High School English

The English language arts program at the high school level encourages students to become lifelong readers, think critically, and communicate both verbally and in written form for all purposes and in all modes specified by the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. In order to accomplish this goal, methods of instruction will be adapted to meet the needs of individual students, and technology will be integrated to enhance communication skills and content understanding. High school courses are designed to refine the skills of students and to prepare them for a successful transition to college or career.

English I

English I is an introductory high school course focused on basic concepts and skills in language arts. Through integrated units of study, the curriculum provides instruction designed to teach students to utilize the conventions of written language, syntax, standard English grammar, and rhetorical strategies to develop their own unique writing voice and style to express increasingly complex thinking. These writing tasks are fully integrated with the study of reading and analysis of various texts. Through these integrated studies of reading and writing, students practice critical and creative thinking, collaboration with peers, use of technology, and presentation of ideas.

English II

English II further expands and refines the language arts concepts and skills introduced in English I. In addition, this course continues to focus on writing practice to develop a strong personal voice and style, adapted for various audiences, genres, and purposes. Students will continue to develop comprehension skills with increasingly complex texts. This course will provide extended instruction in identification of literary symbols, understanding the development of the theme(s) in a literary work, and using various sources to develop convincing arguments. Through integrated units of study, the curriculum provides extensive practice with rhetorical writing activities in the study of literature, the development of critical thinking, and the art of persuasion.

English III

English III further expands and refines the language arts concepts and skills introduced in English II. In addition, this course focuses on the following: applying rhetorical devices based on audience, purpose, and form; incorporating secondary sources with documentation in extended writing; exploring historical and contemporary characteristics of American literature; recognizing sociological functions of language; analyzing word analogies and employing other forms of advanced vocabulary development; using metacognitive skills to enhance the development of thinking/reasoning processes; and, using specialized reference sources. Through integrated units of study, the curriculum provides extensive experience in rhetorical and literary analyses as students study literary and informational texts.

English IV

English IV further expands and refines the language arts concepts and skills studied in English III. Additionally, this course focuses on guiding student writing to reflect increasingly complex and critical thinking through the use of more sophisticated organizational patterns, more precise language, and more proficient use of rhetorical strategies. Literature study focuses on major British authors, periods, and texts. Reading and writing are integrated through responses to literature. Through integrated units of study, the curriculum promotes practical application of abstract concepts and increasingly complex applications of fundamental skills. Select alternative courses, which meet the requirements for the fourth year of English, are available. Please consult with campus counselors and representatives of your post-secondary institution to ensure acceptance of your chosen alternative for admission.


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