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English Language Arts Course Descriptions

5030 | English Grade 9: 10 credits – grade 9 – English Language Arts – no prerequisite

English 9 standards call for the student to communicate effectively in writing and speaking; to read, analyze, and interpret literature; and to use appropriate resources and skills to conduct research. Students build writing skills in many forms and are expected to meet the district writing standard in three specific areas: an expository essay, a formal letter, and a creative work. Criteria for evaluation includes: focus development, organization, mechanics (spelling, punctuation, capitalization), and style (sentence structure and vocabulary). Literature study, which focuses on the concept of theme within various literary genres, includes short stories, novels, and plays. Most students will read Romeo and Juliet and To Kill a Mockingbird. At FCHS: This is a prerequisite for World Literature and Composition (10th grade English).

 

5034 | College Prep English 9: 10 credits – grade 9 – English Language Arts – no prerequisite

College Prep English 9 is based upon the same curriculum and standards as English 9 but is designed to emphasize the skills and habits of mind that will be needed to take Advanced Placement English courses and the Advanced Placement exam. Students will be challenged to do more with literary comparison, composition, and the higher order thinking skills of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Ninth grade English course content is covered in greater depth and with more insight. At FCHS: This is a prerequisite for World Literature and Composition (10th grade English) or College Prep World Literature and Composition (10th grade CP English). This is an Honors course. There is a summer reading assignment required in this class.

 

Read 180 9 (instructor-assigned): 10 credits – grade 9 – English Language Arts – prerequisite: Staff placement

This course is an intensive reading and writing program designed to provide two class periods of English per day (10 credits per semester) for those students currently on ILPs or who score below proficient on CMAS/Levels/SRI testing. Students will be placed in this class by counselors and/or administrators only. At FCHS: This course is an intensive reading intervention program designed to provide an additional class period of English per day (5 English credits per semester) for students who score below proficient on PSAT/NWEA MAP's Reading/RI testing. Students will be placed in this class by Counselors, IS Case Managers and/or Administrators only. This course is paired with English 9FC (reading supported English 9).

 

Grade 10 Language Arts

5412 | World Literature/Composition (English 10): 10 credits – grade 10 –English Language Arts – prerequisite: 9th grade English

This course provides students with a foundation in reading and writing skills necessary for completion of a comprehensive standards‐ based high school curriculum. The course integrates the teaching of writing with the study of literature. Students read a substantial selection of world literature including short stories, novels, drama (including Shakespeare), non‐fiction, and poetry. Writing instruction is based on the Six‐Traits Model. Students produce expository, narrative, descriptive, persuasive, technical, and creative writings. At FCHS: This is a prerequisite for US Literature and Composition (11th grade English).

 

5408 | College Prep World Literature and Composition (CP English 10):    10 credits – grade 10 – English Language Arts – prerequisite: 9th grade English

This course provides an important foundation for future high school Advanced Placement English courses. It is the preparatory class for Advanced Placement courses in language and literature taken in the junior and senior years. The primary aim of this course is to build skills in writing, thinking, and speaking about literature and life. The structure of the course is based on seven units: Semantics, The Novel, The Short Story, Drama (including Shakespeare), The Essay, and Poetry. The activities of the course are reading, journal writing, essay analysis, essay writing, note taking skills, listening, and the vocabulary of literature. Tests, quizzes, expository and persuasive essay writing, and class participation are the primary means of evaluating students’ mastery of skills and overall performance. At FCHS: This is a prerequisite for US Literature and Composition (11th grade English) and/or AP Language and Composition. This is an Honors course. There is a summer reading assignment required in this class.

 

Read 180 10 (instructor assigned): 10 credits – grade 10 – English Language Arts – prerequisite: Staff placement

This course is an intensive reading and writing program designed to provide two class periods of English per day (10 credits per semester) for those students currently on ILPs or who score below proficient on CSAP/Levels/SRI testing. Students will be placed in this class by counselors and/or administrators only. At FCHS: This course is an intensive reading intervention program designed to provide an additional class period of English per day (5 English credits per semester) for students who score below proficient on PSAT/NWEA MAP's Reading/RI testing. Students will be placed in this class by Counselors, IS Case Managers and/or Administrators only. This course is paired with World Lit FC (reading supported World Lit).

 

Grade 11 Language Arts

5863 | US Literature and Composition (English 11): 10 credits – grade 11 –English Language Arts – prerequisite: World Lit and Comp or College Prep World Lit and Comp

American Literature courses focus upon commonly known American authors and their work. Students improve their critical-thinking skills as they determine the underlying assumptions and values within the selected works and as they understand how the literature reflects the society of the time. Oral discussion is an integral part of this course as is the emphasis on narrative, informational/explanatory, and argumentative writing. At FCHS: Writing and Language along with Reading skills practice specific to the SAT are addressed in the spring semester.

