ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

 Philosophy Of The Department

Livonia high schools offer a comprehensive program in language arts to meet the needs and interests of all students. The program is based upon a conviction that all students need basic skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening and interpersonal communication to enable them to function successfully in today’s complex society. Further, the design of the program assumes that provision needs to be made for students of varying abilities and levels of achievement.

Recommended Selection Of Courses:

9th GRADE

Accelerated Language Arts 9, Language Arts 9, Language Arts 9B

 10th GRADE

Accelerated Language Arts 10, Language Arts 10, Language Arts 10B

 11th GRADE

Accelerated Language Arts 11, Advanced Composition (Semester 1), Composition (Semester 1), General Composition B (Semester 1), Reality Literature (Semester 2), World Views Literature (Semester 2), Visionary Literature (Semester 2)

Electives:  Mythology (Semester 1), Drama, Advanced Drama, Yearbook, Creative Writing (Semester 2)

 12th GRADE

AP English Literature and Composition, Humanities 1 (Semester 1), Conflicts and Compromise (Semester 1), Leadership and Literature (Semester 1), Humanities 2 (Semester 2), Researching Contemporary Issues (Semester 2), Media Literacy (Semester 2)

Electives:  Mythology (Semester 1), Drama, Advanced Drama, Yearbook, Creative Writing (Semester 2)

1101/2101Language Arts 9

Prerequisites: None

Through a thematic approach to classic and contemporary narrative and informational texts, students will strengthen skills in six strands:  reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and representing. Ninth graders will connect with and respond to texts by analyzing relationships within and across families, communities, societies, governments, and economies.
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1102/2102Accelerated Language Arts 9

Prerequisites: By invitation based on eighth grade Language Arts teacher’s recommendation, MEAP scores and CogAt and ITBS test scores.

This course follows the goals of Language Arts 9 through more challenging texts at a faster pace. Students must have a semester grade of “C” average to continue in the accelerated Language Arts program.  
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1103/2103Language Arts 9B

Prerequisites: Recommended for students based on eighth grade reading scores and/or recommendation by eighth grade Language Arts teacher.

This course follows the goals of Language Arts 9 to improve basic skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and representing.
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1105/2105Accelerated Language Arts 10

Prerequisites:  Successful completion of Accelerated Language Arts 9 with a grade of “C” or better.

This course follows the goals of Language Arts 10 through more challenging texts at a faster pace. Students must have a semester grade of “C” to continue in the accelerated Language Arts program.
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1106/2106—Accelerated Language Arts 11

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Accelerated Language Arts 10 with a grade of “C” or better.

This is a two-semester, college preparatory course for high-achieving junior students. Basic content of the course is centered, but not limited to, British literature and composition. Emphasis is placed upon the study of the essay, drama, novel, poetry and short story. Required readings will explore literary history as well as contemporary perspectives. Numerous impromptu and formal essays required. Outside reading and in class participation are requirements of this course.
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1107/2107—AP English Literature and Composition

Prerequisites:  Admission to Accelerated Language Arts and semester grade of “C” or better in Accelerated Language Arts 11.

Advanced Placement English 12 is a two-semester college-preparatory course for mature, previously-screened, high-ability senior students. The culminating event of the course for most students is taking the Advanced Placement Exam in English Literature and Composition. Major content of the course is the study of the essay, novel, drama, and poetry. Listening, discussing, writing, and rewriting are major activities each week. Outside reading is required. Students will also focus on district-required goals of viewing, representing, and making applications.
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1108/2108Language Arts 10

Prerequisites: Tenth grade status

In Language Arts 10, students will extend their studies of classic and contemporary narrative and informational texts with a special focus on American literature. By connecting with and responding to texts through critical response and stance, students will assess and modify their beliefs, their views of the world.
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1109/2109Language Arts 10B

Prerequisites: Successful completion of both semesters of Language Arts 9B or by teacher recommendation and approval of Language Arts Department chairperson.

This course follows the goals of Language Arts 10 with emphasis on continued improvement of basic skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and representing.
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1111—Composition                               
(Offered Semester 1 only)

Prerequisites: Completion of Language Arts 10

This course assists students in developing their writing skills in more formalized language situations.  Students will study elements of composition such as usage and punctuation while practicing forms such as persuasion, comparison, and personal narrative. Students will examine various texts – such as articles, essays, and short stories – for style, structure, audience, and tone. Students will also develop strategies to read critically and successfully manage reading and writing tasks on standardized tests. 

Emphasis will be on journals, multi-paragraph essays, basic research skills, documentation form, and the process of revision.
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2116—Creative Writing                          
(Offered Semester 2 only)

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Language Arts 10

In Creative Writing students will compose original writings in several literary forms such as lyric and narrative poems, vignettes, sketches, and short stories. Attention will be given to clear and effective expression and useful, specific literary devices. Reading as well as keeping a journal or notebook of ideas as sources for written expression may be required.
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1117—General Composition B               
(Offered Semester 1 only)

Prerequisites: Completion of Language Arts 10B or by teacher recommendation and approval of Language Arts Department chairperson.

