9-12 Grade Level Courses

ELA

 High School Reading/Acuity Course Description

The purpose of Reading/ Acuity is to expand student's knowledge for essential reading skills of various genres for purposeful application. Areas addressed in Reading/Acuity include comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, and inferencing practice. They will read both short and longer works of fiction, nonfiction, and informational texts and relate them to themselves, the world, and other texts. Students will work to improve their reading ability for recreation and academic work.

 

High School Reading/Acuity Course Rationale

Comprehension, fluency, vocabulary recognition, and inferencing are all essential reading skills every High School student should acquire. Students who struggle with these essential skills need a class that is dedicated to building and assessing their progress in reading. With this Reading/Acuity class, students will be provided with a safe environment to explore all of the challenges they face when they read. The rationale for Reading is to help prepare struggling readers for success in higher level English classes and their lives. 

 Language Arts 1 Course Description

The purpose of Language Arts 1 is to develop knowledge and proficiency in speaking, writing, and reading Standard English. Areas addressed in Language Arts 1 include listening, oral language, reading, writing, editing, researching, and using different types of sources.

Language Arts 1 Course Rationale

Communication skills are central to both cognitive and social development. People communicate daily to present ideas, find and interpret information, combine knowledge and experiences, explore possibilities and generate new ideas, solve problems, make decisions, and communicate experiences to others. Language Arts 1 instruction provides knowledge and skills development in these areas. Therefore, the rationale for the Language Arts 1 course in the East Buchanan C-1 District is to provide students with the foundation for the development of these skills.

 Language Arts 2 Course Description

The purpose of Language Arts 2 is to further develop knowledge and proficiency in speaking, writing, and reading Standard English. Areas addressed in Language Arts 2 include organization, researching, speaking/listening, writing, and editing skills, and media utilization to supplement learning.

Language Arts 2 Course Rationale

Communication skills are central to both cognitive and social development. People communicate daily to present ideas, find and interpret information, combine knowledge and experiences, explore possibilities and generate new ideas, solve problems, make decisions, and communicate experiences to others. Language Arts 2 instruction is an extension of the knowledge and skills developed in Language Arts 1. The rationale for all Language Arts courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to promote in students the continued development of effective communication skills through a variety of media toward lifetime learning. 

 Language Arts 3 Course Description

The purpose of Language Arts 3 is to expand the proficiency in oral and written communication. Areas addressed in Language Arts 3 include reading short non-fiction selections, novels and/or autobiography/biographies; and implementing thorough researching skills with proper MLA citation format.

Language Arts 3 Course Rationale

Communication skills are central to both cognitive and social development. People communicate daily to present ideas, find and interpret information, combine knowledge and experiences, explore possibilities and generate new ideas, solve problems, make decisions, and communicate experiences to others. Language Arts 3 instruction is an extension of the knowledge and skills developed in Language Arts 2. The rationale for all Language Arts courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to promote in students the continued development of effective communication skills through a variety of media toward lifetime learning and real world application.

 Language Arts 4 Course Description

The purpose of Language Arts 4 is to expand on the proficiency in oral and written communication. Areas addressed in Language Arts 4 include reading a variety of poetry, short stories, non-fiction, and novels. The literature will help further their critical thinking skills as they apply the information and ideas presented in the works into a multi-modal project of their own.

Language Arts 4 Course Rationale

Communication skills are central to both cognitive and social development. People communicate daily to present ideas, find and interpret information, combine knowledge and experiences, explore possibilities and generate new ideas, solve problems, make decisions, and communicate experiences to others. Language Arts 4 instruction is an extension of the knowledge and skills developed in Language Arts 3. The rationale for all Language Arts courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to promote in students the continued development of effective communication skills through a variety of media toward lifetime learning and application they might use in college and/or the workplace.

 Creative Writing Course Description

The purpose of Creative Writing is to provide the opportunities to explore writing as a medium of creativity. Areas addressed in Creative Writing include: various media formats; creating writing of poetry, essays, and short stories; and reading works of published authors to reinforce writing skills.

Creative Writing Course Rationale

Communication skills are central to both cognitive and social development. People communicate daily to present ideas, find and interpret information, combine knowledge and experiences, explore possibilities and generate new ideas, solve problems, make decisions, and communicate experiences to others. The ability to effectively communicate ideas in various forms for various audiences is a tool for success in all avenues of life. The rationale for Creative Writing courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to develop their own ideas and styles of writing. 

College Prep English Course Description

The purpose of College Prep English is to provide intensive writing and reading instruction designed to develop analytical and critical thinking skills. Areas addressed in College Prep English include exploration of responses to reading and writing, the development of written projects including necessary essay skills students will need in a college setting, and an examination of various forms of writing.

College Prep English Course Rationale

Communication skills are central to both cognitive and social development. People communicate daily to present ideas, find and interpret information, combine knowledge and experiences, explore possibilities and generate new ideas, solve problems, make decisions, and communicate experiences to others. The application of analytical and critical thinking skills to formulate and communicate ideas is essential for success in higher education. The rationale for College Prep English courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to establish these skills through intensive reading and writing.

English Literature Course Description

The purpose of English Literature is to provide intensive writing and reading instruction designed to develop analytical and critical thinking skills. Areas addressed in English Literature include exploration of ideas presented by historical and modern English authors. This exploration will help them to understand cultural references and build their analyzation skills through multi-modal projects.

English Literature Course Rationale

Communication skills are central to both cognitive and social development. People communicate daily to present ideas, find and interpret information, combine knowledge and experiences, explore possibilities and generate new ideas, solve problems, make decisions, and communicate experiences to others. The rationale for English Literature courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to develop analytical and critical thinking skills through cultural, historical, and literary analysis.

 Applied Communication Course Description

The purpose of Applied Communication is to expand the proficiency in oral and written communications from the classroom to the workplace. Areas addressed in Applied Communications include various situations for the classroom (paragraphs, essays, etc.) with an emphasis on those found on the job (memos, letters, resumes, vocabulary, literature, etc.).

Applied Communication Course Rationale

Communication skills are central to both cognitive and social development. People communicate daily to present ideas, find and interpret information, combine knowledge and experiences, explore possibilities and generate new ideas, solve problems, make decisions, and communicate experiences to others. Communication skills are central to success in the classroom and in the workplace. Applied Communications instruction provides for knowledge and skills development in areas carried from the classroom into the workplace. The rationale for Applied Communication courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to promote in students the development of effective oral and written communication skills to lead to successful career experiences.

English 104/108 Course Description

Collaborative Dual Enrollment English 104 and 108 are online courses with supplemental instruction and support provided by classroom Facilitators. University instructions will provide all required syllabi, lessons, materials, assignments, exams, feedback, and grades via Canvas. Classroom Facilitators will be provided with training to prepare them to support students on a daily basis (Miller).

English 104/108 Course Rationale

The English 104/108 classes are intended as a continuation of students' experiences with writing. The dual credit courses prepare students for much of the writing they will be expected to do in college, whether their major is literature, business, nursing, etc. Some of the goals for these classes include analytical reading skills and the ability to closely read texts, critical writing skills in a variety of genres and modes, using research and credible sources in the students' writing, and learning to write with a greater awareness of and focus on their audience and purpose (Miller).

 
 
 

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