ENGLISH DEPARTMENT / Department Head: Amy Basaraba
NOTE: Courses that will meet the competency requirements for Arizona universities are marked with an asterisk.* SUBJECT AREA GOAL: The student will become proficient in the State Standards for Writing and Reading through participation in both Writing and Literature courses.
STATE READING AND WRITING STANDARDS: The student will be able to apply the concepts of:
READING • Strand 1: Reading Process • Strand 2: Comprehending Literary Text • Strand 3: Comprehending Informational Text
EN 09 Freshman English - Difficulty: Average 4 Blocks. — 2 English Credit Includes writing, reading fluency and comprehension, literature, informational text, grammar, vocabulary, spelling and research.
EN 19 Basic Freshman English - Difficulty: Low 1 or 2 Blocks — 1 English Credit Emphasis is on improvement in reading and writing skills. The course is designed for students who have difficulty in reading and/or English. Basic skills are reintroduced and practiced
*EN 33 Principles of English I Difficulty: Average 2 Blocks — 1 English Credit A sophomore course emphasizing the writing process. Thinking, composing, editing, research, vocabulary, grammar and usage skills are also emphasized.
*EN 34 Principles of English II Difficulty: Average 2 Blocks — 1 English Credit Prerequisites: EN 33 A continuation of EN 33. Reviews and stresses language flexibility, sentence structure, and content development in the writing process. Emphasis is on organizing, developing, editing and revising compositions in exposition, narrative, argumentation, and persuasion. Also includes vocabulary development, oral communication and research skills.
EN 37 Essentials of Reading and Writing Difficulty: Low 2 Blocks — 1 English Credit A course designed for students who have not yet passed the 8th grade AIMS Reading and Writing exams. This course combines improving basic skills in reading through literature study, remedial instruction in speaking, thinking, listening and writing. Vocabulary building and study skills are also emphasized. Course objectives will reflect those of Junior English, but covered at a slower, more individualized pace.
*EN 41 Critical Thinking and Writing Difficulty: High 1 Block — 1⁄2 English Credit Prerequisites: EN 33, EN 34 Critical Thinking and Writing teaches inductive, deductive and analogical reasoning for logical writing, critical analysis and explication of literature. Writing teaches the processes used in problematical research. Benefits college-bound students by giving practice in formal writing techniques.
*EN 47 Sophomore English Difficulty: Average 2 Blocks — 1 English Credit This course integrates the principles of survey literature and composition. Course content combines the study and skill of effective writing for a variety of purposes. Writing exercises emphasize the writing process, research, critical and creative thinking, language skills; and are based on literary models. Literature study introduces literary terminology, critical and analytical reading, and appreciation of literature.
*EN 48 Junior English Difficulty: Average 2 Blocks — 1 English Credit Prerequisites: EN 47 This course integrates the modes of expository essay writing with the study of American literature. Course content combines the study of literary models of fiction and nonfiction, and the composition skills of exposition. Composition emphasis is on research skills, development of language skills, and multi-paragraph essays. Literary emphasis is on themes and literary movements in America.
*EN 49 Senior English Difficulty: Average 2 Blocks — 1 English Credit Prerequisites: EN 34 or EN 48 Senior English is a year-long course that integrates writing for a variety of purposes and audiences with literature study. Writing includes a focus on “real world” skills, including expository, communication, research and analysis modes. Universal themes in literature are explored in a variety of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama selections. Readings from a broad variety of authors (western civilization, world and English literature, multicultural literature, mythology, science fiction and fantasy literature) is surveyed.
El Dorado High School
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