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 IV: Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature and Composition (One Credit)
Prerequisite: English III or Advanced Placement
(AP) English Language and Composition Content requirements for Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature and Composition are prescribed in the College Board Publication Advanced Placement Course Description: English, published by The College Board.
Students in English IV will refine communication skills. Students will implement editing, engaging language, and correct use of mechanics to produce final, error-free drafts in a variety of forms, including business, personal, literary, and persuasive texts. In addition, students will read extensively from British literature and other world literature, in their historical context, learning literary forms and terms associated from selections read. Students will demonstrate learned skills through a variety of means including viewing, representing, listening, and speaking. 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’ ability to read selected poems and prose passages analytically and to write critical or analytical essays based on poems, prose passages, and complete novels or plays. The examination allows students the chance to earn college credit for certain English courses.