English I

Course Number: 100/101

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 is a year-long, college preparatory course centered on the inquiry-based processes of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing. The units integrate nonfiction, fiction, poetry, drama, and short stories with overall learning objectives rooted in the Common Core standards for the state of California. This course promotes sophistication and analytical interpretation in the study of literature and in the development of creative and academic writing skills in this subject. English I also reviews and enhances the development of study skills, higher-order thinking, research techniques, critical thinking, and vocabulary.

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros ISBN# 9780679734772
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare ISBN# 9781107615403 
  • Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson ISBN# 9781681191072 - 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 Exam