English DepartmentFour years of English are required for graduation. Please see the chart below for the basic FUSD sequence of courses; however, it is possible for students to move among the class levels from year to year, for example, a student taking honors or Advanced Placement one year may choose to go into college prep. the following year, etc. For information on particular classes, including homework, syllabi, grading policy and course requirements, please see the individual teacher websites at irvington.org under Teachers.FUSD Course Sequence
English 9 Honors
English 10 Honors
English 11 AP (Language and Composition)
English 12 AP (Literature and Composition)For English language learners, ELL English is also offered at all levels.Course DescriptionsCourse descriptions are from the Fremont Unified School District Course Catalog. Students will only take one English class at each grade level (Exception: ELL Connections). Which class will depend on which class is appropriate for the student's needs and goals. Please see your current English teacher or your counselor if you have questions about which course you need to take.Click on course title to view the booklist for each course. Keep in mind that not all the books on the list will be taught by every teacher every year. Students are not required to purchase course books, but prices are included in the book lists in the event of loss of a book. Checks for the replacement of a book should be made out to "Irvington High School."Eng. 9 Standard
This course meets the basic English content standards for this grade level. Successful completion of this course qualifies for high school graduation but not admission to four year universities. Irvington does not currently offer this class.
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Prerequisite: GATE identification or Prerequisites for Honors Placement.
This college preparatory English 9 class offers opportunities for those students who seek an academic challenge and who wish to demonstrate the ability to earn honors credit. In addition to social and cooperative skills, the ninth grade college prep course offers differentiated instruction based on students individual needs. Instruction ranges from reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills to an awareness of literary forms. Students learn the structure of the personal and the expository essay. Several literary genres will be explored in depth with the honors students responding at a higher critical and creative level.Eng. 9 ELL (booklist unavailable, see teacher)
English Language Development is for students who have had limited instruction in English. This is a basic course for acquiring and improving skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Emphasis on development of vocabulary, reading comprehension and awareness of literary forms will be taught. This is a two/three-period a day course.
This course meets the Basic English content standards for this grade level. Successful completion of this course qualifies for high school graduation but not admission to four year universities. Irvington does not currently offer this class.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Honors English 9 or GATE identified.
Students will focus on writing about literature as they study dramatic works, short stories, and novels. Composition skills will be further developed through compare/contrast and persuasive essays. Career Path preparation continues with exploration of career paths, personal skills surveys, and appropriate technology. An additional focus will be college preparatory vocabulary. As in the freshman year, an honors program will be available for those who choose to study rhetorical structures in writing. Student outcomes include work with reading, writing, literature, speaking, listening, personal responsibility, and social/cooperative skills.Eng. 10 ELL (For booklist, see teacher)
This English course gives all students, including the college-bound, an overview of world literature in its historical context based on district-adopted texts. Students will develop and strengthen essay and research skills, study career paths, and increase vocabulary skills as guided by the California English Language Arts Content Standards. Additionally, students will continue preparation for the CAHSEE and English Language Arts state standards assessment.
This course meets the basic English content standards for this grade level. Successful completion of this course qualifies for high school graduation but not admission to four year universities. Irvington does not currently offer this class.Eng. 11 AP (English Language and Composition)For booklist, see teacher
This course will emphasize style analysis, analytical writing and critical thinking. Composition skills will be refined as students develop an awareness of style and rhetoric. Students are expected to have mastered basic oral and written communication skills so that they can focus on extended reading assignments, research, and group presentations. College preparatory vocabulary and American Literature will be studied. This course is considered preparation for the AP English Language and Composition exam to be taken in May of their junior year. Students will be working on their test-taking skills for the STAR/SAT-9, the SAT I and II, and the AP exam in their senior year.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 10 or enrollment in English Skills Support class; successful completion of World History.
This college preparatory, honors option course combines the curriculum of U.S. History with that of 11th grade American Literature. Students will study and explore American History using specific pieces of literature and primary sources that are tied to key historical events, movements, trends, and individuals. The confluence of numerous cultures, as shown through the California State Framework, will factor into this one-year course as will the study of writing, literature, and comprehension skills.Eng. 11 ELL (For booklist, see teacher)
Students will study representative works and literary eras of the United States. Extensive expository writing (including poetry explication) and discussion will focus on the values and philosophy of United States' culture. College preparatory vocabulary will be studied. Students will continue preparation for the CAHSEE and English Language Arts state standards assessments.
This course meets the basic English content standards for this grade level. Successful completion of this course qualifies for high school graduation but not admission to four year universities. Irvington does not currently offer this class.Eng. 12 AP (English Literature and Composition)For booklist, see teacher
This is a rigorous class; students should have excellent reading skills and have achieved high grades in previous English classes. In AP English students will learn to discover the meanings in literature by being attentive to the diction, imagery, and other literary strategies authors use to evoke intellectual and emotional responses from readers. Students are expected to justify their interpretations and compare them with those proposed by literary critics, teachers, and fellow students. The course will require the in-depth study of influential British and world writers, with an emphasis on poetry. Students will develop analytical and composition skills necessary for college and in preparation for the AP Literature and Comprehension Exam in May.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of American Studies is recommended.
This is a college preparatory, honors option course which combines the required elements of American Government, Economics, and Senior English in a format that uses literature, the arts, and primary source readings from the social sciences to examine major themes of civilization. An interest in writing, reading, discussing ideas, and being creative is necessary for students in this class.ELL Connections(For booklist, see teacher)
This course develops vocabulary in all curricular areas so that the ELL student can become successful in all of the core curricular classes. This course is recommended for students enrolled in the ELD 1 classes.