English Language Arts

  • Students interested in a career in English Language Arts can earn an Arts and Humanities Endorsement.  Students must earn 4 English elective credits (minimum of three courses) which include:

    •  Advanced journalism: newspaper
    •  Advanced journalism: yearbook

    * All courses are subject to minimum and maximum enrollment numbers

    Possible Careers: Professional Writer, Reporter, Broadcast News Analyst, Producer, Photographer, Correspondent 

Courses

  • English I
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 9
    Course Key: 01000A/B
    Course Name: English I
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 9

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): Completion of 8th Grade English

    English I is designed for students exhibiting average reading and language arts skills. Reading, vocabulary, writing, speaking, and listening skills are taught through reviewing grammar principles, writing compositions, and analyzing literature. The literature for this course includes poetry, short stories, novels, plays, and nonfiction.

    Pre-AP English I
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 9
    Course Key: 01001A/B
    Course Name: Pre-AP English I
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 9

    Required Prerequisite(s): Completion of 8th Grade English, Scoring at Approaches Level on 8th Grade Reading STAAR

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    English I Pre-Advanced Placement is designed for students exhibiting better than average language arts skills in reading, vocabulary, writing, speaking, and listening. The emphasis on literary analysis, analytical writing, and independent study skills will help to prepare the student for taking English II Pre-Advanced Placement. This literary analysis includes studies of poetry, short stories, novels, drama, and nonfiction. Summer reading is not required for this course.

    English I/Humanities
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 9
    Course Key: 0100GA/B
    Course Name: English I/Humanities
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 9

    Required Prerequisite(s): Identified as gifted and talented, Completion of 8th grade English

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    This humanities class is designated for the identified gifted and talented students in the 9th grade. Humanities is an interdisciplinary course in which students recognize writing as an art form. Students read widely to understand how various authors craft compositions for specific purposes. Students will use written composition to show an in-depth understanding of creative achievements in the arts and literature, and how these various art forms are a reflection of history. Students receive English I Pre-AP credit. Humanities is a rigorous course of study that covers major historical and cultural movements and their relationship to literature and the other fine arts. All students are expected to participate in classroom discussions and presentations that lead to an understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of critical, creative achievements throughout history. Overall, an engaged learning environment is emphasized. Summer reading is not required for this course.

    English II
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10
    Course Key: 02000A/B
    Course Name: English II
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10

    Required Prerequisite(s):

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): Completion of English I

    English II is designed for students exhibiting average reading and language arts skills. Reading, vocabulary, writing, speaking, and reading skills are taught through studying vocabulary, a review of grammar principles, writing compositions, and analyzing literature. The literature for this course includes poetry, short stories, novels, plays, and nonfiction.

    Pre-AP English II
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10
    Course Key: 02001A/B
    Course Name: Pre-AP English II
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10

    Required Prerequisite(s): Completion of English I, Scoring at Approaches Level on English I EOC Exam

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    English II Pre-Advanced Placement is designed for students exhibiting better than average reading and language arts skills. The emphasis on literary and language analysis, vocabulary, and independent study skills will help to prepare the student for taking English III Advanced Placement. This literary analysis includes studies of poetry, short stories, novels, drama, and nonfiction. Summer reading is not required for this course.

    English II/Humanities
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10
    Course Key: 0201GA/B
    Course Name: English II/Humanities
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10

    Required Prerequisite(s): Identified as gifted and talented, Completion of English I, Scoring at Approaches Level on English I EOC Exam

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    This humanities class is designated for the identified gifted and talented students in the 10th grade. Humanities is an interdisciplinary course in which students recognize writing as an art form. Students read widely to understand how various authors craft compositions for specific purposes. Students will use written composition to show an in-depth understanding of creative achievements in the arts and literature, and how these various art forms are a reflection of history. Students receive an English 2 Pre-AP credit. Humanities is a rigorous course of study that covers major historical and cultural movements and their relationship to literature and the other fine arts. All students are expected to participate in classroom discussions and presentations that lead to an understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of critical, creative achievements throughout history. Overall, an engaged learning environment is emphasized. Summer reading is not required for this course.

    English III
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 11
    Course Key: 03000A/B
    Course Name: English III
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 11

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): Completion of English II

    English III is designed for students exhibiting average reading and language arts skills. Reading, vocabulary, writing, speaking, and listening skills are taught through studying vocabulary, reviewing grammar principles, writing compositions and analyzing American literature. The American literature for this course includes poetry, short stories, novels, plays, and nonfiction.

