English

English

English Department

Students must successfully complete four (4) years of English including English 9, English 10, English 11, and English 12 Option. Students may elect to take a semester of Mythology, Folklore, & Fantasy along with a semester of Novel & Short Story for their senior option. All senior options meet the requirements for a 4th-year English course as outlined by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE), the Arizona College & Career Standards, and university requirements.

AP English Language & Composition

The AP English Language & Composition course is designed to help students become skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods, discipline, and rhetorical contexts and to become skilled writers who can compose for a variety of purposes. By their writing and reading in this course, students should become aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects, as well as the way generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effective writing. This course meets all the requirements in the Arizona College & Career Standards for a Junior-Level English Course. This class earns weighted credit. **AP Exam fees and deposit are due at enrollment.

AP English Literature & Composition


The AP English Literature & Composition course is designed to engage students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students can deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students should consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as such smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. This course meets all the requirements in the Arizona College & Career Standards for a Senior-Level English Course. This class earns weighted credit. **AP Exam fees and deposit are due at enrollment.

English 9

Students are introduced to a variety of text types and genres and will be able to communicate effectively about them. This includes learning to complete in-depth analysis of functional, expository, persuasive, and literary texts, as well as poetry, drama, and novels. Students work to enhance their communication and problem-solving skills by developing the ability to provide support for their opinions. The course meets all the requirements in the Arizona College & Career Standards for a Freshman English Course.

English 9 Honors

Students meet the basic goals of English 9. In addition, they are exposed to Bloom’s Taxonomy of Higher Thinking Skills. Basic goals here are analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Students discover methods of decision making and problem solving as they generate, sort, and select ideas and information. They employ all these skills in writing, reading, speaking, listening, and other forms of communication. The course meets all the requirements in the Arizona College & Career Standards for a Freshman English Course. This class earns weighted credit.

English 10

Continuing the development of skills introduced in English 9, this course advances composition techniques, writing modes, spoken and written expression, language skills (grammar and revision), and reading strategies. This course will survey world literature to build upon the competencies leaned in the beginning course and prepares students to achieve proficiency on the State tests. The course meets all the requirements of the Arizona College & Career Standards for Sophomore English Course.

English 10 Honors

Designed to go beyond regular requirements, English 10 Honors emphasizes quality reading and writing based on challenging fiction and non-fiction selections. Students study and model reading and writing strategies meant to prepare students to earn Highly Proficient on State tests. In addition, students are prepared for the rigors of AP Language & Composition which most students take during their junior year. Expectations for students in the class are that they be motivated, focused, and diligent in completing class assignments. This course meets all the requirements in the Arizona College & Career Standards for a Sophomore-Level English Course. This class earns weighted credit.

English 11

English 11 includes the study of American Literature and writing skills. Rhetoric, usage, and vocabulary building are also practiced. A research project is required for completion of this course. This project is required for a passing grade for the first semester. This course meets all the requirements in the Arizona College & Career Standards for Junior-Level English Course.

English 12

English 12 concentrates on the following skills: composition with an emphasis on expository writing; English literature survey from the Anglo-Saxon period through the Twentieth Century; vocabulary development, spelling awareness, research, book reviews, computer literacy, and speeches. This course meets all the requirements in the Arizona College & Career Standards for Senior-Level English Course.

English 101 (CAC Composition III)

English 101 (CAC Composition III) is a concurrent enrollment, college-level course, offered on the high school campus. This online/blended learning course focuses on the advancement of the student’s ability to analyze and write academic, college-level essays with an emphasis on developing ideas and using a process of writing revising and editing to create organized, coherent, fully-articulated essays that reflect the conventions of English grammar, mechanics, and usage.

English 102 (CAC Composition IV)

English 102 (CAC Composition IV) is a concurrent enrollment, college-level course, offered on the high school campus. This is a continuation of the English 101 course. The course emphasizes critical thinking, close reading, analysis, and advanced research skills through the development of writing and revision of complex arguments.

Media Literacy

Media Literacy is an English/Literature course for juniors and seniors. The course is designed to emphasize comprehension, discernment, and critical-thinking skills in the reading of texts and literature, as well as contemporary and historical images and how they are used to make art, sell products, motivate populations, and alter opinions. This course introduces and explores more advanced literary and rhetorical techniques, which may include debates surrounding television, the internet, and other sources for media, in exploring alternatives to the mainstream media. Students analyze media content in writing throughout the course and explore more advanced literary techniques (irony, satire, humor, connotation, tone, rhythm, symbolism, and so on) through two or more literary genres, with the aim of creating sophisticated readers. Writing assignments are required as an additional method to develop and improve critical-thinking and analytic skills.

