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VLA English Language Arts Course Descriptions (Grades 9-12)

English Language Arts I

2 Semesters: 36 Units

In the first semester, students review writing conventions, including parts of speech, sentence combining, parallel structure, capitalization, and punctuation. They apply the writing process to develop persuasive, descriptive, narrative, and expository paragraphs. They also write business letters and a longer expository composition. During the second semester, students read, analyze, and respond to various literary genres including poetry, short stories, nonfiction, and the novel, Neighbor Rosicky by Willa Cather.

English Language Arts II

2 Semesters: 36 Units

Students review writing conventions, including parts of speech, sentence combining, parallel structure, capitalization, and punctuation. They will apply the writing process to develop argumentative/persuasive/opinion, narrative/descriptive, and informative/expository/explanatory paragraphs in various writings. They also write business letters, give a speech, and present a longer informative/expository composition. Students will read, analyze, and respond to various literary genres including poetry, short stories, nonfiction, and the novellas, The Pearl by John Steinbeck and Neighbor Rosicky by Willa Cather.

English Language Arts III

2 Semesters: 36 Units

In the first semester, students review the basics of grammar, refine writing, improve vocabulary, and delve into the world of American literature. Students apply the writing process to review paragraph writing and functional document writing such as business letters and resumes. Students also write longer descriptive and persuasive compositions and engage in several creative writing activities. They apply research skills to develop a persuasive speech. During the second semester, students read, analyze, and respond to various genres in American literature, including poetry, short stories, nonfiction, and the novel, Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton.

English Language Arts IV

2 Semesters: 36 Units

In this course, students read and respond to English literature from the Anglo Saxon Period through the Twentieth Century. The first half of the course focuses on writing. Students apply the writing process to write paragraphs, persuasive and expository compositions, and reflective essays. They also engage in an extensive research project and develop a formal research paper. During the second semester, students read, analyze, and respond to various genres in British literature, including poetry, essays, and the Elizabethan drama, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.

Integrated English Language Arts I

2 Semesters: 36 Units

In the first semester, students review writing conventions, including parts of speech, sentence combining, parallel structure, capitalization, and punctuation. They apply the writing process to develop persuasive, descriptive, narrative, and expository paragraphs. They also write business letters and a longer expository composition. During the second semester, students read, analyze, and respond to various literary genres including poetry, short stories and nonfiction.

Integrated English Language Arts II

2 Semesters: 36 Units
 
Students review writing conventions, including parts of speech, sentence combining, parallel structure, capitalization, and punctuation. They will apply the writing process to develop argumentative/persuasive/opinion, narrative/descriptive, and informative/expository/explanatory paragraphs in various writings. They also write business letters, give a speech, and present a longer informative/expository composition. Students will read, analyze, and respond to various literary genres including poetry, short stories, nonfiction and novellas. 

Integrated English Language Arts III

2 Semesters: 36 Units
 
In the first semester, students review the basics of grammar, refine writing, improve vocabulary, and delve into the world of American literature. Students apply the writing process to review paragraph writing and functional document writing such as business letters and resumes. Students also write longer descriptive and persuasive compositions and engage in several creative writing activities. They apply research skills to develop a persuasive speech. During the second semester, students read, analyze, and respond to various genres in American literature, including poetry, short stories, nonfiction, and a novel.
 
Integrated English Language Arts IV
 
2 Semesters: 36 Units 
 
In this course, students read and respond to English literature from the Anglo Saxon Period through the Twentieth Century. The first half of the course focuses on writing. Students apply the writing process to write paragraphs, persuasive and expository compositions, and reflective essays. They also engage in an extensive research project and develop a formal research paper. During the second semester, students read, analyze, and respond to various genres in British literature, including poetry, essays, and the Elizabethan drama, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. 
 
Greek Mythology

1 Semester: 18 Units

Greek Mythology is a semester elective course. Since we find many references to mythology in literature, music, the arts, advertising, history, and language, Greek mythology serves as a background for multi-disciplinary curricula. Myths focusing on major Greek gods, goddesses, and heroes encourage and motivate students to read and explore classical mythology. Students read several myths, use the writing process to respond to each selection, and independently research several mythical characters.

Poetry

1 Semester: 18 Units

Poetry is a semester elective course. Poems were selected to encourage and motivate students to read and enjoy American poetry. Students read and analyze poems and use the writing process to respond to poems. They also study literary terms related to each selection.

Roman Mythology

1 Semester: 18 Units

Roman Mythology is a semester elective course. Since we find many references to mythology in literature, music, the arts, advertising, history, and language, Roman mythology serves as a background for multi-disciplinary curricula. Myths focusing on major Roman gods, goddesses, and heroes encourage and motivate students to read and explore classical mythology. Students read several myths, use the writing process to respond to each selection, and independently research several mythical characters.

Short Stories

1 Semester: 18 Units

American Short Stories is a semester elective course. Stories were selected to encourage and motivate students to read and enjoy American literature. Students read several short stories and use the writing process to respond to each selection. They write a short story and independently complete research.

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