    AP English III
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 11
    Course Key: 03001A/B
    Course Name: AP English III
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 11

    Required Prerequisite(s): Completion of English II, Scoring at Approaches Level on English II EOC Exam

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    English III Advanced Placement is designed for students exhibiting above average language arts skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The emphasis on literary and language analysis includes studies of American literature: its poetry, short stories, novels, drama, and nonfiction. This class covers the study of logic, vocabulary, and language and prepares students to take the AP Language and Composition Exam. Upon completion of course, the students will be expected to take this College Board Advanced Placement Exam(s) for college credit. Summer reading is not required for this course.

    English III Dual Credit
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 11
    Course Key: 03004A/B
    Course Name: English III Dual Credit
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 11

    Required Prerequisite(s): Completion of English II, Pass TSI, pay own fees and tuition, accepted to Collin College, Collin College course enrollment: ENGL1301 & ENGL1302

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    English III Dual Credit is designed for students exhibiting above average reading and language arts skills. ENGL 1301 and 1302 are introductory college writing courses focused on expository and persuasive texts. Students will be required to pay Collin College tuition of approximately $125 per semester. Students must be enrolled in this course for the entire year and will not be allowed to enter at the semester. Students will need to register for ENGL1301 and ENGL1302 at Collin College (6 credit hours).

    English IV
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 12
    Course Key: 04000A/B
    Course Name: English IV
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 12

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): Completion of English III

    English IV is a survey of British literature beginning with Beowulf in the Anglo-Saxon Period and concluding with works from twentieth-century British authors. Selected works from the major authors of each time period will be read and discussed, including poetry, novels, short stories, and dramas. Background material concerning each time period and its culture will be presented to aid in the understanding of the literature. Students will write themes based on the literature as well as take both short-answer and essay-type examinations. Writing for this course includes a literary analysis paper with proper documentation and a research paper. Proofreading, revising, and studying vocabulary and sentence structure are included to aid students in being precise and clear in their writing.

    AP English IV
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 12
    Course Key: 04001A/B
    Course Name: AP English IV
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 12

    Required Prerequisite(s): Completion of English III

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    English IV Advanced Placement is designed to give college-level studies to the superior student in English. Students will be expected to explicate literary selections in class and independently. Timed, critical essays will be written, and emphasis will be placed on clear, analytical writing. Course study includes works from American, British, and World Literature. Students must be willing to read critically, not casually, and prepare to initiate class discussions based on personal annotations from outside reading. This course prepares the student to take the AP Literature Advanced Placement exam. Upon completion of the course, the student will be expected to take the College Board Advanced Placement Exam. Summer reading is not required for this course.

    Course Key: 04004A/B
    Course Name: English IV Dual Credit 1 ENGL1301/ENGL1302
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 12

    Required Prerequisite(s): Completion of English III, Pass TSI, pay own fees and tuition, accepted to Collin College. Collin College course required: ENGL1301 & ENGL1302 (first ENGL dual credit course)

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    English IV Dual Credit is designed for the above average reading and language arts student. Writing for this course includes a literary analysis paper with proper documentation and a research paper. Proofreading, revising, and studying vocabulary and sentence structure are included to aid students in being precise and clear in their writing. Students will be required to pay Collin College tuition of approximately $125 per semester. Students must be enrolled in this course for the entire year andwill not be allowed to enter at the semester. Students will need to register for ENG 1301 - Composition I (3 hours) and ENG 1302 - Composition II (3 hours) at Collin College.

    Course Key: 04014A/B
    Course Name: English IV Dual Credit 2 ENGL2327/ENGL2328
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 12

    Required Prerequisite(s): Completion of ENGL1301 & ENGL1302 (first ENGL dual credit course), Pass TSI, pay own fees and tuition, accepted to Collin College. Collin College course required: ENGL2327 & ENGL2328

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    English IV Dual Credit is designed for the above average reading and language arts student. Writing for this course includes a literary analysis paper with proper documentation and a research paper. Proofreading, revising, and studying vocabulary and sentence structure are included to aid students in being precise and clear in their writing. Students will be required to pay Collin College tuition of approximately $125 per semester. Students must be enrolled in this course for the entire year andwill not be allowed to enter at the semester. Students will need to register for ENG 2327 - American Literature I (3 hours) and ENG 2328 - American Literature II (3 hours) at Collin College.

    Journalism
    Credit: 0.5-1
    Grade: 9-12
    Course Key: 07000D/E
    Course Name: Journalism
    Credit: 0.5-1
    Grade: 9-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    This is an introductory course designed to explore written forms for a variety of audiences and purposes. Students will learn journalistic traditions, research selected topics, and learn principles of publishing. Journalism is a preparatory course for application to yearbook or newspaper.

