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ELA Courses

Academic Teaching Assistant in Middle School or High School Classes

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: School Service
Prerequisites: Audition and/or Interview

High school students may arrange to assist in a middle school academic class in which they have significant experience with the discipline, or a high school class in which they have already earned credit. This is an opportunity to earn school service credit, but NOT academic credit. TAs are expected to check in with the cooperating teacher regularly, participate fully in each class, model class expectations, assist in supporting students and the teacher whenever possible, and engage in pre-planning if taking a lead role as teacher. Prior teacher permission is required.

 

African American Literature (HLA100)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: English Language Arts
Prerequisites: ELA 10

Students explore the development of African American literature from its roots in Africa and Europe, through the diaspora, to the present time. Students develop familiarity with African American literature and the socio-historic context in which it was created, develop an understanding of the relationship of African American literature to mainstream American literature, and acquire an appreciation of the schools, styles, and techniques of African American literature. Students research authors integral to African American literature, write a research paper on their subject and give presentations to the class. In addition, students write a textual analysis of a text using a range of critical perspectives and thematic lenses.

Civil Liberties (HLA111)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: ELA OR History/Social Sciences (American History)
Prerequisites: ELA 10, U.S. History 3

This course studies the United States Constitution and its protection of civil liberties by looking at controversies surrounding freedom of expression, freedom of religion, discrimination and the rights of the accused. We look at civil liberties and political rights internationally, and the concept of global freedom as experienced by individuals. Students present and defend their positions on constitutional issues and precedents in essays, a documented research paper, class discussions, panel presentations, debates, and a simulated hearing. This course may be taken for History OR English Language Arts credit.

 

Creative Writing (HLA103)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: English Language Arts
Prerequisites: ELA 10

This creative writing course includes both the study of short story construction methods and creation of original works. In a structured class environment, students harvest the riches of their own experience, adventures, dreams, and near-disasters as unique sources for a series of well-developed pieces. Students are expected to read and analyze short fiction; identify and describe literary elements in a variety of academic and creative ways; write original short fiction through a series of drafts; and present their work in print and by reading aloud.

English Language Arts 10 (ELA109)

Graduation Credits: 10
Credit Type: English Language Arts
Prerequisites: ELA 9

This yearlong course builds upon and extends the reading, writing, oral communication and study skills established in ELA 9. The reading component includes novels, short stories, drama, poetry, and non-fiction. Students are expected to read and respond to texts critically, sensitively, and in detail. The course also aims to help students develop their proficiency in writing for different purposes and audiences; to feel confident about expressing their thoughts and feelings effectively in class discussions; and finally, to practice giving formal presentations. We focus on the writing process. In late winter we begin to prepare directly for the spring’s MCAS test, and, at the very end of the year, we engage in a project that is a culmination of the year’s study.

 

English Language Arts 9 (ELA110)

Graduation Credits: 10
Credit Type: English Language Arts
Prerequisites: None

The goal of this course is to gain a deeper understanding not only of literature and writing, but also of ourselves as learners and thinkers. We read together often, conduct close analysis, and write about the readings. Assignments include writing in various forms, research, presentations, creative work, quizzes, tests, group and individual projects, and a final assessment. The readings are intended to be challenging, the discussions lead to deep thinking, and the writing requires both time and effort.

Foundations of ELA 10

Graduation Credits: 10
Credit Type: English Language Arts
Prerequisites: Administrator Recommendation

"Foundations" courses are aligned to PVPA's core academic courses at the high school level, yet course objectives are individualized to appropriately meet students' specific learning needs. These courses occur in an inclusion model, with students participating in classes with their peers in the general education setting.

 

Foundations of ELA 9

Graduation Credits: 10
Credit Type: English Language Arts
Prerequisites: Administrator Recommendation

"Foundations" courses are aligned to PVPA's core academic courses at the high school level, yet course objectives are individualized to appropriately meet students' specific learning needs. These courses occur in an inclusion model, with students participating in classes with their peers in the general education setting.

Foundations of Humanities

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: English Language Arts
Prerequisites: Administrator Recommendation

"Foundations" courses are aligned to PVPA's core academic courses at the high school level, yet course objectives are individualized to appropriately meet students' specific learning needs. These courses occur in an inclusion model, with students participating in classes with their peers in the general education setting.

