• LANGUAGE ARTS

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    (All courses within this discipline are HOPE Scholarship eligible courses except where noted.)

     

    Course Title

    English I – Ninth-Grade Literature and Composition

    Course Number

    (1st Semester - 3553)  (2nd Semester - 3583) (Also Offered Online)

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Course Description

    Students are expected to increase their analytical skills, reading increasingly complex texts across all genres and writing cogent, well-supported analysis and argument essays using evidence from those texts. Students at this level can trace the development of a theme or argument through a text and provide an objective summary of the text without editorial bias. Through reading and writing and the use of appropriate reference materials, the student acquires academic and other contextual vocabulary, showing independence in acquisition and usage. In the early high school years particular focus is brought to world culture and how points of view can vary with cultural experience, as well as how interpretations can vary between artistic mediums. In Grade  nine students will create more complex arguments, addressing counter-arguments and using sophisticated structures and formal manuscript styles. Their expository essays will convey increasingly complex ideas, excluding extraneous details and using graphic and digital elements to convey information. Narratives will develop personal experiences employing dialogue, pacing, description, reflection, and multiple plot lines.

    Students are proficient in all steps of the writing process editing effectively and using digital publishing options. Research using appropriate formats for citation and evaluating sources is routine. Through repeated exposure students will become confident presenters and participants in discourse with both peers and experts.

    Prerequisite

    None

     

    Course Title

    Honors English I

    Course Number

    (1st Semester - 3750)  (2nd Semester - 3751)

    Course Description

    Honors English is a college prep course that takes a global, more thematic, approach to the study of literature and composition. This is a highly academic course and requires extensive outside reading, writing, and research, as well as summer reading.

    Prerequisite

    None

     

    Course Title

    English II–Tenth-Grade World Literature

    Course Number

    (1st Semester - 3633)  (2nd Semester - 3663) (Also Offered Online)

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Course Description

    Students in grade 10 are expected to continue to increase their analytical skills, reading increasingly complex texts across all genres and writing cogent, well-supported analysis and argument essays using evidence from those texts. Students at this level can trace the development of a theme or argument through a text and  provide an objective summary of the text without editorial bias. Through reading and writing and the use of appropriate reference materials, the student acquires academic and other contextual vocabulary, showing independence in acquisition and usage. In the early high school years particular focus is brought to world culture and how points of view can vary with cultural experience, as well as how interpretations can vary between artistic mediums. In grade 10 students will create more complex arguments, addressing counter- arguments and using sophisticated structures and formal manuscript styles. Their expository essays will convey increasingly complex ideas, excluding extraneous details and using graphic and digital elements to convey information. Narratives will develop personal experiences employing dialogue, pacing, description, reflection, and multiple plot lines. Students are proficient in all steps of the writing process editing effectively and using digital publishing options. Research using appropriate formats for citation and evaluating sources is routine. Through repeated exposure students will become confident presenters and participants in discourse with both peers and experts.

    Prerequisite

    English I

     

    Course Title

    Honors English II

    Course Number

    (1st Semester - 3752)  (2nd Semester - 3753)               (Also Offered Online)

     

    Course Description

    This college prep course emphasizes an in-depth analysis of World Literature, personal and expository compositions, vocabulary development (i.e., SAT preparation), public speaking skills, and utilization of research skills. A variety of methods will be used to enhance students’ critical thinking skills. Extensive reading is required throughout the entire course. A research paper and summer reading are required.

    Prerequisite

    Honors English I


     

    Course Title

    English III – Eleventh-Grade American Literature

    Course Number

    (1st Semester - 3713)  (2nd Semester - 3733) (Also Offered Online)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Course Description

    Students in grade eleven are consolidating and internalizing the core skills of the CCGPS as they near the end of their high school careers, fulfilling the vision of a college- and career- ready individual with strong twenty-first century literacy skills and the ability to think critically. They undertake close, attentive reading  of complex works of literature and informational texts, and are able to navigate confidently through significant amounts of information in a variety of formats. Eleventh graders have developed a very broad vocabulary that includes content-specific and technical terms along with a fluent and sophisticated grasp  of the English language. Their growing understanding of the nuances of language will aid them in analyzing an author’s point of view, recognizing the rhetorical elements of an argument, and in the development of tone and mood in works of literature. Students at this level of development will apply their critical thinking skills to the comparison and analysis of a variety of works in different artistic and digital mediums, and to the transformation of classical source works such as Shakespeare or Homer into modern pieces. By grade eleven students are able to identify and understand the interplay of more than one central idea within a single text, appreciating the way that ideas can build upon one another to achieve a complexity of thought. Students at this level can effectively evaluate primary and secondary source material from a variety of resources including digital resources and historic documents. Students can introduce and support arguments with valid reasoning, use accepted formatting and citation styles with ease, and convey complex ideas effectively using appropriate structures. Sustained research projects should be common-place by grade eleven and students are comfortable presenting findings to both large and small groups in multi-modal formats.

