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English Department Overview

Category: English Language Arts, Department Overviews
Length: Full Year
Description: English Language Arts (ELA) Department courses are designed to provide students with the tools necessary to improve their skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, and critical thinking. Students learn to read for information, but also to appreciate the beauty and power of language through exposure to both classical and contemporary literature.

Writing instruction focuses as much on the process of writing as on the end product, which allows students to develop critical-thinking skills, organize and convey information, and evaluate their work. All ELA Department courses focus on group discussions and cooperative learning to help students become well-rounded, effective communicators who are comfortable with both spoken and written expression.

The ELA department curriculum is aligned with the Common Core Standards.


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Craft of Writing

Course Number: C116
Category: English Language Arts, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: Students increase their academic and creative writing skills by exploring works from various genres including fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, responses to literature, and exposition and use these works as models for their own writing. Although the course covers all stages of the writing process, special emphasis is placed on revising and editing. Students write regularly, both in and out of class, and significant class time is spent critiquing each other's work. Each student completes a major writing assignment that demonstrates his/her growth as a writer.
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English 9

Course Number: C111
Category: English Language Arts
Credits: 10
Recommended Grades: 9
Level: College Prep
Length: Full Year
Description: Students learn and apply active reading strategies to a variety of texts, including drama, poetry, short stories, novels, and nonfiction. They learn narrative text structure and the elements of fiction. Using active reading strategies to improve comprehension is emphasized. Students are expected to read self-selected and assigned novels outside of class. They write several portfolio pieces, including textual analysis essays, summaries, and personal narratives. Students learn the basics of writing research papers - writing a thesis statement; finding and citing sources, outlining, and organizing content. Self-evaluation of written work is emphasized.
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English 9 Honors

Course Number: C110
Category: English Language Arts
Credits: 10
Recommended Grades: 9
Level: Honors
Length: Full Year
Description: Students begin preparing for college-level AP English courses by studying literary works in greater depth than in a typical English 9 class. Focus is on the research process, developing an effective thesis statement, conducting basic research, and writing a cohesive research paper. Students write portfolio pieces, including textual analysis essays, summaries, and personal narratives. Self-evaluation of work is emphasized. Students read self-selected and assigned novels outside of class. Students must be self-motivated to manage the significant amount of outside reading assigned. Students are required to complete a reading assignment and project assigned by the instructor during the summer preceding the course. Grades earned on this summer assignment are part of each student's first quarter course grade. Prerequisites: A high level of success in 8th grade English and a teacher recommendation.
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English 10

Course Number: C121
Category: English Language Arts
Credits: 10
Recommended Grades: 10
Level: College Prep
Length: Full Year
Description: Students read a variety of literature (including drama, poetry, short stories, and novels) as well as topical, controversial, and nonfiction, reviewing text structure, the elements of fiction, strategies used in persuasive writing, and active reading strategies. Students write pieces including personal responses to literature, analytical essays, and other expository pieces, focusing on the writing process while emphasizing personal style, organization, and grammar. Self-evaluation of work is emphasized. Students are expected to read self-selected and assigned texts outside of class. Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 9 or Honors English 9.
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English 10 Honors

Course Number: C120
Category: English Language Arts
Credits: 10
Recommended Grades: 10
Level: Honors
Length: Full Year
Description: Students build on the skills they learned in English 9 or Honors English 9 and study major literary works in greater depth than in a regular English 10 course. They learn to manage greater expectations, enhance their academic interests, and prepare for future college demands. Students write portfolio pieces including personal responses to literature, analytical essays, and other expository pieces. Self-evaluation of work is emphasized. Students are assigned one book each quarter as outside reading and are also expected to read self-selected and assigned texts outside of class. Students must be self-motivated to manage the significant amount of outside reading required. Students are required to complete a reading assignment and project assigned by the instructor during the summer preceding the course. Grades earned on this summer assignment are part of each student's first quarter course grade Prerequisites: A high level of success in English 9 or Honors English 9 and a teacher recommendation.
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English 11

Course Number: C131
Category: English Language Arts
Credits: 5
Recommended Grades: 11
Level: College Prep
Length: Semester
Description: The reading focus of this course is on drama, poetry, short stories, novels, and nonfiction. Students review the elements of fiction and learn strategies for responding to literature. Coursework emphasizes writing textual analysis, argument essays, research essays, and personal narratives. Students produce several pieces of writing for a portfolio. Self-evaluation of work is emphasized. Students are expected to read self-selected and assigned texts outside of class. Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 10 or Honors English 10.
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English 12

