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English Courses
Students will take English all four years. Grades 9, 10, and 11 are year-long courses that are divided into three ability levels. For example, the 9th grade year offers English 9, College Prep English 9, and Honors English 9. The senior year offers semester electives. All English classes rely heavily on tradi­tional literature and some multi-cultural literature. All English classes stress expository writing, correct mechanics, and correct usuage. We want students to write well-developed essays both in and out of class. In-class essays are often timed, and this will prepare students for many higher level exams they will face in college. We also want students to use standard English, to read for understanding, meaning, and inference, and to develop a strong vocabulary.
 
ENGLISH 9 - 1 Credit

​Prerequisite: Demonstrates below-basic proficiency in reading and requires a teacher recommendation.

Course Length: 1 year
​Grade: 9
​Fees: None
English 9 is a one-year course emphasizing the development of skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Course content includes vocab­ulary, applied grammar, the writing process, and reading comprehension of fiction and nonfiction. Students will read a wide range of literature from classics to contemporary. The class will also expose students to a variety of genres including poetry, drama, nonfiction, and fiction.
​CP ENGLISH 9 - 1 Credit
Prerequisite: None​
​Course Length: 1 year
​Grade: 9
​Fees: None
CP English 9 is a one-year course emphasizing the development of skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Course content includes vocabulary, applied grammar, the writing process, and reading compre­hension of fiction and nonfiction. The class will also expose students to a variety of genres including poetry, drama, nonfiction, and fiction. This class includes focused practice on college entrance exams and offers direct instruction on research skills.
HONORS ENGLISH 9 - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: Demonstrates advanced skills in reading and writing and requires a teacher recommendation.
Course Length: 1 year​
​Grade: 9
​Fees: None
Honors English 9 is a one-year couse emphasizing the development of skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Course content includes vocabulary, applied grammar, the writing process, and reading compre­hension of fiction and nonfiction. This class includes focused practice on college entrance exams and offers direct instruction on research skills. Students are expected to be self-directed learners.
ENGLISH 10 - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: Demonstrates below-basic skills in reading and writing and requires a teacher recommendation.
Course Length: 1 year
​Grade: 10
​Fees: None
English 10 is a one-year course that builds on the skills taught in English 9. Course content includes vocabulary, applied grammar, writing, and reading comprehension. The course offers the opportunity for students to develop expository writing skills. A library-based research paper is included in the writing program. Focused practice on college entrance exams is a part of this class.
CP ENGLISH 10 - 1 Credit
Prerequisite: None​
​Course Length: 1 year
​Grade: 10
​Fees: None
CP English 10 is a one-year course that builds on the skills taught in CP English 9. Course content includes vocabulary, applied grammar, writing,
and reading comprehension. Students are exposed to a broad base of liter­
ature. Students will be challenged to think critically about their reading
and to express their thinking in writing. This course emphasizes exposito­ry writing and includes a library-based research paper. Focused prac­tice on college entrance exams is a part of this class.
HONORS ENGLISH 10 - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite:
Demonstrates advanced skills in reading and writing and requires a teacher recommendation.
​Course Length: 1 year
​Grade: 10
​Fees: None
Honors English 10 is a one-year course that builds on the skills taught in Honors English 9. Course content includes vocabulary, applied grammar, writing and reading comprehension. Students are exposed to a broad base of literature. Students will be challenged to think critically about their read­ing and to express their thinking in writing. This course emphasizes expository writing and includes a library-based research paper. Focused practice on college entrance exams is a part of this class. Students are expected to be self-directed learners.
ENGLISH 11 - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: Demonstrates below-basic skills in reading and writing
and requires a teacher recommendation.
​Course Length: 1 year
​Grade: 11
​Fees: None
English 11 is a one-year course that builds on the skills taught in English 9 and English 10. Course content includes vocabulary, applied grammar, writing, and reading comprehension. The course covers a wide range of poetry, drama, nonfiction, and fiction. Writing assignments will empha­size developing a subject in depth and refining writing style. Fiction will emphasize American literature. Focused practice on college entrance exams will be a part of this class.
SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: None
​Course Length: 1 year
​Grade: 11
​Fees: None
In this junior course, students will explore American literature, which may include non-fiction, drama, short stories, poetry, and novels. Students will read and analyze a broad variety of American authors to gain an increased comprehension and appreciation of the American experience. Class dis­cussions, literary analysis, and projects will enhance the student’s under­standing. Students will also develop writing skills for college.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: Demonstrates advanced skills in reading and writing and requires a teacher recommendation.
Course Length: 1 year​
​Grade: 11
​Fees: See AP Section
This course is designed for academically motivated students. Students will study examples of various kinds of writing: biographies, essays, fiction, and poetry. In addition to analytical and expository writing, students will write time-limited compositions in class. Students will prepare for the end of the year Advanced Placement English Language and Composition exam and study pieces of literature to prepare for their senior year course, AP Literature and Composition. Due to the advanced nature of this course, grades will be weighted. Summer reading is required. Students must pick up a summer reading assignment in the main office. It will be due the first day of class.
Twelfth grade students may take either a full year course (1 credit) or a combination of semester courses (1/2 credit each) to equal a total of one English credit. Students who elect the semester options must choose one literature/reading course and one writing course.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION - 1 credit
Prerequisite: Demonstrates advanced skills in reading and
writing and requires a teacher recommendation.
​Course Length: 1 year
​Grade: 12
​Fees: See AP Section
This course is designed for accelerated students who wish to prepare for the AP Literature and Composition exam. Students will examine selected works ranging from classics to contemporary. Students will analyze a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as such elements as imagery, symbolism, and tone. Students will strengthen their ability to write liter­ary analysis, reflective essays, and time-limited compositions. Due to the advanced nature of this course, grades will be weighted. Summer reading is required. Students must pick up a summer reading assignment in the main office. It will be due the first day of class.
LITERATURE/READING COURSES
(one course required)
Literature courses will emphasize Cherry Creek District reading and liter­ature proficiencies. In each semester literature course, students will com­pose at least four literary analysis essays and one expository essay.
BRITISH LITERATURE - 1/2 Credit
​Prerequisite: None
​Course Length: Semester
​Grade: 12
Fees: None​
Seniors will examine major works of British literature. The literary genre may include plays, novels, short fiction, and poetry. Students will read and interpret critical sources and literature to compose literary analysis and projects. Students will discuss and write about what they read critically.
ENGLISH 12 WORLD LITERATURE - 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite:Demonstrates below-basic proficiency in reading.​
​Course Length: Semester
​Grade: 12
​Fees: None
English 12 World Literature is a semester class that exposes students to a wide range of literarture that represents different time periods and differ­ent cultures. The course covers a wide range of poetry, drama, nonfiction, and fiction. Students will be challenged to think critically about their read­ing and to express their thinking in writing. The class will rely on group work and independent work to read, to discuss, and to write insightfully about the literature that the students read.
INTENSIVE READING 1 - 1/2 Credit
​Prerequisite: Demonstrates below-basic proficiency in reading.
​Course Length: Semester
​Grade: 12
​Fees: None
This Intensive Reading I course will provide students who read at least two years below grade level with an intensive exposure to a variety of reading strategies to become a proficient reader. These reading techniques may include detecting sequences, making inferences, drawing appropriate conclusions, and developing critical thinking and decoding skills.
LITERATURE OF THE AMERICAN WEST - 1/2 Credit
​Prerequisite: None
​Course Length: Semester
​Grade: 12
​Fees: None
Students will explore a mixture of classic Western fiction and contempo­rary Western fiction. Literary genres will include novels, short stories, poetry, and nonfiction. Along with some traditional writers of Western fiction, the class will emphasize more contemporary pieces. Through fic­tion and nonfiction, Native American and other cultural perspectives of the American West will be explored. Students will read, discuss, and write critically about the material that they read. Some works contain mature language and/or themes.
