English

English 9
Taylor Johnson
English 9 Class Website

In English 9, we will start with a personal narrative unit focused on developing student skills with description, imagery, and metaphor, and then segue into a discussion-forward unit on a YA novel How it Went Down by author Kekla Magoon, a fictional story based on the tragic shooting of Trayvon Martin in 2012 and the myriad perspectives of multiple characters who witness the event and participate in its aftermath.  We’ll also play with interpreting and writing poetry before transitioning into reading the 2020 graphic adaptation of The Parable of the Sower by science fiction author Octavia E. Butler.

English 10
Allie Leach
English 10 Syllabus

This year in ELA 10, we’ll plunge into deep conversations and create meaningful work as we immerse ourselves in a wide-variety of texts. Spanning many genres, we’ll explore poetry, short stories, essays, songs, a novel, a documentary, and a play, just to name a few. These texts span many time periods and represent many diverse communities, cultures, and voices. Throughout the year, we’ll not only read, analyze, and discuss these texts, but we’ll write up a storm, through journal entries, short responses, essays, poems, stories, and larger creative projects, wherein the students have the freedom to illustrate their learning in a variety of modes; (for example, video, audio recording, art, collage, music, Instagram, and TikTok, just to name a few.) In addition, we’ll hone our skills by learning and reviewing vocabulary and brushing up on some grammar and writing skills, both at the sentence-level, as well as at the paragraph and essay level. We’ll explore a wide-range of tones, themes, and social issues, both historical and of the present moment, in order to become informed and empathetic citizens of Tucson and the world at large. And, I hope, we’ll have fun!

English 11
Taylor Johnson
English 11 Syllabus

In English 11, we will use a dialogic, talk-based approach to learning to discuss our formative experiences with coming into awareness of our racial and ethnic identities, address injustices/growths/challenges we’ve faced on that basis, as well as confront systems and structures of power that have shaped our upbringings and early understandings of the world we live in.  We’ll watch Marvel’s Black Panther and apply critical literary lenses to our analyses of the film, using the plot/themes as a hero’s journey template to investigate the stories that have shaped our own lives and values.  We’ll investigate current events and history as needed to pursue our inquiries around this film and supplemental mentor texts of short essays and poetry, and the products we will generate to fulfill a standards based curriculum will center on writing in various forms, including but not limited to memoir, argumentative essays, and poetry.  We’ll also engage lit circles, research projects, service learning, and more.

English 11
Allie Leach
English 11 Syllabus

This year in ELA 11, we’ll plunge into deep conversations and create meaningful work as we immerse ourselves in a wide-variety of texts. Spanning many genres, we’ll explore poetry, short stories, essays, songs, a novel, a documentary, and a play, just to name a few. These texts span many time periods and represent many diverse communities, cultures, and voices. Throughout the year, we’ll not only read, analyze, and discuss these texts, but we’ll write up a storm, through journal entries, short responses, essays, poems, stories, and larger creative projects, wherein the students have the freedom to illustrate their learning in a variety of modes; (for example, video, audio recording, art, collage, music, Instagram, and TikTok, just to name a few.) In addition, we’ll hone our skills by learning new vocabulary and brushing up on some grammar and writing skills, both at the sentence-level, as well as at the paragraph and essay level. We’ll explore a wide-range of emotions and social issues, both historical and of the present moment, in order to become informed and empathetic citizens of Tucson and the world at large. Most importantly, we’ll have a lot of fun.

English 12
Annie Holub
English 12 Syllabus

English 12 focuses on building critical reading and writing skills in preparation for post-secondary college and career success. In the Fall semester, students self-select books they feel they need to read right now, and build critical reading skills such as theme analysis, analyzing the meaning of words and phrases, and accurately incorporating evidence to support ideas. The culminating project asks the students to reflect on the books they read, synthesize  the themes present in the books, and recommend whether others should read them as well. 

Writing 101: Dual-Enrollment through Pima Community College (semester 2 only)
Annie Holub

City High School offers a dual-enrollment section of Pima Community College’s Writing 101S course to all eligible students. Students are eligible to take the course if their GPA is 3.0 or above, or if they take the Pima Community College Accuplacer Writing Assessment. 

Course Description from Pima Community College: “Principles and practices of college-level writing. Includes using rhetorical principles in analyzing and creating texts, employing critical thinking skills, practicing multiple writing processes, using conventions in creating and revising texts, using appropriate technology, and writing college-level essays with an emphasis on argumentation. Integrates an intensive studio component that includes specific strategies designed to improve student performance and success.”

Students earn 1 high school English credit and 4 college credits upon successful completion of this course. 

The Spring semester focuses on writing skills. We read a variety of writing genres and styles and create our own versions based on the examples we read. Students build their writing development skills so that they can better give and receive feedback and write for specific audiences and purposes. The culminating project is a magazine composed of the students’ best work from the semester.