Language Arts

THE INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE HAS BEEN UPDATED FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR. PLEASE SEE THE 2019-20 VALLEY AND VALLEY SOUTHWOODS COURSE DESCRIPTION CATALOGS IF NEEDED.

Language Arts Course Information

All students are required to complete both semesters of Language and Literature in addition to Speech Communication or Fundamentals of Writing. Students are required to complete both semesters of Language and Literature before they enroll in Fundamentals. In addition to completing the required courses, students must complete two elective courses in Language Arts before they graduate. One of the two electives must be a literature course.

Parents and students are advised that nearly all colleges and universities now require incoming freshmen to show successful completion of eight semesters of Language Arts courses in high school.

Full Course Descriptions and Numbers

Scholar of Language Arts Information

Course Title 9 10 11 12 semesters Credit Prerequisite Required
REQUIRED COURSES
Fundamentals of Writing X X X 1 1 Yes
Fundamentals of Writing (Blended Instruction) X X X 1 1 Yes
Fundamentals of Writing (PBLN) X X  X 1 1 Yes
Language and Literature X 2 2 No
Speech Communication X X X X 1 1 No
Speech/Composition X X X 2 2 Yes
LITERATURE ELECTIVES
Advanced Contemporary Literature X X X 1 1 Yes
Advanced World Literature X X X 1 1 Yes
American Heritage X X 2 2 No
AP Literature and Composition X X 2 2 Yes
Cultural Literacy X 2 2 Yes
Dramatic Literature X X X 1 1 Yes
Early American Literature X X X 1 1 Yes
Gender, Race, and Culture in Literature X X X 1 1 Yes
Independent Literature Survey X X X 1 1 Yes
Literature and Composition X 2 2 No
Modern American Literature X X X 1 1 Yes
Reading Resource X X X 1 1 No
Science Fiction and Fantasy X X X 1 1 Yes
Shakespeare X X X 1 1 Yes
SPEECH ELECTIVES
Advanced Speech Communication X X X 1 1 Yes
Broadcasting Lab X X X 1 1 Yes
Debate I/Public Speaking X X X X 2 2 No
Debate II X X X 2 2 Yes
Drama I: Acting X X X 1 1 No
Drama II: Advanced Acting X X 1 1 Yes
Introduction to Broadcasting X X X 1 1 No
Theatrics X 1 1 No
WRITING ELECTIVES
Advanced Composition X X X 1 1 Yes
Advanced Creative Writing X X X 1 1 Yes
Advanced Publication Concepts X X 2 2 Yes
American Heritage X X 2 2 Yes
American Studies (PBLN) X X X 2 2 Yes
Analysis of Society (PBLN) X X X 1 1 No
AP Language and Composition X X 2 2 Yes
Creative Writing I X X X 1 1 Yes
Intermediate Writing X X X 1 1 Yes
Intermediate Writing (PBLN) X X X 1 1 Yes
Journalism I X X X 1 1 No
Publications: Newspaper X X X 2 2 Yes
Publications: Yearbook X X X 2 2 Yes
GENERAL COURSES AND OTHER COURSES OFFERING SPECIAL HELP
Debate III X X X 2 2 Yes
Debate IV X X 2 2 Yes
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) I-IV X X X X 2 2 No
ESOL Reading X X X X 1 1 No
Film as Literature X X X 1 1 Yes
Fundamentals of Writing Lab X 1 1 Yes
Technical Theater Production X X X 1 1 No
Transitional English for Non-Native Speakers X X X 2 2 No
Transitional Writing for Non-Native Speakers X X X 2 2 Yes