 

5861 | AP Language and Composition: 10 credits – grade 11 – English Language Arts – prerequisite: World Lit and Comp or CP World Lit and Comp, Fee $16.60

This junior level class will provide both a scope and sequence survey of U.S. literature AND preparation for the AP English Language Exam. It is a year-long course focusing on the development of sophisticated skills in English as they pertain to literature and to language. Along with their reading in U.S. literature, students will study writing style, usage, and practice rhetorical analysis of fiction and non-fiction. The study of language itself, differences between oral and written discourse, formal and informal languages, historical changes in speech and writing, will often be used as an organizing strategy. At FCHS: The 1st semester is prerequisite for 2nd semester. There is a required summer reading assignment for this class.

 

7282 | AP Seminar (Year 1) 10 credits, grades 11 or 12. English Language Arts Credit

AP Seminar is a foundational course of the AP Capstone that engages students in cross-curricular conversations that explore the complexities of academic and real-world topics and issues by analyzing divergent perspectives.  Using an inquiry framework, students practice reading and analyzing articles, research studies, and foundational literary and philosophical texts; listening to and viewing speeches, broadcasts, and personal accounts; and experiencing artistic works and performances.  Students learn to synthesize information from multiple sources, develop their own perspectives in written essays, and design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as part of a team.  Ultimately, the course aims to equip students with the power to analyze and evaluate information with accuracy and precision in order to craft and communicate evidence-based arguments..

 

Grade 12 Language Arts

5831 | Composition: 5 credits – grades 12 – English Language Arts – prerequisite: Proficiency on State Assessment

This course emphasizes expository essays, including summaries, personal essays, and argumentative and documented writing. The course stresses improvement in generating, developing and organizing ideas, editing and revision, and competence in mechanics. At FCHS: This course will be multi-genre, including academic, career, and creative writing. This course is strongly recommended prior to taking Advanced Composition.

 

5491 | Basic Composition: 5 credits – grades 12 – English Language Arts – no prerequisite

This course is designed for students who want to improve sentence structure, paragraphing, and basic essay writing. In addition to writing skill development, students will have the opportunity to improve word-processing skills.

 

7282 | AP Seminar (Year 1) 10 credits, grades 11 or 12. English Language Arts Credit

AP Seminar is a foundational course of the AP Capstone that engages students in cross-curricular conversations that explore the complexities of academic and real-world topics and issues by analyzing divergent perspectives.  Using an inquiry framework, students practice reading and analyzing articles, research studies, and foundational literary and philosophical texts; listening to and viewing speeches, broadcasts, and personal accounts; and experiencing artistic works and performances.  Students learn to synthesize information from multiple sources, develop their own perspectives in written essays, and design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as part of a team.  Ultimately, the course aims to equip students with the power to analyze and evaluate information with accuracy and precision in order to craft and communicate evidence-based arguments.

 

9325CEFRHS FRCC English Composition I (ENG1021): 5 credits – grades 12 – English Language Arts – See Counselor for Pre-requisite (SAT score, Grades/GPA, or Test placement). This class is only available as concurrent enrollment.

ENG 1021: Emphasizes the planning, writing, and revising of compositions, including the development of critical and logical thinking skills. This course includes a wide variety of compositions that stress analytical, evaluative, and persuasive/argumentative writing. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-CO1 category.

 

9334CEFRHS | FRCC English Composition II (ENG1022): 5 credits – grades 12 – English Language Arts – English 121 or AP Language & Comp Test score of 3 or above is a prerequisite.  This class is only available as concurrent enrollment. 

ENG 1022: Expands and refines the objectives of English Composition I. Emphasizes critical/logical thinking and reading, problem definition, research strategies, and writing analytical, evaluative, and/or argumentative compositions. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-CO2 category. 

 

9330CEFRHS FRCC Introduction to Literature I (LIT1015): 5 credits – grades 12 – English Language Arts – no prerequisite. This class is only available as concurrent enrollment.

LIT 1015: Introduces students to fiction, poetry, and drama. This course emphasizes active and responsive reading. This course is guaranteed to transfer to all public colleges and universities in Colorado. 

