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English 1-2 1201/1202

  • Full Year - .50 Credit per Semester (English Credit)
  • Materials Needed: $10 fee is required to cover consumable items and Accelerated Reader

This Nevada Academic Content Standards (NVACS)-aligned, one-year course will provide the fundamentals of communication skills – reading, writing, speaking and listening-- necessary for college and career readiness in a twenty-first century, globally competitive society. Through close reading of a variety of high-quality contemporary works, classical literature, and literary nonfiction, students will continue to develop the reading comprehension skills and reading strategies required to be highly literate individuals. Students will read literature and nonfiction, refining their reading comprehension skills; they will also study literary terminology, applying it to a variety of texts, including Homer’s The Odyssey, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Students will engage in both short and long-term writing assignments in three main genres--argument, informative/explanatory, and narrative--as well as use writing as a way to comprehend text. Language instruction will focus on the balance between rules and manipulating language for the purpose of craft. Research and technology will be embedded throughout the course. The course will be taught using a variety of teaching techniques from direct instruction to small group work with a focus on meaningful student discussion.

English 1-2 (H) 1203/1204

  • Full Year - .50 Credit per Semester (English Credit)
  • Prerequisites: A student applying to take Freshman honors English must have a written recommendation at registration that has been signed by the eighth grade English teacher; a strong B average for the year if currently in an honors English class; a strong A average for the year if not currently in an honors English class; an excellent score on the district’s eighth grade writing test; and an excellent score on any Reno High honors English entrance test. All incoming students who have been recommended for honors English 1-2 must pass a writing test that will be administered, read, and scored by the Reno High honors/AP English teachers. The freshman honors English teacher will give each incoming honors student the required summer reading assignment. If for any reason a student does not receive the summer reading assignment by the middle of June, he/she should contact the curriculum vice-principal.
  • Materials Needed: $10 fee is required to cover consumable items and Accelerated Reader

Freshman honors English, designed for the superior, highly motivated student, focuses on skills and strategies in reading, writing, speaking, listening, research, vocabulary, and usage. Freshman honors English students should love to read and have the ability to read thoughtfully and critically. Students will study literary terms in relation to the assigned literature, which will include an unabridged edition of The Odyssey, novels, drama, poetry, short stories, and nonfiction. Students will write different types of compositions: descriptive, narrative, persuasive, and comparison/contrast. Honors students should possess a curiosity about words and a willingness to improve their written and spoken vocabulary through formal vocabulary study and 40-word-a-week tests. The course will include a variety of teaching techniques from direct instruction to small group work. Students who fail to maintain at least an 80% average may be removed at the semester. Students must complete the summer reading and required activities before the beginning of the school year (information will be provided).

English 3-4 1211/1212

  • Full Year - .50 Credit per Semester (English Credit)
  • Materials Needed: $10 fee is required to cover consumable items and Accelerated Reader

This one-year course will continue to develop the fundamentals of communication skills – reading, writing, speaking and listening—using the Nevada Academic Content Standards (NVACS) and End of Course (EOC) selected standards to guide and focus instruction. Through close reading of a variety of grade-appropriate, high-quality contemporary works, classical literature, and literary nonfiction, students will continue to develop the reading comprehension skills and reading strategies required to be highly literate individuals, as well as be prepared to take and pass the ELA EOC. Students will engage in both short and long-term writing assignments in three main genres--argument, informative/explanatory, and narrative--as well as use writing as a way to comprehend text. Language instruction will focus on the balance between rules and manipulating language for the purpose of craft as well as building an extensive vocabulary. Research and technology will be embedded throughout the course. The course will be taught using a variety of teaching techniques from direct instruction to small group work with a focus on meaningful student discussion. Students who take and pass English 3-4 will be eligible to take the English EOC which is required to graduate from high school.

English 3-4 (H) 1213/1214

  • Full Year - .50 Credit per Semester (English Credit)
  • Prerequisites: If the student is currently in a freshman honors English class, an 83% average is required for both semesters. If the student is not currently in an honors English class, an A for both semesters and a teacher recommendation are required; in addition, the student will need to pass a writing test.
  • Materials Needed: $10 fee is required to cover consumable items and Accelerated Reader

Sophomore honors English, designed for the superior, highly motivated student, focuses on skills and strategies in reading, writing, speaking, listening, research, vocabulary, grammar, and usage. Students will read at least five literary forms: short story, autobiography, novel, drama, and poetry. Student writing will be varied, including personal narrative, literary analysis, creative writing, poetry, and research. The course requires a substantial amount of homework each night and will include a variety of teaching techniques from direct instruction to small group work. Students who fail to maintain at least an 85% average will be removed and/or not recommended for AP English 5-6. Students must complete the summer reading and required activities before the beginning of the school year. The sophomore honors English teacher will give each incoming honors student the required summer reading assignment. If for any reason a student does not receive the summer reading assignment by the middle of June, he/she should contact the curriculum vice principal.