Course Number: C141
Category: English Language Arts
Credits: 5
Recommended Grades: 12
Level: College Prep
Length: Semester
Description: Students read a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction texts, focusing on drama, poetry, short stories, novels, and essays. They apply reading strategies to compare and analyze texts. Students produce writing portfolio pieces. They practice valid research strategies, essay writing, context-specific writing, and self-evaluation of their work using a writing rubric. Students are expected to read self-selected and assigned texts outside of class. Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 11.
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English HLS Pathway

Course Number: CXH-141
Category: English Language Arts, Pathways
Credits: 5
Recommended Grades: 11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Semester
Description: Health & Life Science Pathway students read a variety of fiction and nonfiction works, focusing on drama, poetry, short stories, novels, and nonfiction. Selected texts explore the human stories and systemic issues prevalent in the health-care system. Students examine a variety of texts that focus on themes present in the patient health care relationship, such as spirit, care, sickness, grief, and faith. They also debate current events in the field, such as prescription drug advertising and the rising cost of health care. Coursework also develops students' patient communication skills through role-playing exercises, video evaluations, and self-evaluation. This is an interdisciplinary class that must be taken with three other HLS core classes: Anatomy and Physiology and BioEthics Prerequisites: Successful completion of English 11 or AP English Language and Composition and acceptance into the Health & Life Sciences Pathway.
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English LPP Pathway

Course Number: CXL-141
Category: English Language Arts, Pathways
Credits: 5
Recommended Grades: 11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Semester
Description: Law & Public Policy Pathway students read a variety of fiction and non-fiction works, focusing on drama, poetry, short stories, novels, and nonfiction. Selected texts focus on the fields of law and public policy and explore issues such as human rights, school safety, and the conflict between freedom and security. Students produce writing portfolio pieces including a research paper, a college essay, a position paper, and a short story. This is an interdisciplinary class that must be taken with three other LPP core classes (Forensic Science, Law & Public Policy, and Statistics), all of which focus on the same curriculum units simultaneously. Units include: Crime Scene Investigation; Human Nature, Rules, and Power; and Criminal Law and the Pursuit of Justice. (For more information on the Pathways, see Page 37) Prerequisites: Successful completion of English 10, 11 or AP English Language and Composition and acceptance into the Law & Public Policy Pathway.
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AP English Language and Composition

Course Number: C151
Category: English Language Arts
Credits: 10
Recommended Grades: 11,12
Level: AP
Length: Full Year
Description: Students in this introductory, college-level course read and carefully analyze a broad and challenging range of fiction and nonfiction prose selections, deepening their awareness of rhetoric and how language works. Through close reading and frequent writing, students develop their ability to work with language and text with a greater awareness of purpose and strategy, while strengthening their own writing skills. Course readings feature expository, analytical, personal, and argumentative texts from a variety of authors and historical contexts. The course also allows students to write in several forms?narrative, expository, argumentative, analytical?on many different subjects, from public policies to personal experiences. Ultimately, all AP English Language and Composition students will be taking the AP English Language & Composition test in May, which offers the possibility of college credit. Students are required to complete a reading assignment and project assigned by the instructor during the summer preceding the course. Grades earned on this summer assignment are part of each student's first quarter course grade. Prerequisites: A high level of success in previous English courses and a teacher recommendation.
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AP English Literature and Composition

Course Number: C150
Category: English Language Arts
Credits: 10
Recommended Grades: 12
Level: AP
Length: Full Year
Description: This course is equivalent to a college-level freshman English course. Students engage in careful reading and critical analysis of literature to deepen their understanding of how writers provide meaning and pleasure through language. Students consider the structure, style, and theme of each work, as well as elements like the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Students read and analyze works by British and American writers from the 16th century through the present day. Writing assignments focus on critical analysis of literature through expository, analytical, and argumentative essays. Students develop and express their ideas in clear, coherent, and persuasive language, while also learning to write effectively under severe time constraints. Students are expected to take the AP English Literature & Composition exam in May. Students are required to complete a reading assignment and project assigned by the instructor during the summer preceding the course. Grades earned on this summer assignment are part of each student's first quarter course grade. Prerequisites: A high level of success in previous English courses and a teacher recommendation.
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From Page to Screen

