• Core English Classes
     
    English 9 integrates the skills and concepts identified for 9th grade based on the Idaho Core Standards.  Students will focus on college and career readiness by integrating reading, writing, speaking and listening skills based around narrative, informational, argumentative, and research-based texts. All supplemental novels assigned for small or whole group reading must come from the district-approved Supplemental Book List. 
     
    Honors English 9 meets the needs of high-achieving students performing considerably beyond grade level in English.  Although the units of study share the same conceptual focus as English 9 A & B, the course challenges the student’s ability to reason, synthesize, research, speak and write.  In addition, students engage in advanced technical reading, writing as analysis and as assessment, and presentation of research.  Successful honors students tend to have ISAT English Language Arts scores in the advanced range, attend class regularly, consistently meet deadlines, and have a willingness to work outside of class. All supplemental novels assigned for small or whole group reading must come from the district-approved Supplemental Book List.
     
    English 10 integrates the skills and concepts identified for 10th grade based on the Idaho Core Standards.  Students will focus on college and career readiness by integrating reading, writing, speaking and listening skills based around narrative, informational, argumentative, and research-based texts.  All supplemental novels assigned for small or whole group reading must come from the district-approved Supplemental Book List.
     
    Honors English 10 meets the needs of high-achieving students performing considerably beyond grade level in English.   Although the units of study share the same conceptual focus as English 10 A & B, the course challenges the student’s ability to reason, synthesize, research, speak and write.  In addition, students engage in advanced technical reading, writing as analysis and as assessment, and presentation of research.  Successful honors students tend to have ISAT English Langauge Arts scores in the advanced range, attend class regularly, consistently meet deadlines, and have a willingness to work outside of class.  All supplemental novels assigned for small or whole group reading must come from the district-approved Supplemental Book List.
     
     
    English 11 integrates the skills and concepts identified for 11th grade based on the Idaho Core Standards.  Students will focus on college and career readiness by integrating reading, writing, speaking and listening skills based around narrative, informational, argumentative, and research-based texts. All supplemental novels assigned for small or whole group reading must come from the district-approved Supplemental Book List. 
     
    Honors English 11 meets the needs of high-achieving students performing considerably beyond grade level in English. Although the units of study share the same conceptual focus as English 11 A & B, the course challenges students’ abilities to reason, synthesize research, speak and write.  This course also prepares students for either College Prep English or Advanced Placement English.  (Successful honors students tend to have PSAT or SAT scores at or above the 75th percentile, attend class regularly, consistently meet deadlines, and have a willingness to work outside of class.) All supplemental novels assigned for small or whole group reading must come from the district approved Supplemental Book List. 
     
    Introduction to College Composition (concurrent credit) focuses on developing students as reflective writers for success in the wide range of writing experiences that students will experience at the university level.  Students will engage in the writing process, writing regularly, receiving feedback on their writing and giving feedback to others.  Academic writing conventions (including using the library, integrating sources, and using a citation system) will be introduced.  Students will engage with informational, narrative and argumentative texts as writing models.  Extensive reading and writing are required, and the credit-granting university student honesty and plagiarism policies apply.  Students must earn a “C” to earn college credit.  This course uses the credit granting university’s curriculum supplemented by the district’s English curriculum. Unless otherwise required by the credit-granting university, supplemental novels assigned for small or whole group reading will come from the district-approved Supplemental Book List.
     
    AP English 11 prepares students for the Advanced Placement Language Composition Test by creating highly skilled student writers and readers who are keenly aware of the implications and interactions of a text, subtext, literary theory, and rhetorical and literary conventions.  These students can express insight of these subjects in honed, crystalline prose.  (Successful AP students tend to have PSAT or SAT scores at or above the 75th percentile, attend class regularly, consistently meet deadlines, and have a willingness to work outside of class.) All supplemental novels assigned for small or whole group reading must come from the district-approved Supplemental Book List. 
     
    English 12: Senior English integrates the skills and concepts identified for 12th grade based on the Idaho Core Standards.  Students will focus on college and career readiness by integrating reading, writing, speaking and listening skills based around narrative, informational, argumentative, and research-based texts. All supplemental novels assigned for small or whole group reading must come from the district-approved Supplemental Book List.   
     
