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Full ELA Course List & Descriptions

Schools have the authority to offer College Prep courses where Honors weighted courses are currently listed in this online catalog. Course offerings may vary per school. Please check with your school counselor regarding availability of course offerings and prerequisites.
English 1
Course Code: 302400CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: The English I course provides a foundational study of literary genres (novels, short stories, poetry, drama, and literary nonfiction) and informative/explanatory texts with a heavy emphasis on influential historical and literary American works to include a focus on argumentative, informational and explanatory writing as previously noted. Opportunities for rich discussions and conversations are provided along with academic vocabulary and conventions of language.

Prerequisites: N/A

English 1 H
Course Code: 302400HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: Students taking English 1 Honors will accomplish all the tasks of those students in English I through reading and interpreting more challenging selections, and creating more in-depth compositions and projects.

Prerequisites: Honors placement is based on SC Ready, Map, Lexile, and English data collected from grades 6-8.

Title: English 2
Course Code: 302500CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: English 2 is the study of world literature, literary nonfiction, and foundational works including one or more plays.  All high school courses should continue to include a focus on argumentative, informational and explanatory writing as previously noted. Opportunities for rich discussions and conversations. Academic vocabulary, as well as other opportunities are provided to explore the conventions of language.

Prerequisites: English 1

Title: English 2 H
Course Code: 302500HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: Students taking English 2 Honors will accomplish all the tasks of those students in English II through reading and interpreting more challenging selections and creating more in-depth compositions and projects. The primary content of English 2 Honors is American Literature.

Prerequisites: Honors placement is based on performance in prior English classes and teacher recommendation.

Title: English 3
Course Code: 302600CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: English 3 introduces global perspectives focusing on literary and informational texts from diverse cultures. American literature including United State documents will be included. This course provides a focus on argumentative, informational and explanatory writing. Opportunities for rich discussions and conversations are included. Academic vocabulary, as well as other opportunities to explore the conventions of language are provided.

Prerequisites: English 2

Title: English 3 H

Course Code: 302600HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: Students taking English 3 Honors will accomplish all the tasks of those students in English 3 through reading and interpreting more challenging selections and creating more in-depth compositions and projects. The content of this course will be primarily British literature.

Prerequisites: Honors placement is based on performance in prior English classes and teacher recommendation.

Title: English 4
Course Code: 302700CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: English 4 completes the global perspective initiated in English 3. This global perspective will include classic works with a heavy emphasis on written and oral communication and presentation skills. There is a focus on argumentative, informational and explanatory writing. Opportunities for rich discussions and conversations are included. Academic vocabulary, as well as other opportunities to explore the conventions of language are also provided.

Prerequisites: Honors placement is based on performance in prior English classes and teacher recommendation.

Title: English 4 H
Course Code: 302700HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: Students taking English 4 Honors will accomplish all the tasks of those students in English 4 through reading and interpreting more challenging selections and creating more in-depth compositions and projects. This course is to prepare students for college level English to include a focus on research skills and rhetorical analysis and literary analysis and analytical writing.

Prerequisites: Honors placement is based on performance in prior English classes and teacher recommendation.


 Title: IB English A1 HL-1
Course Code: 301B00IW

Unit: 1 IB Credit for HL-1 (junior only course)

Description: The first-year course is a study of language with a wider aim of "critical literacy" in students. Many types of texts, both literary and non-literary, are studied as well as formal and cultural elements that are used to create meaning in a text.

Prerequisites: See counselor for IB criteria

Title: IB English A1 HL-2
Code: 301C00IW

Unit: 1 IB Credit for HL-2 (senior only course)

Description: In the second year, the study of literature in translation from other cultures contributes to a global perspective and an understanding of the different ways in which cultures influence and shape the experiences of life common to all humanity.

Prerequisites: IB HL-1

Note: Students enrolled in both courses will be expected to complete all internal and external assessments that are required by the International Baccalaureate Organization. Also, students in these courses will be eligible to take the AP Language test after the first year and the AP Literature test after the second year. Scoring well in the course and assessments offers the possibility of college credit.

Title: IB Course: Creativity, Action and Service (.5 credit) (Honors weight)
Course Code: 373D00HH

Unit: .5 Unit

Description: This course is for IB Diploma Candidate seniors and focuses on the documentation of Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS) activities, an IB Diploma requirement. Students will create CAS portfolio entries to demonstrate that they’ve mastered the eight CAS Learning Outcomes.