Students will write, revise and edit papers and letters for a variety of purposes. This class will continue to focus on reading comprehension and written expression.
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1119—Advanced Composition               
(Offered Semester 1 only)

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Language Arts 10 with a grade of “B” or better.

This course is a more rigorous writing class recommended for college-bound students wishing to improve, refine, and advance the composition and literacy skills of composition.
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2130—Reality Literature                         
(Offered Semester 2 only)

Prerequisite:  At least Junior status

Building on the skills of Language Arts 9 and 10, students will explore different perspectives in a changing world through a variety of texts and writing experiences. This course will focus on fiction and nonfiction with real life applications and connections.
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2131—World Views Literature                
(Offered Semester 2 only)

Prerequisite:  At least Junior status

Building on the skills of Language Arts 9 and 10, students will explore different perspectives in a changing world through a variety of texts and writing experiences. This course will focus on diversity in nationality, gender, age and era. Texts will include various viewpoints from multiple cultures.
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2132—Visionary Literature                    
(Offered Semester 2 only)

Prerequisite:  At least Junior status

Building on the skills of Language Arts 9 and 10, students will explore different perspectives in a changing world through a variety of texts and writing experiences. This course will focus on the visionary writers and innovative thinkers through various time periods – the rebels and the rogues – the visions of the future, the journey of the self, and the creation of new ways of thinking.
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1138—Mythology                                   
(Offered Semester 1 only)

Prerequisites: None

Mythology provides students an opportunity to read and enjoy stories, myths, fables and legends that man has told through the ages in an attempt to explain his origins, his relationship to divine powers and his relationship to his fellow man. Emphasis will be placed upon Greek and Roman mythologies and their influence upon the arts and literature of Western civilization. Supplementary reading and writing assignments are required.
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1178/2178—Drama                                 

Prerequisites: None

Drama is designed to introduce students to the theatre and basic acting techniques. This class will assist a student’s self confidence in front of groups and strengthen their creative writing skills. The course includes units in pantomime, storytelling, characterization, monologues, scene writing/performing, puppetry and improvisation. Drama is a class that requires no previous knowledge or experience in theatre and will leave a lasting impression on all students involved.
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1179/2179—Advanced Drama                 

Prerequisites: Drama

This course deals with advanced theatre techniques and is designed for students who have a serious interest in theatre. Students will spend the semester directing and acting in original and established scenes and monologues. Other units include theatre makeup, theatre history, students reviewing and critiquing their own work and the work of others, improvisation, and intense character development.
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1194/2194—Yearbook

Prerequisites: Permission of yearbook advisor

Involvement in the Yearbook is a challenging experience in journalism which requires involvement beyond the regular school day. Students learn journalistic copywriting; magazine style layout; photographic and artistic design and financial responsibility. The end product of this ambitious involvement is our traditionally excellent high school yearbook. Credit may be earned each semester Yearbook is taken; however, the course does not fulfill English requirements for graduation.
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First Semester-12th Grade 

1195—Humanities I

Prerequisite:  Senior status

Students will explore human nature and leadership qualities through the study of literature, visual art, music, theatre and dance. Beginning with Pre-Civilized man and advancing through the Renaissance, students will experience the arts with hands-on learning projects. Creative and analytical writing are emphasized, in addition to oral presentations. Students may also take Humanities II, but it is not required.
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1196—Conflicts and Compromise

Prerequisite:  Senior status

Through both fiction and nonfiction, students will explore and discuss conflicts and comprises in current interpersonal, personal, and world issues. Students will be active participants and presenters as they develop their own leadership abilities. Students will share their insights and understanding of leadership and their views of the modern world.
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1197—Leadership and Literature

Prerequisite:  Senior status

Students will examine leadership issues past and present through managed literature choices. Students will explore their own leadership qualities and enhance their leadership potential by reading, writing, discussing, and interacting with texts and each other.

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Second Semester-12th Grade

2195—Humanities II

Prerequisite:  Senior status

Humanities II explores the nature and leadership qualities of man through the study of literature, visual arts, music, theatre and dance. Beginning with Post-Renaissance and advancing to the present, students will experience the arts with hands-on learning projects. Creative and analytical writing are emphasized, with an emphasis on research techniques. Students may also take Humanities I, but it is not a requirement or a prerequisite.
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2196—Researching Contemporary Issues

Prerequisite:  Senior status

Through lively and spirited discussion, students will discover their own voices as potential leaders. Students will be taught the rules of argumentation and gain a greater understanding of research techniques through a variety of speaking and writing activities.
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2197—Media Literacy

Prerequisite:  Senior status

Students will engage in a critical examination of the media in forms such as television, internet, advertising, radio and periodicals to understand how each is constructed. Students will analyze and evaluate message design strategies, the effects of media consumption, information fatigue, and the influences of bias and economic forces on media content.
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1199/2199—Independent Study—English                                               

Prerequisites: Written approval of Language Arts Department chairperson

Independent Study is designed for students who have a high interest in a particular area which is not covered in the regular curriculum. An in-depth study may be pursued upon acceptance of a well thought out plan for the study to be conducted. This course may be elected only after approval is obtained from the assistant principal, the department chairperson, the teacher to be involved and the parents of the student.