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ENG-09 - Language Arts 1 (LA1)


Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Usually taken grade 9


This course is designed to teach the English Language Arts standards of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language in an environment that supports the students’ development and encourages them to read texts of different types such as short stories, news articles, informative essays, narrative nonfiction, and dramas. Teachers use the myPerspectives series by Pearson along with selected Trade Books that correspond to each Unit of Study. Each Unit focuses on an Essential Question. Within the units students are taught to apply skills to various texts and use textual evidence in their numerous Performance Tasks which culminates in a Performance-Based Assessment at the end of each Unit. Also, a structured recreational reading program is an integral part of the course.

Major works include: Lord of the Flies, Animal Farm, Key works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Romeo and Juliet and the Odyssey.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Required: Yes, unless in ALA 1

  • Grade 09
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
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