English
English Department

 
Gilbert High School’s English Department is dedicated to preparing students for a college and career ready future by incorporating writing, literature, informational text, speaking and listening skills, and technology in a rigorous curriculum.
 

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English Course Offerings

EN105 ENGLISH I
Grade: 9 1 Year 1 Credit 
This course will integrate reading, writing, speaking, listening and language skills using a thematic based approach. Through a Pre-AP curriculum, all students are taught strategies to effectively read both fiction and nonfiction and respond through varied writing activities. 

EN110W HONORS ENGLISH I

Grade: 9 1 Year 1 Credit-Weighted Grade 
Prerequisite: Placement may be based on recommendation and review  
This course will integrate reading, writing, speaking, listening and language skills using a thematic based approach. Advanced writing skills and reading strategies will be emphasized through the use of a Pre-AP curriculum, including formal writing workshops and independent reading of multiple literary genres. Honors students are expected to complete a summer reading project. Required summer reading lists are available in the back of the course description book. 

EN205 ENGLISH II
Grade: 10 1 Year 1 Credit 
This course will emphasize the universal themes in world and multicultural literature with an emphasis on critical reading skills. The writing skills of drafting, revising, and proofreading will be emphasized. 

EN210W HONORS ENGLISH II
Grade: 10 1 Year 1 Credit-Weighted Grade 
Prerequisite: Placement may be based on recommendation and review. 
This course will develop the essay and language skills required for entry into advanced placement programs in English. World literature will be used as the basis for the reading and writing activities. Composition skills will be emphasized. Required summer reading lists are available in the back of the course description book. 

EN305 ENGLISH III 
Grade: 11 1 Year 1 Credit 
This course will cover American themes, authors, and literary movements with an emphasis on combining analytical thinking skills with essay writing. 

EN310W AP ENGLISH III – LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION
Grade: 11 1 Year 1 Credit-Weighted Grade 
The course is designed to help students become skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts and to become skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects as well as the way generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing. This course is designed to prepare students to successfully complete the Advanced Placement Exam in May. Required summer reading lists are available in the back of the course description book. 

EN405 ENGLISH IV
Grade: 12 1 Year 1 Credit 
This course will develop students’ writing and critical reading skills for both work force and college-level application. Students will write arguments, expository/informative texts and narratives on various, real-world topics. Students will develop their critical reading skills as they apply to both literary and informational texts. Readings selected by the teacher will be relevant to the students’ current and future lives, both at the collegial/work-force level and as active citizens. 

EN411W AP ENGLISH IV – LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION
Grade: 12 1 Year 1 Credit-Weighted Grade 
This course is designed to engage students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students can deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students should consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as such smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Because of the mature reading level, students who are interested in this course may wish to review the reading list. This course is designed to prepare students to successfully complete the Advanced Placement Exam in May. Required summer reading lists are available in the back of the course description book.
 
EN417 ENGLISH IV - ENGLISH COMPOSITION 101
Grade: 12 1 Semester 1/2 Credit-Weighted Credit 
Must be taken for dual credit
College tuition fee required
Must receive an appropriate level score on college placement exam 
This course will cover the grammatical and rhetorical structure as it applies to effective writing. Frequent writing assignments will be an integral part of this course. 

EN418 ENGLISH IV - ENGLISH COMPOSITION 102 
Grade: 12 1 Semester 1/2 Credit-Weighted Credit 
Prerequisite: Grade of “C” or better in English Composition 101
Must be taken for dual credit
College tuition fee required 
Must receive an appropriate level score on college placement exam 
This course will emphasize rhetoric and composition with a focus on persuasive, research-based writing and understanding writing as a process. Students will develop advanced college-level writing skills and strategies. 

EN520 DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS I 
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 1 Year 1 Credit 
Prerequisite: Application and approval
Elective credit will be issued for this course.
This course will satisfy one CTE credit for Arizona university entrance requirements. 
This course will introduce students to the basics of interviewing, journalistic writing, layout design, photography, and business management. Students are expected to regularly work outside of class time, covering school events through photography and interviews, and they are expected to develop effective problem solving skills. Students will create the school’s yearbook and other publications. All student work is expected to be of high quality, rich with content that makes strong use of conventions, applying the knowledge and skills learned. 

EN521W DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS II
Grades: 10, 11, 12 1 Year 1 Credit-Weighted Grade 
Prerequisite: Digital Communications I, application and approval
CTE/FA credit will be issued for this course.
This course may be repeated for credit but not for grade change. 
This course will satisfy one CTE credit for Arizona university entrance requirements.  
This course will allow students to produce the school yearbook while being engaged in all areas of publication production. Students are expected to be proficient with appropriate software and specific terminology. Students will become capable of designing layouts, applying rules of photography, and communicating with adults and peers with a high level of professionalism. Students will also learn about the use and impact of social media on journalism as well as responsible management of social media accounts. Students will master industry design software and engage in leadership opportunities in the actual production of the yearbook and other publications. This course demands extensive coursework outside of class time, as well as mentoring roles to Digital Communication I students. All student work is expected to be of professional quality, rich with content that makes strong use of conventions. 