    Prerequisite

    English II

     

    Course Title

    Honors English III

    Course Number

    (1st Semester - 3754) (2nd Semester - 3764)

     

    Course Description

    In this college prep course students will be introduced to the American experience as shared by a diverse and select group of writers. Students will be able to study, analyze, and thoughtfully discuss (orally and in writing) literature that spans from the Puritan and pre-Puritan (Native American) eras through the 20th Century.

    Emphasis is on reading comprehension, study skills, and techniques for strengthening writing skills. Extensive reading is required throughout the entire course. A research paper and summer reading are required.

    Prerequisite

    Honors English II

     

    Course Title

    Advanced Placement English Language (III)

    Course Number

    (1st Semester - 9109)  (2nd Semester - 9111)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Course Description

    Advanced Placement is unique in our high school curriculum. Students undertake close, attentive reading of complex works of literature and informational texts, and are able to navigate confidently through significant amounts of information in a variety of formats. Students continue to develop a very broad vocabulary that includes content-specific and technical terms along with a fluent and sophisticated grasp of the English language. Their growing understanding of the nuances of language will aid them in analyzing an author’s point of view, recognizing the rhetorical elements of an argument, and in the development of tone and mood in works of literature. Students at this level of development will apply their critical thinking skills to the comparison and analysis of a variety of works in different artistic and digital mediums, and to the transformation of classical source works such as Shakespeare or Homer into modern pieces. Students are able to identify and understand the interplay of more than one central idea within a single text, appreciating the way that ideas can build upon one another to achieve a complexity of thought. Students at this level can effectively evaluate primary and secondary source material from a variety of resources including digital resources and historic documents. Students can introduce and support arguments with valid reasoning, use accepted formatting and citation styles with ease, and convey complex ideas effectively using appropriate structures. Sustained research projects are common-place and students are comfortable presenting findings to both large and small groups in multi-modal formats.

    Prerequisite

    English II

     

    Course Title

    Honors English IV

    Course Number

    (1st Semester - 3791.0) (2nd Semester - 3792.0)

     

     

    Course Description

    The overall goal of this class is to interpret, analyze, evaluate, and critique British literature with a concentration on developing writing and analytical reading skills. The literary pieces studied in this course include a variety of short stories, essays, poems, plays, and novels. Students will effectively evaluate the philosophical, political, religious, ethical, and social influences of each historical/literary period. Students will demonstrate their understanding of literature through class discussion, presentations, essays, and other formats. It is a “college gateway” class that will encourage student independence, multi-tasking, and time management.

    Prerequisite

     


     

    Course Title

    English IV– 12th Grade British Literature

    Course Number

    (1st Semester - 3793)  (2nd Semester - 3823)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Course Description

    Students are consolidating and internalizing the core skills of the CCGPS as they near the end of their high school careers, fulfilling the vision of a college- and career-ready individual with strong twenty-first century literacy skills and the ability to think critically. They undertake close, attentive reading of complex works of literature and informational texts, and are able to navigate confidently through significant amounts of information in a variety of formats. Students continue to develop a very broad vocabulary that includes content-specific and technical terms along with a fluent and sophisticated grasp of the English language.

    Their growing understanding of the nuances of language will aid them in analyzing an author’s point of view, recognizing the rhetorical elements of an argument, and in the development of tone and mood in works of literature. Students at this level of development will apply their critical thinking skills to the comparison and analysis of a variety of works in different artistic and digital mediums, and to the transformation of classical source works such as Shakespeare or Homer into modern pieces. Students are able to identify and understand the interplay of more than one central idea within a single text, appreciating the way that ideas can build   upon one another to achieve a complexity of thought. Students at this level can effectively evaluate primary and secondary source material from a variety of resources including digital resources and historic documents. Students can introduce and support arguments with valid reasoning, use accepted formatting and citation styles with ease, and convey complex ideas effectively using appropriate structures. Sustained research projects are common place, and students are comfortable presenting findings to both large and small groups in multi-modal formats.

    Prerequisite

    English III

     

    Course Title

    Reading Enrichment (Does not count as an English unit of credit)

    Course Number

    (9126)

     

    Course Description

    This course is an extension of Communication Skills 23.081. It provides additional remediation for students who have still not mastered the language arts objectives for the Georgia High School Graduation Test. It enhances essential reading skills necessary to promote continual development in reading. This course should meet the guidelines for Remedial Education Program.

    Prerequisite

    This course requires recommendation by the student’s teacher.

