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Department Description

We are committed to the growth of our students’ language skills–speaking, writing and reading–and love of literature. Our goals are aligned with Idaho Core Standards. The standards ensure that graduating seniors are college and career ready. Students will be able to perform the critical reading necessary to extract and analyze information from texts. Additionally, they will be able to develop evidence-based claims and will be able to construct arguments based on reason and evidence from sophisticated sources. Teachers include peer editing, draft revisions, writing portfolios, collaboration, and research projects. The department recognizes that all students must learn to think, read, write, listen, and speak with clarity. We also understand the varying needs, abilities, and aspirations of our district’s student population, adjusting our methods and assessment strategies accordingly.

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Course Name
# of credits – school – grade
Type of Credit
Prerequisite

Course Description

KEY
C – Computer
E – Elective
ENG – English
HUM – Humanities
M – Mathematics
PE – Physical Education
SCI – Science
SS – Social Studies
DC – Dual Credit
TCC – Technical Competency Credit
NCAA – Core Course

Canyon Ridge High School

Twin Falls High School

English 9

2 – CRHS/TFHS – 9
ENG – NCAA

This course will cover grammar usage, language structure, vocabulary development, creative writing, poetry, short stories, novels, Shakespeare, and mythology.

Honors English 9

2 – CRHS/TFHS – 9
ENG – NCAA
Application/Recommendation

This class is offered for students who perform beyond the freshman level on tasks related to reading, composition, and the study of language. The English 9 curriculum will be followed, but more intensive and extensive work with the reading and writing will be required.

Speech

1 – CRHS/TFHS – 9/12

ENG – NCAA

This course will focus on creating and delivering four speeches from a pool of eight.  While this course will cover all eight, and students will be exposed to them, they will only be accountable for four unique presentations.  Students will spend their time developing the speech materials, practicing their speeches, and learning about successful strategies and techniques.  Students will be required to evaluate their peers’ work.  The course is designed to meet the core graduation requirement of speech for those students entering high school without one credit in this area.

English 10

2 – CRHS/TFHS – 10
ENG – NCAA

English 10 is a college preparatory class which focuses on exploring, understanding and appreciating written genre. Writing encourages experimentation with the various forms taught in literature. Language development, vocabulary and grammar skills will be emphasized to enhance communication

Honors English 10

2 – CRHS/TFHS – 10
ENG – NCAA
Application/Recommendation

This class is offered for students who perform beyond the sophomore level on tasks related to reading, composition, and the study of language. The English 10 curriculum will be followed, but more intensive and extensive work with the reading and writing will be required.

English 11

2 – CRHS/TFHS – 11
ENG – NCAA

English 11 is a college preparatory class which focuses on American literature from a historical perspective. Argumentative writing will be emphasized and a research project will be required. Language study, writing style, and vocabulary development will also be emphasized.

AP English Language and Composition 11

2 – CRHS/TFHS – 11
ENG – DC (CSI: ENG101) – NCAA
Application/Recommendation

This course is designed for the able and ambitious student who wants to do college-level work while in high school. The course focuses on nonfiction writing and reading. Heavy emphasis is placed on style, rhetoric, and analysis. The numerous reading and writing assignments act as preparations for the AP Language and Composition College Board Exam to determine possible advanced standing in English or college credits upon admission to a college or university.

English 12

2 – CRHS/TFHS – 12
ENG – NCAA

English 12 is a college preparatory class which focuses on the development of critical reading, writing, and thinking skills through the study of British literature. Composition focuses on the reflective essay and analytical essay for purposes that extend into post-high school life. A research paper tied to the Senior Project is required.

