English

Welcome to the English Department at Moreau Catholic! The department offers a variety of classes at the college preparatory, honors and Advanced Placement levels. Each course trains students in the core skills of critical reading, critical thinking, critical writing, and effective oral expression—the cornerstones of a lifetime of independent learning.

In the interest of affording all students the opportunity to develop these competencies while exploring an area of their interest, the department offers a variety of elective courses that explore specific ideas, tastes, and voices in our world. The department has a number of such offerings, including European and World literature, Science Fiction and Women’s literature, the literature of America’s many ethnic communities, Great Books, Shakespeare, and Myth and Folklore.

In addition to its focus on the core skills, each course offered by the department (excluding Journalism) includes a component of sustained silent reading, so that students may cultivate, over time, their own literary tastes and interests. Each course also features a research paper or project, designed so that students can learn and apply skills in the field of information literacy necessary to their success in college and beyond.

ERWC Writing Program

Moreau Catholic recently adopted the Expository Reading and Writing Curriculum (ERWC) for grades 9-12, designed by CSU and high school instructors in a cooperative effort to articulate and bridge the critical reading and writing skills from high school to college. Recently revised, the second edition of the course is aligned with California’s Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy, and it has been approved by the University of California (UC) to satisfy the “b” English subject requirement. The key principles of this writing program include:

  1. The integration of interactive reading and writing processes;

  2. A rhetorical approach to texts that fosters critical thinking and engagement through a relentless focus on the text;

  3. Materials and themes that engage student interest;

  4. Classroom activities designed to model and foster successful practices of fluent readers and writers;

  5. Research-based methodologies with a consistent relationship between theory and practice;

  6. Built-in flexibility to allow teachers to respond to varied students' needs and instructional contexts; and

  7. Alignment with the California Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy.

Department Members

Cheryl Steeb (Chair), Anna Brown, Nick Cornell, Jessica Guidotti, Dave Prisk, Rick Spinelli, Elysse Versher, Samantha Wainwright

English Courses

MCHS requires 40 units of English.*
All courses meet the UC "b" requirement unless otherwise noted.

 

*(1 semester = 5 units)

102. English 9

Full year, 10 units, Grade 9
 
Prerequisite: None
Comment: This course meets the UC "b" requirement.

This course introduces students to the skills that will be carefully developed throughout the four-year program in English: close reading, writing, speaking, and listening. In particular, English 9 familiarizes students with strategies for research, composition, library use, vocabulary, and literary analysis.

104. Honors English 9

Full year, 10 units, Grade 9
 
Prerequisite: Placement by Office of Admissions
Comment: This course meets the UC "b" requirement.
 
This course focuses on the development of a strong essay format and close critical reading of the major genres in literature. In addition, students will advance their skills in vocabulary, grammar, and library research.

108. English 10

Full year, 10 units, Grade 10
 
Prerequisite: Placement by Office of Admissions
Comment: This course meets the UC "b" requirement.
 
This course includes extensive review and practice in writing essays; reading and comprehending literature with an emphasis on the short story, the novel, and the play; language arts development; and vocabulary enrichment. Students are assigned their first major research paper.

110. Honors English 10

Full year, 10 units, Grade 10
 
Prerequisite: Honors application required.
Please read the Honors prerequisite statement in the Course Description Guide.
Comment: This course meets the UC "b" requirement.
 
Through a historical survey of the major genres of English literature, this course provides extensive practice in critical reading and writing, language arts, and vocabulary enrichment.

114. English 11

Full year, 10 units, Grade 11
 
Prerequisite: None
Comment: This course meets the UC "b" requirement.
 
A close study of the major genres within America's rich literary heritage, Junior English combines the development of expository writing and research skills. Students will write several expository essays, including a research paper (MLA style), as they develop an understanding of teh American identity expressed through traditional and multi-cultural literature.

116. Honors English 11

Full year, 10 units, Grade 11
 
Prerequisite: Honors application required.
Please read the Honors prerequisite statement in the Course Description Guide.
Comment: This course meets the UC "b" requirement.
 
This advanced English course consists of composition, grammar review, vocabulary, and literature. Students will study major American novelists, dramatists, and poets while developing skills in analyzing and writing about literature. This course is a prerequisite for the Advanced Placement English program.

120. Advanced Placement English Literature

Full year, 10 units, Grade 12
 
Prerequisite: B average in Junior Honors English and submission of honors application.
Students must see the Department Chair for additional information.
Comment: This course meets the UC "b" requirement.
 
Designed to train students in the skills of critical reading and writing by college level standards, ths challenging course is an analytical survey of long and short fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Students will receive intensive training in a variety of methods in critical thinking, reading, and writing. All students enrolled in this course must take the Advanced Placement exam in English Literature.

121. Science Fiction/Utopian Literature

Semester, 5 units, Grades 11-12
 
Comment: This course meets the UC "b" requirement.
(Offered 2010-2011; Not Offered 2011-2012)
 
Science Fiction and Utopian Literature examines the future in terms of social and scientific possibilities. Current trends in our society are recognized and discussed as possible themes in science fiction and Utopian literature.

