The Oakmont HS English Department has transitioned to the Common Core State Standards. These standards "ask students to read stories and literature, as well as more complex texts that provide facts and background knowledge in areas such as science and social studies. Students will be challenged and asked questions that push them to refer back to what they’ve read. This stresses critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills that are required for success in college, career, and life." ~CCSS website

  • CP English 9

    CP English 9

    English 9 emphasizes sentence, paragraph, and essay development with an intensive study of literature and expository texts. Literary elements will be taught and applied to short stories, poetry, novels and drama. A variety of writing modes, autobiographical, analytical, and expository, will be taught with an emphasis on the Methods of Development. Vocabulary is taught with an emphasis on roots and contextual vocabulary. Writing conventions are taught with a focus on grammar, usage and mechanics. Students can expect a variety of oral and listening activities.

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  • CP English 10

    CP English 10

    This course is designed for college preparatory students emphasizing paragraph and composition development combined with an intensive study of literature and expository texts. A variety of writing modes – expressive, analytical, and expository – will be taught with an emphasis on the Methods of Development. Writing conventions such as usage and mechanics may be directly taught in conjunction with the study of additional grammar skills needed to prepare for college-level entry tests. Vocabulary, spelling, and research skills are developed in context with the writing process and literary analysis. Students can also expect a variety of oral and listening activities.

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  • CP English 11

    CP English 11

    This course emphasizes composition development combined with an intensive study of American literature. Writing conventions such as usage and mechanics may be directly taught in conjunction with the study of additional grammar skills needed to prepare for college-level entry tests. Vocabulary, spelling, and research skills are developed in context with the writing process and literary analysis. Students can also expect a variety of oral and listening activities including oral presentations.

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  • IB English HL 1

    IB English HL 1

    The purpose of this course is to immerse students in all aspects of literary study. Students can expect an intensive study of novels, plays, essays, short stories and poetry; many of the works represent selections from World Literature. Students will be asked to produce both written and oral analysis of works studied. They will be asked to incorporate literary history and criticism into their analysis of text.

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  • IB English HL 2

    IB English HL 2

    This course is a continuation of IB English HL 1. The purpose of this course is to immerse students in all aspects of literary study. Students can expect an intensive study of novels, plays, essays, short stories and poetry; many of the works represent selections from World Literature. Students will be asked to produce both written and oral analysis of works studied. They will be asked to incorporate literary history and criticism into their analysis of text.

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  • CP English 12

    CP English 12

    This course emphasizes composition development combined with an intensive study of the reading and writing needed for college success. Critical reading strategies are directly taught. Academic Vocabulary, grammar, and research skills are included in the course. Students can also expect a variety of oral and listening activities including oral presentations.

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  • ERWC English 12

    ERWC English 12

    The ERWC Course is an A-G approved college preparatory course in English that provides targeted instruction in the areas of critical reading and writing strategies. The Early Assessment Program was established to allow students to measure their readiness for college-level English in their junior year of high school. ERWC was designed as an alternative English curriculum to offer an opportunity for those students who demonstrated a “conditionally ready” status on the EAP to improve their skills during their senior year. Students who pass the course with a grade of C or better will be moved to the “college ready” designation and are then able to enroll in college level courses.

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  • Honors English 10

    Honors English 10

    Honors English 10 is a year-long course (blocked with AP European History) that provides an academically accelerated curriculum for students desiring advanced, challenging studies. Honors English 10 is a rigorous course with high expectations for critical reading, writing and thinking. Students will focus on developing oral and written communications that explore the complexities of world topics and literature and seek connections among texts on a variety of levels. This course will include an extensive reading list covering a broad array of literary interests and experiences. Students will enhance their research skills and will write in a variety of genres. Students can expect to practice vocabulary and grammar skills holistically through the writing process. Reading over the summer is required in preparation for the course.

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  • AP English Literature and Composition

    AP English Literature and Composition

    This course focuses on enabling students to improve their reading analysis and writing skills. Emphasis is placed on the skills necessary to pass the AP Examination, including style analysis writing and close textual reading. The class is open enrollment; however, only students with a strong interest in high-level analysis of literary texts should register. Students in this class will read and analyze short stories, novels, drama, and poetry. They will interpret, analyze, and evaluate these works through discussion and written composition. Several works will be required reading over the summer in preparation for the course.

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  •  AP English Language and Composition

    AP English Language and Composition

    Students in this course study the fundamentals of rhetoric, which can be applied to academic writing at the college level. Students will read and analyze a variety of texts. Students participate in writing seminars that use student writing as the focus for analysis. Emphasis will be placed on acquiring the skills necessary to pass the AP Language and Composition exam. This college level course requires a high level of motivation and commitment due to extensive reading and writing requirements.

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  • Journalism 1

    Journalism 1

    Journalism is an introductory course designed to provide students with the foundational skills required to do more advanced work on the school newspaper, yearbook or media courses and/or related program majors or career pathways. Students will learn the basic skills necessary to produce professional newspapers, magazines, yearbooks, and public relations communications. The course will develop skills in page design, layout, desktop publishing, computer technology, photography and advertising. Students will also focus on interview techniques, journalistic style, creative writing, technical writing, editing, and the ethics of journalism.

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  • Advanced Journalism

    Advanced Journalism

    Designed for general and college prep students to produce the school newspaper. Activities include writing news stories, editing copy, writing headlines, laying out pages, creating computer graphics, taking photographs, and selling ads. Journalism as a career will be considered. Students may prepare other types of high school publications and will work on fundraising events to finance all costs of newspaper production. Course may be repeated for credit. Students new to the publication class must enroll in the Fall Term.

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  • Speech and Debate

    Speech and Debate

    Designed for college preparatory students or students with an interest in public speaking, this course includes training in public speaking and emphasizes an understanding of the elements of debate, the process of communicating more effectively, the techniques involved in critical analysis, and constructive evaluation of one's own communications, as well as communication with others.

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  • Yearbook

    Yearbook

    Designed for general or college preparatory students to produce a high-quality school yearbook. Students will learn to use computers to write copy, design layouts, and create graphics. Students will also conduct interviews, take and crop photographs, and sell ads. Communication skills and professional conduct are emphasized through extensive contact with staff and students, as well as business people and parents. The class is also open to students who are interested in the business end of yearbook production: raising money, advertising, issuing receipts, bookkeeping, etc. Leadership opportunities are also available to interested students. Enrollment is limited. Students new to the Yearbook class must enroll in the Fall Term. Students are strongly encouraged to register for both terms.

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  • Advanced Yearbook

    Advanced Yearbook

    Designed for general or college preparatory students who are continuing their training and work from Yearbook. Students will continue to develop their skills in more advanced work, which focuses on the editorship functions of yearbook production. Advanced Yearbook students are encouraged to take on leadership roles within the yearbook staff. Students are strongly encouraged to register for both terms. Students entrusted with Editorship roles are required to register for both terms.

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