    Photojournalism
    Credit: 0.5
    Grade: 9-12
    Course Key: 07010F
    Course Name: Photojournalism
    Credit: 0.5
    Grade: 9-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Students enrolled in Photojournalism communicate in a variety of forms for a variety of audiences and purposes. Students are expected to plan, interpret, and critique visual representation. Students will become analytical consumers of media and technology to enhance their communication skills. High school students will study the laws and ethical considerations that impact photography. Technology, visual, and electronic media are used as tools for learning as students create, clarify, critique, and produce effective visual representations. Students enrolled will refine and enhance their journalistic skills, plan, prepare, and produce photographs for a journalistic publication.

    Advanced Journalism/Newspaper I
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10-12
    Course Key: 07200D/E
    Course Name: Advanced Journalism/Newspaper I
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): application & instructor approval

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): Journalism, Photojournalism

    This newspaper course is designed to explore all facets of producing a newspaper. Photography, layouts, story writing, proofing, and editing will be studied. Students must be able to participate during after school hours. This course is specifically designed for the dedicated and responsible student.

    Advanced Journalism/Newspaper II
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10-12
    Course Key: 07210D/E
    Course Name: Advanced Journalism/Newspaper II
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): application & instructor approval

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): Newspaper I

    This newspaper course is designed to explore all facets of producing a newspaper. Photography, layouts, story writing, proofing, and editing will be studied. Students must be able to participate during after school hours. This course is specifically designed for the dedicated and responsible student.

    Advanced Journalism/Newspaper III
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10-12
    Course Key: 07220D/E
    Course Name: Advanced Journalism/Newspaper III
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): application & instructor approval

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): Newspaper II

    This course is designed to explore all facets of producing a yearbook. Photography, layouts, story writing, proofing, editing, and overall thematic design will be studied. Students must be able to participate during after school hours. This course is specifically designed for the dedicated and responsible students. Students need to have taken journalism or desktop publishing.

    Advanced Journalism/Yearbook I
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10-11
    Course Key: 07100D/E
    Course Name: Advanced Journalism/Yearbook I
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10-11

    Required Prerequisite(s): application & instructor approval

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): Journalism, Photojournalism

    This course is designed to explore all facets of producing a yearbook. Photography, layouts, story writing, proofing, editing, and overall thematic design will be studied. Students must be able to participate during after school hours. This course is specifically designed for the dedicated and responsible students. Students need to have taken journalism or desktop publishing.

    Advanced Journalism/Yearbook II
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10-12
    Course Key: 07110D/E
    Course Name: Advanced Journalism/Yearbook II
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): application & instructor approval

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): Yearbook II

    This course is designed to explore all facets of producing a yearbook. Photography, layouts, story writing, proofing, editing, and overall thematic design will be studied. Students must be able to participate during after school hours. This course is specifically designed for the dedicated and responsible students. Students need to have taken journalism or desktop publishing.

    Advanced Journalism/Yearbook III
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10-12
    Course Key: 07120D/E
    Course Name: Advanced Journalism/Yearbook III
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): application & instructor approval

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): Yearbook III

    Advanced Broadcast Journalism I
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10-12
    Course Key: 07230D/E
    Course Name: Advanced Broadcast Journalism I
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): application & instructor approval

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): Journalism, Photojournalism

    Students need to be critical viewers, consumers, and producers of media. The ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and produce communication in a variety of forms is an important part of language development. High school students enrolled in this course will apply and use their journalistic skills for a variety of purposes. Students will learn the laws and ethical considerations that affect broadcast journalism; learn the role and function of broadcast journalism; critique and analyze the significance of visual representations; and learn to produce by creating a broadcast journalism product.

    Creative Writing
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 9-12
    Course Key: 07300D/E
    Course Name: Creative Writing
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 9-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Students will demonstrate their skill in such forms of writing as fictional writing, short stories, poetry, and drama. All students are expected to demonstrate an understanding of the recursive nature of the writing process, effectively applying the conventions of usage and the mechanics of written English. The students' evaluation of their own writing as well as the writing of others ensures that students completing this course are able to analyze and discuss published and unpublished pieces ofwriting, develop peer and self-assessments for effective writing, and set their own goals as writers.

    Research and Technical Writing
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 9-12
    Course Key: 07400D/E
    Course Name: Research and Technical Writing
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 9-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    The study of technical writing allows high school students to earn one credit while developing skills necessary for writing persuasive and informative texts. This rigorous composition course asks high school students to skillfully research a topic or a variety of topics and present that information through a variety of media. All students are expected to demonstrate an understanding of the recursive nature of the writing process, effectively applying the conventions of usage and the mechanics ofwritten English. The students' evaluation of their own writing as well as the writing of others ensures that students completing this course are able to analyze and discuss published and unpublished pieces of writing, develop and apply criteria for effective writing, and set their own goals as writers.

