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ENGLISH WILSON 1 
(full year) 

This course offers students the opportunity to focus on their reading skills. Assistance is targeted to students’ particular weaknesses and is designed to bring students’ reading comprehension to the desired level or to develop strategies to read more efficiently. 
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation and parental consent. This class is only offered to students with an IEP. 


ENGLISH WILSON 2 
(full year) 

Corrective Reading courses offer diagnostic and remedial activities designed to correct reading difficulties and habits that interfere with students’ progress in developing reading skills and understandings. Activities are chosen to increase or improve students’ reading comprehension, reading technique, and general literacy skills. 
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation and parental consent. This class is only offered to students with an IEP. 


ENGLISH 9 
(full year) 

English 9, or Freshman English, focuses on developing students’ foundational skills through rigorous instruction stemming from the Arizona Career and College Readiness Standards. A selection of novels, poetry, short stories, nonfiction, and current event articles comprise the reading selections. Students will practice close reading and annotating texts to improve their skills with citing strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis. Students will also develop their skills in writing narrative, argumentative, and expository essays through an in-depth study of the writing and peer review process. In addition, students will learn to conduct research using academic databases, with a focus on critically evaluating sources, synthesizing information, and using online resources to follow standard formatting and citation styles. Students will practice listening and speaking skills by giving presentations and participating in Socratic Seminars and group discussions throughout the year. 


ENGLISH 9 HONORS ACADEMY 
(full year) 

English 9 Honors is a college preparatory course built upon students’ prior knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, word usage, and the mechanics of writing. The course will include the four aspects of language use: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students will be encouraged to explore personal strengths and interests in literacy. Arizona Career and College Readiness Standards will be addressed using the close reading of expository writings, poetry, and literature. This course will be a faster paced and more rigorous looking toward college readiness. Students must maintain a B grade or better. 
Prerequisite: Students will meet required prerequisites for CVHS Honors Academy determined by the administration and faculty. Teacher recommendation and parental consent required. 


ENGLISH 10 
(full year) 

English 10 builds on critical thinking and articulation of ideas through expository, argumentative, narrative, and literary analysis writing projects. Various novels, poetry, short stories, and one Shakespearean play, Julius Caesar, comprise the reading selections. Students will be introduced to annotated bibliographies and will explore formatting and citation styles indepth as they continue to develop their research skills. Students will build upon their speaking and listening skills through various group activities and presentations throughout the year. Students will conduct peer review to improve their skills with evaluation. 


ENGLISH 10 HONORS ACADEMY 
(full year) 

English 10 Honors (Honors Academy) is a college preparatory course that continues to build on students’ prior knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, word usage, and the mechanics of writing. The course includes the syntax of language, SAT building skills, close reading, and continues to build on the four aspects of language use: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students will learn research skills, proper citation techniques, and how to build an annotated bibliography. Students will also be introduced to a variety of collegiate resources. Arizona Career and College Readiness Standards will be applied when reading expository writings, poetry, and literature. Students will also build upon their essay writing skills. This course will be faster paced and more rigorous than the regular English 10 course, and has an emphasis on independent study. . Students must maintain a B grade or better. 
Prerequisite: Students will meet required prerequisites determined by the administration and faculty. Students will have maintained a 3.5 G.P. A. during 9th grade. Teacher recommendation and parental consent required. 
ENGLISH 11 
(full year) 

English 11 offers a study of United States literature including essays, poems, short stories, and novels. Emphasis is placed on argumentative writing, with a focus on evaluating and selecting relevant evidence from multiple print and digital resources to support an argument. Students will further develop their skills with quoting, paraphrasing, and citing textual evidence. They will build on their research skills by learning more advanced research techniques and learning to effectively organize research to prepare for the senior research paper. Students will practice adapting their voice and tone to meet the appropriate level of formality when composing texts for different tasks and audiences. In addition, they will analyze functional texts and nonfiction to explore how authors create powerful arguments in persuasive texts, and they will learn how to evaluate arguments, determining whether the author’s evidence and reasoning are sound. Students will also explore creative writing and the short story using the text The American Experience by Prentice Hall. 


ENGLISH 11 HONORS ACADEMY 
(full year) 

English 11 Honors is a college preparatory course that will continue to develop students’ writing skills, emphasizing clear, logical writing patterns, word choice, and usage, as students write essays and begin to learn the techniques of writing research papers. Students will also continue to read and analyze works of literature, and literary conventions and stylistic devices will receive greater emphasis than in previous courses. Students will be encouraged to explore personal strengths and interests in literacy. Arizona Career and College Readiness Standards will be applied through the close reading of expository writings, poetry, and literature. Students will explore the process for writing formal academic papers, with an emphasis on format and content, as preparation for dual enrollment courses in their senior year. This course will be a faster paced and more rigorous looking toward college readiness. Students must maintain a B grade or better. 
Prerequisite: Students will meet required prerequisites determined by the administration and faculty. Students will have maintained a 3.2 G.P. A. during 10th grade .Teacher recommendation and parental consent required. 


ENGLISH 12 
(full year) 

English 12 is focused on preparing students for life after high school. Students will explore the practical uses of the English language, such as completing college and scholarship applications, filling out job applications, and writing cover letters and resumes. Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards will be addressed through multiple writing projects and presentations throughout the year. During the first semester, the major paper will be an argumentative research paper. Students will apply their skills in evaluating and selecting textual evidence to construct a clear, coherent argument that is appropriate for their audience and purpose. In the second semester, a literary analysis essay will be the main writing project. Students will master advanced research skills and demonstrate their knowledge of formatting and citation styles. Three novels, short stories, poetry, and nonfiction texts comprise the reading selections for this course. 


YC 101 ENGLISH DUAL ENROLLMENT 
Semester 1 

This course is provided in cooperation with Yavapai College to allow students to earn a combination of credit for English 12 and College Composition 101. The course uses the required objectives from Yavapai College. Students will compose expository and argumentative essays for specific audiences. The course will emphasize the processes of writing, reading, and critical thinking, with an in-depth study of research and documentation. In addition to the Yavapai assignments, students will complete a Senior Portfolio that will be due at the end of the semester. 
Prerequisite: ACT English score of least 18; or SAT verbal score of at least 420; or a satisfactory score on the English skills assessment for reading. Students must also pass the Yavapai College writing test to be eligible to take YC 101


YC 102 ENGLISH DUAL ENROLLMENT 
Semester 2 

This course is provided in cooperation with Yavapai College to allow students to earn a combination of credit for English 12 and College Composition 102. There is extensive critical reading and writing about both fiction and nonfiction texts. The emphasis is on fluency in critical writing. Students will continue to advance their research skills by writing a critical, documented library analysis essay. There is a minimum of 5000 words of evaluated student writing. Four essays are required using the Holistic Grading Rubric for scoring purposes. In addition to the college composition assignments, students will read and evaluate one novel and complete the Senior Portfolio that was started at the beginning of the school year. 
Prerequisite: Successful completion of YC 101 English Dual Enrollment with a C grade or better. 


FROM ELL TO MAINSTREAM ENGLISH 

All students who are identified as potential English Language Learners are given a preassessment to determine their reading, writing, listening, and oral English language skills. Based on this assessment, those who are identified as English Language Learners (ELL) are assigned ELD classes while becoming English proficient. Instruction is targeted specifically to help them acquire functional English language skills while remaining in the mainstream classroom. These students are reassessed annually for their overall English language levels in the four areas. Once a student is determined to be English proficient they are monitored for two years. If they continue to receive an overall rating of “English Proficient” for the two years, the student is exited from the program. Should a student fail to remain proficient during this time they will be reentered into the program for remediation