ELA I:

This course is for entering ninth grade, college preparatory students. English I will serve as an introduction to critical analysis of literature through verbal and written responses. In English I, we will explore the complementary themes of coming of age and the quest for identity. The thematic focus of this course provides us with a platform from which we can develop our skills as critical thinkers, readers, and writers. Students will read texts that will introduce four genres: short story, non-fiction, poetry, and drama. Students will begin to identify patterns and themes in historically or culturally significant works and research author background in connection to the text. Students will acquire skills necessary for competent writing and reading by focusing on the mechanics of language and vocabulary development. They will complete a series of writing activities to help strengthen their thought formation, including narration, expository, persuasive, informational, and descriptive writing that demonstrates research, organization, and drafting strategies. This course curriculum serves as the foundation in preparing students for English II and further English Literature courses.

ELA II:

This course is for entering tenth grade, college preparatory students. Students in English II are expected to refer to and hone the skills acquired in English I*. The students are expected to welcome more challenging and/or complete print and non-print texts. This course will encourage students to generate thought-provoking questions and topics and to research diverse sources. Students will learn to evaluate these sources to distinguish valid and appropriate sources from those not as desirable. Students will read texts covering three overarching genres: novel, non-fiction, and drama. This course emphasizes the writer’s craft over theory. In addition to a variety of writing activities, including journaling, speech developing, and fiction writing, the goal is for students to stretch themselves as writers and to develop their individual voice. This course curriculum serves as the foundation in preparing students for English III and further English Literature courses.

*Transfer students are expected to have attended the Summer Bridge Program at Averroes High School

ELA III:

This course is for entering eleventh grade, college preparatory students. Students in English III are expected to refer to and hone the skills acquired in English II*.In English III, students will read an assortment of novels and plays and complete a variety of writing assignments and projects (over the course of three units) including two major thesis papers. This course will serve as a survey of American literature from its inception to the mid-nineteenth century. It emphasizes representative works and writers of this period and literary, cultural, historical, and philosophical forces that shaped and are reflected in these works. This course is designed for juniors who are motivated to study literature and culture in a mature setting. Students are expected to utilize their analytical skills through close textual analysis of literature. Students will practice synthesizing their ideas into clearly developed perspectives. Student perspectives will be shared in a classroom setting. Student perspectives will further be developed and matured through incorporation of speech elements. The course will unfold in three units for the school year. This course is writing intensive. This course curriculum serves as the foundation in preparing students for English IV and college level English Literature courses**.

 *Transfer students are expected to have acquired credits for English I and II in a previous academic setting

 **Students are expected to master the literary analysis essay to the point at which they can perform in any standard college freshman English course

ELA IV:

This course is for entering twelfth grade, college preparatory students. Students in English IV are expected to refer to and hone the skills acquired in English III*. In this course, students will examine literary genres and authors in world literature from various time periods (Medieval, Renaissance, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries). Students will analyze these texts, on the one hand to understand their genre and stylistic attributes and literary value, and on the other hand to reach, connect, and develop an understanding of cultural and historical values. This course is discussion intensive.

 *Transfer students are expected to have acquired credits for English I, II, and III in a previous academic setting