English Language Arts

  • Creative Writing l

    Grades 11-12

    1/2 unit of credit 

    This is an elective course intended to be taken in addition to a core English course. Creative Writing is an in-depth writing course that gives students the opportunity to further develop their talent in the areas of personal essay, fiction, poetry, and drama. In a collaborative workshop structure, students will explore numerous types of genres as they work through the writing process and will be expected to identify their strengths and weaknesses as a writer. Students will analyze texts of published authors and use their speaking and listening skills to share their writing. This course may be repeated for credit with permission.

    Session 1 and 2, online only

    (1/2 credit is 4 weeks)

     


  • Creative Writing ll

    Grades 11-12

    1/2 unit of credit 

    This is an elective course intended to be taken in addition to a core English course. Creative Writing is an in-depth writing course that gives students the opportunity to further develop their talent in the areas of personal essay, fiction, poetry, and drama. In a collaborative workshop structure, students will explore numerous types of genres as they work through the writing process and will be expected to identify their strengths and weaknesses as a writer. Students will analyze texts of published authors and use their speaking and listening skills to share their writing. This course may be repeated for credit with permission.

    Session 1 and 2, online only 

    (1/2 credit is 4 weeks)

     


  • Composition I

    Grades 11-12

    1/2 unit of credit (1/2 credit is 4 weeks)

    This course provides additional training in writing and a thorough review of grammar and usage. Students will undertake work on punctuation and usage, as well as logical thinking and various modes of composition. This course is an introduction to college-level writing and is excellent preparation for college. Juniors must have successfully completed English II or II Honors. Seniors must have successfully completed English III or III Honors.

    Session 1 & 2, online only

    (1/2 credit is 4 weeks)

    (2 weeks faster pace or 4 weeks slower pace) 


  • Composition ll

    Grades 11-12

    1/2 unit of credit 

    This course is designed for students who desire intensive training in writing, whether for college or advanced technical purposes. Students taking this course must have a firm grasp of grammar, usage, and punctuation. Both personal writing and expository papers are required. Students should have earned an A or B in previous English courses in order to succeed in Advanced Composition. Required: successful completion of Composition I.

    Session 1 and 2, online only 

    (1/2 credit is 4 weeks)

     


  • Contemporary Literature

    Grades 11-12

    1 unit of credit 

    This course explores major themes in contemporary novels and non-fiction texts. Students will read, discuss, research, and analyze literary selections. They will examine authors' techniques and will gain awareness of how literature reflects society. Students will read and write about a variety of works including literature from different cultures, authors and societies; young adult literature; and contemporary literature. The course will help students become more culturally literate and globally aware while developing vocabulary, reading comprehension, and composition skills. This course may be conducted in both small group and whole-class format.

    Session 1 and 2, online only 

    (1/2 credit is 2 weeks)

     


  • Contemporary Literature Honors

    Grades 11-12

    1 unit of credit

    This course explores contemporary Western, English, and other world literature through the study of historical, cultural, and political context. This course will examine writing techniques and genre while fostering students’ abilities to read critically, think precisely, discuss deeply, and analyze insightfully. Instructional strategies may include critical analysis, explication, composition, research, and extensive reading of complete works, both fiction and non-fiction. This course may be conducted in both small group and whole-class format.

    Session 1 & 2, online only

    (1/2 credit is 2 weeks)

     


  • English l

    Grade 9

    1 unit of credit 

    Available for credit recovery.

    GHS freshmen:  This course will be part of your Freshman Academy experience in the fall and should not be part of your summer schedule.

    English I builds on reading, writing, listening and speaking, and information literacy skills begun in middle school. Literature includes thematic units consisting of novels, short stories, plays, poetry, and nonfiction. Writing includes varied composition experiences.

    Session 1 and 2, online only

    (1/2 credit is 2 weeks)

     


  • English l Honors

    Grade 9

    1 unit of credit 

    GHS freshmen:  This course will be part of your Freshman Academy experience in the fall and should not be part of your summer schedule.

    This course is designed for students who are prepared to read and write extensively and to effectively use listening, speaking, and information literacy skills. In both literature and composition, students are required to analyze and synthesize as they work through assignments. Literature includes thematic units consisting of novels, short stories, plays, poetry, and nonfiction. Challenging novels and other complete works are read, discussed, and analyzed in writing.

    Session 1 and 2, online only

    (1/2 credit is 2 weeks)

     


  • English ll

    Grade 10

    1 unit of credit 

    Available for credit recovery.

    Students engage in writing, reading, speaking and listening. This course builds on skills learned in earlier grades. Students learn to analyze literature, identifying ideas, themes, and literary elements; but they also are encouraged to respond personally to works. Students read and respond to a variety of nonfiction texts. Students produce personal and nonfiction writing, at times based on research.  Recommended: successful completion of English I or English I Honors.

