English Department Faculty
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Some of our favorite books (when polled in August 2016!
Heather Archibald: The Oaxaca Journal
Chrissy Casper: East of Eden, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Paul Cochrun: Love in the Time of Cholera
Hillary Cuff: Their Eyes Were Watching God, Grapes of Wrath, Wuthering Heights
Sarah Greeson: East of Eden, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Brett Hamner: TBD
Shereen Jackson: Infinite Jest, Lolita, Phantoms in the Brain, 1984
Jonathan Knox: anything by Orson Scott Card
Sara Maya: Phantom of the Opera, Hunting Unicorns, Journeys of Socrates, The TimeTraveler’s Wife
Hannah Miller: The Great Gatsby
Krista O’Connor: Song of Solomon, Their Eyes Were Watching God. To Kill a Mockingbird
Jessi Redfield: The Great Gatsby, Every Day
Paul Schloesser: The DaVinci Code, Angels and Demons, Lost Treasure
Deborah Songer: The Prey series, the Jack Reacher series
Hilary Smith: Pride and Prejudice, Great Expectations
Natalie Wallace: Breakfast of Champions, A Series of Unfortunate Events
Intro to Psychology
ERWC, Drama, Film making,
Honors English 9
Honors English 10
RSP English 10
AP Language & Composition
English Department Courses
A109PY YEAR (9)
Ninth grade English is a required, year-long literature-based course to develop and refine the skills outlined in the Common Core State Standards. Emphasis is on reading, writing, and critical thinking, as well as speaking and listening. Students will read a variety of literary genres (novel, biography, poetry, short stories, plays, essays and non-fiction) from the District's approved core literature list, develop strategies for reading comprehension, and improve writing conventions. Writing is a major component of the course. This course meets the subject area - b requirement for the UC/CSU approved course list.
P-ENGLISH 9 HONORS
A109HY YEAR (9)
Prerequisite: Fall overall GPA of 3.0, at least a B in first semester English 8 class, teacher recommendation, online application
This course is designed to offer an approach to learning that is challenging, interesting, and fast-paced for strong, capable readers who are also proficient writers. There is supplemental reading that requires students to exhibit high levels of comprehension, enjoy working at an accelerated pace, and desire a deeper analysis of the reading. Writing assignments will focus on analysis, development, organization, and language. Assignments encourage creativity, abstract thinking, and consistent goal-directed behavior. This course meets the subject area - b requirement for the UC/CSU approved course list.
A110PY YEAR (10)
Tenth grade English is a required, yearlong literature-based course designed to develop and refine the skills outlined in the Common Core State Standards. Emphasis is on reading, writing, and critical thinking, as well as speaking and listening. Students will read a variety of literary genres (novels, biography, poetry, short stories, plays, essays and non-fiction) from the District's approved core literature list, develop strategies for reading comprehension, and improve writing conventions. Writing is a major component of the course. This course meets the subject area - b requirement for the UC/CSU approved course list.
P-ENGLISH 10 HONORS
A110HY YEAR (10)
Prerequisite: Fall overall GPA of 3.0, at least a B in first semester English 9 class, teacher recommendation, online application.
Students in Honors English 10 conduct a chronological study of British literature from the 19th and 20th centuries, giving them a solid foundation in British literature should they elect to take the AP English exam their senior year. Students lead classroom discussions, analyze literature using AP strategies, conduct research related to the topics of the literature, and write analytically.This course meets the subject area - b requirement for the UC/CSU approved course list.
A500PY YEAR (11)
American Literature is a required English course for eleventh grade that will cover some highlights of the American canon, which could include Transcendentalism, Gothic literature, Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and literature from the 20th century (which may include F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms, Lorraine Hansberry's a Raisin in the Sun,Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, and J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye. Emphasis is on reading, writing, and critical thinking as well as speaking and listening. Writing is a major component of the course. This course meets the subject area - b requirement for the UC/CSU approved course list.
P-ENGLISH LANGUAGE/COMPOSITION AP
A110AY YEAR (11)
Prerequisite: Qualification by application, sophomore teacher recommendation, writing sample.
Advanced Placement Language and Composition is a course in literature and writing which prepares students in their junior year of high school to participate in the AP examination in May. Through the course's accelerated readings and writings, students will learn how to identify, analyze, and utilize the power of rhetoric to persuade an audience. The course involves and interdisciplinary study of American literature, and students will connect readings and writings to history, art, music, and other disciplines in order to more completely understand rhetorical structure. This course meets the subject area - b requirement for the UC/CSU approved course list.
P-EXPOSITORY READING AND WRITING CURRICULUM (ERWC)
A113PY YEAR (12)
This class will be dedicated to polishing students’ writing skills to the point where they will be fully college and career ready. The CSU system developed the Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) to prepare high school seniors for college or the workforce. This course emphasizes reading nonfiction articles, which leads to an extensive amount of writing. It gives students a process they can use to approach complex texts in any discipline. The curriculum also includes longer works, such as Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild. Students who receive a score of “conditionally ready” on the EAP junior year and complete this course with a C or higher will be exempt from taking the English Placement Test at any CSU and participating community colleges (including SRJC). This course meets the subject area "b" requirement for the UC / CSU approved course list.
P-ENGLISH LITERATURE/COMPOSITION AP
A200AY YEAR (12)
Prerequisite: Placement by exam and teacher recommendation
This is a college level course that prepares students for the Advanced Placement Literature and Composition test that students take in May. The students will study English and American writers from the sixteenth century to the present day. Students write at least four essays during every six-week grading period. All units include intense study of grammar, vocabulary, syntax, and literary and rhetorical devices. The students have many opportunities to practice and improve their writing.This course meets the subject area - b requirement for the UC/CSU approved course list.
ELD LEVEL 1 – ENGLISH
A101EY YEAR (9- 12)
Prerequisite: Beginning English speaker
This is a communication-based class designed to teach basic communication skills, academic vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and pronunciation through reading, listening, speaking, and writing. The course encourages students to experience a sense of pride and knowledge related to their own cultural heritage while also developing an understanding of our local and national culture and history. The course incorporates content from the board-approved program materials tailored to the abilities and needs of the students. The course may be repeated for credit with the approval of the instructor.
ELD LEVELS 2 and 3 – ENGLISH
A102EY/A103EY YEAR (9- 12)
Prerequisite: ELD 1 and/or appropriate assessment or recommendation of instructor/ELRT
These courses extend and broaden the skills mastered in ELD 1 with an expanded emphasis from basic communication to preparing the student to successfully enter the regular English program. Students will need an understanding of basic English vocabulary and be able to speak and write in English. A greater emphasis is placed on the Common Core reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills that are aligned with the activities of a college preparatory English class. The course content may include literature from the department core curriculum when appropriate. The courses may be repeated for credit with the approval of the instructor.
P-ELD LEVEL 4 - ENGLISH
A104EY YEAR (9-12)
Prerequisite: ELD 2 and 3 and/or appropriate assessment or recommendation of instructor/ELRT
Students continue to develop the Common Core English Language Arts skills necessary for success in college preparatory and post-secondary English courses. ELD 4 requires more complex reading and assignments, including close reading and analysis of novels, plays, short stories, poems, and nonfiction. Writing assignments will include narrative, explanatory, and argumentative essays related to the literature and other course content. This course builds a foundation for all other English classes an English learner will take at Petaluma High. This course meets the subject area - b requirement for the UC/CSU approved course list. Students may only use one year of ELD 4 to meet the UC/CSU area - b requirement.