English 5-6 1231/1232

  • Full Year - .50 Credit per Semester (English Credit)
  • Materials Needed: $10 fee is required to cover consumable items and Accelerated Reader

This Nevada Academic Content Standards (NVACS)-aligned, one-year course will strengthen and expand students’ skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening necessary for college and career readiness in a twenty-first century, globally competitive society. Through close reading of a variety of grade-appropriate, high-quality contemporary works, seminal U.S. documents, the classics of American literature, and literary nonfiction, students will gain the capacity to challenge complex texts in all subjects. Students will engage in both short and long-term writing assignments in three main genres--argument, informative/explanatory, and narrative--as well as use writing as a way to comprehend text. Language instruction will focus on the balance between rules and manipulating language for the purpose of craft; and students will continue to build an extensive vocabulary. Research and technology will be embedded throughout the course. The course will be taught using a variety of teaching techniques from direct instruction to small group work with a focus on meaningful student discussion.

English 7-8 1251/1252

  • Full Year - .50 Credit per Semester (English Credit)
  • Materials Needed: $10 fee is required to cover consumable items and Accelerated Reader

This Nevada Academic Content Standards (NVACS)-aligned, one-year course will reflect the culmination of skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening necessary for college and career readiness in a twenty-first century, globally competitive society, and reflects the integration of the Nevada Academic Content Standards and student learning outcomes from Early College English. The course will focus on both short and long-term writing assignments in three main genres--argument, informative/explanatory, and narrative—necessary to prepare students for college-level writing. Additionally, writing will be generated from the critical reading of a variety of grade-appropriate, high-quality contemporary works, classical literature, and literary nonfiction primarily focused on British and world authors. Students will continue to gain literary and cultural knowledge and the capacity to challenge complex texts in all subjects. Students at this level should have mastered the conventions of Standard English and language instruction should focus on manipulating language for the purpose of craft. Students will continue to build an extensive vocabulary. Research and technology will be embedded throughout the course. The course will be taught using a variety of teaching techniques from direct instruction to small group work with a focus on meaningful student discussion.

AP English Lang 1243/1244

  • Full Year - .50 Credit per Semester (English Credit)
  • Prerequisites: If the student is currently in a sophomore honors English class, an 85% average is required for both semesters. If the student is not currently in an honors English class, an A for both semesters and a teacher recommendation is required.
  • Summer Assignment: Students must complete the summer reading and required activities before the beginning of the school year. The junior AP English teacher will give each incoming honors student the required summer reading assignment. If for any reason a student does not receive the summer reading assignment by the middle of June, he/she should contact the curriculum vice principal.
  • Materials Needed: Students must take the AP exam in May; therefore, they will need to pay the approximately $94.00 cost of that exam. Students will purchase a rhetorical reader for approximately $48 and may be required to purchase an AP workbook. A $10.00 fee is required to cover consumable items and Accelerated Reader.

Junior Advanced Placement English, designed for the superior, highly motivated student, stresses advanced composition, a survey of American literature, the study of nonfiction prose, the analysis of standard rhetorical strategies and techniques, the study of Shakespeare, and vocabulary enrichment. Writing assignments will focus on the expository, analytical, and argumentative writing that forms the basis of academic and professional communication, as well as the personal and reflective writing that fosters the development of writing facility in any context. The primary goals of this course are to prepare students for the AP Language and Composition Exam and the rigors of college writing across the curriculum. Students who fail to maintain at least a B- average will be removed.

AP English Lit 1263/1264

  • Full Year - .50 Credit per Semester (English Credit)
  • Prerequisites: If the student is currently in junior Advanced Placement English, an 85% average is required for both semesters. If the student is not currently in junior Advanced Placement English, an A for both semesters and a teacher recommendation are required; in addition, the student will need to pass a writing test.
  • Summer Assignment: Students must complete the summer reading and required activities before the beginning of the school year. The senior AP English teacher will give each incoming honors student the required summer reading assignment. If for any reason a student does not receive the summer reading assignment by the middle of June, he/she should contact the curriculum vice principal.
  • Materials Needed: Students must take the AP English Literature exam in May; therefore, they will need to pay approximately $91.00 for the cost of that exam. If a student did take pay the approximately $94.00 cost of that exam. Students will purchase a rhetorical reader for approximately $48 and may be required to purchase an AP workbook. A $10.00 fee is required to cover consumable items and Accelerated Reader.

Senior Advanced Placement English, designed for the superior, highly motivated student, focuses on skills and strategies in reading, writing, speaking, listening, research, vocabulary, and usage. AP senior English is a survey of British literature—an examination of tragedy, short fiction, novel, and poetry—from the Old English period to the 20th century. Writing assignments will focus primarily on the analytical essay and will cover the following subjects: theme, setting, symbolism, tone, diction, and prosody. This course will also include a research and multi-media presentation (students will be working at the UNR library and with UNR’s computer system) as well as the study of logic, rhetoric, exposition, and argumentation. Two primary goals exist for senior AP English: to pass the Advanced Placement examination and to prepare the student(s) for the academic rigors of university life. Students who fail to maintain at least a B- average will be removed.

