40 Units Required

ENGLISH 100

CSU/UC Approved (“b”)

this course is the introductory class in the sequence of English classes at Lutheran High School. The course will cover several different genres, including short stories, essays, novels, drama and poetry. The students will improve their critical reading skills, formal, informal and creative writing skills, vocabulary development, and their analysis and reasoning skills. This course will also focus on the preparation and execution of public speaking. The course will ensure that all students have the sufficient English preparation needed for further high school work and allow students to expand their skills in reading, writing and speaking. The students will build these skills in order to improve their overall communication skills.

HONORS ENGLISH 100

This course is the introductory class in the sequence of English classes at Lutheran High School. The course will cover different genres, including short stories, essays, novels, drama and poetry. The students will improve their critical reading skills, formal, informal and creative writing skills, vocabulary development, and their analysis and reasoning skills. This course will also focus on the preparation and execution of public speaking. The course will ensure that all students have the sufficient English preparation needed for further high school work and allow students to expand their skills in reading, writing and speaking. The students will build these skills in order to improve their overall communication skills. Honors students will do additional analysis of the literature, writing, and research, as well as advanced public speaking. They will also complete a substantial amount of reading through an additional novel.

WORLD LITERATURE

CSU/UC Approved (“b”)

This course is designed to acquaint the student with a series of authors, poets, and historical writers of significance in a wide variety of genres, including prose, poetry, novels, drama, fiction and non-fiction. Students will explore recurring themes and archetypes as they travel through literature in both time and place, beginning with the earliest oral traditions and continuing through the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, and the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Students will improve their writing skills, including informal and formal essays. They will increase their vocabulary development, work on analysis and reasoning skills, and research techniques. They will respond orally to the literature in all genres.  They will complete at least one creative writing project or term paper.

HONORS WORLD LITERATURE

CSU/UC Approved (“b”)

This course is designed to acquaint the student with a series of authors, poets, and historical writers of significance in a wide variety of genres, including prose, poetry, novels, drama, fiction and non-fiction. Students will explore recurring themes and archetypes as they travel through literature in both time and place, beginning with the earliest oral traditions and continuing through the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, and the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Students will improve their writing skills, including informal and formal essays. They will increase their vocabulary development, work on analysis and reasoning skills, and research techniques. They will respond orally to the literature in all genres.  They will complete at least one creative writing project or term paper. Additionally, Honors World Literature students will be expected to delve deeper into the material covered, by conducting additional research outside of class and reporting back to benefit the class as a whole.

Prerequisite: Students must have a “B” or higher in English 100.

AMERICAN LITERATURE

CSU/UC Approved (“b”)

This course is designed for the detailed study of different genres of literature as they relate to prevailing themes in American literature.  Students will read American literature from the Puritan period to the present, covering various literary genres. They will trace the historical development of American literature and the growth of the English language through intellectual, historical, and social developments.  Students will improve their writing skills, including informal and formal essays.  They will increase their vocabulary development, work on analysis and reasoning skills, and research techniques.  They will complete a variety of writing activities, including narrative, expository, persuasive, informational, and descriptive writing that demonstrates research, organization, and drafting strategies. They will respond orally to the literature in all genres.  They will complete at least one creative writing project or term paper.

HONORS AMERICAN LITERATURE

CSU/UC Approved (“b”)

This course is designed for the detailed study of different genres of literature as they relate to prevailing themes in American literature.  Students will read American literature from the Puritan period to the present, covering various literary genres. They will trace the historical development of American literature and the growth of the English language through intellectual, historical, and social developments.  Students will improve their writing skills, including informal and formal essays.  They will increase their vocabulary development, work on analysis and reasoning skills, and research techniques.  They will complete a variety of writing activities, including narrative, expository, persuasive, informational, and descriptive writing that demonstrates research, organization, and drafting strategies. They will respond orally to the literature in all genres.  They will complete at least one creative writing project or term paper. Honors students will do additional rigorous analysis of the literature. They will also complete a substantial amount of reading and writing through an additional novel.

Prerequisite: Students must have a “B” or higher in World Literature.

BRITISH LITERATURE

CSU/UC Approved (“b”)

This course will cover the stages in the evolution of the English language, beginning with literature that originated from the oral tradition, moving through literature originally written in Old and Middle English and finishing with a selection of contemporary literature. A variety of genres, themes, and styles will be explored in this course including, but not limited to: epic poetry, poetry, drama and novels. A selection of classics will be read in their entirety. This course is the culmination of the previous English courses and will draw on material covered in those courses. Students will improve their writing skills, including informal and formal essays.  They will increase their vocabulary development, work on analysis and reasoning skills, and research techniques.  They will complete a variety of writing activities, including narrative, expository, persuasive, informational, and descriptive writing that demonstrates research, organization, and drafting strategies. They will respond orally to the literature in all genres.  They will complete at least one creative writing project or term paper.

AP LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION

CSU/UC Approved (“b”)

The AP English Language and Composition course aligns to an introductory college level rhetoric and writing curriculum, which requires students to develop evidence-based analytical and argumentative essays that proceed through several stages or drafts. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Throughout the course, students develop a personal style by making appropriate grammatical choices. Additionally, students read and analyze the rhetorical elements and their effects in non-fiction texts from many disciplines and historical periods. This course is designed specifically for preparation for college courses and the Advanced Placement Test offered by the College Board each May. Participation in the AP test is recommended.

AP LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION

CSU/UC Approved ("b")

AP Literature and Composition is a survey of great literature from around the world. Students enrolled in this course will identify various styles, authors, and works of world literature from the major eras, explain the significance and meaning of specific quotes and pieces of literature, recognize and demonstrate a relationship between literature, culture and society in which it exists, and analyze various works for historical and modern meaning. This course is designed specifically for preparation for college courses and the Advanced Placement Test offered by the College Board each May. Participation in the AP test is not required, but is recommended.

COLLEGE PREP CREATIVE WRITING

CSU/UC Approved ("g")

This course will require students to participate in a variety of independent and collaborative writing tasks that include the writing of non-fiction texts, and the creation of original stories, children's books, and poems. The course will expand student's ability to discuss literature, analyze characters, and write text types as to become strongly familiar with each type and its defining categories. This course aims to accomplish the previous skills while also preparing students for AP coursework and SAT/ACT testing.