English Course Information Sheets

  • 2019-20: American Literature

    Course Content: What does it mean to be an “American” and what responsibilities accompany citizenship in a democratic society? We will read and discuss texts from the 1400s to the present, analyzing them in our effort to answer the above questions and questions students bring to the course about the intersection of literature, culture, and identity.

    This college preparatory, National Common Core Standards-based English course builds skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking. In this class, students: 

    • Learn and practice critical reading skills with a wide variety of non-fiction and fictional texts;
    • Learn and practice composition skills with instruction in the elements of effective writing, daily writing practice and language development;
    • Engage in academic discourse (in pairs, small groups and whole class) to practice speaking, listening to and synthesizing ideas in response to text;
    • Give informal and formal presentations to gain confidence and skill as public speakers;
    • Become familiar with online and library resources as an introduction to the formal research process.

    In addition to the content standards emphasized in the class, this course will help students develop skills in all areas of academic life. At MVHS, we are committed to helping students develop critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, learning and creative skills. We build supportive classroom culture and hold students to a high standard of scholarship and citizenship.

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  • 2019-20: American Literature and Composition (AP)

    The goal of the course is to prepare seniors seeking a challenging learning experience for the literacy demands of higher education. Through a sequence of rigorous instructional units, students in this year-long course develop proficiencies in college-level narrative, expository, and argumentative reading, speaking and listening, writing, and academic language. The course presents a process for helping students read, comprehend, and respond to informational and literary texts which culminates in a self-directed research project (senior thesis). It also prepares them to take the Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition Exam in May. To facilitate these learning outcomes, group work and ongoing self-assessment of student work will play a significant role in the learning process as outlined by the Common Core Standards for 11th and 12th grade.

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  • 2019-20: American Literature (Honors)

    American Literature Honors is a comprehensive course, charting the development of the collective and discordant American mind from the 1600s to the present.  Essential questions explored: What is the influence of perspective on the telling of history and stories?  Where am I in accord or discord with the fragments of the American mind in our texts? What are the traits of the American literary voice? What is the American Dream? By the end of the course, students will be able to answer these questions for themselves and contribute meaningfully to the ongoing discourse about American culture and history by referencing the texts studied and connecting them to contemporary media. 

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  • 2019-20: Composition and World Literature

    The course is designed so that students will become proficient in the Common Core State Standards grades 9 and 10.

    The goal of the course is to prepare college-bound sophomores for the literacy demands of higher education. Through a sequence of rigorous instructional units, students in this yearlong course develop advanced proficiencies in informational, narrative, and argumentative reading and writing as well as speaking and listening.  The course presents a process for helping students read, comprehend, and respond to both informational and literary texts.

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  • 2019-20: Composition and World Literature (SDAIE)

    Comp/World Lit SDAIE is an English course that follows the standards and curriculum of the college-prep course Comp/World Lit with appropriate support added to aid ELD students in meeting 9th and 10th grade ELA Common Core standards. By the end of the course, students will be able to:

    1. Make and explain inferences based passages on fiction and non-fiction texts
    2. Write a variety of essays, including narrative, informational, and argumentative
    3. Participate in meaningful discussions, including small group discussions and Socratic Seminars
    4. Use numerous forms of academic language appropriately
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  • 2019-20: English Language and Composition (AP)

    In this demanding college-level course, students will learn to write rhetorical analysis, argument and synthesis essays. Heavy emphasis will also be placed on developing independent thinking and on learning to support an argument with evidence in writing and in discussion. Practice timed writings will help prepare students to take the AP test.

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  • 2019-20: English Literature and Composition (AP)

    The goal of the course is to prepare seniors seeking a challenging learning experience for the literacy demands of higher education.  Through a sequence of rigorous instructional units, students in this year-long course develop proficiencies in college-level narrative, expository, and argumentative reading, speaking and listening, writing, and academic language.  The course presents a process for helping students read, comprehend, and respond to informational and literary texts which culminates in a self-directed research project (senior thesis). It also prepares them to take the Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition Exam in May.  To facilitate these learning outcomes, group work and ongoing self-assessment of student work will play a significant role in the learning process as outlined by the Common Core Standards for 11th and 12th grade.

