English Language Arts

Course Titles

AIS ELAELA 7ELA 8ELA 9ELA 10ELA 10 HonorsELA 11ELA 12AP English Literature and CompositionIntroduction to Human Communication, SCCCCIHS Introduction to LiteraturePublishing

Course Descriptions

AIS ELA

Grades: 7-12 (this course will be offered every year)
Credits: N/A – full-year class
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation
Weight for Ranking: N/A

Description: This is a non-credit-bearing class offered for students in grades 7-12.  Academic performance is considered when determining placement in this class.  Course grades, final exams, NWEA scores and state assessments scores are reviewed.  Students may hone organizational skills, practice academic content, and prepare for classroom exams and/or prepare for Regents exams for those who have not been successful in the past. 

Requirements this course fulfills: The AIS class provides the students with additional practice and assistance.

ELA 7

Grades: 7 (this course will be offered every year)
Credits: N/A – full-year class
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: N/A

Description: ELA 7 is designed to provide students with opportunities to practice and master CCLS standards at the 7th grade level. Focus is placed on reading comprehension and analysis, writing skills, vocabulary and language acquisition, and speaking and listening skills.  Books suggested by the Common Core are utilized in addition to non-fiction texts, poetic pieces and short stories selected by the teacher.  Texts change from class to class.  Course content:  Instruction focuses on teaching the students to read and respond to a variety of texts. Analysis is a major content area.  In addition, students are also instructed in the formats of writing short and extended responses.  These responses are based on textual evidence and are expected to determine the student’s ability to comprehend the deeper meaning in the texts presented.

Requirements this course fulfills: New York Common Core learning standards for 7th grade.

ELA 8

Grades: 8 (this course will be offered every year)
Credits: N/A – full-year class
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: N/A

Description: ELA 8 focuses on making students more literate: the course aims to improve students’ reading, writing, speaking, listening, and thinking.  Throughout the course a collection of short stories, novels, non-fiction, poetry and dramatic texts will be taught. Text selections range from the canonical to the very contemporary. Students’ choice reading, both in school and at home, becomes more and more the focus of the course as the year progresses. In writing, the course prioritizes formal argument and literary analysis in the style students will see on the 8th grade state test. Students will also compose informational pieces as well as original narratives. To improve speaking and listening, students will take part in both formal debates and informal classroom discussions, with a focus on responding rather than simply sharing. By year’s end, students will push to create their own argumentative and analytical questions that can be answered in both speaking and writing.

Content and curriculum will be adapted and adjusted based on students’ data as teachers learn more and more about individual student strengths and student needs. Likewise, teachers will be looking to enrich those students who demonstrate standards mastery early in the course.

Requirements this course fulfills: New York Common Core learning standards for 8th grade.

ELA 9

Grades: 9 (this course will be offered every year)
Credits: 1 credit – full-year class
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: 1.00

Description: ELA 9 is the foundation for high school ELA studies preparing students for the 21st century skills they need to become productive workers and citizens. It is also designed as a survey of various types of text as well as a guide for how to interpret them. Additionally, writing is a focus of the year in order to better prepare students for the rigor of Common Core Standards and the Regents exam they align to, specifically ELA (11th grade) and Global Studies (10th grade). Students will use the Prentice Hall Literature Series: Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes as well as a variety of memoirs, novels, and nonfiction readings.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course meets the graduation requirement for ELA 9.

ELA 10

Grades: 10 (this course will be offered every year)
Credits: 1 credit – full-year class
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: 1.03

Description: ELA 10 is designed to provide students with opportunities to practice and master CCLS standards at the 10th grade level. Focus is placed on reading comprehension, reading analysis, vocabulary and language acquisition, as well as speaking and listening skills. Additionally, writing is a focus of the year, in order to better prepare students for the rigor of Common Core Standards and the Regents exam they align to, specifically ELA (11th grade) and Global Studies (10th grade). Works of study may include Night by Elie Wiesel, Othello by William Shakespeare and 12 Angry Men by Reginald Rose.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course meets the graduation requirement for ELA 10.

