Senior English Electives
Seniors have a choice of English electives that also challenge them with a College Prep curriculum.
Film as Literature
Film as Literature & Search for Adolescent Values in Media are two UC/CSU approved A-G courses, but they only hint at the engaging, rigorous and joyful experience that will take place in this class. What happens in this course will affect the way you see movies and the way you see yourself for the rest of your life. This class will be a life-changing, a life-affirming, and a life-enlarging learning experience.
The AP English Literature and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level literary analysis course. The course engages students in the close reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature to deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure. As they read, students consider a work's structure, style, and themes, as well as its use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Writing assignments include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary works.
The Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC)
ERWC prepares college-bound seniors for the literacy demands of higher education. Through a sequence of rigorous instructional modules, students in this yearlong, rhetoric-based course develop advanced proficiency in expository, analytical, and argumentative reading and writing. Students will be expected to increase their awareness of the rhetorical strategies employed by authors and to apply those strategies to their own writing. They will read closely to examine the relationship between an author’s argument or theme and his or her audience and purpose; to analyze the impact of structural and rhetorical strategies; and to examine the social, political, and philosophical assumptions that underlie the text. By the end of the course, students will be expected to use this process independently when reading unfamiliar texts and writing in response to them.