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Code Title* Course
ESSA1 ESL Level 1 Prerequisites: Intake testing shows minimal ability reading or writing in English.
Corequisites: Offered as a triple-period class.
Number of Semesters: 1 Semester
Description: Offered as combintaion of three (3) periods per day of mandated ENL support for beginning level ELL's with little to no background in English. Students will learn the fundamentals of basic sentence structure and be able to write a well organized paragraph upon completion. Students will acquire proficiency in the simple tenses, both present and past by completion of this course. In addition, an introduction to research writing will be presented where students will be familiarized with the necessary skills to produce a short research project. Penguin abridged readers will be used where students will learn to determine theme, analyze characters, and determine author's point of view.
Graduation Requirements Satisfied: Satisfies 1 elective credit per course toward graduation. Students in level 1 do not earn core credits in ELA.
ESSA3 ESL Level 2 Prerequisites: ESL Level 1 or demonstrated mastery.
Corequisites: Taken together with English 1 (EES81) and English 2 (EES82) as a triple-period class.
Number of Semesters: 1 Semester
Description: Fundamentals of basic sentence structure and paragraph organization will be reinforced. Students will learn to write basic four paragraph essay: introduction, body, conclusion. Personal narrative, chronological and sequential ordering will be emphasized. The short research project will be expanded from level one. Level two students reinforce the simples tenses and will learn more advanced grammar such as non and non count nouns, models and adjective/adverbial clauses. In reading, students will begin to focus on more literary elements and techniques (i.e plot structure, characterization, and conflict.) Penguin abridged readers will be used at the appropriate level. Keystone series will be used for reading and analyzing informational texts.
Graduation Requirements Satisfied: Satisfies 1 elective credit per course toward graduation.
ESSA5 ESL Level 3 Prerequisites: ESL Level 2 or demonstrated mastery.
Corequisites: Taken together with English 3 (EES83) and English 4 (EES84) as a double-period class.
Number of Semesters: 1 Semester
Description: Essay structure from level two will be reinforced. Cause and effect, compare and contrast and persuasive essay writing will be introduced. More advanced grammar will be introduced (i.e. present perfect tense, gerunds and infinitives.) Research project will introduce citations and paraphrasing. Penguin abridged novels will be used at the appropriate level. Keystone series will be used for reading and analyzing informational texts.
Graduation Requirements Satisfied: Satisfies 1 elective credit per course toward graduation.
ESSA7 ESL Level 4 Prerequisites: ESL Level 3 or demonstrated mastery.
Corequisites: Taken together with English 5 (EES85) and English 6 (EES86) as a double-period class.
Number of Semesters: 1 Semester
Description: Essay writing from level 3 (cause and effect, compare and contrast and persuasive) essay writing will be reinforced and expanded. Grammar from level 3 will be reinforced and more advanced grammar will be introduced (passive voice, past participle adjectives, past perfect.) Research project will reinforce citations and paraphrasing. At level 4 unabridged short stories and novellas will be introduced, including "The Lottery," "The Sniper," and "Thank You Mam." More advanced analysis of literature and informational texts will be taught at this level, including the nuances of language and author's purpose. Keystone series will be used for reading and analyzing informational texts.
Graduation Requirements Satisfied:
ESSA9 ESL Level 5 Prerequisites: ESL Level 4 or demonstrated mastery.
Corequisites: Taken together with English 7 (EES87) and English 8 (EES88) as a double-period class.
Number of Semesters: 1 Semester
Description: Essay writing from level 4 will be reinforced and expanded. Students will be asked to do peer and self-editing for grammar and structure. More individualized grammar instruction will be based on individual students' skills and needs. Research project will include multiple sources and student presentations. Students will analyze short stories, poetry and novels/plays, including several of the following: "The Pearl," "Of Mice and Men," "The Old Man and the Sea," "A Raisin in the Sun." Teacher will supply imformational texts based on the chosen novel/play for analysis.
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