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LANGUAGE ARTS


 
LANGUAGE ARTS 7

GRADE: 7
SEMESTERS: Year
CREDIT: 0
PREREQUISITE: None

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Language Arts 7 provides instruction and skill development in the areas of English grammar, writing, vocabulary development, reading, and interpretation and appreciation of literature.

AREAS OF STUDY:
1. Parts of speech
2. Sentence parts, types and construction
3. Usage and mechanics
4. Novels, shorts stories, plays
5. Writing paragraphs, essays, and stories
6. Vocabulary

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS:
The student will:
1. Build vocabulary and word skills.
2. Be able to identify the eight parts of speech and their use in sentences.
3. Correctly construct sentences.
4. Practice the rules of correct punctuation, capitalization, spelling and usage.
5. Write narrative paragraphs and stories using proper grammar, sentence structure, and clear expressive style.
6. Read a novel and identify its setting, characters, plot, and conflict.
7. Read drama, essays, and short stories and analyze their components.
8. Participate in group assignments and activities.
9. Do independent reading of novels.


 
LANGUAGE ARTS 8

GRADE: 8
SEMESTERS: Year
CREDIT: 0
PREREQUISITE: None

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Language Arts 8 provides instruction and skill development in the areas of English grammar, writing, vocabulary development, reading, and interpretation and appreciation of literature.

AREAS OF STUDY:
1. Parts of speech
2. Sentence parts, types and construction
3. Usage and mechanics
4. Novels, short stories, plays, poetry
5. Writing paragraphs, essays and stories
6. Vocabulary

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS:
The student will:
1. Build vocabulary and word skills.
2. Be able to identify the eight parts of speech and their use in sentences.
3. Correctly construct sentences.
4. Practice the rules of correct punctuation, capitalization, spelling and usage.
5. Write narrative paragraphs and stories and expository essays using proper grammar, sentence structure, and clear expressive style.
6. Read a novel and identify its setting, characters, plot, conflict and theme.
7. Read drama, essays, and short stories and analyze their components.
8. Identify and use figurative language in writing descriptive paragraphs and essays and poetry.
9. Learn the inverted pyramid style of paragraph writing.
10. Practice the basic skills of researching, organizing and presenting an oral report.
11. Research, organize, and write an informational paper.
12. Participate in group projects and activities.


FOUNDATIONS ENGLISH

GRADE: 9-12
SEMESTERS: Year
CREDIT: 2
PREREQUISITE: None

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
The goal of Foundations of English is the remediation of reading deficits for secondary students who otherwise would struggle with the demands of the secondary curriculum. Foundations of Reading focuses on comprehension skills but also targets vocabulary development and fluency in both fiction and non-fiction textual materials. The course is designed specifically for middle and high school students who are reading below grade level.

AREAS OF STUDY:
1. Independent Reading
2. Vocabulary
3. Comprehension skills
4. Fluency
5. Writing

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS:
1. The student will:
2. Build vocabulary and word skills
3. Do independent reading of novels
4. Participate in group assignments and activities
5. Learn and practice lower- and higher- order comprehension tasks
6. Practice fluency skills


ENGLISH I

GRADE: 9
SEMESTERS: Year
CREDIT: 2
PREREQUISITE: None (Must take 1st Semester English I before 2nd Semester English I).
Passing this class is required for graduation*

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
English I is the first of three required progressive classes that includes the study of vocabulary, paragraph structure, and literature. Students are required to respond to the literature in small and large group discussions and using a variety of written formats. Student will practice the five skill areas of English/Language Arts set forth by the Iowa Core Curriculum: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing.

