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8th Grade Language Arts

Course disclosure in English for 8th grade Language Arts.
Course disclosure in Spanish for 8th grad Language Arts.

The Utah Core Curriculum in Language Arts has shared outcomes for students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. All standards are focused on college and career readiness with deepening complexity as students advance in school. Students entering middle school have read texts from many disciplines: literature, history, science, art and technology, to name a few. Building on this background students will continue to read a variety of books, representing many genres, and examine them from different perspectives. They will delve into textual analysis to discover explicit and implicit meanings. Students will encounter narratives and information in fiction, non-fiction, drama and poetry. They will learn to analyze and contrast people, characters, themes and big ideas. Writing will emphasize practice in argumentation, developing informational and explanatory texts, and creating narratives about real or imagined experiences. Our goal is to help students read, comprehend and write about complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.

9th Grade Language Arts

Humanities course disclosure in English and Spanish

The ninth grade language arts course connects reading instruction with writing for multiple purposes. The course continues intensive practice and study of informational and literary reading and writing. Students read extensively from a variety of sources, and draft, revise, and edit their own writing.

All students may choose to take the class for honors credit. In addition to all of the regular assignments, honors students will complete some assignments and a writing assignment/project outside of class.

10th Grade Language Arts

Course disclosure in English and Spanish

The tenth grade language arts course continues the intensive practice and study of informational and literary writing. Students refine skills in preparation for reading and writing assessments.

All students may choose to take the class for honors credit. In addition to all of the regular assignments, honors students will complete some assignments and a writing assignment/project outside of class.

11th Grade Language Arts

Course disclosure in English and Spanish

The eleventh grade language arts course continues to emphasize the reading and writing process. In addition, students prepare, plan, deliver, and evaluate formal presentations.

All students may choose to take the class for honors credit. In addition to all of the regular assignments, honors students will complete some assignments and a writing assignment/project outside of class.

12th Grade Language Arts

Course disclosure in English and Spanish.

The twelfth grade language arts course continues to develop reading and writing skills as students are introduced to a greater variety of practical and traditional literature. Students also develop investigative and research skills in preparation for post-secondary education or employment.

All students may choose to take the class for honors credit. In addition to all of the regular assignments, honors students will complete some assignments and a writing assignment/project outside of class.

Reading

Course disclosure in  English 

This course enhances critical reading skills by focusing on reading comprehension strategies, fluency, vocabulary building and word recognition. Where appropriate some phonics will be included. Various forms of expository writing will also be a significant component. This course is designed as a learning foundation for graduation from high school.

Creative Writing

Course disclosure in English and Spanish

This course is designed to help prepare you to become more competent in writing within the disciplines of short story, poetry, and drama. You will work hard to master the drafting, editing, revising, critiquing, and creative thinking skills necessary to become a better writer. We will be reading from a variety of mentor texts, focusing on different skill-sets and styles which we can pull from to use in our own writing. Each week we will focus on a different skill or element that we will work to enhance. I expect you to come to class having read texts that are assigned, produce at least one original work each week, and bring drafts to class to participate in peer-critique. A strong emphasis will be placed on participation and a willingness to practice, this means revising and editing based on feedback from both myself and classmates. This class will be a safe space to try out new techniques, toy with new ideas, and think outside the box when it comes to your writing.  The more you are willing to participate and share your writing and ideas with others, the more we will all grow as writers. 

Theater

7th Grade Theatre Foundations and High School Theatre Igive students a welcoming space to immerse themselves in the dramatic arts. They perform, write, and create both on-stage and off! Students have the opportunity to broaden their horizons and sample different areas of theater. Together, we discover the wonderful influence theater can have on our community and ourselves.  Visit the SLCSE Theater website to learn more.

ELD

​Course disclosure in English and Spanish

​English Language Development (ELD) is an intense English language class to help students improve their language skills to be more successful in school. Students will learn to communicate ideas and experiences through listening, speaking, reading, and writing at their language level. Student’s language levels are determined by the WIDA (World-class Instructional Design and Assessment), and the Inside Placement Test.