Courses

COURSES

Course Number: 1288 Length: Year Grade/Year: 11

This yearlong interdisciplinary course for juniors combines the study of U.S. History and American Literature.  In this course, students will explore American culture and history through the use of historical documents and readings from a wide range of classic authors, from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Toni Morrison.  In addition, the course incorporates the art, music, film, fashion, and popular culture of the 20th century in American society.  Through field trips, students have the opportunity to explore the rich history of the Bay Area.  American Studies offers five units of U.S. History and five units of English credit per semester.  If recommended for honors English, students may complete honors-level work for one semester.  

Concurrent enrollment in American Studies in the History/Social Studies "American Studies" course (#1694) is required.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

B

Length: Semester Grade/Year: 09, 10

This course is for students who want a general program in high school English and uses the works and ideas of modern writers such as Harper Lee, Khaled Hosseini, Charles Dickens, and Julia Alvarez as the focus for studying literature and composition at the high school level. Because it is a required course, it includes particular emphasis on instruction in reading and writing. One semester of this course or Contemporary Heritage is required.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

B

Course Number: 1192 Length: Semester

This course introduces students in a general English program to the writer’s choices for communicating a message through the variety of literary types: a Shakespearean drama, short stories, poetry, and the novel. Because it is a required course, the works provide the resources for particular emphasis on instruction in reading and literature, writing and composition. One semester of this course or Literary Style is required.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:
Course Number: 1191 Length: Semester Grade/Year: 09, 10

This course is for students who want an advanced program in high school English and uses the work of both modern writers such as Harper Lee, Khaled Hosseini, Charles Dickens, and Julia Alvarez to explore the sources of contemporary trends and thought in literature and composition. Because this is a required course, it includes particular emphasis on instruction in reading and writing. One semester of this course or Contemporary Writers is required.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

B

Course Number: 1193 Length: Semester Grade/Year: 09, 10

This course introduces students in an advanced English program to the writer’s options in literary genres such as drama, short story, novel, and poetry. Because it is a required course, the works of writers such as Shakespeare, Hardy, and Golding provide the resources for particular emphasis on instruction in reading and literature, writing and composition. One semester of this course or Writer’s Voice is required

UC/CSU Subject Approval:
Course Number: 1192 Length: Semester Grade/Year: 09, 10

This course introduces students in a general English program to the writer’s choices for communicating a message through the variety of literary types: a Shakespearean drama, a memoir, short stories, poetry, and a novel. Because it is a required course, the works provide the resources for particular emphasis on instruction in reading and literature, writing and composition. One semester of this course or Literary Style is required.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

B

Course Number: 1293 Length: Semester

This course for students in the general English program uses the works of important American writers such as Fitzgerald, Steinbeck, Miller, Tan, and Lee as the focus for studying the composition and literature as well as American thought and values. Because it is a required course, it includes a particular emphasis on instruction in reading and writing. One semester of this course or American Classics H  is required.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

B

Course Number: 1193 Length: Semester Grade/Year: 09, 10

This course introduces students in an advanced English program to the writer’s options in literary genres such as drama, memoir, short story, novel, and poetry. Because it is a required course, the works of writers such as Shakespeare, Golding, and Angelou provide the resources for particular emphasis on instruction in reading and literature, writing and composition. One semester of this course or Writer’s Voice is required.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

B

Course Number: 1309 Length: Semester

This course for students who want an advanced program in English uses the works of major American writers such as Hawthorne, Melville, Fitzgerald, and Faulkner as the source of studying composition and literature as well as American thought, culture, and values. As a required course, it includes a particular emphasis on instruction in reading and writing. Enrollment in this course requires meeting prerequisites of performance and the recommendation of a former or current Gunn English teacher; this allows students to earn “weighted” grading.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

B

Course Number: 1263 Length: Semester Grade/Year: 11, 12

This course for students in the general English program uses the works of important American writers such as Fitzgerald, Steinbeck, Morrison, and Tan as the focus for studying the composition and literature as well as American thought and values. Because it is a required course, it includes a particular emphasis on instruction in reading and writing. One semester of this course or American Classics H is required.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