AREAS OF STUDY:
1. Fiction
2. Poetry
3. Short stories
4. Creative writing
5. Drama
6. Grammar
7. Vocabulary

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS:
The student will:
1. Identify and use appropriate forms of Standard English in written work
2. Develop and use a broader vocabulary
3. Identify and use literary terms and concepts
4. Complete diverse writing assignments
5. Read and respond to a wide variety of literature
6. Review rules for proper grammar and incorporate it in their work


ENGLISH II

GRADE: 10
SEMESTERS: Year
CREDIT: 2
PREREQUISITE:English I (If necessary, may take English I concurrently with English II. Must take 1st Semester English II before 2nd Semester English II)
Passing this class is required for graduation*

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
English II is the second of three required progressive classes that emphasizes the study of critical reading, writing, and speaking. Students will read a wide variety of literature in class. Students will respond to and analyze their reading through small and large group discussion and written responses. English II will emphasize the analysis of literature and its varying styles. Student will practice the five skill areas of English/Language Arts set forth by the Iowa Core Curriculum: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing.

AREAS OF STUDY:
1. Fiction
2. Nonfiction
3. Short stories
4. Drama
5. Public Speaking
6. Mythology
7. Grammar
8. Vocabulary

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS:
The student will:
1. Identify and use appropriate forms of Standard English, both in writing and speaking
2. Develop and use a broader vocabulary
3. Identify and use literary terms and concepts
4. Analyze and evaluate various forms of literature
5. Use grammatical and mechanical conventions of written language
6. Read, interpret, and respond to a variety of literary and informational texts
7. Independent Reading
8. Use speaking, listening, and viewing strategies for a variety of purposes


ENGLISH III

GRADE: 11
SEMESTERS: Year
CREDIT: 2
PREREQUISITE: English I and II (If necessary, may take English I and/or II concurrently with English III. Must take 1st Semester English III before 2nd Semester English III)
Passing this class is required for graduation*

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
English III is the third of three required progressive classes that emphasizes the study of critical reading, writing, and speaking. Students will read a wide variety of literature in class. Students will respond to and analyze their reading through small and large group discussion and written responses. English III will have an emphasis on American and other college bound literature and will focus on specific written formats and purposes. Students will sharpen their writing skills using available technologies to enhance their finished products. Student will practice the five skill areas of English/Language Arts set forth by the Iowa Core Curriculum: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing.

AREAS OF STUDY:
1. Fiction
2. Nonfiction
3. Poetry
4. Short stories
5. Creative writing
6. Research paper
7. Speech
8. Grammar
9. Vocabulary

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS:
The student will:
1. Identify and use appropriate forms of Standard English, both in writing and speaking
2. Develop and use a broader vocabulary
3. Identify and use literary terms and concepts
4. Complete diverse writing assignments
5. Use the general skills and strategies of the writing process for a variety of purposes and audiences
6. Use grammatical and mechanical conventions of written language
7. Read, interpret, and respond to a variety of literary and informational texts
8. Use speaking, listening, and viewing strategies for a variety of purposes


CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS

GRADE: 10-12
SEMESTERS: Year
CREDIT: 2
PREREQUISITE: (semester 1 is not a prerequisite for semester 2)
PREREQUISITE: English I

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Creative Expressions allows students to explore several types of writing as well as other forms of expression. The areas of study include learning about and writing poetry, informal essays, journaling, and short stories. Students will utilize teacher and student feedback to improve their writing skills in these areas. Student will also spend time on other forms of expression that involve using other types of media, such as PowerPoint, videos and photography. Students will also practice the five skill areas of English/Language Arts set forth by the Iowa Core Curriculum: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing.

AREAS OF STUDY:
1. Poetry
2. Short story
3. Journaling
4. Personal narrative
5. Photography
6. Philanthropy
7. Publications
8. Children’s literature
9. Proofreading and peer editing


STUDENT PUBLICATIONS

GRADE: 9-12
SEMESTERS: Both
CREDIT: 2
OFFERED: Year
PREREQUISITE: Instructor Approval
(class size limited; written application required)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Student Publications includes the production of the school yearbook. The class is designed for students to learn how to write, design, and edit a student publication, as well as finance the yearbook. After initial instruction in basic interviewing, writing, and designing techniques, students will use class time to produce publishable material. This class requires students to combine talents in writing, design, and technology applications.