MULTICULTURAL LITERATURE - 1/2 Credit
​Prerequisite: None
​Course Length: Semester
​Grade: 12
​Fees: None
Students will read novels, short stories, essays, poetry, and plays by noted female and multicultural authors. Some works contain mature language and/or themes. Students will discuss and write about what they read crit­ically.​
SHAKESPEARE - 1/2 Credit
​Prerequisite: None
​Course Length: Semester
​Grade: 12
​Fees: None
Students will explore the writings of William Shakespeare. They will read, analyze, discuss, and respond to his comedy, history, tragedy, and problem plays, as well as his sonnets. Student responses to the literature will include essays and oral presentations.
WORLD LITERATURE - 1/2 Credit
​Prerequisite: None
​Course Length: Semester
​Fees: None
Students will explore a variety of authors from both Eastern and Western civilizations and will read, analyze, discuss, and respond to the literature of other cultures. The literary genres to be experienced may include poet­ry, short stories, essays, and novels. Students will discuss and write about what they read critically.
WRITING COURSES
(one course required)
Writing courses will emphasize Cherry Creek School District’s writing standards. In each semester writing course, students will compose a broad variety of written works.
TECHNICAL WRITING - ONLINE - 1/2 Credit
​Prerequisite: Counselor Signature
​Course Length: Semester
​Grade: 12
Students in Technical Writing will know the rules involved in writing for a practical business audience, create a variety of communication methods for business, including cover letters, resumes, reports and demonstrations, and they will understand the importance of writing and communicating in the business world and workplace.
ENGLISH 12 COMPOSITION - 1/2 Credit
​Prerequisite: Demonstrated below-basic proficiency in writing.
​Course Length: Semester
​Fees: None
English 12 Composition is a semester course that builds on the skills taught in English 9, English 10, and English 11. The course emphasizes practice in the writing modes that students will encounter in college, including compare/contrast, cause/effect, and persuasive essays. Students wll refine their writing skills and their writing style. The class will include multiple opportunities for research-based paper.
CE INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE COMPOSITION  - 1/2 Credit
​Prerequisite: ACCUPLACER scores of Reading 80 and Sentence Skills 95; Or ACT scores of English 18 and Reading 17
​Course Length: Semester
​Grade: 12
​Fees: None
This course aligns with the Colorado Community College course English Composition I-121. This course emphasizes the planning, writing, and revising of compositions, including the development of critical and logi­cal thinking skills. The course includes a minimum of five compositions that stress analytical, evaluative, and persuasive/argumentative writing. Students enrolled in this course will complete college-level work during their senior year of high school. Students who earn a C or better in the class will receive 3 Community College of Aurora credits. These are guar­anteed transfer credits to public colleges and universities of Colorado.
COLLEGE PREPARATORY WRITING - 1/2 Credit
​Prerequisite: None
​Course Length: Semester
​Grade: 12
​Fees: None
Students will be challenged in this reasearch-based course to improve their organization, development, and expression of ideas in a variety of essay types. Organizational methods such as cause/effect, compari­son/contrast, and inductive and deductive argument will assist students in creating these compositions and writing essay exams in preparation for college.
COLLEGE PREP READING AND WRITING - ONLINE - 1/2 Credit
​Prerequisite: Counselor Signature
​Course Length: Semester
​Grade: 11-12
​Fees: None
Students in this course will know the specifics of writing including vocab­ulary strategies, and literary technique, be able to analyze and understand the styles and techniques of high-quality nonfiction writing including voice, word choice, sentence fluency and organization, and create nonfic­tion pieces modeled after styles studied in class.
CORE COMPOSITION I - ONLINE (Dual credit with the University of Colorado at Denver)  - 1/2 Credit (English
​Prerequisite: Counselor Signature
​Course Length
​Grade: 11-12
Provides opportunities to write for different purposes and audiences, with an emphasis on learning how to respond to various rhetorical situations; improving ccritical thinking, reading, and writing abilities; understanding various writing processes; and gaining a deeper knowledge of language conventions. Students will be responsible for paying tuition for university credit.
CORE COMPOSITION II - ONLINE (Dual credit with the University of Colorado at Denver) - 1/2 Credit (English)
​Prerequisite: Counselor Signature
​Course Length: Semester
​Grade: 11-12
Focus on academic and other types of research-based writing and builds on the work completed in Core Composition I. Focuses on critical think­ing, reading and writing as well as working with primary and secondary source material to produce a variety of research-based essays. Emphasis on using both print-based and electronic-based information. Students will be responsbile for paying tuition for university credit.
ENGLISH ELECTIVES
(will not satisfy English requirement)
CREATIVE WRITING - 1/2 Credit
​Prerequisite: None
​Course Length: Semester
​Grade: 11-12
​Fees: None
Students who have a strong interest in writing will explore techniques of fiction, poetry, and drama.  Students will read classical and contemporary literature and analyze the literature as a model for their own writing. Students will compose poetry, prose, and fiction.​
​​SPEECH - 1/2 Credit
​Prerequisite: None
​Course Length: Semester
​Grade: 9-12
​Fees: None
Strengthening oral communication skills and gaining self-confidence when public speaking are two important components of this course. Using techniques in topic selection, analysis, research, organization, and deliv­ery, students will present a variety of speech types: informative, persua­sive, and opinion. Students’ interpersonal communication and listening skills will be promoted through class discussions and presentations.
COMPETITIVE DEBATE - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation
Course Length: Year​
​Grade: 10 - 12
​Fees: See Below*
Students will explore the art of argumentation while enhancing their com­munication skills. Extensive research skills, organization, and time man­agement will be crucial for success in this course. Students will concen­trate on extensive practice, criticism, and self-evaluation in a chosen area as they prepare for interscholastic competition in debate, policy debate, and student congress. Students are required to participate in some interscholastic competitions on Saturdays.
*Participation in interscholastic competition requires membership in the National Forensic League. Students may defray their expenses for partic­ipation through fund raising.
JOURNALISM - 1/2 Credit
​Prerequisite: None
​Course Length: Semester
​Grades: 9 - 12
​Fees: None
Students who want to work on the Grandview Chronicle or The View must take Journalism. In addition to learning journalistic style and the basic requirements of investigative reporting, students will examine the produc­tion of newspapers, magazines, and yearbook, the history of journalism, and journalistic ethics. Students will also explore advertising sales, design, and positive public relations skills. Written pieces for this course may be used in the Grandview Chronicle, Grandview Gazette, and The View.
NEWSPAPER - 1 Credit
​Prerequisite: Journalism and/or teacher recommendation
​Course Length: 1 year
​Grade: 10 - 12
​Fees: None
Class members will plan and produce the Grandview Chronicle. Students will be responsible for every aspect of the production of the newspaper: investigative reporting, news and editorial writing, interviewing, editing, photography, layout and design, advertising design, and advertising sales. In addition to typing competency, editing and copy-reading skills will be honored. Creating the newspaper will require time, not only during class, but also periodically after school, evenings, and/or weekends.
YEARBOOK - 1 Credit​
​Prerequisite: Journalism and/or teacher recommendation
​Course Length: Year
​Grade: 10 - 12
​Fees: None
Class members will plan and produce the Grandview yearbook, The View. Students will be responsible for every aspect of the production of the year­book: photography, planning and designing layouts, researching and writ­ing copy, writing photo captions and headlines. Meeting deadlines to cre­ate the yearbook often will require time, not only during class, but also after school, evenings, and/or weekends.

 

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