B

Course Number: 1334 Length: Summer Grade/Year: 11, 12

This course focuses on basic preparation for college and beyond. It not only focuses on grammar, vocabulary, writing, and SAT/ACT preparation. but also on the college essay, college search, scholarship search, and resume building for jobs and internships. Instruction focuses on the requisite skills: critical thinking (reading comprehension), vocabulary development, sentence completion techniques, effective timed essay writing, and thorough teaching of grammar. This course thus prepares students for success in college as well as for entry into the students’ colleges of their choice. Open to both 11th and 12th graders in the Fall, but only to 11th graders in the Spring.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

B

Course Number: 1309 Length: Semester Grade/Year: 11, 12

This course for students who want an advanced program in English uses the works of major American writers such as Fitzgerald, Steinbeck, Morrison, and Tan as the source of studying composition and literature as well as American thought, culture, and values. As a required course, it includes a particular emphasis on instruction in reading and writing. Enrollment in this course requires meeting prerequisites of performance and the recommendation of a former or current Gunn English teacher; this allows students to earn “weighted” grading.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

B

Course Number: 1364 Length: Semester Grade/Year: 11, 12

Afraid of being called at “beetle-headed, flap-ear’d knave“? Learn the language to fight back.
This course introduces the students to the range of Shakespeare's plays, including comedies, tragedies and histories, and to his sonnets. The course will also introduce students to Shakespeare’s language and times. Students need not be experts in Shakespearean plays to enroll in the course. Experts and novices alike are welcome.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

B

Course Number: 1288 Length: Year Grade/Year: 11

Literature. In this course, students will explore American culture and history through the use of historical documents and readings from a wide range of classic authors, from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Toni Morrison. In addition, the course incorporates the art, music, film, fashion, and popular culture of the 20th century in American society. Through field trips, students have the opportunity to explore the rich history of the Bay Area. American Studies offers five units of U.S. History and five units of English credit per semester. If recommended for honors English, students may complete honors-level work for one semester. Students must enroll in American Studies for both U.S. History and English.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

B

Course Number: 1384 Length: Semester Grade/Year: 11, 12

This course explores some of the literary avenues of escape from the ordinary through stories and novels selected from mystery and suspense, horror, fantasy and science fiction. We will do both expository and creative writing and a variety of individual and group projects related to the stories and books we read.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

B

Course Number: 1469 Length: Semester Grade/Year: 11, 12

The antics and adventures of the ancient Greek gods and goddesses, heroes and monsters come alive in this multidisciplinary elective for juniors and seniors. Through the study of drama, art, athletics, poetry and architecture of ancient times, students will learn the iconography, the stories, the philosophy and the history which so influence our modern world. Students will read modern interpretations of the myths, perform the ancient tragedies and comedies, create written and artistic interpretations of their own and learn the history of Greek religious belief from the goddess- worshipping Minoans to the patriarchy of classical Greece.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

B

Course Number: 7601 Length: Semester Grade/Year: 11, 12

In this creative writing course, students will have the opportunity to write memoir, short fiction, and poetry, as well as to experiment with innovative forms. We will focus on developing a strong, authentic voice, developing scenes, and understanding effective structure. Students will write daily and will regularly share their work with other students. The course is recommended only for those who understand that the best writing comes from both creativity and discipline.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

B

Course Number: 1332 Length: Semester Grade/Year: 11, 12

This course relates composition in the motion picture to student reading and writing. It introduces the art and technique of film through a history of the film and a study of its genre and directors. Activities help the student explore film as art and as composition.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

B

Course Number: 1179 Length: Semester Grade/Year: 11, 12

What is the purpose of our lives? Can we know what's right and wrong? What is real? How should we live our lives? In this introductory course we will read literature written by Asian prophets, ancient Greeks, renaissance philosophers, modern novelists, feminists and scientists (among others) in their attempt to answer these questions. Students will be encouraged to discuss, debate and write about their own beliefs as they explore the enduring enigmas of our human existence.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

F

Course Number: 1279 Length: Year Grade/Year: 12 Prerequisite(s): Application required. This limited-enrollment advanced study course is open to seniors who qualify on the basis of prior performance in English, the quality of a writing portfolio, and the recommendation of the Department Honors Committee. The focus is on college-level work in reading and writing, culminating in preparation for the Advanced Placement Examination in English Literature and Composition. Application forms with portfolio requirements are made available each spring in the English office. Accepting enrollment in this course indicates a student’s commitment to taking the AP Examination in Literature and Composition in the spring. UC/CSU Subject Approval:

B

Course Number: 1027 Length: Semester Grade/Year: 11, 12

The Expository Reading & Writing Course.