Prerequisites:

Title: IB Course: Extended Essay (.5 credit) (Honors weight)
Course Code: 373C00HH

Unit: .5 Unit

Description: This course is for IB Diploma Candidate juniors and focuses on the process skills needed to write the IB Extended Essay, an I B Diploma Candidate requirement. Students will learn research skills and how to use the online academic database Questia School.

Prerequisites:  Must be on IB Diploma Track                                               

Title: Advanced Placement English Language and Composition
Course Code: 307100AW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes.  Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects, as well as the way genre conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing.

Prerequisites: English 2 (English 2 CP or Honors)

Note: Students enrolled in this course will take a comprehensive College Board Advanced Placement exam in May.

Title: Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition
Course Code: 307000AW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as specific elements such as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Such reading should be accompanied by thoughtful discussion and writing about those books in the company of one’s fellow students.

Prerequisites: English 3 (CP or AP Language/Composition)

Note: Students enrolled in this course will take a comprehensive College Board Advanced Placement exam in May.

Title: AP Capstone Seminar                                                                                   
Course Code:  373000AW

Prerequisites: English 1 Honors

This course is designed for 10th grade students who intend to take AP courses in high school. AP Seminar will focus on engaging students in cross-curricula conversations. This course will be taken in conjunction with English II Honors where the context focus will be American Literature. Using an inquiry framework, student sill synthesize and analyze information from a variety of sources including research studies, articles, foundation literacy and philosophical texts and speeches.  The aim of the course is to equip students with the ability to analyze and evaluate information with precision in order to create evidence based arguments.

Prerequisites: English 3 (CP or AP Language/Composition)

Title: AP Capstone Research                                                                            
Course Code: 473200AW

Prerequisite: AP Seminar

This course is designed for 11th grade students who are enrolled in AP courses. And who have successfully complete AP Seminar. The aim of AP Research is to allow student to deeply explore an academic topic, problem or issue of individual research. Students will complete a year-long research-based investigation to address a research question. Students will continue to develop skills initiated in AP Seminar by developing an understanding of research methodology.  Students will develop ethical research practices by accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing information to address their research question. Students will create a research portfolio which will induce an academic paper of 4000 to 5000 words. Students will be asked to exhibit and orally defend their work.

Prerequisites: English 3 (CP or AP Language/Composition)

Title: Advanced Composition
Course Code: 303000HW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is intended for students in grade 9 who have taken Advanced English Language Arts in middle school or students in grades 10-12 interested in further developing their writing for academic audiences. The course focuses on preparation for college level academic writing. The emphasis of the content is on the use of logic as the basis for composing clear, cohesive, coherent, and grammatically correct prose and text.  Through the writing process students will learn to locate and use research materials, properly cite references using the MLA method, compose drafts, proofread drafts, use feedback, critique writing, revise and edit writing and prepare a final paper submission. Six types of writing are explored and practiced through this course: argumentative, compare, descriptive, persuasive, narrative and summary. This course is not a requirement for graduation, but is recommended for those students preparing for admission tests and application to a four -year college or university.

Prerequisites: This course is intended for students in grade 9 who have taken Advanced English Language Arts in middle school or students in grades 10-12 interested in further developing their writing for academic audiences.

Title: Speech
Course Code: 304000CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course provides an in-depth instruction of the State Standards for speaking and listening that will prepare students for college and career speaking situations. The content includes, but is not limited to, instruction in logical thinking, organization of facts, and speaking and listening skills. Students practice research skills related to debate topics and participate in frequent debate situations. Students must have demonstrated competence in English by having grades of C or better at the college prep level.  This course does not count as an English unit toward graduation.

Prerequisites: Students must have demonstrated competence in English by having grades of C or better at the college prep level.

Title: Creative Writing
Course Code: 303200CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is designed to encourage students who enjoy imaginative writing and to provide an outlet for their creativity in a variety of genres, including, but not limited to, poetry, short fiction, drama, and college and career preparatory writings—such as application essays, blogs, or creative nonfiction pieces.  Students must maintain at least a “C” average in their English class. This course does not count as an English unit toward graduation.

Prerequisites: English 1 and a “C” average in their English class.