     
    AP English 12 prepares students to take the Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition Exam.  Students read college level material, learn to analyze texts, and build expository essay skills.  Students analyze reader and meaning, genre and context, text and subtext, text and criticism, and also use the major theories of literary criticism in analytical writing.  (Successful AP students tend to have PSAT or SAT scores at or above the 75th percentile, attend class regularly, consistently meet deadlines, and have a willingness to work outside of class.) All supplemental novels assigned for small or whole group reading must come from the district-approved Supplemental Book List. 
     

    Introduction to College Literature (concurrent credit) is an introduction to the critical reading of various literary genres, with attention to the interpretation and evaluation of representative texts.  Extensive reading, writing and participation in class discussion are required.  The syllabus is approved by the credit- granting university, and that university's student honesty and plagiarism policies apply.   Students must earn a “C” to earn college credit.  Students must complete the district’s senior project requirement.  Typically, the university curriculum is one semester long; the second semester curriculum will be addressed by the District's English 12B curriculum. Unless otherwise required by the credit-granting university, supplemental novels assigned for small or whole group reading will come from the district-approved Supplemental Book List.  

     

    Elective English Classes

    Myths and Legends examines folk talks, fairy tales, myths, and legends from around the world.  Students will improve reading and writing skills as they become familiar with the stories that have defined cultures and explained natural phenomena. 

    Creative Writing is for advanced students of writing who want to experiment with style while developing and improving their own technique.  The course emphasizes development of individual voice and style as well as form and technique.  Poetry, fiction, short stories, and personal and expository essays will be emphasized. 
     
    Advanced Creative Writing is for advanced students of creative writing and emphasizes development of voice, style, form, and technique.  The course focuses on poetry, fiction, short stories, personal and expository essays.  Students may oversee the publication of school literary/artwork magazine. 
     
    Shakespeare: Through extensive text analysis, students will gain a fresh perspective on the work of Shakespeare. Students will explore what those plays have to say to a modern audience.  Students will also learn the art and process of performing Shakespeare’s work for an audience, thereby directly experience the magic and timelessness of the Bard’s words and characters. 
     
    American Film Research studies the invention and technological advancements in the American Film industry.  Students will develop critical viewing skills as they evaluate techniques used to create visual images.  Award winning film segments will be used as examples.  
     
    The Literature of Film is an interdisciplinary class in which students study the history of film as well as the components and composition of film, the archetype of the Epic Hero’s Journey as depicted in film, film (screenplay) writing and production, and the examination of cinema as a unique modern art form. 
     
    Introduction to Newspaper introduces students to journalistic practices and techniques, concentrating on news writing.  Students will learn the history and techniques of journalistic writing including news and sports stories, editorials, features, headlines and captions.  Newspaper layout also is addressed.  This course is a prerequisite to working on the high school newspaper. 
     
    Newspaper teaches students newspaper practices through the regular production and distribution of the school newspaper.  Students are responsible for all facets of production including report, writing, layout, photography, and advertising.  
     
    Advanced Newspaper  is specific for those students beyond their first year of newspaper.  Students will learn newspaper practices through the regular production and distribution of the school newspaper.  Students are responsible for all facets of production including report, writing, layout, photography, and advertising.  
     
    Yearbook/Advanced Yearbook teaches students how to prepare a yearbook for publication, including page layout, copy and headline writing, and production coordination.  Students are responsible for taking, developing, and printing photographs for the publication. 
     
    Language Arts Lab is a required intervention course for 11th and 12th grade students whose reading and/or writing skills are below grade level as determined by the ISAT and/or other universal screeners or for 10th graders who are at risk of not attaining those proficiency levels.  Students may also be recommended for placement in Language Arts Lab by the school’s RTI team based on student need.  Students will acquire the skills necessary to meet reading and language usage proficiency targets required to receive a diploma in Idaho. It is to be taken concurrently with required English courses.   
     
    Reading is a required intervention course for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students who have not reached the district’s level of reading proficiency as determined by the school’s RTI team. Students may also be recommended for placement in Reading by the school’s RTI team based on student need.  Students improve reading skills, including comprehension, fluency and vocabulary.  It is to be taken concurrently with required English courses.