Welcome to English

  • Here you will find the course description for each english class at Flagstaff High School.


    English 9: This course integrates basic reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills through literature including novels, short stories, poetry, drama, and nonfiction choices. Texts are selected to build upon students’ prior learning, to improve reading strategies, and to encourage critical thinking. These readings are a resource for discussions, writing, and research. Activities focus on preparing students for upper level high school English courses, and for career and college readiness.

    Pre AP English 9: This course is for those who have shown above-average ability and motivation to progress in language arts. Students work with a variety of challenging literary forms including short stories, novels, poetry, drama, and nonfiction. These readings are a resource for discussions, writing, and research. Pre AP English 9 is designed to create a foundation in literature and composition that prepares students for AP and college-level courses. Extra emphasis is placed upon academic rigor and college preparation. Students must complete a mandatory summer reading requirement.

    English 10: This course integrates reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students study units in fiction and nonfiction to build on previous knowledge, and prepare for future high school courses. Curriculum emphasizes writing, building proficiency in grammar usage, and vocabulary development. 7

    Pre AP English 10: This course is for those who have shown above-average ability and motivation to progress in language arts. This course integrates reading, writing, listening, and speaking. This course introduces students to the elements of rhetoric and literature required for success in AP English 11 and 12. Readings include fiction and nonfiction selections. Writing instruction focuses on the elements of effective analysis and argumentation. Students must complete a mandatory summer reading requirement.

    English 11: This course focuses on American literature through the centuries. The texts include poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama. Literary selections build on students’ prior knowledge and provide exposure to difficult texts. Writing focuses on rhetorical analysis and includes development of vocabulary and grammar skills.

    Dual Enrollment English 11: (DE 101): This course offers an opportunity to earn dual enrollment credit for FHS and Coconino Community College. This course integrates critical reading and thinking skills needed for analysis of college-level texts. There is a strong emphasis in writing, rhetoric, and reasoning, with a particular focus on using the writing process to compose college-level essays. Students must complete a mandatory summer reading requirement, pass a placement test for CCC, and pay a reduced tuition to CCC. Also, attendance history and academic performance in English 10 may be considered before enrollment.

    AP English 11 Language and Composition: This course provides students the skills to write effectively and confidently in their college courses and in their professional and personal lives. The course emphasizes the synthesis, analytical, and argumentative writing that forms the basis of academic and professional communication. Students read complex texts with critical attention to a writer’s purpose and rhetorical strategies. This course is designed for college-bound students and allows not only preparation for college, but also the chance to earn college credit and/or advanced standing by taking the AP English Language and Composition Exam. Students must complete a mandatory summer reading requirement.

    Career and College Ready English 12: This course is for college and career-bound seniors. The course stresses literary analysis, research, and composition. It requires students to read, analyze, and respond to a variety of literary and nonfiction genres, and conduct research, review usage and style, focus on vocabulary, and complete challenging writing assignments. This course is designed with the understanding that literacy skills are required for all aspects of post-high school life.

    Alpine English 12: This course blends the standards and objectives of College and Career Ready English 12 with a focus on regional, Native American, and conservation-themed texts. Critical reading and analysis, writing modes, and academic research skills are learned through rhetorical analysis. Writing modes and academic research skills are learned through the platform of these specific genres. The class integrates field study to enrich the experiences with these texts.

    Dual Enrolled English 12: (DE 102): This senior English class allows students to receive dual FHS and Coconino Community College credit. The course emphasizes writing to analyze, synthesize and evaluate a variety of texts in varied media. It will incorporate research for presentations in both written and alternative methods, in compliance with the conventions and formatting expectations at the college level. Students must have already completed the DE 101 class to enroll in DE 102, and are required to pay a reduced tuition to CCC.

    AP English 12 Literature and Composition: This course allows students to study college-level composition and literature. Students practice the skills of close reading, critical writing, and analytical discussion in a challenging academic environment. This course is designed for college bound students and allows not only preparation for college but also the chance to earn college credit and/or advanced standing by taking the AP English Literature and Composition Exam. Students must complete a mandatory summer reading requirement.