Title: Journalism 1
Course Code: 305000CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: Journalism 1 is survey course focusing on the history of journalism, how newsrooms work and the basics of reporting and writing news articles and editorials. Students in Journalism 1 will write news, sports, and feature articles for inclusion in a student newspaper if interest warrants. Students should enjoy writing and have demonstrated proficiency in English by attaining a grade of “C” or better at the college prep level or have approval of the journalism teacher. This course does not count as an English unit. This course is for students in grades 10-12.

Prerequisites: This course is for students in grades 10-12.

Title: Journalism 2

Course Code: 305100CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: Journalism 2 is an intermediate level of newspaper writing. Students in Journalism 2 will write for the student newspaper. Students learn to write columns and editorials in addition to news, sports, and feature articles. The basics of newspaper design and layout are part of the curriculum. This course does not count as an English unit toward graduation.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Journalism 1

Title: Newspaper Production

Course Code: 376800CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: Students will study and practice writing complex stories such as features, profiles, follow-up stories, and sidebars. Topics will include editing, news judgment, headlines and makeup. Students are required to write for the school newspaper and produce monthly issues. This course does not count as an English unit toward graduation. Grade: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: English 1, concurrently taking English 2 (CP or Honors Application) Grade: 10, 11, 12

Title: SAT Preparation, Verbal (College Preparatory Weight Only)

Course Code: 401100CH

Unit: .5 Unit

Description: This course will prepare juniors and seniors for the verbal portion of the SAT and other standardized tests. This course does not count as an English unit toward graduation. 1st semester: Junior and senior status, 2nd semester: Junior or sophomore status

Prerequisites: 1st semester: Junior and senior status, 2nd semester: Junior or sophomore status

Title: ACT Language Arts Preparation (College Preparatory Weight Only)

Course Code: 401200CH

Unit: .5 Unit

Description: This course is designed to help students develop knowledge and preparation skills for the English, Reading and Writing ACT tests. Participants will review the content covered by the ACT English test that includes mechanics and usage-punctuation, grammar, sentence structure and the strategies, organization and style used essay writing. The Writing test will focus on essay writing that requires developing points of view or taking a position on an issue. The Reading Test measures reading comprehension and the ability to use reasoning skills to determine main idea, locate and interpret significant details, understand sequence of events, make comparisons, understand cause and effect relationships, determine word meaning, draw generalizations and analyze author’s voice and method. Students will review the four types of reading selections on the test: social studies, natural sciences, literary narrative or prose fiction and humanities, thus developing skills that readers must use when studying materials across a range of subject areas.

Prerequisites: This course is for students preparing for the ACT.

Title: Yearbook Production

Course Code: 376900CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is responsible for the production of the school’s yearbook. Instruction is provided in the following areas: layout design, copywriting, photography and marketing. Students who complete successfully the application and interview process are considered for an invitation to enroll in the class. This course does not count as an English unit toward graduation.

Prerequisites: English I (CP or Honors, application/faculty recommendations. Can be taken concurrently with English I)

Title: SREB Ready for HIgh School Literacy

Course Code: 305700CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course utilizes a disciplinary literacy approach that teaches students strategies for reading and understanding complex texts in various subject areas. Students learn to develop and defend ideas and write about them in several disciplines, such as English, history and science, on a high school level. The unit structure conforms to the LDC framework while preparing students for the rigors of high school studies.

Prerequisites: Enrollment in an honors level course.

Title: SREB Ready College Literacy

Course Code: 305800CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course utilizes a disciplinary literacy approach that teaches students strategies for reading and understanding complex texts in various subject areas. Students learn to develop and defend ideas from textbooks and write about them in several disciplines such as English, history and biology on a college level. The unit structure conforms to the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) framework while addressing college and career-readiness standards in a challenging curriculum.

Prerequisites: Enrollment in an honors level course.

*LOCAL BOARD APPROVED COURSES

Title: Yearbook Production 2

Course Code: 309906CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: These courses are for students who have previously taken Yearbook. Students continue participating in the production of the school’s yearbook. They also create the Senior Slide-Show. Instruction is provided in the following areas: layout design, copywriting, photography and marketing.

Prerequisites: Yearbook

Title: Yearbook Production 3

Course Code: 309907CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: These courses are for students who have previously taken Yearbook. Students continue participating in the production of the school’s yearbook. They also create the Senior Slide-Show. Instruction is provided in the following areas: layout design, copywriting, photography and marketing.

Prerequisites: Yearbook 2

Title: Yearbook Production 4

Course Code: 309928CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: Students continue participating in the production of the school’s yearbook. They also create the Senior Slide-Show. Instruction is provided in the following areas: layout design, copywriting, photography and marketing. Yearbook 4 students are often editors-in-chief.

