Language Arts 1
Course: LA552SLAA, LA552SLAB
Length & Credit: 2 trimesters/1 credit/ LA
Grade(s): 9
Prerequisites: None
This course will move students towards meeting or exceeding Oregon LIteracy and Language Standards requirements in reading and writing through a comprehensive study of literature and writing. Students will read both fiction and nonfiction from a variety of genres, and they will learn to write both analytically and narratively in formative and summative settings. In order for students to succeed in these areas, instructors will emphasize particular skill sets that will form the foundation for academic reading and writing. 

Pre-AP Language Arts 1
Course: LA556HLAA, LA556HLAB
Length & Credit: 2 trimesters/1 credit/ LA
Grade(s): 9
Prerequisites: None.
This course is designed for incoming freshmen who desire to pursue a rigorous course of study in Language Arts. Students will explore novels, short stories, plays, and nonfiction texts through both in-class study and independent reading. Additionally, students will write extensively in a variety of genres, with an emphasis on thesis-driven analytical essays. 

Language Arts 2
Course: LA553SLAA, LA553SLAB
Length & Credit: 2 trimesters/1 credit/ LA
Grade(s): 10
Prerequisites: Successful completion of  Language Arts  1
Building off of the curriculum from LA 1 this course will continue to move students towards meeting or exceeding graduation requirements in reading and writing through a comprehensive study of literature and writing. Students will read both fiction and nonfiction from a variety of genres, and they will continue to hone their ability to write analytical essays. In order for students to succeed in these areas, instructors will emphasize particular skill sets that will form the foundation for academic reading and writing.

Pre-AP Language Arts 2
Course#: LA557HLAA, LA557HLAB
Length & Credit: 2 trimesters/1 credit/ LA
Grade(s): 10
Prerequisites: Successful Completion of Language Arts 1
This course is designed to build on the skills students developed in Language Arts 1. Although Pre AP Language Arts 1 is not a requirement to enroll in this course, students should recognize that the focus of the course will be analytical reading, writing and speaking. The curriculum includes key texts from world literature – both fiction and nonfiction texts. This class mirrors Language Arts 2, but students will be exposed to a wider array of texts, and writing and speaking assessments will implement a higher level of rigor. 

Language Arts 3
Course: LA554SLAA, LA554SLAB
Length & Credit: 2 trimesters/1 credit/ LA
Grade(s): 11
Prerequisites: Successful Completion of Language Arts  2
Continuing to build off of the curricula from LA 1 and LA 2, this course will move students beyond Oregon graduation requirements in reading and writing and towards college preparedness through a comprehensive study of literature and writing. Students will read both fiction and nonfiction from a variety of genres with a focus on American literature and culture, and they will continue to write frequently. In order for students to succeed in these areas, instructors will emphasize the skill sets of academic reading and writing that are the cornerstones of success. 

A.P. English Literature and Composition
College Now: CN English 104/105
Course: AP: LA551ALAA, LA551ALAB, LA551ALAC
Length & Credit: 3 trimesters/1.5 credit/ LA
Grade(s): 11, 12
Prerequisites: Successful Completion of Language Arts 2
Weighted GPA: 5.0 scale
College Credit: SOU, 4 or 8 credits, $200 per course.
AP Fee: Near the end of the course, there will be an exam that requires a fee.
Your decision to take an AP course is also a commitment to complete the entire course – casually dropping the course is not an option and requires a meeting with administration. This is a 3-trimester course. 
This course provides advanced, comprehensive literature and composition instruction. The goals of the class are: a) to expose students to a college course atmosphere and expectation, b) to achieve college credit and college readiness skills in reading, critical thinking, and writing, and c) to provide a foundation for lifelong engagement in a literary culture. To these ends, students will use formal academic communication skills (critical thinking, close reading, literary analysis, speaking skills, analytical writing and personal response) to explore imaginative literature from various world cultures and historical eras. Passing the AP Literature and Composition Exam transfers to many colleges as an ENG 104 credit (Introduction to Fiction).  Additionally, students will have the opportunity to register for ENG 104 and 105 credit through Southern Oregon University. There are fees for taking the AP Exam and for SOU credit. This course requires a summer reading and writing assignment which will be graded.  See teacher for the assignment.

