English Language Arts
English Language Arts @SPHS
English class is more than just literature; it is about culture, language, current events and the many modes of communication. In this class, students will strive to understand and analyze the messages authors are trying to express through their literary and/or non-fictional works. Students will be expected to further develop their ability to interpret complex texts and improve their academic writing skills.
ELA @ SPHS
English 9-Foundations of Literature
9th Grade ELA is meant to give students a strong foundation of the elements of literature that are necessary for in-depth understanding of reading at a college and career readiness level.
English 10-World Literature
English 10 introduces students to common human themes and experiences from world authors.
English 11-American Literature
11th Grade is dedicated to studying authors who compose the American canon of literature and reading the great works therein.
English 12-College Readiness
Senior level ELA seeks to prepare students for the rigors of college level literature and writing courses.
AP Language and Composition
The AP English Language and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level rhetoric and writing curriculum, which requires students to develop evidence-based analytic and argumentative essays that proceed through several stages or drafts. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Throughout the course, students develop a personal style by making appropriate grammatical choices. Additionally, students read and analyze the rhetorical elements and their effects in non-fiction texts, including graphic images as forms of text, from many disciplines and historical periods.
AP Literature and Composition
The AP English Literature and Composition Exam uses multiple-choice questions and free-response prompts to test students' skills in literary analysis of prose and verse texts. The multiple choice section tests critical reading skills. Students read several passages and answer questions about the content, form, and style of each. The free-response section tests students' ability to analyze and interpret literary texts by composing clear and effective essays.
Our elective creative writing course seeks to help students learn about and express themselves creatively through the art of writing.
College writing is a core class which helps students hone and master the principals of writing at a college level.
A department's grading policy is the way in which the members of that department have chosen to weigh the different types of works that students do in their classrooms. Grading policies are used across the board by all teachers in that department. Please note that anywhere the word "assessment" appears can be meant to refer to quizzes, tests/exams, essays or any major work that is used to measure a students knowledge.
English Language Arts Grading Policy
Summative Assessments: 20%
Class Participation: 10%