 

5860 | AP Composition and Literature: 10 credits – grades 12 – English Language Arts – prerequisite: recommended AP Lang & Comp

This course includes the study of short stories, drama, novels, and poetry, with emphasis on discussion, thorough understanding, and analysis of works of literature. Students read and study famous authors from ancient to contemporary times. This course is designed to complete an accelerated sequence of reading and writing classes in high school. Students may subsequently sign up to take the Advanced Placement examination for college credit in English. At FCHS: Strongly recommended prerequisite is AP Language and Composition. There is a summer reading assignment required for the class.

 

5530 | Short Fiction: 5 credits – grades 11, 12 – English Language Arts – no prerequisite

In this class, the study of short fiction as a literary form strives to help students widen their perspectives. Students will explore ways in which literature reflects the human condition, while stressing critical and analytical thinking. Students will review the basic characteristics of short fiction as well as develop effective communication skills by completing various writing assignments and creative projects. At FCHS: we strongly recommend a prerequisite of English 9 and World Lit and Comp.

 

5064 | Graphic Novels: 5 credits – grades 11, 12 – English Language Arts – no prerequisite

The study of graphic novels involves the analytical reading of the text and "reading" of the illustrative, "comic" art paired with its novel-styled narrative. An examination of the foundational components of this literary format will begin the course, and, with these concepts in mind, students will complete creative works and develop their skills in reading and writing as they interpret, explain, and support their ideas verbally, in short writing assignments, and essay writing.

 

5588 | Video Games as Literature: 5 credits – grades 11, 12 – English Language Arts – no prerequisite

This course will teach students to approach video games with the same critical thinking lenses they apply to traditional literature, film, and other texts.  With a focus on narrative-based video games, students will analyze and evaluate game designers' building of themes through character, setting, and plot; compare and contrast the experiences of reading books, watching films, and playing video games; and collaborate with peers to write and present narratives of their own.  In addition to these elements shared with traditional literature, students will apply theories of video game design and evaluate game designers' choices based on devices specific to video games.  While "reading" will primarily take the form of playing video games individually, in groups, and as a whole class, reading of short stories and informational texts will be required.  Writing and discussion demands will be similar to other English classes.

 

5220 | Creative Writing: 5 credits – grades 12 – English Language Arts – no prerequisite

This class enables students to explore and develop their special talents and interests in writing short stories, poems, plays, and other creative works. At FCHS: Students will examine a variety of models as they develop their understanding of each genre/form. Meeting deadlines, accepting and giving feedback, reading aloud to a group or a partner, and the willingness to produce a substantial amount of writing are all essential components of this course.

 

5815 | Digital Composition: 5 credits – grades 12 – English Language Arts – no prerequisite

This semester-long, standards-based, English Language Arts course will allow students to study emerging theory/research on digital literacy and composing in a digital world as well as how copyright and intellectual property protections apply. Students will analyze and create digital and multi-modal compositions reflective of topics relevant to them and the issues we face in the 21st Century. Students will engage in units that explore: Theory, Research, and Rules about Digital Literacy and writing; Digital Storytelling; Multi-modal Poetry creation; Digital Essay writing; Research; and Multi-modal/Digital Mini Documentary creation. Throughout the course, students will apply current research and text analysis to their own composing/creation acts.

 

5441 | British Literature: 5 credits – grades 12 – English Language Arts – prerequisite: World Lit. and Comp.

A representative survey of British literature, this course includes short stories, novels, poetry, drama, and essays. Emphasis is on reading, writing and critical thinking. Students read, discuss and analyze poetry, drama, short stories, essays, and novels; complete formal and informal writing assignments; and take quizzes and exams. Discussion, lecture, reading, and writing activities are the principal means of instruction. At FCHS: This is an Honors course.

 

Language Arts Electives for All Grade Levels

5250 | Basic Speech: 5 credits – grades 9, 10, 11, 12 – English Language Arts – no prerequisite

Basic Speech is designed as a fundamental course to improve public speaking in formal and informal settings. Focus is on activities that address the organization, preparation, and delivery of solo speaking opportunities including informative, visual aid, demonstration, and persuasive speeches. Work also includes effective listening, oral interpretation, and group discussion. At FCHS: For students graduating in 2015 and beyond, Basic Speech will no longer be “required” but is highly recommended.

 

5580 | Play & Script Writing: 5 credits – grades 9, 10, 11, 12 – English Language Arts – no prerequisite

This course is designed to teach students how to observe, analyze, discuss, outline, plot, write and revise scripts for the stage and screen, including all terminology and formatting for each style.

 

5900 | Argumentation and Debate: 5 credits – grades 9, 10, 11, 12 – English Language Arts – no prerequisite

This theory and practice of argument will be discovered and applied in various persuasive situations. Public Forum, Lincoln-Douglas, and legislative debate techniques will be introduced. Students will research and write debate cases and participate in debates in class. Skills in organizing and writing debate cases and conducting a critical analysis of research literature will be emphasized in addition to oral analysis and refutation. 