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  • 2019-20: Expository Reading and Writing

    Students who dutifully complete the ERWC have been trained in the reading and writing skills required to be successful in college level English courses.

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  • 2019-20: Introduction to Journalism

    Introduction to Journalism helps student develop media literacy skills, as well as news, features, and opinions writing skills and technical skills necessary for mastery in the modern world of journalism.  Essential questions explored: How and why do stories become news?  To what extent does the audience affect what you write and how you write it? What are the ethics of journalism?

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  • 2019-20: Journalism Production

    Journalism Production provides a thorough, rigorous grounding in the practice of professional journalism. Experienced students lead their peers in the production of The Oracle, a school newspaper, online website and social media outlets to report on issues, events, trends, achievements and people in the Mountain View High School community. In addition, they learn to run a media business, soliciting advertisers for their publications and selling subscriptions to the print paper. They also facilitate and participate in current event discussions, study professional journalism, and pursue continuing education in news gathering, reporting, writing, multimedia storytelling, as well as legal and ethical practices of journalism.

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  • 2019-20: Philosophy in Literature

    Philosophy in Literature is a college-preparatory senior English class in which we study the development and ideas of Philosophy through analysis of literature. Through a sequence of rigorous instructional units, students in this yearlong course develop advanced proficiencies in argument, informative/explanatory and narrative reading, writing and speaking and listening.  All students complete a Senior Thesis that involves in-depth inquiry and college-level research skills. In-class discussions to develop skills in Socratic discussion and collaborative learning are an essential component of the class.

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  • 2019-20: Society and Politics in Literature

    The goal of the course is to prepare seniors seeking a challenging learning experience for the literacy demands of higher education.  Through a sequence of rigorous instructional units, students in this year-long course develop proficiencies in college-level narrative, expository, and argumentative reading, speaking and listening, writing, and academic language.  The course presents a process for helping students read, comprehend, and respond to informational and literary texts which culminates in a self-directed research (senior thesis) and oral history project. To facilitate these learning outcomes, group work and ongoing self-assessment of student work will play a significant role in the learning process as outlined by the Common Core Standards for 11th and 12th grade.

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  • 2019-20: Survey of Composition and Literature

    This college preparatory, National Common Core Standards-based English course builds skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking. In this class, students: 

    • Learn and practice critical reading skills with a wide variety of non-fiction and fictional texts;
    • Learn and practice composition skills with instruction in the elements of effective writing, daily writing practice and language development;
    • Engage in academic discourse (in pairs, small groups and whole class) to practice speaking, listening to and synthesizing ideas in response to text;
    • Give informal and formal presentations to gain confidence and skill as public speakers;
    • Become familiar with online and library resources as an introduction to the formal research process.

    In addition to the content standards emphasized in the class, this course will help students develop skills in all areas of academic life. At MVHS, we are committed to helping students develop critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, learning and creative skills. We build supportive classroom culture and hold students to a high standard of scholarship and citizenship.

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  • 2019-20: Survey of Composition and Literature (SDAIE)

    This college preparatory, National Common Core Standards-based English course builds skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking. In this class, students: 

    • Learn and practice critical reading skills with a wide variety of non-fiction and fictional texts;
    • Learn and practice composition skills with instruction in the elements of effective writing, daily writing practice and language development;
    • Engage in academic discourse (in pairs, small groups and whole class) to practice speaking, listening to and synthesizing ideas in response to text;
    • Give informal and formal presentations to gain confidence and skill as public speakers;
    • Become familiar with online and library resources as an introduction to the formal research process.

    In addition to the content standards emphasized in the class, this course will help students develop skills in all areas of academic life. At MVHS, we are committed to helping students develop critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, learning and creative skills. We build supportive classroom culture and hold students to a high standard of scholarship and citizenship.

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