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TPJHS English Language Arts Department

 Department Members:
 
Catherine Colella (department chair): catherine_colella@morongo.k12.ca.us
Carolyn Harmon: carolyn_harmon@morongo.k12.ca.us
Cindy Ross: cindy_ross@morongo.k12.ca.us
Gerry Kenney: geraldine_kenney@morongo.k12.ca.us
Caileen Brandt: caileen_brandt@morongo.k12.ca.us
 
 Helpful links:
http://my.hrw.com (online textbook/curriculum) 

English Department

7th Grade English Language Arts Course Description:  The English Language Arts 7 course is designed to increase students’ ability to analyze, discuss, and appreciate a wide spectrum of literature and informational text, focusing upon the foundational literary components necessary for deeper analytical study at the secondary level and beyond. The English Language Arts 7 course will enable students to have an expansive appreciation of the interconnectivity of history and literature. Critical components in this literary analysis foundation will adhere to the guidelines in the California Common Core Standards. In addition, students enrolled in English Language Arts 7 will develop heightened skills in the nuances of the English language. Rigorous, introductory emphasis will be placed upon written expression.  
 
8th Grade English Language Arts Course Description: The English Language Arts 8 course is designed to increase students’ ability to analyze, discuss and appreciate a wide spectrum of literature and informational text, focusing upon the foundational literary components necessary for deeper analytical study at the secondary level and beyond.   The English Language Arts 8 course will enable students to have an expansive appreciation of the interconnectivity of history and literature.  Critical components in this literary analysis foundation will adhere to the guidelines in the common core standards.  In addition, students enrolled in English Language Arts 8 will develop heightened skills in the nuances of the English language.  Rigorous, introductory emphasis will be placed upon written expression.  
 
8th Grade English Language Arts Course Description: Honors English Language Arts 8 is an advanced class designed to master the California Common Core Standards at a higher level than the regular English class. A higher level of rigor is expected from students who have shown advanced skills and are in this course. Higher-order thinking, inquiry, writing, and willingness to participate in class discussions and projects, are also expected. Students will be challenged to do more with literary comparison, composition, and higher order thinking skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation, and more intensive formal writing. Honors English Language Arts 8 course content is covered in greater depth, with more insight, and with emphasis on self-motivation, student-driven learning, and life-long learning. This course is designed to emphasize the organizational, reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills and habits that will be needed to be prepared for the Advanced Placement English and Honors courses in high school.
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