Journalism 1-2 1409/1410

  • Full Year - .50 Credit per Semester (Art/Humanities or Elective Credit)
  • Materials Needed: A $20 lab fee is required to cover consumable materials.

This course is designed to teach students the skills necessary for communicating in print media today with emphasis on interviewing and writing. Emphasis will also be placed on research, journalistic law and ethics, newspaper layout/design, entry level photography, and ad sales/business. *When enrollment numbers necessitate, this class is taught at the same time and in the same room as Advanced Newspaper. In that situation, students in Journalism 1-2 learn through a hands-on publication process.

Advanced Journalism: Newspaper 1411/1412

  • Full Year - .50 Credit per Semester (Art/Humanities or Elective Credit)
  • Prerequisites: Journalism 1-2 with a grade of B or better; recommendation from previous English or journalism teacher.
  • Materials Needed: A $20 lab fee is required to cover consumable materials.

This course is designed to teach students the skills necessary for communicating in print media today. The emphasis is on print publication. The course will build on interviewing and writing skills, research, journalistic law and ethics, newspaper layout/design, photography, and ad sales/business. All class members will have staff positions on the Red and Blue newspaper, such as: reporter, page designer, copy editor, business manager, etc. Selected students will serve on a student editorial board responsible for all editorial content and decisions, under the guidance and assistance of the adviser. In addition to daily class attendance, editors must be able to work after school and on occasional weekends during deadline periods. All students will be required to solicit advertisements to help pay for production costs. Failure to meet production deadlines may result in being removed from an editorial position or in being dropped from the class.

Advanced Publications: Yearbook 1403/1404

  • Full Year - .50 Credit per Semester (Art/Humanities or Elective Credit)
  • Prerequisites: Cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher (un-weighted), A or B in English and a recommendation from current English teacher, properly completed online application that includes 4 current teachers who can give recommendations regarding student performance (must include current English teacher), appropriately formatted audition work in design, photography, interviewing and writing, and final approval from yearbook teacher/adviser.
  • Materials Needed: A $30 fee covers the cost of consumable items (paper, toner, and other items) as well as staff gear (t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc.). If the staff chooses more expensive items, students will be asked to cover those costs.
  • 10th grade standing (Incoming freshmen and others interested in joining the yearbook staff are STRONGLY encouraged to take Introduction to Journalism to prepare themselves for the rigorous performance level of this class and increase the opportunity for editorial leadership positions.)

Students enrolled in this course will sell and create advertising; take, select, and edit photographs; interview students, faculty, staff, and coaches; and design, redesign, and critique the design of the pages of the Re-Wa- Ne yearbook under the direction and supervision of student editors and faculty adviser. Students on staff must be highly organized, have a good eye for design, have excellent time and self-management skills, and be prepared to complete multiple tasks within each monthly deadline period to a high standard of quality. All staffers must complete an application with four current teacher endorsements. Photographers must complete an audition assignment in addition to application. Adviser approval is required to enroll.

Speech/Debate 6411/6412

  • Full Year - .50 Credit per Semester (Art/Humanities or Elective Credit)
  • Materials needed: A $75 lab fee which covers local and national league memberships, evidence costs, transportation, tournament registration fees, and classroom supplies. Students will also need to have personal food/snack money at each tournament.

This course will provide students with basic knowledge of debate and technique/instruction in public and competitive speaking. The course will include instruction in ten types of formal speeches, three categories of debate, and Student Congress. Students will review and analyze famous speeches of the past, as well as write and analyze speeches of today. Participation in speech and debate tournaments outside of school hours, approximately one per month is required. Students will develop knowledge of debate theory and speaking ability which will allow them to compete in interscholastic competition. Students will learn logical structure, reasoning, and analysis of argumentation.

Advanced Speech/Debate 6413/6414

  • Full Year - .50 Credit per Semester (Art/Humanities or Elective Credit)
  • Prerequisites: Beginning Speech/Debate and teacher approval
  • Materials needed: A $75 lab fee which covers local and national league memberships, evidence costs, transportation, tournament registration fees, and classroom supplies. Students will also need to have personal food/snack money at each tournament.

Advanced Speech/Debate is designed to provide students with the advanced theory and research techniques needed for higher level competition. The course will refine the student's speaking techniques. Students will continue to build on previous knowledge, while expanding their competitive knowledge and ability. Advanced Speech & Debate will also prepare students for collegiate competition by introducing speech and debate forms used at the college level. Advanced students are required to compete in all league tournaments. Students will increase their knowledge of debate and speaking theory. Students will further refine their ability to structure logically, to reason, and to analyze.