 

Humanities 7 & 8 (ELA107-ELA108)

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: English Language Arts
Prerequisites: None

This is a two-year program for 7th and 8th graders which integrates English Language Arts and Social Studies. Students learn about important social issues and work as a class to find ways to create a more peaceful and socially just world. We explore social studies through reading, writing, and literature. Students also learn developmentally appropriate language arts skills including expository, research, analytical, and creative writing. Students have the opportunity to demonstrate their learning through a variety of arts-based projects, presentations, and performances.

LGBTIQ Literature and History (HLA126)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: English Language Arts
Prerequisites: ELA 10

This course provides an introduction to the literature and history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer people from different time periods and cultures. We will focus on understanding gender, sexuality, and sexual politics. We will look at how homosexuality and heterosexuality are defined historically and in modern times. This course includes historical and literary texts: essays, articles, poetry, drama, fiction, memoir, film, and art. We read, write, discuss, research, create, and perform. This course may be taken for History or English Language Arts credit.

 

Playwriting (HLA133)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: ELA OR Theater (concentration only if course is taken for ELA credit)
Prerequisites: ELA 10

Learn how to write for character, create and resolve conflict through dialogue, and structure plots to create engaging, well-made plays. This course is writing-intensive, and students should expect to share their work with classmates in a writing lab format. Credits may be applied as Theater credit OR ELA credit. Either way, taking this course meets the "Creative" requirement for the theater concentration.

Poetic Voice (HLA107)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: English Language Arts
Prerequisites: ELA 10

This course is an in-depth study of poetry focused around a creative writing workshop. Students share original poems during a weekly workshop, and use the feedback to edit their works using the “June Jordan” rubric. In the first half of the semester, we study closed form and read excerpts from Mary Oliver’s "A Poetry Handbook." In the second half of the semester, we read excerpts from "Good Poems For Hard Times," edited by Garrison Keillor, as a guide while we work in free verse structures. There is a heavy emphasis on vocabulary study as well. We finish the course by performing pieces of original spoken word theater for the school, and creating a class anthology of our works.

 

Public Speaking (HLA134)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: English Language Arts
Prerequisites: ELA 10

This course introduces public speaking and oral communication for the 21st century. Students write and perform different types of speeches for a wide range of audiences and purposes. We look at famous speeches from history as we strive to improve our own rhetorical skills. Debate, poetry, monologues, and public service announcements round out our practice. An integral part of the course is working with modern communication methods–print, broadcast media, blogs, twitter, email, facebook, etc.–in order to improve our understanding of public speaking. Students hone not only their public speaking skills but also their ability to be active, engaged listeners.

Race, Class, and Gender Through Literature (HLA139)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: English Language Arts
Prerequisites: ELA 10

This course examines the intersectionality of race, class, and gender, and how our shared and differing definitions of these terms apply to the works we read together. Students view texts through different literary critical lenses as they engage deeply with the writer’s craft. Students participate in close reading, analytical and creative writing, and presentation practice throughout the course. Students synthesize their learning in a final presentation that includes analysis of one work we studied in depth, as well as personal exploration of the student’s own racial/ethnic identity, class identity, and gender identity.

 

The Art of the Essay (HLA109)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: English Language Arts
Prerequisites: ELA 10

This course focuses on developing students’ expository writing skills as a preparation for analytical writing including: practice in developing original thesis sentences, supporting the thesis, and constructing effective sentences. Students write exposition, analysis, and argument; work with a variety of readings, focusing critically on questions of structure, style, intention and audience; practice a process-based approach to writing; and develop an understanding of their own habits as writers.

Writing from Experience (HLA132)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: English Language Arts
Prerequisites: ELA 10

This class is devoted to writing within the context of an author’s real-life experiences. Students will study memoir and other autobiographical forms and will write analytical essays based the works they read. Students will also study how writers approach the task of writing about their own experiences and apply these lenses to their own writing. By harvesting the riches of their own lived experiences, students will craft personal narratives and autobiographical work that encapsulate their unique identities.

 

 

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