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English Staff

Bailey, Amy
English Teacher
Bailey, Scott
English Teacher
Beatty, Ann
English Teacher
Berger, Thomas
English Teacher / Yearbook Advisor
Cohan, Danielle
English Teacher
Hall, Jennifer
English Teacher / Dept. Chair
Harker, Kristen
English Teacher
Hawkins, Stephanie
English Teacher
Heptinstall, Jaimi
English Teacher
Jaehn, Susan
English Teacher
Martin, Jessica
English Teacher
Miller-Fay, Andrea
English Teacher
Neumann, Melissa
English Teacher
Robinson, Valerie
English Teacher
Strawser, Jennifer
English Teacher
Vidaurri, Megan
English Teacher
Wheat, Nicholas
English / Choir Teacher

English

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Click on the BLUE COURSE TITLES for detailed course descriptions about each course.

 

English 9                                                             


Grade Level: 9                   RBV Graduation: English                 UC/CSU A-G: “B”


Prerequisite: None                                        

This college preparatory course covers reading of fiction and nonfiction texts, grammar, usage, sentence struc­ture, paragraph construction, essay writing, analysis, and vocabulary.

 

English 9 Honors                                                      


Grade Level: 9                   RBV Graduation: English                 UC/CSU A-G: “B”


Prerequisite: None                                        

This intensive college preparatory course covers reading of fiction and nonfiction texts, grammar and usage, sentence and paragraph structure, essay writing, analysis, and vocabulary. 

 

Reading


Grade Level: 9                   RBV Graduation: Elective               UC/CSU A-G: None


Prerequisite: None                                        

This two period comprehensive language arts and reading intervention program is designed to meet the needs of students whose language arts and reading achievement is below the proficient level. Course will address foundational skills and understanding the reading process. Course utilizes READ 180 technology.

 

English 9 Intensive


Grade Level: 9                   RBV Graduation: English                 UC/CSU A-G: "B"


Prerequisite: None                                        

This two period course for students whose language arts and reading achievement falls two or more years below grade level is designed to accelerate student reading achievement.  It meets state English 9 standards and integrates Read 180 technology.

 

English 10


Grade Level: 10                 RBV Graduation: English                 UC/CSU A-G: “B”


Prerequisite: None                                        

This college preparatory course covers reading of fiction and nonfiction texts, paragraph development, essay writing, analysis, grammar, usage, mechanics, and vocabulary. Some literature selections coordinate with World History 2.

 

English 10 Honors


Grade Level: 10                 RBV Graduation: English                 UC/CSU A-G: “B”


Prerequisite: None                                        

This intensive college preparatory course covers reading of fiction and nonfiction texts, paragraph and persuasive and analytical writing, introduction of the research paper, grammar, usage, mechanics, and vocabulary.  Many literature selections are coordinated with AP European History.

 

English 11


Grade Level: 11                 RBV Graduation: English                 UC/CSU A-G: “B”


Prerequisite: None                                        

This college preparatory course covers composition, language mechanics, persuasive and analytical writing, vocabulary, and analysis of American literature with emphasis on major authors, movements, genres. 

 

AP English Language/Composition 11

1st year of the IB English sequence


Grade Level: 11                 RBV Graduation: English                 UC/CSU A-G: “B”


Prerequisite: None

This intensive Advanced Placement course covers a survey of American literature, analytical writing, rhetoric, usage, vocabulary, oral language skills in preparation for IB assessment, and intensive work on the expository prose style in preparation for AP Language, PSAT and SAT exams.

 

English 12 ERW (Expository Reading and Writing) 


Grade Level: 12                 RBV Graduation: English                 UC/CSU A-G: “B”


Prerequisite: None                                        

This course is designed specifically to prepare students for the rigorous demands of reading and writing in the first year of college.  The course has a heavy emphasis on the rhetorical thinking, writing, and reading of non-fiction texts that are predominant in post-secondary schools.  Though some elements of AP course work will be infused, this course does not provide a weighted grade.

 

IB English Literature 12 HL 2

2nd year of the IB English sequence


Grade Level: 12                 RBV Graduation: English                 UC/CSU A-G: “B”


Prerequisite: None                                        

This intensive honors level course covers analytical reading and writing, poetry study and oral language skills in preparation for the IB and AP literature exams.

English Electives

Yearbook


Grade Level: 10-12        RBV Graduation: Elective                UC/CSU A-G: “G”


Prerequisite: None

A yearlong elective that produces the RBVHS yearbook.  Strong computer and writing skills are recommended.  This class includes layout and design, advertising, photography and writing.  Students will use Adobe Indesign and Photo Shop. Students need to be organized and able to meet deadlines. Outside class time participation required.

 

Journalism in the Digital Age


Grade Level: 11-12        RBV Graduation: Elective                UC/CSU A-G: “G”


Prerequisite: None

Journalism in the Digital Age is a survey of the basic concepts of reporting and non-fiction writing for a variety of media, both electronic and print. Students will examine the relationship of journalism and democracy, as well as practice and develop skills in writing, interviewing, publishing, and producing real-world media pieces. This class will be conducted in a workshop setting allowing students to work hands-on in a collaborative environment that fosters professionalism, creativity, and innovation. Throughout the course, students will be engaged in ongoing discussions about the history of journalism as well as the future direction that this profession will take. Students will learn the fundamentals of journalistic communications while also exploring a variety of creative non-fiction storytelling styles, techniques, and technologies.

 

Creative Writing 


Grade Level: 11-12        RBV Graduation: Elective                UC/CSU A-G: “G”


Prerequisite: None

Creative Writing offers students an opportunity for personal expression in a variety of literary forms.  The course provides an opportunity to engage students in literature and poetry in an open and creative environment. Classroom activities will include written assignments, selected readings, lecture, group discussion, peer response groups and publication.

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