123. Essay as Literature

Semester, 5 units, Grades 11-12
 
Prerequisite: Based on the results of the school-wide writing sample administered junior year, students will be invited to enroll in this course. Some students may be required to enroll in this course.
Comment: This course meets the UC "b" requirement.
 
Students in this course will be introduced to various modes of expository writing and will develop the skills necessary to writing in any expository mode. Some literature will be introduced to students as models of the various patterns of exposition as their skills in written communication develop.

125. Twentieth Century Literature

Semester, 5 units, Grades 11-12
 
Comment: This course meets the UC "b" requirement.
(Offered 2010-2011; Not offered 2011-2012)
 
Twentieth Century Literature focuses on major trends in the modern novel, poetry, and short stories, including works from a variety of geographical, ethnic, and cultural sources. Shifting values and historical influences will be examined for their effect on modern literature.

129. Advanced Composition (Honors)

Semester, 5 units, Grade 12
 
Prerequisite: Placement is based on the results of the school-wide writing sample administered junior year. Students will be invited to enroll in this course.
Comment: This course meets the UC "b" requirement.
 
This is an advanced course in expository writing with emphasis on style development and expository and argumentative techniques. This course should be especially useful for the student intending to attend a four-year college.

130. English for International Students

Full year, 10 units, Grades 9 or 10

**Comment: This is an ESL course under the UC System

This course is required for all entering International students. It is designed to facilitate students' success in their coursework and their language skills as they enter their course of study at Moreau Catholic. Focused on the development of skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening through a variety of media and topics, this course provides linguistic support and assistance through numerous researchbased strategies and activities.

136. Myth and Folklore

Semester, 5 units, Grades 11-12
 
Comment: This course meets the UC "b" requirement.
(Not offered 2010-2011; Offered 2011-2012)
 
Throughout history, seeking inspiration and wisdom, the world's artistic and literary traditions have drawn upon the characters and situations presented first in the myths and folklore of our ancestors; and now you can be too. This course is designed to introduce students to the myths and folklore of many different cultures: Greek, Roman, Native American, Asian, African, Scandinavian, and others. We will explore the types of wisdom captured by myths, the bridges built between cultures by their common mths and legends, and the connections these tales have with the circumstances of modern life.

139. Great Books

Semester, 5 units, Grades 11-12
 
Comment: This course meets the UC "b" requirement.
(Not offered 2010-2011; Offered 2011-2012)
 
This course is intended to stimulate the student's awareness of great ideas and philosophies through classic works of world literature. The focus here is on reading and discussion, developing interpretive questions, and journal and essay writing.

145. Ethnic Literature

Semester, 5 units, Grades 11-12
 
Comment: This course meets the UC "b" requirement.
(Not offered 2010-2011; Offered 2011-2012)
 
Ethnic literature refers to that growing body of literature written by authors of ethnicities other than that that is considered the "dominant culture." It expresses the realities, experiences, and perspectives of first and second generation American immigrants from around the world, such as Asia, Africa, South America, the Caribbean, to name a few. It is written in English, not in translation, and the authors are most often American citizens whose cultural and familial traditions are also firmly rooted in the heritage of their parents and grandparents. The themes are unique to the represented culture and at the same time universal to the human experience of struggle, self-discovery, and the challenges that come with change - whether it is voluntary or forced.

147. Women's Literature

Semester, 5 units, Grades 11-12
 
Comment: This course meets the UC "b" requirement.
(Not offered 2010-2011; Offered 2011-2012)
 
This course will survey works of fiction, poetry and nonfiction written by women whose primary, but not sole, focus is on women's experience of the world. Subjects will include personal relationships, marriage and family, career and economic status, independence and/or the lack thereof. Through this literature, students will examine traditional and new models of women's roles and their effects on society.

149. Shakespeare for All Ages

"He is not for an age but for all time." This course is an opportunity to get to know Shakespeare, a writer who speaks to issues as current as love, loyalty, virtue, reality, and growing up. The course involves the study of the man and the artist, the Elizabethan poet, and the man for our time. The age he lived in, his stage, and his art will be studied but with emphasis on those themes and ideas in his works that are timeless.

151. World Literature

Semester, 5 units, Grades 11-12
 
Comment: This course meets the UC "b" requirement.
(Not offered 2010-2011; Offered 2011-2012)
 
This course will introduce students to major works and writers from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and South and Central America with reference to the philosophical, social, political, historic, and economic backgrounds of the writers and their works. Strongly recommended for students taking the 3rd or 4th year of a foreign language.

152. Senior Seminar

Semester, 5 units, Grades 11-12
 
Comment: This course meets the UC "b" requirement.
 
Designed as a concentrated study of the literary works of one author, Senior Seminar provides students with the opportunity to know and understand the life, teh work, the influences, and the effects of an author in relation to the world in which s/he worked and to our world today. In focusing on only one author, students will be able to explore and examine in depth the various dimensions of the creative process and critical responses to it.

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