ENGL 102/English 12 B

1 – TFHS – 12
ENG
Recommendation

 

AP English Literature and Composition 12

2 – CRHS/TFHS – 12
ENG – DC (CSI: ENGL175) – NCAA
Application and Recommendation

This course is designed for the able and ambitious student who wants to do college-level work while in high school. Works will be analyzed intensively in both class discussion and in numerous writing assignments. This course is also preparation for the AP College Board Exam to determine possible advanced standing in English or college credits upon admission to a university. AP English 11 is not a requirement. TFHS Only(English 175 3 credits): * It will meet three days a week: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. * Students must sign up for dual enrollment in the fall; however, their credits will not be given until spring. Course cost is $195.00 and there will be a minimal charge for text books in the spring. * Any of the following pre-reqs will work for CSI; however, they must be met before school starts in the fall: A “3” or above on the AP Language Exam, completion of English 101, “25” or above on the ACT English section, “570” on SAT Critical Reading section, “95” or above on the COMPASS English portion.

Read 180

1 – TFHS – 10/11/12
E
Recommendation

Read 180 is an intensive reading intervention program designed to meet the needs of students whose reading achievement is below the proficient level. The program directly addresses individual needs through adaptive and instructional software, high-interest literature, and direct instruction in reading skills. (Scholastic Publisher)

Debate I

2 – CRHS/TFHS – 9/10

ENG – NCAA

Application/Recommendation and signed drug testing form.

Speech credit 1st semester

This class covers a variety of styles of public speaking and formal debate.  Through research and practice, students will become familiar with these styles.  We will apply these knowledge and skills in local, regional, and nationwide competitions.  There is a travel component to this class.

Debate II

2 – CRHS/TFHS – 10/11/12

E – NCAA

Debate I & Recommendation

This course builds off of Debate I.  This class focuses on the student’s choice of event.  Through research and practice, students will become familiar with these styles.  We will apply these knowledge and skills in local, regional, and nationwide competitions.  There is a travel component to this class.

Debate III

2 – CRHS/TFHS – 11/12

E – NCAA

Debate II & Recommendation

This course builds off of Debate II.  This class focuses on the student’s choice of event.  Additionally, students are encouraged to begin developing professional connections with other competitors and coaches to further their potential career/college options.  We will apply these knowledge and skills in local, regional, and nationwide competitions.  There is a travel component to this class.

Debate IV

2 – CRHS/TFHS – 12

E – NCAA

Debate III & Recommendation

This course builds off of Debate III.  This is the final class in the forensic program at TFHS/CRHS.  Students are encouraged to begin developing professional connections with other competitors and coaches to further their potential career/college options.  We will apply these knowledge and skills in local, regional, and nationwide competitions.  There is a travel component to this class. These students are also encouraged to participate in community events and to help train Debate I and II students in their own growth and development.

Newspaper

2 – CRHS – 10/11/12
2 – TFHS – 11/12
E
Application/Approval

The newspaper class is a year-long course dedicated to the publication of the school newspaper. Students are required to do in-depth reporting and writing. All facets of newspaper work will be included: interviewing, designing (using QuarkXPress and Photoshop), computer word processing, writing and revising. Staff members are expected to have a working understanding of the process of creating a newspaper, be able to meet deadlines, and act responsibly and ethically.

Yearbook

2 – CRHS – 9/10/11/12
2 – TFHS – 10/11/12
E
Application and Interview

Yearbook/Riverhawk Review is a year-long class devoted to the publication of the school’s yearbook. All facets of photo journalism, graphic design, PhotoShop, layout design, In Design, reporting, and copy writing will be included in the course curriculum.

Creative Writing I

2 – CRHS/TFHS – 11/12

HUM

C or higher in English 10

This course is an in‐depth writing course which focuses on students’ abilities to produce original pieces of literature; it is designed for students who enjoy the writing process. Students will participate in National Novel Writing Month where they will write a novel in 30 days. Students will also be writing poetry, long and short stories, and dramatic dialogue. Students must be serious about learning to write, as this class will include a possible option for publication.

Creative Writing II

2 – CRHS/TFHS – 11/12

HUM

C or higher in English 10

Students will spend the semester studying elements of storytelling, genres, creating their own original stories and going through the editing process. Students will be expected to create an original polished work of literature. Students will learn how to query a literary agent for representation towards publication. Students must be dedicated and focused and excited about the creative writing process.

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