Course Number: C166
Category: English Language Arts, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: Students conduct an interdisciplinary study of fiction by examining authors' uses of storytelling on the page and directors' methods on the screen. They compare and contrast the elements of fiction found in both mediums, while analyzing their uses and focusing on their respective effectiveness. Students develop and apply skills and strategies surrounding the reading process as well as strategies to comprehend, analyze, and evaluate fiction from a variety of cultures and times. They compose well-developed analytical texts and apply effective research skills to gather, analyze, and evaluate information. Students develop an understanding of the critical analysis of film through careful examination of cinematic adaptations of literary texts, focusing primarily on character development, dramatic structure, cinematic elements, and performance.
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Rhyme and Rhythm

Course Number: C165
Category: English Language Arts, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: In this class students discover how music, literature and history shape who they are in both the Chelsea High School community as well as the world around them. They listen to music, read short stories, write and perform their own skits and celebrate their culture by creating projects to reflect their pride in who they are. Through self-reflection, students will explore their personal identities and how their actions shape their school and community cultures. Special attention will be paid to how artists and ordinary citizens have changed the world through social justice and how students can do the same in their school, community, and country. Topics range from Holocaust studies, to the Hippie movement, to J. Cole's influence on modern hip hop.
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True Crime

Course Number: C185
Category: English Language Arts, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 9,10
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: In True Crime, students will explore crime, psychology, and the criminal justice system through nonfiction articles, essays, and books. Students gain insights into the techniques writers use to write narrative and expository works about real-life occurrences. True Crime delves into the history, mechanics, and oddities of the famed genre. The class explores crime dating back to America?s first murder trial all the way to modern day media examples such as Serial and Making a Murderer. Aside from experiencing crime nonfiction across multiple mediums, True Crime places an emphasis upon how we view crime, criminals, and the criminal justice system in our society, school, and community.
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Summer Reading Project

Course Number: C170
Category: English Language Arts
Credits: 1
Recommended Grades: 9,10,11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Summer
Description: Students will select a book from a diverse list of titles selected by CHS teachers, students, and administrators. After reading the book, students will participate in a discussion reflecting on the characters, themes, and events explored in the book.
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Minority Voices in Literature

Course Number: C180
Category: English Language Arts, Elective
Credits: 2.5
Recommended Grades: 11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Quarter
Description: Students will explore the diverse voices and perspectives of minorities in literature while honing their writing and analytical skills. Units will focus on the perspectives of female, African American, Latino, LGBTQ, and other writers who have historically struggled to find a place in mainstream literature and the academic canon. In addition to developing their reading and writing skills, students will have the opportunity to consider and discuss issues such as civil rights, the challenges and rewards of living in a diverse community, and the exclusion of minority voices in literature and in society.
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English EDU Pathway

Course Number: CXH-141
Category: English Language Arts, Pathways
Credits: 5
Recommended Grades: 11,12
Level: College Prep
Length: Semester
Description: Education Pathway students read mostly non-fiction works, focusing on text structure, theme, literary techniques, and central ideas. Students read three full-length books in addition to several articles. Selected texts explore issues in urban education, inequalities in schools due to race and socioeconomic status, and how US education differs from education in other countries. Students produce a short story based on an interview, a textual analysis essay, and an argumentative research paper. This is an interdisciplinary class that must be taken with two other EDU classes (History of Education and Teaching Methods), all of which work together to create and implement shared assessments and PAs. This is an interdisciplinary class that must be taken with three other EDU core classes: Education Methods and History of Education. Prerequisites: Successful completion of English 10 and/or 11 or AP English Language and Composition and acceptance into the EDU Pathway.
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College & Career Exploration

Category: English Language Arts, Elective
Length: Full Year
Description: Based on the Commonwealth’s College and Career Readiness effort, this elective will prepare 9th graders for their high school career and beyond to provide students the requisite knowledge, skills, and experiences in the academic preparation, workforce readiness, and personal/social domains. This class will provide a strong foundation for students to build their career awareness and paths as well as develop the knowledge and skills to be active and responsible citizens. This course will enable students to specifically explore and be prepared for the Pathways and Early College options available at CHS.
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