     

    Course Title

    Basic Reading/Writing I (BRWI) (Does not count as an English unit of credit)

    Course Number

    (9127)

    Course Description

    Provides fundamental skills development in all areas of English/Language Arts in a language lab setting; includes drill and practice opportunities in writing, organizing, speaking, reading, and critical thinking.

    Prerequisite

    This course requires recommendation by the student’s teacher.

     

    Course Title

    Basic Reading/Writing II (BRWII) (Does not count as an English unit of credit)

    Course Number

    (9128)

    Course Description

    Enhances level-one skills in a language lab setting. Provides further application of skills in writing, organizing, speaking, reading, and critical thinking activities. Includes preparation for various required state assessments.

    Prerequisite

    This course requires recommendation by the student’s teacher and/or completion of Basic Reading/Writing I

     

    Course Title

    Basic Reading/Writing III (BRWIII) (Does not count as an English unit of credit)

    Course Number

    (9129)

    Course Description

    Enhances level-two skills through an intensive small group environment. Focuses on writing, organizing, speaking, reading, and critical thinking and includes preparation for various required state assessments (e.g., High School Graduation Test, Georgia Writing Assessment).

    Prerequisite

    This course requires recommendation by the student’s teacher and/or completion of Basic Reading/Writing II

     

    Course Title

    Basic Reading/Writing IV (BRWIV) (Does not count as an English unit of credit)

    Course Number

    (9130)

    Course Description

    Enhances level-three skills. Provides in-depth concentration on writing, organizing, speaking, reading, and critical thinking activities. Includes preparation for various required state assessments (e.g., High School Graduation Test, Georgia Writing Assessment).

    Prerequisite

    This course requires recommendation by the student’s teacher and/or completion of Basic Reading/Writing III


     

    Course Title

    Advanced Placement English Literature (IV)

    Course Number

    (1st Semester – 3834, Also Offered Online)  (2nd Semester - 3844)

     

    Course Description

    AP English IV is a college-level course, which gives students the opportunity to analyze, read, discuss, and write about challenging selections in world literature. It provides the practice and guidance needed to fully prepare for the AP examination in English Literature. Students will take the College Board Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition Examination in early May for college credit and/or advanced standing. Summer reading is required.

    Prerequisite

    English III

     

    Course Title

    Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) Preparation (Does not count as an English unit of credit)

    Course Number

    (9120)

     

    Course Description

    The Verbal semester of SAT Preparation is an elective course designed for students who have completed English I or Honors English I. The major topic of study will be the Verbal section of the SAT. Students will become familiar with SAT format and the concepts tested on the SAT. Students will be introduced strategies and key test taking skills. They will also take full- length practice tests and learn about the scoring of the SAT.

    Prerequisite

    Completion of English I or Honors English I

     

    Course Title

    English Study Skills (Does not count as an English unit of credit)

    Course Number

    (1st Semester – 6615)  (2nd Semester - 6616)

     

    Course Description

    This course is designed to support freshmen in the areas of reading, writing, and communication. The instructional setting will consist of varied teaching strategies that address multiple learning styles. Students enrolled in this course will receive instruction that focuses on reading, writing, speaking, critical thinking, and organization.

    Prerequisite

    This course requires recommendation by the student’s counselor.

     

    Course Title

    Writer’s Workshop (Does not count as an English unit of credit)

    Course Number

    (1st Semester – 3850)  (2nd Semester3851)

     

     

    Course Description

    The Writer’s Workshop course will offer opportunities for students to enhance their grammar and style techniques toward maturity as writers. Students will delve into traditions and complexities of writers, gaining insight into analytical skills and thematic connections between past and current voices. In addition, students will compose their own creative works, and will also be responsible for editing and publishing either a  literary journal or a school paper. The student population should be highly motivated 11th and 12th graders who have an interest in the study of creative writing. The course may count as an elective only for students in a College Prep sequence and as a core class or elective for students in the Career/Tech Prep sequence.

    Prerequisite

     

     

    Course Title

    Lit/ History of New Testament

    Course Number

    (3862)

     

     

     

    Course Description

    The purpose of the course shall be to accommodate the rights and desires of those teachers and students who wish to teach and study the New Testament and to familiarize students with the contents of the New Testament, the history recorded by the New Testament, the literary style and structure of the New Testament, the customs and cultures of the peoples and societies recorded in the New Testament and the influence of the New Testament upon law, history, government, literature, art, music, customs, morals, values, and culture.

    The topics may include the historical background and events of the period; the life of Jesus of Nazareth; the parables of Jesus; the life and travels of Paul; and the influence of New Testament history and literature on subsequent art, music, literature, law, and events.

    Prerequisite