English III (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.
English III: Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition (One Credit)
Prerequisite: English II
Content requirements for Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition are prescribed in the College Board Publication Advanced Placement Course Description: English, published by The College Board.
Students enrolled in English III continue to refine their skills in the areas of reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, and representing. English III develops advanced composition skills, with an emphasis on business writing; enhances reading skills, with a focus on historical and literary analysis; promotes mastery of language and usage concepts, with student publication of error-free works; and incorporates multiple genres from major literary periods in American and other world literature. Students will demonstrate proficiency in listening, interpreting, and responding in a variety of situations. Students enrolled 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 Advanced Placement examination. Students are expected to take the AP exam. The examination tests the students’ skills in analyzing the rhetoric of prose passages and asks them to demonstrate their skill in composition by writing essays in various rhetorical modes. The examination allows students the chance to earn college credit for certain English courses.