English

Standards, Assessments and Graduation Requirements
The Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in English Language Arts, which include reading, writing, speaking, viewing, listening, media literacy, and language standards, were revised in 2010. All schools must implement the 2010 standards by the 2012-2013 school year. The standards will be reviewed again during the 2019-2020 school year. 

MN English Language Arts Standards Link

 

 

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The 9th grade English course focuses on the study of reading and literature, writing and language, speaking, listening and viewing. Mastering the five paragraph essay is the main writing component for this course. Each student also completes frequent on-demand writing and prepared writing. Literary concepts are taught through the study of short stories, plays and novels. Speaking and listening skills are practiced throughout the year.

 

Standards, Assessments and Graduation Requirements
The Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in English Language Arts, which include reading, writing, speaking, viewing, listening, media literacy, and language standards, were revised in 2010. All schools must implement the 2010 standards by the 2012-2013 school year. The standards will be reviewed again during the 2019-2020 school year. 

MN English Language Arts Standards Link

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This course is designed to promote success toward taking higher level courses in English. It is an accelerated approach to the standard English curriculum with additional material covered in literature, writing and grammar. The course is designed for the student of higher ability and/or a willingness to accept a challenge.

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Students in this course will study literary forms (genres) with an emphasis on the reading of complex information. The study of language will apply expository writing and both formal and informal to speaking experiences. Students will learn how to understand and apply reading strategies to access and comprehend complex forms of fiction and nonfiction, understand and apply language and composition skills necessary to create expository compositions.

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The depth, rigor and pacing of this class are more demanding than English 10. You will use Advanced Placement (AP) strategies for composition and literary analysis with in-depth analysis and synthesis of literary selections to improve your research and argumentation skills. You will use these skills to write a compare and contrast paper and a research paper using controlled sources. You will study and practice public speaking, listening, grammar usage and media skills. Take this class if you plan to take AP Language and Composition (11th grade) and AP Literature and Composition (12th grade).

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American literature and the analysis of that literature is emphasized in this course. The course also includes the study of composition: the preparation (process writing) of a research paper, personal essay and literary analysis essay. Both formal and informal speaking experiences will be included.

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Juniors in AP Language and Composition will study rhetorical analysis by reading and analyzing several varieties of American fiction and non-fiction prose, and by composing essays in response to what they read. Similarly, students will craft their skills in writing research essays and argument essays. In addition to these writing challenges, AP Language and Composition includes a thorough reader’s survey of American literature, including novels, short stories, poetry and plays.

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This course will include literature selections from around the world. Students writing will concentrate on academic writing including exposition, argumentation and analysis. Speaking, listening and language will be integrated throughout the course.

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In this demanding course, students will read and analyze British and European literature to deepen their understanding of how writers use structure, style and rhetorical strategies in order to explore ideas and themes in their work. Student writing will demonstrate a wide range of vocabulary comprehension; sentence structure; logical organization; and effective use of rhetoric, tone and voice.

Available At: Park High School

IB English HL 11 is a rigorous college-preparatory course for juniors. Students should be highly motivated and well prepared to commit to a course of study that requires independent reading, critical thinking, written literary commentaries, class discussion, various oral presentations, essays and a research project. This is the first part of a two-year sequence that prepares students for the Higher Level IB Examination in May of their senior year (college credit may be earned), as well as the college entrance examinations in May of their junior and senior years. This course is recommended for IB English HL 12.

Available At: Park High School

This is the second year of the IB English Higher Level courses. IB offers rigorous course work that meets international standards. Students continue to refine their literary analysis skills in both written and verbal forms. The course requires independent reading, critical thinking, written literary commentaries, class discussions, oral presentations, essays and research projects. The course specifically aims to prepare students for the Higher Level IB Examinations in May (possible college credit can be earned).

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In IB Theater, students will focus on the acquisition and development of all skills required to create, present and observe theater. Students will apply practical skills in different roles such as performers and parts of the production team. Additionally, students will do a practical and theoretical exploration of a range of theater traditions from around the world. This allows student to understand the origins and traditions of a variety of theater conventions and practices from diverse cultural and historical contexts. Students who complete all three trimesters will be prepared for the IB Theater SL Exam. Students may also choose to take only one or two of the trimesters. IB0155: Elements of Theater History; IB0156: Elements of Directing; IB0157: Elements of Theater in Performance.

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This course is appropriate for those new to the theater or seasoned veterans. It is for students interested in acting, directing, technical (backstage or light booth), play production or a more informed audience member. Students will look at all elements of design including make-up, costumes, lighting and sets.

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The “smell of the greasepaint and the roar of the crowd” motivates many students to enter the world of theater. This course is a comfortable way to learn and develop skills in creative dramatics and acting. Units of study will involve basic to complex areas of acting including emotional development, physical movement and improvisation. This course is an exciting way to develop poise in front of a group, while experiencing the thrill of involvement in theater. This course can be taken in the same year as Advanced Acting and Directing.

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In this performance course, students will explore formal acting and directing. Moving through the production process, students will assume the roles of producers, directors, actors and technical staff. The goal will be the staging of one-act plays for theater audiences. Can be taken in the same year as Creative Dramatics.

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Creative Writing is offered as an opportunity for students to sharpen their powers of observation and to translate these observations into clear, interesting descriptions. Students will have an opportunity to collaborate and peer edit work as well as produce poems, short stories and journalistic work. Technology will be used to facilitate the completion of compositions.

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Learn about the history of journalism, including law and ethics, as well as the media’s impact on society. You will study the basics of journalism, news gathering, writing, editing and layout. This course prepares you to fully participate on our school yearbook or newspaper staff.

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Study the language, the characters and the poetic style of William Shakespeare! Reading assignments will include a Shakespearean comedy, a tragedy, a history and a late Romance. Students will write essays grounded in research and analysis of Shakespeare’s style. Although this is not an acting class, students will give informal readings from time to time. Film adaptations of the plays and visits to live productions will complement our readings and discussions.

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This course will provide the college-bound student with a variety of academic writing experiences designed to equip the student with the skills required for typical college papers, reports and research projects. Assignments will add types of academic writing that are not addressed in the required curriculum.

Available At: Woodbury High School

If you read at or above grade level, this course is for you. You’ll learn ways to improve your reading comprehension, vocabulary and speed while using a variety of strategies and materials to self-assess and grow. You will enhance your oral reading skills, which support comprehension.

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Students develop an understanding of the basic principles of oral communication, with a focus on improving skills in researching, writing and organizing effective presentations that are appropriate to particular audiences. Students will develop, improve and gain confidence in delivery skills. Students will critically evaluate speeches and learn to communicate ethically.
*Possible University of Minnesota credit is available for this course.

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This University of Minnesota Entry Point class is an introduction to and practice of writing process. Critical reading, rhetorical analysis for understanding of audience, purpose and argumentation strategies. Formal assignments: summary/analytical writing, source-based writing. For eligibility criteria go to www.cce.umn.edu/College-in-the-Schools.
*Possible University of Minnesota credit is available for this course.
**Meets English 12 language arts requirement.

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The essence of this course is critical reading, writing and discussion of selected contemporary novels, poems and short stories. We will examine the texts from multiple viewpoints, examining the works not only for themes, narratives, and style, but also through application of a variety of critical theories. The texts are multicultural and may contain mature themes and images. The texts, discussions, ideas and format are different from those normally encountered in a high school classroom. You can expect to be challenged, enlightened and offended by things you encounter in the course.