EN621 ENGLISH WRITING – 9th EN622 ENGLISH WRITING – 10th 
EN623 ENGLISH WRITING – 11th  EN624 ENGLISH WRITING – 12th
 
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 Up to two semesters Up to 1 English Credit 
Prerequisite: Identification as a Pre-Emergent, Emergent, or Basic English Learner by assessment using the Arizona English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA) scores. 
This course will focus on the development of writing skills based on the Arizona English Language Proficiency Standards and the Arizona English Language Standards. Students will receive one class period of daily intensive English writing instruction designed to prepare them for success in a school where the curriculum is delivered in English. 

EN625 ENGLISH READING – 9th  EN626 ENGLISH READING – 10th 
EN627 ENGLISH READING – 11th  EN628 ENGLISH READING – 12th

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 Up to two semesters Up to 1 Elective Credit 
Prerequisite: Identification as a Pre-Emergent, Emergent, or Basic English Learner by assessment using the Arizona English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA) scores. 
This course will focus on the development of reading comprehension based on the Arizona English Language Proficiency Standards and the Arizona English Language Standards. Students will receive one class period of daily intensive English reading instruction designed to prepare them for success in a school where the curriculum is delivered in English. 

EN629 ACADEMIC GRAMMAR – 9th  EN630 ACADEMIC GRAMMAR – 10th 
EN631 ACADEMIC GRAMMAR – 11th EN632 ACADEMIC GRAMMAR – 12th

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 Up to two semesters Up to 1 Elective Credit 
Prerequisite: Identification as a Pre-Emergent, Emergent, or Basic English Learner by assessment using the Arizona English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA) scores. 
This course will focus on the development of grammar skills based on the Arizona English Language Proficiency Standards and the Arizona English Language Standards. Students will receive one class period of daily intensive English grammar instruction designed to prepare them for success in a school where the curriculum is delivered in English. 

EN633 CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH VOCABULARY – 9th
EN634 CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH VOCABULARY – 10th
EN635 CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH VOCABULARY – 11th 
EN636 CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH VOCABULARY – 12th

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 Up to two semesters Up to 1 Elective Credit 
Prerequisite: Identification as a Pre-Emergent, Emergent, or Basic English Learner by assessment using the Arizona English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA) scores. 
This course will focus on the development of conversation and grammar skills based on the Arizona English Language Proficiency Standards and the Arizona English Language Standards. Students will receive one class period of daily intensive conversational English and academic vocabulary instruction designed to prepare them for success in a school where the curriculum is delivered in English. 

EN637/EN638 ACADEMIC CONVERSATION & VOCABULARY 9th
EN639/EN640 ACADEMIC CONVERSATION & VOCABULARY 10th 
EN641/EN642 ACADEMIC CONVERSATION & VOCABULARY 11th
EN643/EN644 ACADEMIC CONVERSATION & VOCABULARY 12th

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 Up to two semesters Up to 1 English Credit Up to 1 Elective Credit 
Prerequisite: Identification as an Intermediate English Learner by assessment using the Arizona English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA) scores. 
This course will focus on the development of conversation and academic vocabulary skills based on the Arizona English Language Proficiency Standards and the Arizona English Language Standards. Students will receive one class period of daily intensive English conversation and vocabulary instruction designed to prepare them for success in a school where the curriculum is delivered in English. 

EN645 ACADEMIC ENGLISH WRITING AND GRAMMAR – 9th
EN646 ACADEMIC ENGLISH WRITING AND GRAMMAR – 10th 
EN647 ACADEMIC ENGLISH WRITING AND GRAMMAR – 11th 
EN648 ACADEMIC ENGLISH WRITING AND GRAMMAR – 12th

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 Up to two semesters Up to 1 English Credit 
Prerequisite: Identification as an Intermediate English Learner by assessment using the Arizona English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA) scores. 
This course will focus on the development of writing and grammar skills based on the Arizona English Language Proficiency Standards and the Arizona English Language Standards. Students will receive one class period of daily intensive academic English writing and grammar instruction designed to prepare them for success in a school where the curriculum is delivered in English. 

EN649 ACADEMIC ENGLISH READING – 9th
EN650 ACADEMIC ENGLISH READING – 10th 
EN651 ACADEMIC ENGLISH READING – 11th 
EN652 ACADEMIC ENGLISH READING – 12th

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 Up to two semesters Up to 1 Elective Credit 
Prerequisite: Identification as an Intermediate English Learner by assessment using the Arizona English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA) scores. 
This course will focus on the development of reading comprehension skills based on the Arizona English Language Proficiency Standards and the Arizona English Language Standards. Students will receive one class period of daily intensive academic English reading instruction designed to prepare them for success in a school where the curriculum is delivered in English. 

 





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