 

1769 | Business Communication: 5 credits – grades 9, 10, 11, 12 – English Language Arts – no prerequisite

Students learn techniques for writing informational, professional, sales, news and other communications. The course explores new trends and technologies relating to business communications, including email, social media, blogging and SEO.

 

5910 | Forensics (Debate): 5 credits – grades 9, 10, 11, 12 – English Language Arts – prerequisite: Instructor Approval

Students will study all areas of forensic competition exclusive of debate and will be expected to specialize in duet acting  extemporaneous speaking original oratory interpretation of dramatic literature  interpretation of humorous literature  or interpretation of poetry. Prerequisite: Instructor's approval.

 

5911 | Forensics Laboratory (Debate): 5 credits – grades 9, 10, 11, 12 – English Language Arts – prerequisite: Instructor Approval

This is a performance course for students preparing to be speech competitors. Students study, perform, and critique performances of debate, public speaking, and interpretations of literature. At FCHS: This class meets during 9th hour after school. This is a Speech and Debate Lab. Students are required to compete in at least four Saturday speech and debate tournaments at schools throughout northern Colorado. 

 

5814 | Online Media I: 5 credits – grades 9, 10, 11, 12 – English Language Arts – no prerequisite

Students demonstrate their understanding of a variety of programs and occupations in online media using digital tools that are widely available in professional media work. Focus is on producing content for online consumer-oriented platforms. Instruction will be paired with hands-on lab experiences in community reporting, both verbal and visual.

 

5816 | Online Media II (Spilled Ink): 5 credits – grades 9, 10, 11, 12 – English Language Arts – prerequisite: Online Media I

This course is recommended for students who have completed Online Media I and who want to develop their leadership skills while expanding on various modes of reporting and creating online media for specific audiences and online consumer-oriented platforms. Instruction will be paired with hands-on lab experiences.

 

5290S1 | Television Production A: 5 credits – grades 9, 10, 11, 12 – Fine & Applied Arts – no prerequisite

TV producers work behind the camera, putting together the different elements of the broadcast and making sure that everything works together smoothly. This course covers the essential components of TV broadcast production, including the use of microphones, cameras, videotape recorder-editors, switchers, and lighting equipment. The basics of editing and chroma key (blue screen) techniques are also introduced. Students gain practical experience producing their own video projects in the studio.

 

5290S2 | Television Production B: 10 credits – grades 9, 10, 11, 12 – English Language Arts – prerequisite: Television Production A

TV producers work behind the camera, putting together the different elements of the broadcast and making sure that everything works together smoothly. This course covers the essential components of TV broadcast production, including the use of microphones, cameras, videotape recorder-editors, switchers, and lighting equipment. The basics of editing and chroma key (blue screen) techniques are also introduced. Students gain practical experience producing their own video projects in the studio.

 

5269 | Journalism/Yearbook: 10 credits – grades 9, 10, 11, 12 – English Language Arts – Instructor Approval

Students learn to examine professional news and information reporting and to write journalistically.  The fundamentals of information gathering, interviewing, reporting stories, writing, advertising strategies, and yearbook design and layout are all learned as a basis for yearbook production. At FCHS: This course is a challenging, high-level class that proceeds at a rapid pace, and requires demanding rigorous work outside of class. 

 

7950CEFRHS| FRCC Humanities: Medieval to Modern (HUM 122): 5 credits – grades 11, 12 – Humanities – no prerequisite

HUM122: Examines written texts, visual arts and musical compositions to analyze and reflect the evolution and confluence of cultures in Europe, Asia and the Americas from 800 C.E. to 1750 C.E.

 

7686CEFRHS| FRCC Humanities: Modern World (HUM 123): 5 credits – grades 11, 12 – Humanities – no prerequisite

HUM123: Examines the cultures of the 17th through the 20th centuries by focusing on the interrelationships of the arts, ideas, and history. Considers the influences of industrialism, scientific development and non-European peoples.  This course is one of the Statewide Guaranteed Transfer courses.

 

3770| Classical Humanities: 5 credits – grades 11, 12 – Humanities, English Language Arts – no prerequisite

Students will study the history of Western Civilization through the literary, philosophical, and artistic expressions of major historical periods. The student will examine a variety of responses to the universal questions that humans have explored through the humanities. The course will include Ancient Greece and Rome, Hebrew thought, the Christian Middle Ages, and European Renaissance and Reformation. 

 

 

 

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