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Name Phone Room #
Rosa Brown 65702 702
Haleigh Earls    
Diana Greenlee 65704 704 
Amanda Holthaus 65703 703 
Richard Hudgens 65602 602 
Michelle Lord 65706 706 
Nancie Perez 65707 707 
Patrick Skuba 65701  701 
Leandrea Slayton–Chair 65604 604 
Stacey Stoner 65603 603 
Joan Swenson 65016 1106 
Pete Tittl 65015 1105 
Andrea Watson 65606 606
David Ziegler 65608 608 

 

ENGLISH ELD 1, 2, 3 and 4P

ELD 1 Max credit: 40

ELD 2 Max credit: 20

ELD 3 Max credit: 10

ELD 4 Max credit: 10

Grades 9-12
Credits: 5 per semester
Prerequisite: Student eligibility determined by District.

This year-long course meets English graduation requirements. English ELD courses are designed to help students who primarily speak a language or languages other than English. These courses focus on helping students read, write, and increase their comprehension of English. Students enrolled have limited English language proficiency. Placement is based upon standardized test scores and teacher recommendation. May be repeated for credit. Meets A-G University of California requirement.

 

ENGLISH 9 GENERAL

Grade 9 Credits: 5 per semester Prerequisite: Eighth grade teacher recommendation.

Max credit: 10

This year-long course meets freshman English graduation requirements. This course includes instruction in reading, comprehension, non-fiction, literature, vocabulary, spelling, grammar, writing, speaking, and listening. Particular emphasis focuses on helping students prepare for and pass the California High School Exit Exam and meet district graduation requirements. Students are exposed to technology needed for academic success.

 

ENGLISH 9P

Grade 9 Credits: 5 per semester Prerequisite: Eighth grade teacher recommendation.

Max credit: 10

This is a year-long course that meets the freshman English graduation requirements and the University of California A-G requirements. The course includes instruction in reading, writing, speaking, and listening, while teaching the analytical skills needed for those who plan to attend college. Students learn writing as a process, focusing on fluency, organization, and the use of correct, standardized English. Students read a variety of genre-based literature, non-fiction, develop vocabulary through the study of roots and will be exposed to essential technology needed for academic success. UC English requirement.

 

ENGLISH 9 GP

Grade 9
Credits: 5 per semester
Prerequisite: Student eligibility determined by District.

Max credit: 10

This is a year-long course that meets the freshman English graduation requirements and the University of California A-G requirements. The core elements of the English 9P curriculum, enriched by materials designed for the needs of the talented student, includes an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates literature, non-fiction, music, and art into the curriculum. Individual exploration of student academic interests is provided. Students are exposed to technology needed for academic success. UC English requirement.

 

ENGLISH 10 GP

Grade 10 Credits: 5 per semester Prerequisite: Counselor recommendation

Max credit: 10

This year-long course meets the sophomore English graduation requirement. The course focuses on improving literacy, reading comprehension levels, and written communication through the study of fiction and non-fiction. Students will gain experience in interpersonal communication, study skills, vocabulary, spelling, grammar, and the use of technology. Emphasis is placed on the continued development of writing skills, including skills necessary to pass the California High School Exit Exam.

 

ENGLISH 10P

Grade 10 Credits: 5 per semester Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 9P

Max credit: 10

This year-long course meets sophomore English graduation requirements and University of California A-G entrance requirements. This one-year college preparatory course engages students in reading, oral language development, basic technology, and critical thinking activities. Students learn written expression including autobiographical, persuasive, and cause/effect essays. Students continue to read a wide variety of literature and non-fiction, and develop vocabulary through the study of roots. UC English requirement.

 

ENGLISH 10 GP

Grade 10 Credits: 5 per semester Prerequisite:

Student eligibility determined by District criteria, or the satisfactory completion of English 9 GP.

 

Max credit: 10

This year-long course meets sophomore English graduation requirements and University of California A-G entrance requirements. This one-year college preparatory course contains the core elements of the English 10P curriculum enriched by materials designed for the needs of the talented student. Enrichment includes exposure to an interdisciplinary approach using activities such as creative projects, oral presentations, research, in-depth analysis of literature and non-fiction, and classroom discussions. UC English requirement.

 

ENGLISH 11 GENERAL

Grade 11 Credits: 5 per semester Prerequisite: Counselor recommendation

Max credit: 10

This year-long course meets the junior English graduation requirement. The course focuses on continued improvement of literacy, reading comprehension, and written communication through the study of fiction and non-fiction. Students gain experience in interpersonal communication, study skills, vocabulary, spelling, grammar, and the use of technology. Emphasis is placed on the continued development of skills necessary to pass the California High School Exit Exam, as well as the development of skills essential to entering the workforce.

 

ENGLISH 11P

Grade 11 Credits: 5 per semester Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 10P

Max credit: 10

This course meets junior English requirements and the University of California A-G requirements. The course requires students to read and to write critically on literary works and non-fiction drawn primarily from the tradition of the United States. Students read, discuss, analyze, and write using a variety of strategies, with special emphasis on the cultivation of sophisticated expository and reflective responses to literature. Oral communication is developed through in-class presentations. UC English requirement.