Myth, Folklore, & Fantasy

The course is designed to have students learn the basics of cross-cultural works of literature (Greek and Celtic mythology) and relate the ancient concepts to modern literature and films. Many of the myths studied in class are connected to real-life events via essays and one research paper. There is a semester project that allows the student the opportunity to create their own mythology and poetry. This course meets all the requirements in the Arizona College & Career Standards for Senior-Level English Course.

Novel & Short Story

Students read a variety of short stories and use these stories to draw inferences from new vocabulary, explain how meaning is enhanced through poetry and structure, connect stories to real-life experiences, and describe historical/cultural aspects found in cross-cultural works of literature. A research paper on an author is assigned. A few book reports must be completed. Students choose their own novel to discuss with class. This course meets all the requirements in the Arizona College & Career Standards for Senior-Level English Course.

Read 180

READ 180 is a program designed to improve reading skills. The class may meet for a block (two-hour) period. The class may incorporate comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, grammar, and fluency practice. Students use computer software daily to practice skills at their individual levels, participate in whole and small group instruction, and read independently. The goal is to intervene and remediate existing reading deficits and prepare students for successful completion of secondary-level academic work. This course is specifically designed for students reading three to five years below grade level.

Reading System 44

This class incorporates phonics instruction and writing skills, comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, grammar, and fluency practice. Students use computer software daily to practice skills at their individual levels, participate in whole and small group instruction, and read independently. The goal is to intervene and remediate existing reading deficits and prepare students for successful completion of secondary-level academic work. This course is specifically designed for students who are reading significantly below grade level.

Second Chance Reading

Second Chance Reading (SCR) is a course designed to accelerate the reading and comprehension rates for both fiction and non-fiction text; emphasis is on comprehension and vocabulary skills. This course is specifically for students reading one-three years below grade level.

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Department Chair

Anneke de Villiers
de Villiers, Anneke
English Teacher
Office: 520-876-9400 x 4520

Department Teachers

Alicia Behrens
Behrens, Alicia
English Teacher
Office: 520-876-9400 x 4550
Dr. Alyson Bell
Bell, Dr. Alyson
English Teacher
Office: 520-876-9400 x 4522
Lisa Borninkhof
Borninkhof, Lisa
English Teacher
Office: 520-876-9400 x 4517
Cecilia Cabral
Cabral, Cecilia
English Teacher
Office: 520-876-9400
Tommie Clardy III
Clardy III, Tommie
English Teacher
Office: 520-876-9400
Anneke de Villiers
de Villiers, Anneke
English Teacher
Office: 520-876-9400 x 4520
Corey Downs
Downs, Corey
English Teacher
Office: 520-876-9400
Amy Harrison
Harrison, Amy
English Teacher
Office: 520-876-9400
Jasmine Honrada
Honrada, Jasmine
English Teacher
Office: 520-876-9400
Katherine Kwiatowski
Kwiatowski, Katherine
English Teacher
Office: 520-876-9400
Jessie Labiste
Labiste, Jessie
English Teacher
Office: 520-876-9400
Clarisse Macaraig
Macaraig, Clarisse
English Teacher
Office: 520-876-9400 x 4526
Regina Marlin
Marlin, Regina
ESS English Teacher
Office: 520-876-9400 x 4542
Michael Morrin
Morrin, Michael
English Teacher
Office: 520-876-9400 x 4515
Anita Price
Price, Anita
English Teacher
Office: 520-876-9400
Cristina Salcido-Grigg
Salcido-Grigg, Cristina
PE/Health/English Teacher
Office: 520-876-9400 x 4940
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Melody Scull
Scull, Melody
ELD/English Teacher
Office: 520-876-9400 x 4545
Rani Singh
Singh, Rani
English Teacher
Office: 520-876-9400 x 4504
Rachelle Smith
Smith, Rachelle
English Teacher
Office: 520-876-9400 x 4546
Neil Smyers
Smyers, Neil
English Teacher
Office: 520-876-9400 x 4518
Angela Weddle
Weddle, Angela
English Teacher
Office: 520-876-9400
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