San Ramon Valley High School

Adv & AP Classes

English 10 Advanced

English 10, Advanced is a rigorous course due to the increased expectations regarding volume of reading, maturity of insight, sophistication of language use, and standards of evaluations. This course exposes students to world and multicultural literature through discussion and critical analysis of various genres, including non-fiction, myth, legend, epic, poetry, short story, and the novel. Course work focuses on the development of analytical thinking skills, with an emphasis placed on critical writing in response to literature. The course also includes grammar instruction, root work instruction, and vocabulary development with words taken from the literature as well as from lists designed for SAT preparation.

Prerequisite: Meet criteria on placement assessment.

This course meets the UC/CSU “b” requirement.

 

English Language and Composition AP

Grade 11 AP English Language is a rigorous, college level course emphasizing expository writing and critical reading. Writing assignments include in-class timed writings and out-of-class essays. The analysis of many forms of literature (i.e. novels, non-fiction essays, reflective essays, letters, etc.) focuses on how authors use language and literary devices to inform or persuade. Students also continue to work on grammar and vocabulary development. This is an Advanced Placement course that prepares students to take the AP Language and Composition exam in May.

Prerequisite: B- in prior advanced, honors or AP English course, or meet criteria on placement assessment.

This course meets the UC/CSU “b” requirement.

 

 

English Literature AP

Grade 12 AP English Literature is a rigorous, college level course focusing on the study of significant literary works. Students analyze literature, poetry, and essays in terms of concepts and the role of these concepts in the development of the World. The reading list is extensive and written work emphasizes a mature level of insight, the development of careful and thorough analysis, and sophisticated language use. Participation in class discussion is essential. This is an Advanced Placement course that prepares students to take the AP Literature and Composition exam in May.

Prerequisite: B- in prior AP English course, or meet criteria on placement assessment.

This course meets the UC/CSU “b” requirement.