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ADVANCED STANDING ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 9
Code: 101
1 Credit

This course is offered to students who have already demonstrated grade level proficiency in reading and writing and are interested in pursuing a rigorous course of study that is both expanded and enriched. Students study poetry, drama, short story, and the novel. Focus is on literary analysis, small and large group discussion and informational writing. Students complete extended text-based projects and oral presentations.    

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 9

Code: 102
1 Credit

This course is offered to students who have already demonstrated grade level proficiency in reading and writing. Students study poetry, drama, short story, and the novel. Focus is on literary analysis, small and large group discussion and informational writing. Students complete extended text-based projects and oral presentations.


PREPARATORY ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 9

Code: 107
1 Credit

The aim of this course is to enhance reading comprehension and writing skills through reading and writing workshops. Students study poetry, drama, short story, and the novel. Focus is on literary analysis, small and large group discussion and informational writing. Students complete extended text-based projects and oral presentations.    


ADVANCED STANDING ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 10

Code: 111
1 Credit

The course is offered to students who have already demonstrated grade level proficiency in reading and writing and are interested in pursuing a rigorous course of study that is both expanded and enriched. It is an intensive study of American Literature that exposes students to the many works that have shaped American culture. Reading/writing assignments include responding to literary and informational text, informational writing, and persuasion. Group work and oral presentations are components of this course.   

Summer reading is mandatory, is intended to enhance your learning, and is factored into the grade for the course.


ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 10

Code: 112
1 Credit

In this course students examine American Literature and are exposed to the works that have shaped American culture. Reading and writing assignments include responding to literary and informational text, informational writing, and persuasion. Group work and oral presentations are components of this course.


PREPARATORY ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 10

Code: 117
1 Credit

The aim of this course is to further develop reading comprehension and writing skills through reading and writing workshops. This course examines literary genres through the works of American authors. Reading and writing assignments include response to literary and informational text, informational writing, and persuasion. Group work and oral presentations are components of this course.   


*Students in the 11th and 12th grade may select from a variety of English Language Arts courses to complete their credit requirements, which state that students have to earn minimally 1 credit in English Language Arts in their junior year and 1 credit in their senior year.


ADVANCED STANDING ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 11

Code: 121
1 Credit

This college preparatory course is offered to students who have already demonstrated grade level proficiency in reading and writing and are interested in pursuing a rigorous course of study that is both expanded and enriched. It is an intensive study of themes and issues found in western and non-western literature. Students engage in insightful discussions and work on creative projects that highlight the focus of the course.  

Summer reading is mandatory, is intended to enhance your learning, and is factored into the grade for the course.


ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 11

Code: 122
1 Credit

This college preparatory course is a study of themes and issues found in Western and non-western literature. Students engage in insightful discussions and work on creative projects that highlight the focus of the course.    

      

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 12

Code: 132
1 Credit

This college preparatory course is a study of literature with an emphasis on analysis and interpretation of multicultural texts. Students engage in insightful discussions and work on creative projects that highlight the focus of the course.  


ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH 12

Code: 135 
1 Credit

This course is geared to preparing students for the Advanced Placement Exams in English Language Arts. It is an intensive study of literature with an emphasis on literary criticism and an appreciation for literature. Additionally, the course is offered and approved by Rhode Island College’s Early Enrollment Program for possible college credit.    


*Summer reading is mandatory, is intended to enhance your learning, and is factored into the grade for the course.

*Students enrolled in this course are expected to register and sit for the AP exam


CREATIVE WRITING

Code: 151
½ Credit

This course focuses on drawing out the creative side of the student writer. Through structured in-class exercises, assigned readings, peer-editing and informal group discussions, students produce and critique creative writing poems, essays, and short stories.  


CSI PAWTUCKET

Code: 152
1 Credit

C.S.I. Pawtucket … You are the detective in this reading and writing workshop. This course investigates mysteries, past and present, from Edgar Allen Poe to R.L. Stine. Find the hidden clues to the secrets of mystery writing.


CHILDREN’S LITERATURE

Code: 153
½ Credit

This reading and writing workshop explores various genres of children’s literature from around the world.  Discover the appeal of these timeless tales.  Students will participate in extended text-based projects and creative writing pieces.  


PUBLIC SPEAKING

Code: 154
Credit

Speaking before an audience doesn’t need to be an intimidating experience. In this course, students examine a variety of public speaking genres, styles and strategies. Students apply these strategies to evaluate, prepare, and deliver various presentations.


JOURNALISM AND MEDIA STUDIES

Code: 155
1/2 Credit

Students learn the basics of journalism: writing and reporting, interviewing, and editing. They examine current media including television, internet, and print and learn how different media types relay information to the public.

  

RHODE ISLAND AUTHORS

Code: 160

1/2 Credit

This in-depth reading and writing course offers students the unique opportunity to read novels and short stories by authors who live in Rhode Island or the surrounding area.  After discussing and analyzing the focus elements of the novel, an interactive session with a "guest" author ensues whereby he/she conducts a "seminar"/question/answer session directly related to his/her novel.  Students not only meet a writer, but will be able to communicate one-on-one with the actual person who brought the literacy piece to life, and at the same time, obtain first-hand knowledge about the ideas and process behind the novel, resulting in a more meaningful and personal completion of the literary piece.


MYTHS & LEGENDS

Code: 161

1/2 Credit

In this course students will explore  Greek and Roman myths about heroes and gods, their origins, their symbolic significance and their portrayal of fact and fiction and realities and ideas.  Students will read, analyze and research myths and legends i order to comprehend and appreciate their roles in literature in today's society.


STUDIES IN RACISM AND DIVERSITY

Code: 162
½ Credit

This course examines issues of oppressed peoples dating from the 1800s to the present. Topics to explore/research include racism, genocides (Holocaust, Chinese, Armenian, and Darfur), civil rights, cultural and ethnic diversity, apartheid and humanitarian solutions. The focus of the course is on identifying root causes, issues, and effects. Students are immersed in carefully guided readings with related writing tasks (reflective, informational, critical, persuasive), oral presentations, and problem-solution research.


SAT PREPARATION: ENGLISH

Code: 165
½ Credit

This course is designed to prepare students to take the SAT and make the SAT experience less intimidating. Students learn and practice strategies that develop skills necessary for success on the SAT.  This course is offered in conjunction with the SAT Preparation: Mathematics course. Students complete a timed practice SAT test and review the results for further improvement.

*Juniors only


POETRY AND DRAMA

Code: 169
½ Credit
This course examines two different genres of literature that can take on many forms, from song lyrics and poems to plays and TV scripts. The focus of the course is on literary analysis and includes poetry writing workshops. Students are required to write poetry and complete a literary comparative analysis.


LITERACY

Code: 100
 ½ Credit

This is an intensive reading intervention program designed to meet the needs of students whose reading achievement is below the proficient level. This program directly addresses individual needs through adaptive and instructional software, high-interest literature, and direct instruction in reading and writing skills.

*Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation