English Language Arts

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.

Creative Writing

Our elective creative writing course seeks to help students learn about and express themselves creatively through the art of writing.

College Writing

College writing is a core class which helps students hone and master the principals of writing at a college level.  

Grading Policy

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

Daily/Weekly Assignments: 35%
Any assignment that assess scholars’ understanding within a unit of study or on a daily/weekly basis. This includes:
● Do Nows/ Warm-Ups
● Quizzes

● Exit Slips
● Performances of Understanding (classwork)
● Homework

Summative Assessments: 35%
Any assignment that assesses scholars’ understanding at the summative level— a culminating task that requires students to apply skills and content acquired over time. A minimum of 2 per marking period:
● Unit Exams
● Finals
● Midterms
● Projects
● Performance Tasks
● Research Papers
● Essays

Scholarship: 20%
This area takes into account scholars’ performance in non-academic areas. Grades will be issued based on marking period data.
● Attendance (90% + in the individual class)
● Timeliness (On-time 90%+)
● Behavior (no more than 3 demerits in a marking period)
● Organization (maintains notes)
● Respect for property (handles school property with care)
● Class participation (Contributes to class and small-group discussion)

Student Self-Assessments: 10%
This area assesses scholars’ effort to improve themselves. There will be a minimum of 2 opportunities for reflection and/or revision.
● End of unit reflections
● Test or paper revisions