ELA 10 Honors

Grades: 10 (this course will be offered every year)
Credits: 1 credit – full-year class
Prerequisite: Student must have a score of a 3 or better on their 8th grade ELA assessment, 90% or better in the previous ELA course, or 85% or better overall average, and completion of a summer reading assignment. Recommendation (or lack of) from a teacher may be taken in to consideration but is not required.
Weight for Ranking: 1.03

Description: ELA 10 Honors is designed to provide students with opportunities to practice and master CCLS standards at the 10th grade level with specific attention given to reading, writing and language analysis. This course is meant to be taken with AP World History, as a Humanities Collaborative for the 10th grade. Texts may include:  The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, Anthem by Ayn Rand, The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, and Macbeth by Shakespeare.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course meets the graduation requirement for ELA 10.

ELA 11

Grades: 11 (this course will be offered every year)
Credits: 1 credit – full-year class
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: 1.03

Description: ELA 11 is designed to educate students in reading, writing and comprehension, in addition to skills that accompany each. The course reflects both the state and federal standards as demonstrated in the Common Core. This course examines American texts in addition to some British literature, which complements the American texts. Instruction focuses on teaching the students to read and respond to difficult questions that accompany the texts they are reading. Analysis is a major content area. The readings are very difficult and require a good deal of explanation. In addition, students are expected to master the type of writing encountered on the NYS Common Core exam in English Language Arts.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course meets the graduation requirement for ELA 11.

ELA 12

Grades: 12 (this course will be offered every year)
Credits: 1 credit – full-year class
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: 1.00

Description: ELA 12 is a survey course designed to replace four elective classes previously offered at MCS:  Poetry, Mythology, Classics in Literature, and Contemporary Literature. The four literary modules will align with the four quarters and in this order: 1) Survey of World Mythology; 2) Survey of Poetry; 3) Classics in Literature; and 4) Contemporary Literature.  In addition to the assigned reading, students will be expected to choose a book each quarter to read on their own. Students will also be writing throughout the units as well as completing DYRT quizzes, reading response journals, and unit tests.  In addition, students will be writing practice college essays, and students will complete an interdisciplinary research paper.   

Requirements this course fulfills: This course meets the graduation requirement for English 12.

AP English Literature and Composition

Grades: 11 (this course will be offered every year pending student interest, enrollment, and staff availability)
Credits: 1 credit – full-year class
Prerequisite: 90% or better in previous course (ELA 10) and 85% or better overall average
Weight for Ranking: 1.05

Description: Students in this college–level course read and analyze predominantly American literature written in a variety of times, from 19th Century through the contemporary period.  Students will also read some works from the English literature canon for historical and/or literary context.  This course will provide students with the intellectual challenges and workload consistent with a typical undergraduate literature class.  At the culmination of the course, the students will take the AP English Literature and Composition Exam given in May.  Based on their scores, they may be granted advanced placement, college credit, or both at colleges and universities throughout the United States.  Students will be required to take the NYS Common Core exam in English Language Arts as well as the AP exam in May.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course meets the graduation requirement for English 11.

Introduction to Human Communication, SCCC

Grades: 12 (this course will be offered every year pending enrollment and staff availability)
Credits: 1 credit – full-year class
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: 1.05

Description: Originally two half-year courses, Introduction to Communication and Mass Media have been combined into a full-year CHS communications class.  The first half of the course is a survey of the three types of communication:  interpersonal, organizational, and political.  The second half focuses on Mass Media and continues to explore media theory and the relationship between the audience and media.  Assignments will include writing assignments and presentations.  In addition to the required readings, students will interact with many forms of media including movies, television, and the internet.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course will meet the graduation requirement for English 12. This course also fulfills a 101-level college credit.

CIHS Introduction to Literature

Grades: 12 (this course will be offered every year pending enrollment and staff availability)
Credits: 1 credit – full-year class
Prerequisite: 90+ average requirement
Weight for Ranking: 1.05

Description: This course introduces the student to literature through readings in the various genres and across a broad spectrum of styles and eras. Additionally, through writing critical/analytical essays, the student learns the terms associated with literary analysis and gains additional experience in writing in support of a thesis. 

Requirements this course fulfills: This course will meet the graduation requirement for English 12. College credit is available with inquiry.

Publishing

Grades: 9-12
Credits: 1 credit – full-year class
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: 1.00

Description: This course introduces the student to careers and experiences in publishing. Students will discuss the ethics, technology and resources available to publish and disseminate information. Emphasis on the digital market, e-books, magazines and online blogs will expose students to the media. This project-based class will complete multiple projects and students will be expected to publish original pieces.

Requirements this course fulfills: This course will meet the graduation requirement for English 12.