• Language Arts Department
    Four Language Arts credits are required in grades 9-12. However, students are encouraged to take as many Language Arts elective courses as their schedules allow.

    Language Arts Graduation Requirements

    All students will participate in the Language Arts curriculum. Students are required to take one .5 Language Arts elective credit (one half credit class) as well as the following courses:

    1) English 9 A & B (9th grade)
    2) American Literature A & B, or American Voices A & B (10th grade)
    3) Speech, Communication Theory & Practice, Argumentation, or CIS Advanced Public Speaking
    4) One Writing-Intensive Course from the list below:
    • AP English Language & Composition
    • CIS University Writing & Critical Reading
    • College Prep Composition
    • Writing Workshop
    • ***Creative Writing (for 2017 graduates only if taken 2015-2016 school year)
    • ***Technical Writing (for 2017 graduates only if taken 2015-2016 school year)

    5) One Literature-Intensive Course from the list below:
    • Literature of the Imagination
    • Popular Literature
    • World Literature
    • CIS Intro to Literature
    • AP English Literature and Composition

    The remaining Language Arts .5 credit required for graduation may be selected from any of the other Language Arts electives that a student is eligible to take.

    All classes will require the students to use and develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing; however, depending on the focus of the course, one of these skills may be emphasized more strongly than others. The overall goal of all Language Arts Courses is to bring the critical reading and writing skills of each student to the college readiness level.

    As a department, we recommend choosing from the following courses for students who plan to attend a two or four-year college or university:
    • Speech 
    • World Literature
    • College Prep Composition
    • AP English Language and Composition 
    • CIS-Intro to Literature and
    • CIS-University Writing and Critical Reading 
    • AP English Literature and Composition
    • CIS Advanced Public Speaking