    Practical Writing Skills
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 9-12
    Course Key: 07500 D/E
    Course Name: Practical Writing Skills
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 9-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    This course is designed for students who need additional assistance in preparing for the English I End-Of-Course exam. It emphasizes skill in the use of conventions and mechanics of written English, the appropriate and effective application of English grammar, the reading comprehension of informational text, and the effective use of vocabulary. Students are expected to understand the recursive nature of reading and writing. Evaluation of students' own writing as well as the writing of others ensures that students completing this course are able to analyze and evaluate their writing.

    Course Key: 05300A/B
    Course Name: Independent Study in ELA (3rd time taken)
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    This course will be designed for students who need additional assistance in preparing for the English II End-Of-Course exam. Students will skillfully research a topic or a variety of topics and present that information through a variety of media. All students are expected to demonstrate an understanding of the recursive nature of the writing process, effectively applying the conventions of usage and the mechanics of written English. The students' evaluation of their own writing as well as the writing of others ensures that students completing this course are able to analyze and discuss published and unpublished pieces of writing, develop and apply criteria for effective writing, and set their own goals as writers.

    Reading I
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 9-11
    Course Key: 09100D/E
    Course Name: Reading I
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 9-11

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    This course offers students reading instruction to successfully navigate academic demands as well as attain life-long literacy skills. Specific instruction in word recognition, vocabulary, comprehension strategies, and fluency provides students an opportunity to read with competence, confidence, and understanding. Students learn how traditional and electronic texts are organized and how authors choose language for effect. All of these strategies are applied in instructional-level and independent-level texts that cross the content areas. This course satisfies the LOTE requirement for students who meet HB5 qualifications.

    Reading II
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10-12
    Course Key: 09200D/E
    Course Name: Reading II
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Reading II is a continuation of the reading instruction in Reading I. Students will receive instruction in word recognition, vocabulary, comprehension strategies, and fluency at a deeper level and with increasing complexity. This course satisfies the LOTE requirement for students who meet HB5 qualifications.

    Literary Genres
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10-12
    Course Key: 08000D/E
    Course Name: Literary Genres
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Students enrolled in Literary Genres will spend time analyzing the fictional and poetic elements of literary texts and read to appreciate the writer's craft. High school students will discover how well written literary text can serve as models for their own writing. High school students respond to oral, written, and electronic text to connect their knowledge of the world.

    Debate I
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10-12
    Course Key: 06010D/E
    Course Name: Debate I
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Debate I will explore the philosophies, principles, and different styles of debate used in high school. Focus will be on logical arguments based on evidence/proof, research, and attitude change. Competition is required.

    Debate II
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 11-12
    Course Key: 06020D/E
    Course Name: Debate II
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 11-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): Debate I

    Debate II is designed to expand on fundamentals of academic debate. The student will explore the philosophies, principles, and different styles of debate used in high school. Focus will be on logical arguments based on evidence/proof, research, and attitude change. Competition is required.

    Debate III
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 12
    Course Key: 06030D/E
    Course Name: Debate III
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 12

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): Debate II

    Debate III is designed to expand on fundamentals of academic debate. The student will explore the philosophies, principles, and different styles of debate used in high school. Focus will be on logical arguments based on evidence/proof, research, and attitude change. Competition is required.

    College Preparatory Class: ELA
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 12
    Course Key: 08100D/E
    Course Name: College Preparatory Class: ELA
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 12

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Designed for students in 12th grade who do not meet college readiness expectations, this course will provide instruction in reading and writing skills that are most necessary for success in a post-secondary English course. This course was developed in partnership with the Region 10 Education Service Center. Successful completion of this course will exempt students from the TSI.

    Course Key: 05040F
    Course Name: Independent Study in English: Hebrew Scriptures
    Credit: 0.5
    Grade: 9-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    This one semester elective course will be a survey of the history and impact on literature and Western civilization of the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament). Students will become knowledgeable of biblical content, characters, poetry, and narratives that are the foundations to understanding contemporary society and culture including literature, art, music, mores, oratory and public policy. The literary style and structure of the biblical texts will be explored along with their influence on law, history, government, literature, art, music, customs, morals, values, and culture. Focus will be placed on having students apply the knowledge and skills of the social sciences to utilize critical thinking skills and multiple data sources in problem solving and decision making.

    Course Key: 05050F
    Course Name: Independent Study in English: New Testament
    Credit: 0.5
    Grade: 9-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    This one semester elective course will be a survey of the history and impact on literature and Western civilization of the New Testament. Students will become knowledgeable of biblical content, characters, poetry, and narratives that are the foundations to understanding contemporary society and culture including literature, art, music, mores, oratory and public policy. The literary style and structure of the biblical texts will be explored along with their influence on law, history, government, literature, art, music, customs, morals, values, and culture. Focus will be placed on having students apply the knowledge and skills of the social sciences to utilize critical thinking skills and multiple data sources in problem solving and decision making.