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English Courses

La Salle’s English department offers a variety of classes at the college preparatory, honors, and Advanced Placement levels. Each course trains students in the core skills of critical reading, critical thinking, critical writing, and effective oral expression—the foundation for a lifetime of independent learning.  We also offer elective courses in creative writing and journalism for students wishing to apply their developing writing skills. In addition to its emphasis on core skills, each course trains students to be skilled and conscientious users of technology.
 
 

English 1 E

Grade Level: 9

Credit: 1.0, Full Year

Prerequisite: None

English 1 Essentials is a year-long course designed to ensure instruction delivered in 15:1 student ratio. Focus on Oregon High School standards for Language Arts. Emphasis on Literacy and Study Skill development.  Course features 2 project-based learning units of study for research and literary analysis. The course features 6 units of study. The course features 4 Essays: Expository, Personal Narrative, Literary Analysis and Persuasive writing. Literature introduced include short stories, one full length novel, poetry, drama, and non-fiction current event focus. Meets 1 credit of the English graduation requirement.  



English 1

Grade Level: 9

Credit: 1.0, Full Year

Prerequisite: None     

English 1 provides the foundation for becoming better readers and writers. Emphasis is placed on the strategies and processes that successful readers and writers use. Through the study of poetry, short story and the novel, students learn to read closely and induce meaning independently. Though the writing process is emphasized in this class, students receive specific instruction on mechanics, usage and grammar. Habits of mind beneficial for being an effective and engaged student are introduced and reinforced.  Meets 1 credit of the English graduation requirement.



English 2 E

Grade Level: 10

Credit: 1.0, Full Year

Prerequisite: English 1 E or English 1

English 2 Essentials is designed to ensure instruction delivered in 15:1 student ratio. Focus on Oregon High School standards for Language Arts. Emphasis on Literacy and Study Skill development.  Course features 2 project-based learning units of study for research and literary analysis. The course features 6 units of study. The course features 4 Essays: Expository, Personal Narrative, Literary Analysis and Persuasive writing. Literature introduced include short stories, one full length novel, poetry, drama, and non-fiction current event focus. Meets 1 credit of the English graduation requirement.  


English 2

Grade Level: 10

Credit: 1.0, Full Year

Prerequisite: English 1 E or English 1

English 2 is a year-long course designed as a bridge year between the introduction to skills in English 1 and the mastery of the close reading and writing process skills in English 3 and 4.  Emphasis is also placed on a variety of types of assessment, meeting students where they are and helping them to move to the next level, and  developing the habits of mind introduced in English 1. Meets 1 credit of the English graduation requirement.



Honors English 2

Grade Level: 10

Credit: 1.0, Full Year

Prerequisite: English 1, English Department Placement 

Honors English 2 is a year-long course that emphasizes the development of critical thinking and expository writing. Because the goal of this course is to produce independent readers and writers, students receive much instruction and many opportunities to hone close reading and writing skills. By course’s end, students will be able to apply the tools necessary for understanding complex literature of various genres and produce the kinds of essays the academic world will require of them, e.g., expository, analytical, research, and persuasive essays.  Meets 1 credit of the English graduation requirement.   



English 3 E

Grade Level: 11

Credit: 1.0, Full Year

Prerequisite: English 2 E or English 2

English 3 Essentials is a year-long course designed to ensure instruction delivered in 15:1 student ratio. Focus on Oregon High School standards for Language Arts. Emphasis on Literacy and Study Skill development.  Course features 2 project-based learning units of study for research and literary analysis. The course features 6 units of study. The course features 4 Essays: Expository, Personal Narrative, Literary Analysis and Persuasive writing. Literature introduced include short stories, one full length novel, poetry, drama, and non-fiction current event focus.  Meets 1 credit of the English graduation requirement.  



English 3

Grade Level: 11

Credit: 1.0, Full Year

Prerequisite: English 2 E, English 2 or Honors English 2

This course immerses students in the study of U.S. literature. Students will be challenged to build upon reading and writing skills as they think critically about various themes that surface in and around a current controversial social topic. In addition to reinforcing expository, narrative and persuasive writing skills, students will engage in a significant argumentative research project centered around an issue of contemporary relevance.  Meets 1 credit of the English graduation requirement.   



