High School Curriculum — English

English 9/10: Modern Literature

This course provides an overview of modern world literature, while grounding 9th and 10th graders in essential reading and writing skills for success in high school, college, and future careers in the real world. We will shine a spotlight on the mechanical skills of reading and writing, with special attention given to the art of using logic to craft effective arguments. Literary texts from around the world will provide subject matter for thought, writing and discussion. With few exceptions, these texts will be
drawn from modern examples of the literature of each focus culture.

Exposure to these early works of literature will broaden students understanding of the world literary canon, while class discussion and writing prompts surrounding the readings will develop the ability to write a powerful academic essay. Diverse topics for reading and discussion will provide opportunities to think critically not only about academics, but about the experience of being a human in this world.

By the end of this course, you should be able to absorb a difficult reading, thoughtfully discuss the salient ideas, and express your own thoughts using clear logic and articulate language.

English 11: American Literature

This course provides an overview of American literature, while helping 11th graders develop and hone essential reading and writing skills for success in both high school and college. We will extensively practice the core skills of reading and writing, with special attention given to the art of using logic to craft effective arguments. Literary texts from diverse eras of US history will provide subject matter for thought, writing and discussion.

Exposure to these works of literature will broaden your understanding of the American literary canon, while class discussion and writing prompts surrounding the readings will develop your ability to write a powerful academic essay. Diverse topics for reading and discussion will provide opportunities to think critically not only about academics, but about the experience of being a human in this country.

By the end of this course, you should be able to absorb a difficult reading, thoughtfully discuss the salient ideas, and express your own thoughts using clear logic and articulate language.

English 12

This course prepares seniors for college with intensive practice in essay writing, close reading, and critical thinking. Students will examine a variety of topics, reading both fiction and non-fiction to stimulate ideas and prepare for the varieties of reading and writing required by life in the modern world. Special attention will be given to writing and honing college application essays, as well as to preparing seniors for their end-of-year graduation speeches.

This course examines a selection of literature of aesthetic, cultural or historic value, with a mild emphasis on British literature and Science Fiction/Fantasy or Dystopian works. Students will be given time in class to support writing their college application essays at the beginning of the year, as well as their graduation speeches at the end of the year. In addition to those critical projects, students will write nine well-developed compositions over the course of the year: two literary analysis papers, one CSU
essay, two short stories, one persuasive essay, one research paper, one short, original work with a comedic twist, and a memoir with surrealist or fantastical elements added to true events.

ESL

The Oak Grove ESL program is designed to address two main goals: to support international students as needed in mainstream academic courses, and to improve students’ level of English in all four skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Our very small ESL classes allow for individual instruction that is personalized to meet each student’s needs and to challenge learners to expand their range of active vocabulary and advanced grammatical structures. Academic writing skills are a priority, with TOEFL and SAT exam practice provided as necessary.

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