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ENGLISH

Graduation Requirement- 4 years

College Entrance Requirement- 4 years with grade of C or better

All courses meet UC/CSU “b” English requirement unless otherwise noted


E635/E640 &E005

ELA/Reading Support 1 (9-12)

(READ 180)


This two-period course is a comprehensive language arts and reading intervention program designed to meet the needs of students whose language arts and reading achievement is below the proficient level. These struggling readers have deficits in their understanding of the reading process and gaps in their foundational skills. This course will address these gaps by directly addressing individual needs through direct instruction in reading skills, vocabulary development, and written and oral expression using high-interest literature and technology resources. Each semester with a passing grade, students will receive 5 credits of English 9 and 5 elective credits. This class meets the VUSD graduation requirement for English only.


  • Non college prep


English 9 Intensive (9)

(taken concurrently with E005 Reading)


This two-period course is for students whose language arts and reading achievement falls two or more years below grade level. Designed to accelerate students’ reading achievement, this two-period class meets the course requirements and state standards for English 9 and for Intensive


Intervention English-Language Arts instruction. It integrates READ 180

instructional software, r-Books, and small group direct instruction with the study of

core literature, a variety of literary genres, vocabulary, and writing instruction. It is intended to help students improve their understanding of the reading process and fill-in the gaps in their foundational reading skills and to help develop college critical thinking, reading, and writing skills. Each semester with a passing grade, students will receive 5 credits of English 9 and 5 elective credits. This course is designed.




  • UC/CSU “B” requirement approval pending.

E100/E130 English 9, English 9 Structured English Immersion (SEI) for English Language Learners



English 9 and English 9 SEI are literature-based, college preparatory courses of study. This district-approved core literature class stresses a variety of genres and cultures. Study skills, grammar skills, writing techniques, literary analysis and vocabulary development will be emphasized. Students will maintain a writing portfolio to be passed on to the following grade level.

E110 English 9 Honors (Pre IB/AP)

(Must take World History 1 Honors concurrently)





  • Summer Reading Required

  • See Honors Guidelines Handout


This course requires an intensive literature-based study of district-approved core literature. The writing curriculum reinforces prior command of parts of speech, sentence types and sentence structure, prior knowledge of a formal five-paragraph essay, and includes not only analytical writing, but also reflection and introductory persuasion. Students will learn and apply a variety of oral skills including at least one oral assessment. SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) preparation, Cornell note-taking, Latin roots, prefixes and suffixes, as well as vocabulary in context are emphasized. The class also includes critical thinking skills such as comprehension, application, evaluation and argumentation. Students maintain a working portfolio to be passed on to the following grade level. Students will read

one book from the grade 9 reading list every six weeks, in addition to literature studied in the classroom. Summer reading is required, and students


English 10 Intensive (10)

(taken concurrently with E005 Reading)


This two-period course is for students whose language arts and reading achievement falls two or more years below grade level. It is designed to accelerate students’ reading levels and prepare students to pass the English portion of the CAHSEE. The two-period class meets the course requirements and the state standards for English 10 and for Intensive Intervention English-Language Arts instruction. This course integrates READ 180 instructional software, r-Books, and small group direct instruction with the study of core literature, a variety of literary genres, vocabulary, and writing instruction. It is intended to help students improve their understanding of the reading process and fill-in the gaps in their foundational reading skills, and to help develop college critical thinking, reading, and writing skills. Each semester with a passing grade, students will receive 5 credits of English 10 and 5 elective credits.


  • UC/CSU “B” requirement approval pending.


E200/E230 English 10, English 10 SEI


English 10 and English 10 SEI are college preparatory, literature-based courses of study. The

district-approved core literature stresses a number of genres and cultures to establish parallels with the tenth grade history curriculum. This class continues the development of essay writing skills, culminating in a career research paper, along with development of specific vocabulary, grammar, and reading skills. Students begin preparation of Senior Exhibition materials. Students will maintain a writing portfolio to be passed on to the following grade level.


E210 English 10 Honors (Pre IB/AP)


  • Prerequisite: Completion of English 9 with a grade of A or completion of English 9 Honors with grade of C or better

  • Teacher recommendation

  • Summer reading required


This is an academically demanding class that focuses on core and extended literature with an emphasis on preparing for the AP exam in the junior year. The class develops the ability to write in a number of domains and reinforces prior command of sentence, paragraph, and essay structure. Critical thinking skills, analysis, and research techniques are developed in a career research project. This class assumes that students will budget time properly to handle a demanding workload. Students maintain a working portfolio to be passed on to the following grade level. Students will read one book from the grade 10 reading list every six weeks, in addition to literature studied in the classroom. Summer reading is required and students will be tested on it.


E300/E330 English 11, English 11 SEI


English 11 and English 11 SEI are literature-based college preparatory courses with a strong emphasis on non-fiction, American Literature. The writing curriculum focuses on expository and persuasive writing skills. The second semester requires a research paper which must demonstrate mastery of (Modern Language Association) MLA format. Students will maintain a writing portfolio to be passed on to the following grade level.

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