AP English Language and Composition (AP English 3)

Grade Level: 11

Credit: 1.0, Full Year

Prerequisite: English 2 or Honors English 2, English Department Placement

AP English 3, also known as AP English Language and Composition, combines theory and practice of rhetoric, the writing process, and the study of American Literature. By the course’s end, students will be able to apply the fundamentals of rhetoric as well as the tools necessary for college-level reading, critical thinking, and critical writing (i.e., students will write in a variety of discursive modes including expository, analytical, persuasive—as well as produce a literary research paper). Students will think about the American Identity and analyze the many facets of that identity and also the ways in which that identity has developed and changed. Further, students will trace the origin of the American Dream, analyze the various ways the dream has been interpreted in society and literature, and investigate how these interpretations continue to influence literature and culture today. In addition to reinforcing expository, narrative and persuasive writing skills, students will engage in a significant argumentative research project centered around an issue of contemporary relevance.   Meets 1 credit of the English graduation requirement.  Dual credit option of 4 CCC credits for ENG 104.



English 4 E

Grade Level: 12

Credit: 1.0, Full Year

Prerequisite: English 3 E or English 3

English 4 Essentials is a year-long course designed to ensure instruction delivered in 15:1 student ratio. Focus on Oregon High School standards for Language Arts. Emphasis on Literacy and Study Skill development.  Course features 2 project-based learning units of study for research and literary analysis. The course features 6 units of study. The course features 4 Essays: Expository, Personal Narrative, Literary Analysis and Persuasive writing. Literature introduced include short stories, one full length novel, poetry, drama, and non-fiction current event focus. Meets 1 credit of the English graduation requirement.



English 4

Grade Level: 12

Credit: 1.0, Full Year

Prerequisite: English 3 E, English 3 or AP English 3

Designed to analyze the various ways in which the literature of the world discusses the human condition and to explore the reader's experience with the text-based upon what he or she brings to the text from his or her life. Students use a selection of themes to approach texts from diverse cultures in an effort to understand the differences and similarities across time period and place. In addition, students will demonstrate knowledge of literary terms as they apply them to the literature being studied; continue to develop their writing abilities concentrating foremost on organization, development, and voice; and uphold grammar, punctuation and capitalization standards in writing. Students are given opportunities to demonstrate mastery of the skills outlined in the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language and Reading. Students who cannot show mastery of these skills are provided opportunities for perfecting or improving these skills.  Meets 1 credit of the English graduation requirement.   



AP English Literature and Composition (AP English 4)

Grade Level: 12

Credit: 1.0, Full Year

Prerequisite: English 3 or AP  English 3, English Department Placement

AP English 4, also known as AP English Literature and Composition, focuses on the close study of literary devices within works of literature and the author’s purpose for writing. Designed to present elements of literature found in the short story, the novel, the poem, the drama, and the essay of various time periods in Europe, the United States, and World Literature. These elements are the basis for oral and written discussion and analysis.  Emphasis is placed on mastering reading and writing skills and developing personal voice in analysis.  Meets 1 credit of the English graduation requirement.  Dual credit option of 8 CCC credits for ENG 104 and WRI 121.   



Journalism

Grade Level: 10-12

Credit: 0.5, Semester or 1.0, Full Year

Credit Status: Elective

Prerequisite: None

Students in this course publish the online school newspaper, The La Salle Falconer. Students study and practice all aspects of digital journalism and publishing, including writing, editing, and photojournalism. Freshmen may take Journalism, but only with instructor approval. 



Advanced Journalism

Grade Level: 10-12

Credit: 0.5, Semester or 1.0, Full Year

Credit Status: Elective

Prerequisite: Instructor Approval and an A- or A in Journalism

Students in Advanced Journalism are editors for the online school newspaper, The La Salle Falconer. In addition to studying and practicing all aspects of digital journalism and publishing, students in Advanced Journalism serve in leadership roles, and are responsible for editing the work of other students, managing The Falconer's social media channels, and collaborating with other members of the editorial board to make all decisions about the content of this student-run publication. 



Creative Writing (Blended Online Course)

Grade Level: 10-12

Credit: 0.5, Semester

Credit Status: Elective

Prerequisite: None

This semester-long elective course, open to 10th -12th graders, is for both experienced and beginning creative writers. Students receive instruction, support and opportunity to develop their ability to write personal narratives, poetry, and short fiction. This is a Blended Online class. Students must have strong organizational and self-management skills and are expected to work independently.