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Language Arts

  • English I, English I Pre AP - Grade 9 / 1.0 credit
  • English II, English II Pre AP Grade 10 / 1.0 credit
  • English III, English III AP Grade 11 / 1.0 credit
  • English IV, English IV AP Grade 12 / 1.0 credit
  • Dual Credit English IV / Composition I & II (1301 & 1302) Grade 12 / 1.0 credit (6 Hrs.)

English I

Covers the writing process, grammar, usage, and mechanics of writing as well as develops study skills, vocabulary, and research skills; Integrates writing of paragraphs and multi-paragraph compositions with study of the short story, poem, nonfiction essay, Shakespearean drama, and the novel. Selected works of literary merit will be read independently. 
Note: English I is a requirement for all diploma plans. Summer Reading is required.

English I Pre-Advanced Placement

Prerequisite: 93 Average (Regular class) or Administrator Approval. Provides opportunities for the exceptional and highly motivated student to further develop higher-order thinking, study skills, and research skills. Requires more independent reading of selected works of literary merit, more writing of longer compositions, and critical thinking activities.
Note: Summer Reading is required.

English II Survey of Literature

Continues the writing process and grammar study; introduces PSAT writing skills and vocabulary. Integrating rhetorical and literary devices into writing. Students will write original satire, poetry, literary analysis, personal narrative, and persuasive issue papers. Reading selections focus on science fiction, fantasy, modern realistic fiction, historical fiction, nonfiction essays, and Shakespearean drama. Issue research, documentation, and oral presentation will be required. Selected works of literary merit will be read independently.
Note: English II is a requirement for all diploma plans. Summer Reading is required. 

English II Pre-Advanced Placement

Prerequisite: 93 Average (Regular class) / 88 Average (Pre-AP class) or Administrator Approval. Provides opportunities for the exceptional and highly motivated student to develop and use independent thinking skills to make connections across disciplines and between abstract learning and the realities of the work. Includes work on advanced grammar skills and vocabulary development in preparation for PSAT, SAT, ACT, and for the Advanced Placement examinations. Work continues on critical thinking skills and critical reading skills. Students will write a variety of literary analyses, issue development, original satire, and personal narrative papers. Research and documentations skills will be reinforced. Students will focus on awareness and development of style using advanced syntax, rhetorical and literary devices, and sophisticated diction to develop a personal writing style. At least one written assignment will become a part of an oral presentation. Selected works of literary merit will be read independently.
Note: Summer Reading is required.

English III

Involves an intensive study of advanced usage and vocabulary, concentrating on material frequently appearing on college entrance tests. Emphasizes thinking and writing in conjunction with selected reading and analysis of American literature and other world cultures. Stresses writing in both a precise and an advanced essay style using research techniques.
Note: English III is a requirement for all diploma plans. Summer Reading is required.

English III Language and Composition Advanced Placement

Prerequisite: 93 Average (Regular class) / 88 Average (Pre-AP class) or Administrator Approval. Provides college-level learning experiences for the exceptional and highly motivated student to prepare for the PSAT/NMSQT and for the College Board Advanced Placement Examination. Advanced grammar skills and vocabulary are stressed, including study of Latin and Greek roots. Integrates the study of language and composition with selections of literary merit, both classical and modern, and emphasizes development of critical thinking and reading skills through textual analysis and shared inquiry. Students will write a variety of literary analyses, issue development, and research papers, all appropriately documented using MLA. Use of rhetorical and literary devices will be required as well as advanced syntax and sophisticated diction. At least one written assignment will become a part of an oral presentation. Selected works of literary merit will be read independently.
Note: Summer Reading is required.

English IV British Literature

Explores British literature from its Anglo-Saxon beginnings to modern works, focusing on cultural and historical perspectives. Selected works of literary merit are required for independent reading. Will focus on writing component of expository research and literary criticism.
Note: English IV is a requirement for all diploma plans. Summer Reading is required.

English IV Literature and Composition Advanced Placement

Prerequisite: 93 Average (Regular class) / 88 Average (Pre-AP class) or Administrator Approval. Provides opportunities for the exceptional and highly motivated student. Prepares the student for the College Board Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition Examination as well as the SAT II: Writing and English. Course work involves critical analysis and sophisticated writing skills emphasizing British literature, American literature, and selected world literature. Provides college-level learning experiences for students to prepare for the College Board Advanced Placement Examination.
Note: Summer Reading is required.

Dual Credit Enrollment English IV / Composition I and II (1301 & 1302)

Prerequisite: Students must meet Texas A&M University-Kingsville criteria and completion of application. Students must submit their application and pay their fees to Texas A&M University-Kingsville prior to the first day of school.

  • ENGL1301. Rhetoric and Composition
    Study of English grammar and usage and the principles of effective expository and argumentative writing; development of reading skills; analysis of short essays as models for writing. 3 credit hours. 
  • ENGL 1302. Rhetoric and Composition
    Continuation of ENGL 1301 with more exacting standards for writing skills and reading comprehension; analysis of short essays with an emphasis on argument, language, and ideas. Includes research skills component. Prerequisite: ENGL 1301.

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