    Session 1 and 2, online only

    (1/2 credit is 2 weeks)

     


  • English ll Honors

    Grade 10

    1 unit of credit 

    This course is structured around complete works of literature and requires extensive literary analysis in reading, discussion, research, and writing. Students apply reading strategies from earlier grades to collaboratively and individually interpret important works of literature.  In addition, students read and respond to a variety of nonfiction texts. Required: successful completion of English I with a grade of a “B” or higher or English I Honors with a grade of a “C” or higher.

    Session 1 and 2, online only

    (1/2 credit is 2 weeks)

     


  • English lll

    Grades 11-12

    1 unit of credit 

    Available for credit recovery.

    This course enlarges the students’ understanding of their heritage through an integrated study of American literature. Through responding to fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry, both formally and informally, students examine the literature of the American experience. Although students entering the class should have basic writing skills, further development of composition modes and media are integrated into an extensive reading and language study. Recommended: successful completion of English II or English II Honors.

    Session 1 and 2, online only

     (1/2 credit is 2 weeks)


  • English lll Honors

    Grades 11-12

    1 unit of credit 

    This course is a chronological survey of American literature that requires students to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate the literature read, often in writing but also through rich discussion. Major papers include opinion, exposition, and research related compositions. Reading will include novels and dramas that illuminate and supplement chronological units. Required: successful completion of English II with a grade of a “B” or higher or English II Honors with a grade of a “C” or higher.Cannot be taken concurrently with any other English III class.

    Session 1 and 2, online only

    (1/2 credit is 2 weeks)

     


  • English lV

    Grade 12

    1 unit of credit 

    Available for credit recovery.

    Students compare and evaluate significant writers and their works by exploring recurring themes and ideas. Writing, inspired by the literature studied, personal experience, and source-based research, will be an important part of this course. Students are expected to undertake a research project, either in writing or in an exhibition. Recommended: successful completion of English III or English III Honors. Cannot be taken concurrently with any other English IV class.

    Session 1 and 2, online only

    (1/2 credit is 2 weeks)


  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

    Grades 9-12

    1/2 unit of credit 

    This class will help English learners to improve reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in English and earn .5 credit in Communication Arts. They will also select one other course of their choosing. They may register online or with the help of their teacher.

    Session 1, seated, 8 - 11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    Session 2, seated, 7:40 - 11:12 a.m. or 11:37 a.m. - 3:09 p.m.

     


  • Film as Literature l

    Grades 11-12

    1/2 unit of credit 

    This course is an in-depth study of film production and film writing from a literary perspective. Students will engage with a variety of films through many thematic units, including but not limited to the history of film production, telling a story through visuals, a director’s study, adapting a book to film, film genre study, creating stop-motion animation, and telling their own story in film. Students will analyze the literary, dramatic, and cinematic devices of film through small group and whole class discussion, in formal and informational writing, and through collaborative projects with classmates. All students will have their film reviews published online. Through questioning and critical analysis, students will become more perceptive viewers of film. This course may be repeated for credit with permission.

    Session 1 and 2, online only

    (1/2 credit is 4 weeks)

     


  • Film as Literature ll

    Grades 11-12

    1/2 unit of credit 

    This course is an in-depth study of film production and film writing from a literary perspective. Students will engage with a variety of films through many thematic units, including but not limited to the history of film production, telling a story through visuals, a director’s study, adapting a book to film, film genre study, creating stop-motion animation, and telling their own story in film. Students will analyze the literary, dramatic, and cinematic devices of film through small group and whole class discussion, in formal and informational writing, and through collaborative projects with classmates. All students will have their film reviews published online. Through questioning and critical analysis, students will become more perceptive viewers of film. This course may be repeated for credit with permission.

    Session 1 and 2, online only

    (1/2 credit is 4 weeks)

     

     


  • Reading

    Grades 9-10

    1 unit of credit 

    This course is designed primarily for students reading below grade level. The purpose of this course is to provide a reading intervention program with differentiated instruction for students struggling with reading. Students will interact with texts matched to their reading level along with content that is appropriate for high school students. Placement in this class will be determined by the most recent district assessment. This course can be counted as one English credit. All credits received after will be counted as elective credit.

    Session 1, seated 8 - 11 a.m.

    Session 1 and 2, online

    (1/2 credit is 4 weeks)

     


  • Speech-Introductory

    Grades 9-12

    1 unit of credit 

    This course is for students who want to learn to think clearly and express themselves effectively before an audience and prepares students for college and their careers. Students are provided opportunities to increase their fluency as a speaker and develop self-confidence. The course covers multiple aspects of public speaking and gives the student practical experience through participation. Students are introduced to a study of poise, use of body and voice, public speaking, oral interpretation of literature, and beginning argumentation.

    Session 1 and 2, online only

    (1 credit is 4 weeks)