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4 years of English = A-G standards B requirement

  • ENGLISH 1  
  • ENGLISH 2  
  • AP EUROPEAN LITERATURE* (offered as an elective)

ENGLISH I - WORLD LITERATURE - 9th Grade - Moderate • Homework: 30-60 minutes nightly. Grades are based on writing assignments, projects, and quizzes. Daily participation is expected and required; the participation grade is incorporated into all work and class grades. All assignments and grades are posted on SchoolLoop, where students and their families can track assignments and their scores. The teacher and tutors are always available to support students.

PREREQUISITES: The minimum prerequisite is a strong desire to develop the reading and writing skills (literacy) necessary to succeed in life and earn how literature can teach and delight.

Ninth grade World Literature explores a diversity of world literature with universal themes: the Quest for Identity, Coming of Age, Personal Transformation, and the Individual vs. Society. 

Students will read and discuss fiction and non-fiction, including the following textsBrown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (our summer reading book); selections from World Myth; Sophocles' Oedipus Rex; Shakespeare's Romeo and JulietLike Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquival; short stories; poetry; newspaper articles, essays, and other non-fiction works; and film and video.

Students will learn to write within the four Common Core Spirals of Narrative, Informative/Explanatory, Argument, and Research. We will focus in depth on the writing process, including literary and academic vocabulary development and standard English grammar and mechanics. 

ENGLISH 2 - 10th Grade - The 10th grade English Literature curriculum is Multicultural, involving the study of works by Americans whose writing reflects their cultural background and their immigrant or minority experience. The emphasis in this course is on writing in the form of essays in a variety of genres following the ELA Core Curriculum Scope and Sequence: Narrative, Expository, Argument and Research.  All writing instruction conforms to the Common Core State Standards. Core reading for the coursework:


  • Ecological Intelligence Daniel Goleman (summer reading)
    Bless Me, Ultima Rudolfo Anaya
    Autobiography of Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass
    A Raisin In The Sun Lorraine Hansberry
    American Born Chinese Gene Luen Yang
    The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven Sherman Alexie

  • Maus Art Spiegelman
  • Othello William Shakespeare
  • Various selections of poetry and short stories
  • Supplemental readings: 
    • Joy Luck Club Amy Tan
    • Night Elie Wiesel
    • Black BoyRichard Wright
    • Journey from the Land of No Roya Hakaki

AMERICAN LITERATURE - 11th Grade - Moderate • Homework 30-60 minutes nightly. Grading: course grades are based on participation, writing assignments, tests, and quizzes, and the compilation of an in-class journal.

PREREQUISITES: English 2, Grade 10.

American Literature is a survey of major literary works, topics, and themes across the history of the United States, from the Colonial period to modern times. Students will read both fiction and non-fiction texts, practice writing in a variety of modes (narrative, expository, persuasive, creative), work towards a mastery of English mechanics and grammar, engage in extensive research, and develop effective public-speaking and presentational skills.  The course makes extensive use of internet and electronic tools, as well as experience "beyond classroom walls."


  • Ecological Intelligence Daniel Goleman (summer reading)
  • Bless Me, Ultima Rudolfo Anaya
  • Autobiography of Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass
  • A Raisin In The Sun Lorraine Hansberry
  • Beloved Toni Morrison (Honors)
  • Fools Crow James Welch (Honors)
  • American Born Chinese Gene Luen Yang
  • The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven Sherman Alexie
  • Maus Art Spiegelman
  • Othello William Shakespeare
  • Various selections of poetry and short stories
  • Supplemental readings: 
    • Joy Luck Club Amy Tan
    • Night Elie Wiesel 
    • Black Boy  Richard Wright
    • Journey from the Land of No Roya Hakaki

AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION - 11th Grade- Very Difficult • Homework 30-60 minutes nightly. Grading: 50% assignments, 50% exams and essays. Participation is not a separate grade, but is incorporated into all work and class participation.

PREREQUISITES: Interest in writing intensive, non-fiction course.

Students will: read non-fiction prose critically, think and write analytically about the rhetorical choices a writer has to make to convey meaning, purpose and effect, write compositions that establish and develop an argument, reflect analytically upon their own writing and that of their peers, "read", analyze and write about documentary film and other visual images, increase their mastery of standard English usage, prepare to do acceptable work on the Advanced Placement exam.

EUROPEAN LITERATURE - 12th Grade - Moderate • Homework 0-30 minutes nightly. 

PREREQUISITES: Students must have completed World, Ethnic, and American Literature

The 12th Grade European Literature Class is a survey class that follows a chronological look at the progression of literature from the early Medieval Period to Modern Day. The class readings include poetry, novels and short stories. Students will be required to move from summary writing to critical analysis of the use of writing techniques. The class requires regular meeting, reading, writing and critical analysis.

AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION II - 12th Grade - Grading: Vocabulary and comprehension quizzes, ongoing discussion assessments, formal reading logs, and explications of texts will be the primary means for evaluating participation and preparation. Timed Writes will be assigned weekly. Reading logs should be completed along with each reading assignment (after each class meeting) and will be checked sporadically. Vocabulary quizzes (terms taken from the week’s readings) may be given at the week’s end. MajorAssignments (Essays, AP-Practice Tests, Scored Timed Writes, Explications of Text, & Major Projects): 45%; Minor Assignments (Homework, Quizzes, Un-scored Timed Writes, In-class written work, & Reading Logs): 35%; Participation, Attendance, and Preparedness: 20%.

Students will be introduced to a wide array of texts from across Europe. Using novels, short stories, poetry, film, electronic media, and the visual arts, students will become increasingly familiar with the role of literature in the rich history of Pre-Romantic through Post-WWII Europe—including the ways by which individuals and texts from various countries share common themes, beliefs, and values, while possessing unique customs, traditions, and literary styles.