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Language Arts 9/ Strategic Reading and Writing

Develop a strong foundation in core language arts/ reading skills by using prior knowledge and clues from the texts to become good readers in content areas; conduct exploratory observations out-of-doors and record in journals.  Strategic Writing: develop a strong foundation in core language arts/ writing skills by learning the craft of telling stories in clear and concise language, using proper spelling and good grammar, and with the 6 +1 traits of writing.  (taught by Leighton Jeffy)

Language Arts 10/ Content Literacy

Students will develop techniques for evaluating content-based materials including: gaining subject-matter fluency; identifying and synthesizing the central ideas, structure and organization, purpose and perspective of various texts; making inferences; asking questions; and summarizing materials. These skills and strategies can then be applied to content learning in science, history, and math. In addition, students will continue their writing development by exploring and replicating the primary reasons for writing and the unique writing styles that accompany each. Finally, students will practice speaking through daily participation and in a few class presentations. (taught by Joseph Mais)

Language Arts 11/ Literature and Urban Worlds

The world is getting smaller, but in literary terms it remains vast and mostly unexplored;  students will read and study short fiction by writers from across the globe, with a special emphasis on work that brings news of how political, economic, and cultural change is affecting the lives of ordinary people and how globalism itself is a factor in these dynamics. (taught by Leighton Jeffy)

Language Arts 12/ media studies

Media Studies is designed to help students develop an informed and critical understanding of the nature of an ever expanding and increasingly dominating mass media –as information sources, as entertainment, and as an industry–as well as to examine, interpret, and evaluate the messages contained within, and their social, cultural and political implications. This course exposes the student to the base complexities of media literacy, develop critical thinking skills, that provides the methods of analysis necessary to interpret media content as well as methods of critical writing appropriate to media analysis. (taught by Leighton Jeffy)

French 1 and 2

Designed to introduce students to French language and culture, French I emphasizes basic grammar and syntax, simple vocabulary, and the spoken accent so that students can read, write, speak, and understand the language at a basic level within predictable areas of need, using customary courtesies and conventions. French culture is introduced through the art, literature, customs, and history of the French-speaking people.  (taught by Ennis Bustos)

Dual Language Laboratory / Comparative Language arts

Students in this class will develop their English language skills by comparing the grammar and structure of English in relation to French vocabulary and structure.  Course content will include dual-language materials that develop literacy and an understanding of how language works.  Students will provide dual-language translations of the words commonly used across the curriculum–for example, foods grown in the school gardens and prepared in the kitchen, desert plants and animals, mathematical terms, etc.  (taught by Ennis Bustos)