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS:
The student will:
4. Show an awareness of others’ rights through responsible interviewing, writing, and editing.
5. Write for an audience including current and future Southeast Warren students, families, community members, and businesses.
6. Work in areas involved in the production of student publications including photography, design, computer applications, writing, editing, and advertising sales.
7. Use the writing process (brainstorming, writing, conferencing, revising, editing, and publishing) to produce a polished product.
8. Adhere to all deadlines.
9. Work effectively both as part of a team and independently.


ORAL COMMUNICATION

GRADE: 10-12
SEMESTERS: 1
CREDIT: 1
OFFERED: 1st Semester
PREREQUISITE: English I

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Oral communication is a class designed to provide the basic elements needed for the understanding and usage of communication and its various forms. Students will also practice the five skill areas of English/Language Arts set forth by the Iowa Core Curriculum: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing.

AREAS OF STUDY:
1. Listening
2. Communication model
3. Intrapersonal communication communication
4. Interpersonal communication
5. Group communication
6. Mass communication
7. Non-verbal
8. Debate
9. Parliamentary procedure


DRAMA

GRADE: 9-12
SEMESTERS: 1
CREDIT: 1
OFFERED: 2nd Semester
PREREQUISITE: None

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Drama is a class designed to provide a basic understanding of the conventions surrounding the art of dramatics. Students will be able to identify parts of the stage, interpret meaning in a play, and perform various acting techniques, as well as evaluate performances outside of the classroom. Students will also practice the five skill areas of English/Language Arts set forth by the Iowa Core Curriculum: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing.

AREAS OF STUDY:
1. Stage conventions
2. Theatre history
3. Interpreting plays
4. Improvisation
5. Acting techniques
6. Performance evaluation
7. Independent reading
8. Fine art appreciation


REAL LIFE LITERACY

GRADE: 12
SEMESTERS: 1
CREDIT: 1
OFFERED: 2nd Semester
PREREQUISITE: None

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Real Life Literacy is designed to help students explore careers and prepare for the world outside of education. Students will experience the job hunting process, as well as be exposed to a variety of work and home related reference material such as: the paperwork involved in a new hire process, comparing and contrasting the buying or leasing of a vehicle, or filling out a worker’s compensation form. Students will also practice the five skill areas of English/Language Arts set forth by the Iowa Core Curriculum: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing.

AREAS OF STUDY:
1. Career study
2. Resume, cover letter and thank you letter writing
3. Interviewing skills
4. Professional etiquette
5. Associations and unions
6. Analysis of information
7. Business and Technical Writing/Documents
8. Generational Dynamics


BRITISH LITERATURE

GRADE: 11-12
SEMESTERS: Year
CREDIT: 2
(semester 1 is not a prerequisite for semester 2)
PREREQUISITE: English I and II

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
British Literature is designed for college-bound students. Students will explore the history and literature of Great Britain from the Anglo-Saxon period to 1800 during the 1st semester and then from 1800 through the 21st Century during 2nd semester. Demonstration of proficiency will come in the form of group projects, presentations, essays, and formal assessments. Students will also practice the five skill areas of English/Language Arts set forth by the Iowa Core Curriculum: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing.

AREAS OF STUDY:
1. British history
2. Various genres of literature (i.e. epics, poetry, prose, plays)
3. Various authors (i.e. Chaucer, Mary Shelley, Lord Byron, George Orwell)
4. Vocabulary
5. Independent reading


ADVANCED COMPOSITION

GRADE: 11-12
SEMESTERS: 1
CREDIT: 1
OFFERED: 1st Semester
PREREQUISITE: English I and II

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Advanced Composition is designed for college-bound students. Students will work on skills relevant to writing academic essays and research papers using proper style, format and conventions. Students will also practice the five skill areas of English/Language Arts set forth by the Iowa Core Curriculum: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing.

AREAS OF STUDY:
1. Essay terms and structure
2. Essay types and organization
3. Plagiarism and its consequences
4. Identifying audience, tone and purpose
5. Vocabulary
6. MLA, APA and other citation formats

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