English

Graduation Requirement: 40 Credits

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

English

English 1: Big Voices

English 1: Big Voices

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

The core of the Big Voices curriculum consists of multi-genre literature that connects thematically with the course content taught in Big History. This foundational course is designed to develop students’ skills in writing, reading, speaking, listening, and critical thinking. Students will produce written work in a variety of modes with particular emphasis placed on the thesis-driven analytical essay and the research process. Over the course of the year, certain skills and content will be taught in conjunction with Big History.

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 3

English 3

Course #E303
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
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 the study of historical and contemporary American literature. Practice in writing, particularly the critical essay and the research paper, is a major emphasis in this course.

Blended elements will be incorporated in the course taught at Carondelet.

Note: Summer reading requirement for the 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 & 12th 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.
For rising seniors: completion of English 3 with an A-.

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.

African American Literature

African American Literature

Course # E407
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
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: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
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.

Classics of Horror-P

Classics of Horror

Course # 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."

Writing Seminar

Writing Seminar

Course # E408
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 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.

Literature, Conflict, and the Human Experience

Literature, Conflict, & the Human Experience

Course #419
Status: Pending
Credits: 5
Campus: De La Salle
Level: 12th Grade
Prerequisites: Completion of English 3 or AP English Language Composition

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 discussions about the course materials and historical events.

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

The 21st Century Woman

The 21st Century Woman

Course #: E415
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
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.

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.

The Short Story

The Short Story

Course # E424
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 5
Campus: 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 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.

 

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

Podcasting and Storytelling

Podcasting and Storytelling

Course # E417
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 5
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 12th Grade
Prerequisites: Completion of English 3 or AP English/Comp. and approval of Dept. Chair and Assistant Principal.

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.

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

Voices of the Oppressed

Voices of the Oppressed

Course # E418
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 class will explore the role of power in national & 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. Thus ensuring its continuation over generations. This exploration also necessitates a close look at imperialism and colonialism, especially in the practice of raiding third world countries for human and natural resources.

 

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

American Studies English

American Studies English

Course # E306
Status: Pending
Credits: 10 English; 10 Social Studies
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 11th Grade
Prerequisites: English 1, English 2 or English 2 Honors, World Civilizations, Teacher Approval needed

American Studies is a combined American Literature and U.S. History class. Two teachers (one English and one History) will team teach this course, and students will receive both English and History credit.  One major goal of this course is to build cohesion and context between these two subjects. While the literature studied in the class will give a more humanistic understanding of a specific perspective in American History, the history content will complement the readings, and offer a well-rounded contextual experience for the students.  This course allows students to become fully immersed in a variety of American viewpoints, and to ultimately draw connections to contemporary American society.

Note: This course is taken in tandem with American Studies US History

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

Psychological Realism

Psychological Realism

Course # E410
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 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.

Western Literature

Western Literature

Course # E427
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
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.

 

The Culture of Storytelling

The Culture of Storytelling-P

Course Number: E426
Status: UC, CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 5
Campus: DLS
Level: 12th grade
Prerequisites: None

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.