• ENGLISH 1

    Graduation Requirement; Meets CSU/UC “B” Requirement
    Grade: 9 (1 year) Prerequisite: None. 10 Credits
    DESCRIPTION: This course is intended to develop vocabulary, grammar, and writing skills enabling the student to write a thoughtful, well-constructed and grammatically acceptable composition. As freshman year is the initial stage of the high school experience, material covered encompasses a broad range of topics with focus on the fundamentals of style and form. The composition of the novel, short story, poem, and play are examined. Students are expected to master the fundamentals of research, culminating in a research paper.
     

    HONORS ENGLISH 1

    Meets Graduation Requirement in English; Meets CSU/UC “B” Requirement
    Grade: 9 (1 year)
    Prerequisite: The school district determines initial eligibility for 9th grade Honors English.
    10 Credits
    DESCRIPTION: This course is a more intensive English 9 course with added emphasis on the study of literary topics. Geared toward the highly motivated student, the course includes a greater number of reading and writing projects highlighted by the necessity to construct more advanced essays. Added vocabulary and spelling assignments are required.
     

    ENGLISH 2

    Graduation Requirement; Meets CSU/UC “B” Requirement
    Grade: 10 (1 year)
    Prerequisite: None.
    10 Credits
    DESCRIPTION: The emphasis of English 10 is on literature, as well as written and oral communication. The course is designed to strengthen the student's background and foster creativity through the interpretation of British, American, and international literature. Students establish a standard of critical evaluation and are called upon to demonstrate writing ability, as well as the development and expression of thought within a structured speech unit. The composition emphasis will be on descriptive, narrative, and expository writing, especially the literary essay. A research paper, journal writing, and vocabulary and spelling are assigned.
     

    HONORS ENGLISH 2

    Meets Graduation Requirement in English; Meets CSU/UC “B” Requirement
    Grade: 10 (1 year)
    10 Credits 
    Prerequisite: (1) A minimum of a C in both semesters of Honors English 1. Students who are not eligible, can challenge into the class with a timed essay on one of the following titles: The Merchant of Venice, Lord of the Flies, Great Expectations, David Copperfield, or The Odyssey.
    DESCRIPTION: This course is appropriate for the more advanced student with a serious interest in English. Particular emphasis is placed upon the investigation of symbolism, alternative writing styles, and the development of the modern novel. In addition to the fundamental examples, special types of speeches are included. Students in this course can expect a significantly greater number of reading and writing assignments.
     

    ENGLISH 3

    Graduation Requirement; Meets CSU/UC “B” Requirement
    Grade: 11 (1 year)
    Prerequisite: None.
    10 Credits
    DESCRIPTION: The students study important literary works by American authors to understand the evolution of American thought and our own national character. The works of these authors are studied not only as reflections of American thought in all its variety, but also as examples of good literary craftsmanship. Composition, grammar, usage, vocabulary and spelling are areas of concentration.
     

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION

    Meets Graduation Requirement in English; Meets CSU/UC “B” Requirement
    Grade: 11 (1 year)
    Prerequisite: none. However, because of the rigor of this course, Rio Americano advises students to talk to their current English teacher for advisement. 
    10 Credits
    DESCRIPTION: The AP course in English Language and Composition engages student in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, persuasive subjects, and the stylistic conventions which contribute to effective and forceful writing. The course focuses on major American authors and themes of the 19th and 20th centuries and urges students to synthesize deftly and interpret critically the novels and plays and expository writing that constitute the United States literary cultural heritage.
     

    ENGLISH 4

    Graduation Requirement; Meets CSU/UC “B” Requirement
    Grade: 12 (1 year)
    Prerequisite: none.
    10 Credits
    DESCRIPTION: All students need continuing education in language arts. By the senior year in high school, students have been provided instruction in most aspects of this discipline. The senior English class provides students the additional opportunity to acquire language skills and knowledge which they may not have learned, and additionally, and just as important, the opportunity to explore the ways that the skills and knowledge will have practical application in their lives.
     

    CSU EXPOSITORY READING AND WRITING COURSE

    Meets Graduation Requirement in English; Meets CSU/UC “B” Requirement
    Grade: 12 (1 year)
    Prerequisite: none.
    10 Credits
    DESCRIPTION: ERWC is a full-year college preparatory English course for high school seniors. The ERWC aligns with the English-Language Arts Standards, addresses critical reading and writing problems identified by the CSU English Placement Test Committee, and prepares students to meet the expectations of college and university faculty.
    Students who score conditionally exempt on their EAP testing in junior year and complete this course are exempt from the CSU English Placement Test.
     
     

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION

    Meets Graduation Requirement in English; Meets CSU/UC “B” Requirement
    Grade: 12 (1 year)
    Prerequisite: none. However, because of the rigor of this course, Rio Americano advises students to talk to their current English teacher for advisement. 
    10 Credits
    DESCRIPTION: Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition is a yearlong college-level course in which we study great works of literature with attention to small details and big ideas. This is a writing-intensive course aimed at exploring literature through writing and at improving your written expression. Students are expected to actively participate in and lead class discussions. The course offers intellectual challenges and rigorous workload consistent with a typical undergraduate university English literature course.
     

    SPEECH

    Elective Credit; Meets CSU/UC “G” Requirement
    Grades: 9-12 (1 year)
    Prerequisite: None
    10 Credits
    DESCRIPTION: Indispensable everyday presentation skills are learned in the Speech (workshop) class. Outline, researching, writing, reading, listening, and extemporaneous speaking are among some of the skills explored and learned in our speech class. In addition to these basic skills, students learn techniques in multimedia presentation skills, using Power Point as well as video and other presentation skills. Students will use what they learn in other venues in assignments given that will take the student away from the classroom and out into the business world. This is accomplished by outside speech assignment and the opportunity to compete at speech and debate tournaments. Overall, Rio’s speech class encompasses a myriad of outcome based projects to aid students in preparing for the “real world” and their future.Also, students will learn how to participate in competitive Speech & Debate. They will have the opportunity to compete in the following categories: impromptu, oral interpretation, debate, Congress and extemporaneous and more. Students may attend 5 tournaments throughout the year on Saturdays. In addition, parents/guardians may get to serve as tournament judges periodically throughout the year.
     

    JOURNALISM/Newspaper

    Elective Credit; Meets CSU/UC “G” Requirement
    Grades: 9-12 (1 year)
    Prerequisite: Approval of the instructor.
    10 Credits
    DESCRIPTION: This course will provide an understanding of the roles, rights and responsibilities of journalists. Students in this course will participate in a series of multi-week writers’ workshops involving the study of researching, writing and editing for journalistic publications. As students will produce printed and on-line versions of The Mirada, student newspaper, the quantity and quality of writing and peer editing in this course will be commensurate with that expected in upper-division English courses. Students will learn and practice newsgathering, writing, photography, page design, desktop publishing, editing, cartooning and ad sales. The course fulfills a UC elective requirement.
     

    JOURNALISM/Yearbook

    Elective Credit; Meets CSU/UC “G” Requirement
    Grades: 10-12 (1 year)
    Prerequisite: Instructor and Counselor approved.
    10 Credits
    DESCRIPTION: Students will work as writers, photographers, illustrators and ad salespersons. Students will learn to make layout and do copy and caption work to meet all deadlines. The staff will be responsible to put together the yearbook covering all activities and events from September through June.
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