 

ENGLISH 11AP (ADVANCED PLACEMENT LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION)

Grade 11 Credits: 5 per semester Prerequisite:

Approval of the Liberty High Honors/AP committee and successful completion of English 10P or 10GP

Max credit: 10

This one-year course meets the junior English graduation requirements and the University of California A-G requirements. More challenging than English 11P in the quantity and sophistication of its demands, English AP covers much of the same material in an accelerated and rigorous program with a heavy emphasis on analytical, argumentative, and persuasive writing in response to non-fiction models. Students are required to read from an approved reading list during the course of the year and will complete one research project over the year. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement Language and Composition exam in May. UC English requirement.

 

ENGLISH 12 GENERAL

Grade 11 Credits: 5 per semester Prerequisite: Counselor recommendation

Max credit: 10

This year-long course meets the requirement for the fourth year of English. The course focuses on continued improvement of literacy, reading comprehension, and writing skills necessary to pass the California High School Exit Exam. Students gain experience in interpersonal communication, study skills, vocabulary, spelling, grammar, and the use of technology, while studying British and world literature and a variety of non-fiction. Basic skills essential to achieving success upon entering the workforce will be emphasized.

 

ENGLISH 12P

Grade 12 Credits: 5 per semester Prerequisite: Counselor recommendation

Max credit: 10

This one-year course fulfills the fourth year of English and the University of California A-G requirements. Students are required to read and write critically on literary works drawn primarily from the traditional British canon, as well as a variety of non-fiction. Students research, discuss, read, analyze, and write, using a variety of strategies, with special emphasis on the cultivation of sophisticated written expository responses to literature and a variety of non-fiction. Students continue to develop oral proficiency through in-class presentations. UC English requirement.

 

ENGLISH COMPOSITION-WOMEN IN LITERATURE OR UTOPIAN/DYSTOPIAN LITERATURE

Grade: 12 Credits: 5 per Semester Prerequisite: Counselor Recommendation Max Credit: 10

Two semester course fulfills the English requirement for the Kern High School District as well as the requirements for the UC and CSU systems. In this course, in the first semester students will develop their writing skills in all modes of discourse, with an emphasis on literary critical analysis and argumentation. The course is intended to provide college-bound students with advanced composition skills requisite to meet collegiate writing expectations. In the second semester, students will analyze literature of the British Isles and Empire, focusing on the development of women’s literature within the context of significant literary movements from the Romantic period to the present. This course is intended to prepare the serious student of literature for the rigors of a collegiate literature course. 

ENGLISH 12 ERWC (EXPOSITORY READING WRITING CURRICULUM)

Grade 12 Credits: 5 per semester Prerequisite:

Max credit: 10

The goal of the Expository Reading and Writing Course is to prepare college-bound seniors for the literacy demands of higher education. Through a sequence of fourteen rigorous instructional modules, students in this yearlong, rhetoric-based course develop advanced proficiency in expository, analytical, and argumentative reading and writing. The cornerstone of the course—the assignment template—presents a process for helping students read, comprehend, and respond to nonfiction and literary texts. Modules also provide instruction in research methods and documentation conventions. Students will be expected to increase their awareness of the rhetorical strategies employed by authors and to apply those strategies in their own writing. They will read closely to examine the relationship between an author’s argument or theme and his or her audience and purpose; to analyze the impact of structural and rhetorical strategies; and to examine the social, political, and philosophical assumptions that underlie the text. By the end of the course, students will be expected to use this process independently when reading unfamiliar texts and writing in response to them. Course texts include contemporary essays, newspaper and magazine articles, editorials, reports, biographies, memos, assorted public documents, and other nonfiction texts. The course materials also include modules on two fulllength works (one novel and one work of nonfiction). Written assessments and holistic scoring guides conclude each unit.

 

 

ENGLISH 12AP (ADVANCED PLACEMENT LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION)

Grade 12 Credits: 5 per semester Prerequisite:

Approval of the Liberty High Honors/AP committee and successful completion of English 11AP or 11P.

Max credit: 10

This one-year course meets the senior English graduation requirements and the University of California A-G requirements. More challenging than English 12P in the quantity and sophistication of its demands, English 12 AP covers much of the same material in an accelerated and rigorous program with a heavy emphasis on careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Writing for the course will focus upon expository, analytical, and argumentative models. Students are required to read from an approved reading list during the course of the year, and will complete one research project over the year. Students will be expected to take the Advanced Placement exam in May. UC English requirement.

 

CAHSEE ELA

Grades 11 & 12 Credits: 5 per semester Prerequisite: Counselor recommendation and need to pass

CAHSEE-ELA

Max credit: 30

This is a semester-long course designed to help students prepare for the California High School Exit Exam. The course includes instruction in fiction and non-fiction, reading comprehension, academic vocabulary, spelling, grammar, and writing in the areas of literary analysis, narrative, persuasive, and expository prompts. Only students who need to pass the exam may be enrolled. Five units of English credit can be earned toward district graduation requirements. Students enrolled in this course are concurrently enrolled in English CP or general