This course is designed for the college-bound student who wants to strengthen reading, writing and critical thinking skills in preparation for university-level demands. The majority of our reading will be non-fiction texts drawn from a variety of disciplines. We will do most of our reading in class, with a focus on developing strategies to help students understand even the most difficult content. We will also have lively discussion and write both informal and formal responses to our reading. By the end of the course, students will read more quickly, more skillfully, and with more enjoyment and be able to present their ideas in polished prose.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

B

Course Number: 1099 Length: Semester Grade/Year: 12

How did Hollywood and LA become what they are today? What kind of effect will immigration have on California? How does being on the west coast change the perspectives of war? Students will have a chance to examine these questions and more as they study  modern historic events and literature from a California standpoint. This interdisciplinary semester-long course for seniors would offer students five units in Social Studies and five units in English.

 

Homework Expectations: Approximately 2 hours per week, for each class. UC/CSU Subject Approval:
Course Number: 1290 Length: Semester Grade/Year: 11, 12

This interdisciplinary course for juniors and seniors offers students five units of English and five units of Drama credit. Students will enrich their study of a variety of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets as literary texts with hands-on experiences involving every facet of creating the "living" play. Students need not have extensive acting experience. Offered in alternate years. Any student wishing to enroll in this class must also be enrolled concurrently in Theatre 3 or 4.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

B

Course Number: 1181 Length: Semester Grade/Year: 09, 10

This one-semester required course for freshmen and sophomores emphasizes the advanced study of school-level composition, reading, and public speaking. The work of the semester is on effective persuasive organizing, supporting, and presenting materials in a paper or speech. Reading is selected to emphasize the challenges of effective communication. Recommended only for students desirous of advanced-level work in English. One semester of this course or of Fundamentals of Communications is required.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

B

Course Number: 7661 Length: Semester Grade/Year: 11, 12

This course is designed for students who want an advanced program in English. This honors-level course uses the works of authors such as Shakespeare, Achebe, Bronte, and Austen to study composition and literature. Additionally, the course utilizes world classics to explore the influence of world culture, thought, and values on contemporary thinking. Because it is a required course, it includes particular emphasis on instruction in reading and writing. One semester of this course or World Literature is required.

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Course Number: 1317 Length: Semester Grade/Year: 11, 12

We need citizens with the moral imagination required to be tolerant of difference, who understand what a creative act it is to connect themselves to others. – Margot Strol

 

Semester This course allows students to become engaged in analytical and critical thinking about identity, history and ethics, and exploring lessons of civic courage, compassion, and responsibility in our society. Through writing, literature, and film discussion, and community service, students will be challenged to examine the deep roots of social injustice and negative traditions of discrimination and prejudices with the goal of promoting a more humane and informed citizenry.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:
Course Number: 1364 Length: Semester Grade/Year: 11, 12

Afraid of being called at “beetle-headed, flap-ear’d knave“? Learn the language to fight back.

This course introduces the students to the range of Shakespeare's plays, including comedies, tragedies and historiesand to his sonnets. The course will also introduce students to Shakespeare’s language and times. Students need not be experts in Shakespearean plays to enroll in the course. Experts and novices alike are welcome.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

B

Course Number: 1334 Length: Semester Grade/Year: 11, 12

This course focuses on basic preparation for college and beyond. It not only focuses on grammar, vocabulary, writing, and SAT/ACT preparation. but also on the college essay, college search, scholarship search, and resume building for jobs and internships. Instruction focuses on the requisite skills: critical thinking (reading comprehension), vocabulary development, sentence completion techniques, effective timed essay writing, and thorough teaching of grammar. This course thus prepares students for success in college as well as for entry into the students’ colleges of their choice. Open to both 11th and 12th graders in the Fall, but only to 11th graders in the Spring.

An online hybrid section of this course will be available, in which the class will meet twice during the regularly scheduled school week.

UC/CSU Subject Approval:

B

Instructional Supervisor

Email: kblackburn@pausd.org