Prerequisites: Yearbook 3 and approval from yearbook advisor

Title: English 1 Enrichment Seminar

Course Code: 309900CW

Unit:  1 Unit

Description: English 1 Seminar is designed for students who have not met state standards necessary for successful language arts performance. Emphasis is placed on essential standards within the context of reading and writing. This course is elective credit only and does not satisfy the English 1 requirement for grade 9.

Prerequisites: This course is taken prior to English 1.

Title: Advanced Creative Writing

Course Code: 309901CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course will allow students to continue exploration with both poetry and prose at an advanced level through manipulation of language and technique. Students will build on their writing skills to develop narratives of real or imagined experiences using stylistic techniques, well-chosen details and structured event sequences, as well as crafting complex poems.   The course will incorporate presentations, projects, and extensive use of peer collaboration and outside guest writers’ feedback. A portfolio of self-selected pieces will serve as a summative evaluation of the students’ work.

Prerequisites: Creative Writing 1

Title: Mythology

Course Code: 309901CH

Unit: .5 Unit or 1 Unit

Description: This multicultural class will focus on the study of ancient Greek, Roman, and Norse myths, with additional emphasis on examination of tales from African, Celtic, Asian, and Native American cultures. Students will read about, discuss, research, and write about the expression of myths in poetry, music, film, and art.

Prerequisites: Recommended: Sophomore standing

Title: English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Course Code: 369900CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This ESOL course is devoted to teaching English to speakers of other languages. This class is for students with English language skills on a beginner’s level. Students build their language skills and practice reading, writing, speaking, and listening; as well as study language syntax, lexicology, phonetics, and phonology. ESOL I students begin to acquire learning strategies to interact with the written language.

Prerequisites:

Title: ESOL 2

Course Code: 369903CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is devoted to teaching English to speakers of other languages. This class is designed for the intermediate level ESOL student. Students build their language skills and practice reading, writing, speaking, and listening; as well as study language syntax, lexicology, phonetics, and phonology. Specific learning strategies are taught to help the student master content area subject matter.

Prerequisites: ESOL 1

Title: ESOL 3

Course Code: 369904CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is devoted to teaching English to speakers of other languages. This class is for students with English language skills on upper intermediate level. Students build their language skills and practice reading, writing, speaking, and listening; as well as study language syntax, lexicology, phonetics, and phonology. High priority is placed on acquiring the necessary tools for mastering composition and expository writing.

Prerequisites: ESOL 2

                                                             

Title: ESOL 4

Course Code: 369905CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: This course is devoted to speakers of languages other than English. This class is for students with English language skills on advanced level. Students build their language skills and practice reading, writing, speaking, and listening; as well as study language syntax, lexicology, phonetics, and phonology. High priority is placed on acquiring the necessary tools for mastering composition and expository writing.

Prerequisites: ESOL 4

                                                   

Title: ESOL (Lab I)

Course Code: 369910CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: Class focuses on extending and enriching English language skills in a laboratory setting. Supports ESOL I coursework and provides opportunities to interact with the written and spoken language.

Prerequisites: N/A

Title: ESOL (Lab II)

Course Code: 369903CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: Class focuses on extending and enriching English language skills in a laboratory setting. Supports ESOL II coursework and provides opportunities to interact with the written and spoken language.

Prerequisites: Lab 1

Title: ESOL (Lab III)

Course Code: 369904CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: Class focuses on extending and enriching English language skills in a laboratory setting. Supports ESOL III coursework and provides opportunities to interact with the written and spoken language.

Prerequisites: Lab 2

Title: ESOL (Lab IV)

Course Code: 369905CW

Unit: 1 Unit

Description: Class focuses on extending and enriching English language skills in a laboratory setting. Supports ESOL IV coursework and provides opportunities to interact with the written and spoken language.

Prerequisites: Lab 3

Title: Intro to College Research
Course Code: 37990CW
Unit: 1 unit
Description: Freshmen and sophomores (including students taking English 1 in the 8th grade) are not prepared for the rigor of AP courses.  The course would serve as a gateway to AP courses, either preparing students for AP Capstone as sophomores or for other AP courses as juniors or seniors.  Paring AP Seminar with English 2H has already proved that support is necessary for the higher-level writing skills necessary for success in AP courses.
Schools: BHS
Prerequisites: None