English I (One Credit)
The English Language Arts and Reading Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) are organized into the following strands: reading, in which students read and understand a wide variety of literary and informational texts; writing, in which students compose a variety of written texts with a clear controlling idea, coherent organization, and sufficient detail; research, in which students are expected to know how to locate a range of relevant sources and evaluate, synthesize, and present ideas and information; listening and speaking, in which students listen and respond to the ideas of others while contributing their own ideas in conversations and in groups; and oral and written conventions, in which students learn how to use the oral and written conventions of the English language in speaking and writing. The standards are cumulative-- students will continue to address earlier standards as needed while they attend to standards for their grade. Students will engage in activities that build on their prior knowledge and skills in order to strengthen their reading, writing, and oral language skills. Students should read and write on a daily basis.
*Pre-AP English I (One Credit)
*The Pre-AP Curriculum will be differentiated with depth, complexity, and/or alternate assessments to meet the needs of identified gifted students.
Students will refine writing skills through compositions that are error-free. Forms of writing will include persuasion, description, and exposition. Multiple genres of world literature will be read, analyzed, and interpreted within historical context. Genres will include stories, drama, novels, and poetry. Diversity will be addressed with multicultural selections throughout these same genres. Students will also learn effective methods of listening and speaking as well as viewing and representing in order to communicate effectively. Students in this course have demonstrated superior skills and are sufficiently motivated to spend extra hours on challenging assignments, including autonomous, self-initiated study. Additional outside and summer reading to prepare for this course will be required. Students will be involved in enrichment activities, seminars, and in-depth study to help prepare them for the AP courses and examinations they will take their junior and senior year.