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English 9 Intensive


Grade Level: 9                   RBV Graduation: English                 UC/CSU A-G: "B"


Prerequisite: None                                        

This two period course for students whose language arts and reading achievement falls two or more years below grade level is designed to accelerate student reading achievement.  It meets state English 9 standards and integrates Read 180 technology.

 

 

English 9                                                             


Grade Level: 9                   RBV Graduation: English                 UC/CSU A-G: “B”


Prerequisite: None                                        

This college preparatory course covers reading of fiction and nonfiction texts, grammar, usage, sentence struc­ture, paragraph construction, essay writing, analysis, and vocabulary.

 

 

English 9 Honors                                                      


Grade Level: 9                   RBV Graduation: English                 UC/CSU A-G: “B”


Prerequisite: None                                        

This intensive college preparatory course covers reading of fiction and nonfiction texts, grammar and usage, sentence and paragraph structure, essay writing, analysis, and vocabulary. 

 

 

English 10


Grade Level: 10                 RBV Graduation: English                 UC/CSU A-G: “B”


Prerequisite: None                                        

This college preparatory course covers reading of fiction and nonfiction texts, paragraph development, essay writing, analysis, grammar, usage, mechanics, and vocabulary. Some literature selections coordinate with World History 2.

 

 

English 10 Honors


Grade Level: 10                 RBV Graduation: English                 UC/CSU A-G: “B”


Prerequisite: None                                        

This intensive college preparatory course covers reading of fiction and nonfiction texts, paragraph and persuasive and analytical writing, introduction of the research paper, grammar, usage, mechanics, and vocabulary.  Many literature selections are coordinated with AP European History.

 

 

English 11


Grade Level: 11                 RBV Graduation: English                 UC/CSU A-G: “B”


Prerequisite: None                                        

This college preparatory course covers composition, language mechanics, persuasive and analytical writing, vocabulary, and analysis of American literature with emphasis on major authors, movements, genres. 

 

 

AP English Language/Composition 11


Grade Level: 11                 RBV Graduation: English                 UC/CSU A-G: “B”


Prerequisite: None

This intensive Advanced Placement course covers a survey of American literature, analytical writing, rhetoric, usage, vocabulary, oral language skills in preparation for IB assessment, and intensive work on the expository prose style in preparation for AP Language, PSAT and SAT exams. This course meets the first year of the IB English sequence.

 

 

English 12 ERW (Expository Reading and Writing) 


Grade Level: 12                 RBV Graduation: English                 UC/CSU A-G: “B”


Prerequisite: None                                        

This course is designed specifically to prepare students for the rigorous demands of reading and writing in the first year of college.  The course has a heavy emphasis on the rhetorical thinking, writing, and reading of non-fiction texts that are predominant in post-secondary schools.  Though some elements of AP course work will be infused, this course does not provide a weighted grade.

ELA - Conditionally Ready Status: If a student receives a "Conditionally Ready" status on their EAP, they must earn a grade of "C" not a "C-" or better in both fall and spring semesters of this course to be exempt. 

 

 

IB English Literature 12 HL 2


Grade Level: 12                 RBV Graduation: English                 UC/CSU A-G: “B”


Prerequisite: None                                        

This intensive honors level course covers analytical reading and writing, poetry study and oral language skills in preparation for the IB and AP literature exams. This course meets the second year of the IB English sequence. 

ELA - Conditionally Ready Status: If a student receives a "Conditionally Ready" status on their EAP, they must earn a grade of "C" not a "C-" or better in both fall and spring semesters of this course to be exempt.

 

 

 

English Electives

 

 

Reading


Grade Level: 9                        RBV Graduation: Elective               UC/CSU A-G: None


Prerequisite: None                                        

This two period comprehensive language arts and reading intervention program is designed to meet the needs of students whose language arts and reading achievement is below the proficient level. Course will address foundation skills and understanding the reading process. Course utilizes READ 180 technology.

 

 

Journalism in the Digital Age


Grade Level: 10-12                RBV Graduation: Elective              UC/CSU A-G: “G”         


Prerequisite: None 

This elective class is a survey of basic concepts of reporting, non-fiction writing, article formats and work towards developing a voice using different writing styles are studied. The history of journalism, journalist ethics and critical thinking about bias in reporting and the examination of the relationship of journalism and democracy, elements of photojournalism, website design improving writing and peer editing skills will be covered in this course. 

 

 

Yearbook Production


Grade Level: 10-12                 RBV Graduation: Elective              UC/CSU A-G: “G”            Click for: Video Description


Prerequisite: None

A yearlong elective that produces the RBVHS yearbook.  Strong computer and writing skills are recommended.  This class includes layout and design, advertising, photography and writing.  Students will use Adobe Indesign and Photo Shop. Students need to be organized and able to meet deadlines. Outside class time participation required.

 

 

Film Studies


Grade Level: 11-12                 RBV Graduation: Art/Elective          UC/CSU A-G: “F”            Click for: Video Description


Prerequisite: None

Students will be provided with the critical tools necessary to analyze films, television and other visual media.  Students will be able to comprehend how visual media manipulate emotion and perceptions to convey understanding.  Film style, genre, history and techniques will be taught. The meaning of film and relationships between film and society, culture and literature will be discussed.

 

 

IB Film Studies SL


Grade Level: 11-12               RBV Graduation: Art/Elective              UC/CSU A-G: “F”            Click for: Video Description


Prerequisite: None

This is a yearlong elective course that focuses on three areas of study:  Textual Analysis, Film Theory and History, and Creative Process – techniques and organization of production.  It teaches the various aspects of moviemaking with an emphasis on the artistic and/or social messages that are conveyed through the use of cinematic devices.  The course introduces the various cultural traditions of filmmaking, especially those shared with art and literature.  In addition to creating short film related projects, comprehensive reading and writing is also required throughout this course.  Course prepares students for the IB SL exam.

 

 

IB Film Studies HL


Grade Level: 12                     RBV Graduation: Art/Elective                 UC/CSU A-G: “F”            Click for: Video Description


Prerequisite: Successful completion of IB Film Studies SL

IB Film HL is second year of an honors film course that focuses on three areas of study: Filmmaking, Analysis and Film Theory and

History. It teaches moviemaking with an emphasis on the artistic and/or social messages that are conveyed through the use of cinematic devices.  The course also covers the history of American and international cinema as well as introducing the traditions of filmmaking. This class prepares students for the IB HL film exam. 

 

 

Creative Writing 


Grade Level: 11-12                   RBV Graduation: Elective                      UC/CSU A-G: “G”


Prerequisite: None

Creative Writing offers students an opportunity for personal expression in a variety of literary forms.  The course provides an opportunity to engage students in literature and poetry in an open and creative environment. Classroom activities will include written assignments, selected readings, lecture, group discussion, peer response groups and publication.

 

 

IB Theory of Knowledge

Required course for Full IB Diploma candidates  


Grade Level: 11-12                     RBV Graduation: Elective                    UC/CSU A-G: “G”


Prerequisite: Teacher approval

T.O.K. is a course that examines the origins and validity of various forms of knowledge. The process of the course is a critical reflection on what the student claims to know.  The focus of the class is on inquiry. The goals are to gain an understanding of what it means to know something as a scientist, an artist or historian, etc. and how the forms of knowledge relate to one another. Course is split between 11th and 12th grade.