Honors English 2 (10 Credits)
  • 11th Grade: English 3 or AP English Language & Composition
  • 12th Grade: Choice of semester-long classes-see course descriptions below (5 Credits each-10 Total) or English 4 (10 Credits) or AP English Literature & Composition (10 Credits)

English 1

English 1

Course # E101
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 9th Grade
Prerequisites: None

The study of multi-genre historical and contemporary fiction and non-fiction is at the core of the curriculum. This foundational course is designed to develop students’ skills in writing, reading, speaking, listening, and critical thinking. Over the course of the year, students produce written work in a variety of modes. Particular emphasis is placed on the thesis-driven analytical essay and on the research process.

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

English 1 (H)

English 1 (H)

Course # E102
Status: Pending UC, CSU & NCAA Approval
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 9th Grade
Prerequisites: Placement determined by HSPT scores

This challenging course includes elements currently found in English 1. Students will also read from a more extensive list of novels and other texts each semester and will write more extensive and complex compositions.

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

English 2

English 2

Course # E202
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 10th Grade
Prerequisites: Completion of English 1

English 2 builds upon the skills learned during the freshman year. Students expand their study of a wide range of multi-genre fiction and non-fiction. Continued emphasis is placed on developing writing, reading, speaking, listening, and critical thinking skills. Students compose complex thesis-driven essays and deeply engage in the research process.

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

English 2 (H)

English 2 (H)

Course # E203
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved *
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 10th Grade

Prerequisites: Completion of English 1 with a grade of an “A-“. Student must also complete a writing assessment to demonstrate preparedness for the course. Students who do not meet the pre-requisite grade may sit for the exam upon recommendation of their English teacher.

*Note: Course receives honors credit on the Carondelet transcript, but is not recognized as a UC / CSU honors course.

This rigorous course content includes elements found in English 2. Students will also read from a more extensive and challenging list of novels and texts and will write more extensive and complex compositions, including the argumentative research paper. Students entering this course should already possess outstanding reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

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

English 3

English 3

Course # E303
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet/De La Salle
Level: 11th Grade
Prerequisites: Completion of English 2 or Honors English 2

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 survey 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 and the research paper, is a major emphasis in this course.

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

English 3 Blended

Course # E303b
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 11th Grade

Prerequisites: Completion of English 2 or English 2 Honors

* This class is blended, combining face-to-face classroom meetings with online work expectations. Face-to-face meeting times will be determined by the teacher.

English 3 Blended 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 survey 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 and the research paper, is a major emphasis in this course.

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

AP English Language & Composition

AP English Language & Composition

Course # E353
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet/DLS
Level: 11th Grade

Prerequisites: Completion of Honors English 2 with a grade of “B” or English 2 with a grade of an “A-“. Student must also complete a writing assessment to demonstrate preparedness for course. Students who do not meet the pre-requisite grade may sit for the exam upon recommendation of their English teacher.

The Advanced Placement English program, sponsored by the College Board, is a course that 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 as these form the basis for academic and professional writing. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement examination.

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

AP English Literature & Composition

AP English Literature & Composition

Course # E454
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet/De La Salle
Level: 12th Grade

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: Completion of Honors/AP English courses with a grade of “B” or English 3 with a grade of an “A-“. Student must also complete a writing assessment to demonstrate preparedness for the course. Students who do not meet the pre-requisite grade may sit for the exam upon recommendation of their English teacher.

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 take the Advanced Placement examination.

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

English 4 Blended

English 4 Blended

Course # E405
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 12th Grade

Prerequisites: Completion of English 3 or AP English/Comp. and approval of Dept. Chair and Assistant Principal.

* This class is blended, combining face-to-face classroom meetings with online work expectations. Face-to-face meeting times will be determined by the teacher.

The primary content of English 4 Blended is a survey of world literature – plays, novels, short stories, film and poetry. The course is also designed to expand vocabulary, sharpen grammar, and hone the critical and analytical skills of students. The continued emphasis on advancing skills in thinking, reading, listening, and speaking – particularly as building blocks for competent academic writing – is also of central importance. Good attention will be given to other horizons – from composing “specialty essays” (i.e. the college admission statement and the library research paper) to working with digital media to exercises in creating writing. This course is designed to prepare students for college courses, where students have to be much more self-motivated in order to keep up with the work between in-person class meetings.

