English/Language Arts

  • 2018-2019 English Department CAHS English Department: (left to right) Mr. Ashford, Ms. Jensen, and Ms. Pope

    Our mission: 

    The English Department's mission at Crosswinds Accelerated High School is to provide challenging curriculum aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for grades 9-12. In addition, our department encourages students to use their own experiences to create post-secondary plans. As educators, our aim is to help students use writing to achieve their educational and personal goals at the highest level.

    To accomplish this mission, teachers will:

    • help each student increase fluency;
    • work with students individually to focus instruction on specific needs;
    • encourage students to think critically and to go beyond expectations;
    • utilize writing as a means for students to be life-long learners.

    Courses we offer: 

    English I

    Students practice all forms of writing in this course. An emphasis is placed on organizing logical arguments with clearly expressed related definitions, thesis, and evidence. Students write to persuade, to report and to describe. English I students read extensively in multiple genres from world literature such as reading selected stories, dramas, novels, and poetry originally written in English or translated to English from oriental, classical Greek, European, African, South American, and North American cultures. Students interpret the possible influences of the historical context on a literary work.

    English II

    Students practice all forms of writing in this course. An emphasis is placed on persuasive forms of writing such as logical arguments, expressions of opinion, and personal forms of writing. These personal forms of writing may include a response to literature, a reflective essay, or an autobiographical narrative. English II students read extensively in multiple genres from world literature such as reading selected stories, dramas, novels, and poetry originally written in English or translated to English from oriental, classical Greek, European, African, South American, and North American cultures. Students learn literary forms and terms associated with selections being read. Students interpret the possible influences of the historical context on a literary work

    English III

    Students practice all forms of writing in this course. An emphasis is placed on business forms of writing such as the report, the business memo, the narrative of a procedure, the summary or abstract, and the resume. English III students read extensively in multiple genres from American literature and other world literature. Periods from American literature may include the pre-colonial period, colonial and revolutionary periods, romanticism and idealism, realism and naturalism, early 20th century, and late 20th century. Students learn literary forms and terms associated with selections being read. Students interpret the possible influences of the historical context on a literary work. 

    English IV

    Students are expected to write in a variety of forms, including business, personal, literary, and persuasive texts. English IV students read extensively in multiple genres from British literature and other world literature. Periods from British literature may include the old English period, medieval period, English renaissance, 17th century, 18th century, romantic period, Victorian period, and modern and post-modern period. Students learn literary forms and terms associated with selections being read. Students interpret the possible influences of the historical context on a literary work.

    Business English

    Business English is a fourth year CTE course where students recognize, evaluate, and prepare for a rapidly evolving global business environment that requires flexibility and adaptability.  Students apply technical skills to address business applications of emerging technologies. Students enhance reading, writing, computing, communication, and reasoning skills and apply them to the business environment. Students are expected to plan, draft, and complete written compositions on a regular basis. Students edit their papers for clarity, engaging language, and the correct use of the conventions and mechanics of written English and produce final, error-free drafts for business reproduction.