English I Honors

Course Number: 129/130

Open To:
Grade 9

Course Length:
Full Year; 10 Units

UC/CSU Approved: English “B” Requirement.
Satisfies one year of the English graduation requirement.

Course Description:
English I Honors is a year-long course centered on the inquiry-based processes of reading, writing, and critical thinking. The units integrate nonfiction, fiction, poetry, drama, and short story with the overall learning objectives. This course promotes sophistication and analytical interpretation in the study of literature and in the development of writing skills. English I Honors also reviews and enhances the development of study skills, higher-order thinking, research techniques, and vocabulary. Learning objectives are rooted in the Common Core standards for the state of California.

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers 9th Edition ISBN#9781603293518
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare ISBN# 9780743477116
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros ISBN# 978-0679734772
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë ISBN: 978-1679282720
  • Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson ISBN ‎ 978-1681191072 - This book is a summer reading assignment.

Additional books will be identified on the syllabus
Supplemental texts will be provided in PDF format by the instructor.

Note: Summer Reading Texts are by grade level and are posted in May.

Level of Difficulty:
  Very Difficult

Estimated Homework Per Class:
30 minutes
30-60 minutes
60-90 minutes

Placement by Admissions Office. Students must score in the 90% percentile on the entrance exam AND score a 4 or 5 on the essay portion of the entrance exam.