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

The Short Story

The Short Story

Course # E424
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 5
Campus: Carondelet/De La Salle
Level: 12th Grade
Prerequisites: Completion of English 3 or AP English Language Composition

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 form. Students will study the works of representative authors from Poe to Capote. Students will write analytic papers and an original short story to increase their understanding of the form.

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

Writing Seminar

Writing Seminar

Course # E408
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 5
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 12th Grade
Prerequisites: Completion of English 3 or AP English Language Composition

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.

Classics of Horror

Classics of Horror (Victorian Literature)

Course # E411
Status: UC, CSU, NCAA Approved
Credits: 5
Campus: Carondelet/De La Salle
Level: 12th Grade
Prerequisites: Completion of English 3 or AP English Language Composition


Classics of Horror gives each 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”.

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

African American Literature

African American Literature

Course # E407
Status: Pending UC, CSU & NCAA Approval
Credits: 5
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 12th Grade
Prerequisites: Completion of English 3 or AP English Language & Composition

Through the process of reading and analyzing African American literature, students will reflect 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. 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.

Dystopian Literature

Dystopian Literature

Course # E409
Status: Pending UC, CSU & NCAA Approval
Credits: 5
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 12th Grade
Prerequisites: Completion of English 3 or AP English Language & Composition

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 preservation 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, listening, speaking, and critical thinking.

Psychological Realism

Psychological Realism

Course # E410
Status: Pending UC, CSU & NCAA Approval
Credits: 5
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 12th Grade
Prerequisites: Completion of English 3 or AP English Language & Composition

This will be a spring course offering and will be a blended class, meeting during 7th period one-two days per week along with online learning components.

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 novels and plays. The course is designed to expand rhetoric, sharpen grammar, and hone the critical and analytical skills of students as they apply psychological theories in analyzing character motivation. There will be continued emphasis on advancing skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, critical thinking and ability to synthesize.

The 21st Century Woman

The 21st Century Woman

Course #: E415
Status: Pending UC, CSU & NCAA Approval
Credits: 5
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 12th Grade
Prerequisites: Completion of English 3 or AP English Language & Composition

This course provides students with 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 examine definitions and frameworks used to discuss women rights, including U.S. domestic and international laws and conventions, as well as study the U.S. women’s rights movement and other global women’s rights movements. Topics for study and analysis will include the current level of engagement and participation of women in a variety of spheres of life: education and career; health; politics and government; the media, spirituality, and the family.

Literature and Film

Literature and Film

Course # E425
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 5
Campus: De La Salle
Level: 12th Grade
Prerequisites: Completion of English 3 or AP English Language Composition

Literature and Film is a seminar course concentrating on analysis and close reading of a variety of texts and films of different genres and eras, and providing students with many opportunities for practicing and improving their writing. Written assignments include longer, analytic essays, film criticism; and original screenwriting. Ample time is provided in class for peer and teacher feedback and draft revision. The course has been designed so that each test (and unit) is, to some degree, thematically connected to the next, with the goal of developing the students’ ability to synthesize various texts and to engage in philosophical debate spurred by the different readings and viewings. In this way, each unit builds from ideas in the last. The final class assignment asks the students to demonstrate their understanding of film technique (and form’s relationship to context) by producing an original short film in any genre.

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

Shakespeare

Shakespeare

Course # E414
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 5
Campus: De La Salle
Level: 12th Grade
Prerequisites: Completion of English 3 or AP English Language Composition

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.

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

Global Voices

Global Voices

Course # E423
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 5
Campus: De La Salle
Level: 12th Grade
Prerequisites: Completion of English 3 or AP English Language Composition

Global Voices is a course which helps students become more aware of world cultures and encourages them to break down harmful stereotypes of Asian, African, South American and European cultures. The course explores contemporary issues concerning politics, landscape, family/relationships, economics, traditions, religions, and social constructs.

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

The Culture of Storytelling

The Culture of Storytelling

Course # E426
Status: Pending UC, CSU & NCAA Approval
Credits: 5
Campus: De La Salle
Level: 12th Grade
Prerequisites: Completion of English 3 or AP English Language Composition and approval of Department Chair and Assistant Principal

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 elective 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 monsters and the hero.

Western Literature

WESTERN LITERATURE
Course # E427
Status: Pending UC, CSU & NCAA Approval
Credits: 5
Campus: De La Salle
Level: 12th Grade
Prerequisites: none

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 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.

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