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English Teachers

August, Rani
Teacher, English Department
Barton, Surna
Teacher, English Department
Chunglo, Kelly
Teacher, English and Social Studies Departments
Clausnitzer, Lisa
Teacher, English Department
Graham, Christina
Teacher, English Department
Gunderson, Mary Jo
Teacher, English Department
Hinton, Kirk
Kirby, Jessica
Teacher, Special Education
Lavelle, Steve
Teacher, English Department
Lloyd, Leslie
Teacher, Drama
McKay, Ralph
McMahon, Adrian
Teacher, English Department
Moreno, Sara
Teacher, English Department
Owsley, Natalie
Teacher, English Department/Journalism/AVID
Ratti, James
Teacher, English Department and AVID
Riley, Ed
Teacher, English Department
Rivera, Shawnee
Teacher, English & AVID Departments
Rupe, Megan
Teacher, English Department
Suth, Ashley
Teacher, English Department
Vanni, Debbie
Teacher, English Department Curriculum Lead
Williams, Liz
Teacher, English Department
Wilson, Susan
Teacher, English Department
Yoshida, Gary
Teacher, English Department/Culinary Arts

English Department

The overall goal of the English Language Arts program is to enable the student to respond in a variety of ways to the ideas in literature, starting at the personal and progressing to the universal level. This goal is achieved in the classroom by: using literature that focuses on aesthetic, ethical, cultural and political issues and themes; using active learning strategies that help students integrate thinking, reading, speaking, listening and writing; using a variety of assessment strategies.

Writing instruction focuses on the process of writing and on self-discovery: connecting personal experience to the ideas and issues of literature. Speaking and listening activities are integrated into all language classes although there are opportunities to take specific class work in speech.
Students are expected to develop their abilities to read more broadly and to comprehend at higher levels, as well as to work effectively in groups. Throughout the curriculum, students are encouraged to think both creatively and critically; to express independent thinking; and to work on clarity of thought in written and oral communication.

There is a four-year requirement for graduation.

b. English – 4 year required.
A student must earn 40 credits and a grade of "C" or higher in approved English courses.

English Courses

For a list of English Courses with descriptions please see the Course Selection Guide.

Course Units Grades  UC/CSU Requirement Prerequisite 
Literature and Writing  10 9 b None 
World Literature and Writing 10 10 b None
American Literature and Writing  10 11-12 b None 
American Literature and Writing Honors 10 11 b None
British Literature and Writing 10 11-12 b None 
Contemporary Literature and Writing 10 11-12 b None
Global Literature and Writing 10 9-12 N/A Intermediate-level English learners enroll in this class concurrently with ELD 2
Humanities 10 11-12 b None
Journalism 10 11-12 g None
Mythology/Folklore and Writing 10 11-12 b None
AP English Literature and Composition 10 12 b None
American Studies 20 (10 english, 10 social science) 11 a (10 units)
b (10 units)

English Department Progression