Language Arts 4
Course: LA555SLAA, LA555SLAB
Length & Credit: 2 trimesters/1 credit/ ELA
Grade(s): 12
Prerequisites: Successful Completion of Language Arts 3
As the final stage of the Language Arts course of study, this full year course will move students beyond Oregon graduation requirements in reading and writing and prepare students to transition to college, without need for remediation, through a comprehensive study of literature and writing. Students will read both fiction and nonfiction from a variety of genres, and they will participate in different modes of both formative and summative writing. In order for students to succeed in these areas, instructors will reemphasize the skill sets of academic reading and writing that are the cornerstones of success.

A.P. English Language and Composition
College Now: CN Writing 121/122
Course: LA215ALAA, LA215ALAB, LA215ALAC
Length & Credit: 3 trimesters/1.5 credit/ LA
Grade(s): 12
Prerequisites: Successful Completion of LA 3 with a B or higher or A.P. Literature & Composition with a C or higher
Weighted GPA: 5.0 scale
College Credit: SOU, 4 or 8 credits, $200 per course.
AP Fee: Near the end of the course, there will be an exam that requires a fee.
Your decision to take an AP/CN course is also a commitment to complete the entire course – casually dropping the course is not an option and requires a meeting with administration.  This is a 3-trimester course. 
This course encourages students to read and write analytically at the university level. A Passing score on the AP Language and Composition exam transfers as WR121 (First Year Composition) credit in many colleges, and earning a C or higher in this course all three terms earns students WR 121 and WR 122 credit through SOU. In this course students will encounter a breadth of texts, all nonfiction. Additionally, they will read, think, and write about the arguments that all texts, both linguistic and visual, make, alerting students not only to the role of the writer or artist, but also to the role of the audience in all textual interactions. Exposing students to a variety of rhetorical techniques, this course will prepare students to succeed across the curriculum in the university setting. The AP exam in May requires an additional fee. This course requires a summer reading and writing assignment which will be graded.  See teacher for the assignment.

Speech & Debate
Course: LA213SLA
Length & Credit: 1 trimester/0.5 credit/Elective
Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: Successful Completion of LA 1 or Pre-AP LA 1
This is an introductory course that provides the opportunity to gain fluency in the essential skills required for effective oral communication and rhetoric. Students will gain an understanding of basic public speaking and debate techniques through reading and viewing effective speeches and an introduction to rhetorical strategies. Students will research, write, and present their own expository, demonstrative, persuasive, and impromptu speeches. Students will practice communication skills including delivery techniques, dealing with stage fright, reading an audience, listening, and constructive critiquing. 

Yearbook
Course: LA224SLAA, LA224SLAB
Length & Credit: 2 trimesters/1.0 credit
Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: Application process
In this class, students have as their responsibility the production of the school’s yearbook. Students will serve on the yearbook staff in positions of copywriters, photographers, designers, and advertising salespersons. Students will use computer technologies to produce the yearbook, and they will learn the skills of yearbook design, layout design, desktop publishing, digital photography, record keeping, and meeting team and personal deadlines.  This is a class where students are self-directed and work in collaborative teams to create a publication that captures the essence of the school year. The yearbook class is particularly suited for students who are highly motivated, take initiative, and can work in team environments.

Creative Writing Fantasy
Course: LA108SLA
Length & Credit: 1 trimesters/0.5 SA
Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: None
This course focuses on creative writing through collaborative thinking and interactive storytelling.  Students will learn about and experiment with story elements related to the fantasy genre. By the end of this course, students will improve their ability to use specific details effectively, understand narrative tension, evoke emotion through word choice, revise and improve their written work, and provide helpful, constructive feedback through writing groups.