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Course selection is based on the career program of study chosen by the student which meets the high school graduation requirements as well as the certificate of competency requirements for that career program. Students, their parents, counselors, and teachers should all be involved in the course selection process, making choices which best suit the individual student’s needs and interests.

Choices are based on knowledge of requirements for entrance into various occupations, colleges, or technical schools which will lead toward an occupational or educational goal. The student’s schedule will include all required courses in the selected career program of study as well as all required academic courses in English, mathematics, science, social studies, physical education, safety/health, and world languages.

Guidelines for ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Honors placement: 9-12

Honors ELA 1 Eligibility

  • Student must have earned an A or a B as a final grade in his/her 8th grade ELA course and…
  • Student must have a Lexile of 1080 or above per the SRI test and…
  • Student must have earned a 3 or a 4 on the 8th grade Smarter Assessment **

** Only use the score from this assessment as a last option to determine eligibility as this is the first year the test is being administered to students in Delaware.

Honors ELA 2 Eligibility

  • Student must have an A or a B as a final grade for ELA 1 and…
  • Student must have a Lexile of 1080 or above per the SRI test and…
  • Student must successfully complete and submit the Honors eligibility written response by the specified due date and…
  • Receive a positive recommendation from ELA 1 teacher (See below for information)

Honors ELA 3 Eligibility

  • Student must have an A or a B as a final grade for ELA 2 and…
  • Student earns a 42 or higher on PSAT in reading and/or writing and… 
  • Student must have a Lexile of 1215 or above per the SRI test and…
  • Student must successfully complete and submit the Honors eligibility written response by the specified due date and…
  • Receive a positive recommendation from ELA 2 teacher (See below for more information).

Honors ELA 4 Eligibility

  • Student must have an A or B as a final grade for ELA 3 and…
  • Student must earn a 3 or 4 on the 11th grade Smarter Assessment OR a 450 or higher on SAT verbal (both reading & writing) OR  Accuplacer score that is of equivalent value
  • Student must have a Lexile of 1215 or above per the SRI test and…
  • Student must successfully complete and submit the Honors eligibility written response by the specified due date and…
  • Receive a positive recommendation from ELA 3 teacher (See below for more information)

Other Items

  • Students entering 9th grade who are eligible for honors will be scheduled directly into the course.  Students and parents will receive written notification of the placement prior to the start of the school year.  Students may “opt out” of the course if there is a strong desire to do so by both the student and parent/guardian prior to the start of the course or within the first two full weeks of the course.
  • Students may not transfer from an honors course to a regular course after the second full week of school.
  • Students and parents/guardians will sign a “expectation” contract agreeing to commit to the program during the first week of school; the signatures will indicate that students understand the course expectations as well as their responsibilities and the time commitment necessary to be successful in an honors course. 
  • Schools will make the SRI test available to current students who want to be considered for Honors as long as all the other eligibility requirements are met first (ELA Honors 2-4).  Schools will determine the schedule and administer the test.
  • Teacher recommendation forms (only for eligibility into ELA Honors 2-4):  A request form for the recommendation must be picked up by the student and given to the most recent ELA teacher.  The teacher will receive the request and then fill out the Google form that will be posted on the district ELA Schoology site and/or school’s website.  Schools will have the discretion to make decisions based on teacher feedback.
  • Schools will have discretion to override placement depending on individual Circumstances and course availability.

Topic Shortcuts:

ELA 1: is a skills-based course designed to aid students to develop, improve, and refine their reading, writing, listening, speaking, and information-gathering skills. Reading skills will include summarizing, paraphrasing, and making inferences/drawing conclusions. Students will read and respond to a multicultural sampling of literature, including short stories, novels, poetry, plays, essays, and biographies that focus on the concept of coming of age. Students will write narrative, informative, and argumentative essays with instruction addressing topic development, organization, sentence structure, word choice, and mechanics. Research skills include integrating information from three to four sources, locating information, evaluating information for its relevancy, and documenting according to APA standards.

In addition to required essays, students will take four reading assessments and complete two performance tasks during the course. Aligned to the Smarter Balanced Assessment, these assessments are used to monitor and measure student growth in reading, writing, and synthesizing sources.

ELA 2: focuses of developing analytic skills for reading, writing, speaking, viewing, and listening. Students will write informative, narrative, and argumentative essays. Students will develop analytic skills by reading and responding to a variety of literary and informational texts that allow the student to explore different cultural perspectives. Research skills include integrating information from four to five sources and becoming more adept at documenting according to APA standards.

In addition to required essays, students will take four reading assessments and complete two performance tasks during the course. Aligned to the Smarter Balanced Assessment, these assessments are used to monitor and measure student growth in reading, writing, and synthesizing sources.

ELA 3: focuses on American literature from a thematic perspective. Students will read a wide sampling of literary selections in order to understand the varied interrelationships of literature, society, and the individual. Writing instruction will focus on increasing proficiency in literary analysis, argument, and using narrative to support one’s ideas. Students will continue to develop and refine skills in sentence structure, research, reading, listening, and speaking. Students will synthesize five to seven sources.

In addition to required essays, students will take four reading assessments and complete two performance tasks during the course. Aligned to the Smarter Balanced Assessment, these assessments are used to monitor and measure student growth in reading, writing, and synthesizing sources.

ELA 4: the 20th Century Playwrights course is an option for fourth year English that provides students with the skills needed for both the workplace and college. During the course, students explore a variety of classic plays from writers of the twentieth century. In addition to reading plays and related informational texts, students also refine their skills in writing argument, narrative, and informative text. Research skills are further refined as students synthesize information from seven to eight sources.

In addition to required essays, students will take two reading assessments and complete two performance tasks during the course. Aligned to the Common Core State Standards, these assessments are used to monitor and measure student growth in reading, writing, and synthesizing sources.

ELA 4: Short Story is an option for fourth year English that provides students with skills needed for both the workplace and college. During the course, students explore a variety of short stories from the nineteenth and twentieth century. In addition to reading short stories and related informational texts, students also refine their skills in writing argument, narrative, and informative text. Research skills are further refined as students synthesize information from seven to eight sources.

In addition to required essays, students will take two reading assessments and complete two performance tasks during the course. Aligned to the Common Core State Standards, these assessments are used to monitor and measure student growth in reading, writing, and synthesizing sources.

ENGLISH HONORS COURSES

ELA 1 Honors: ELA 1 Honors is a rigorous course that is intended for students who are ready for a challenging English curriculum. Students improve their reading, writing, listening, speaking, and information-gathering skills while reading a wide variety of classic, multicultural literature. Socratic seminar and debate are an integral part of the class. Students will write narrative, argumentative, and informative essays with instruction that addresses going beyond the typical five paragraph essay. Research skills include integrating information from four sources, locating information, evaluating information for its relevancy, and documenting according to APA standards. In addition to required essays, students will take four reading assessments and complete two performance tasks during the course. Aligned to the Smarter Balanced Assessment, these assessments are used to monitor and measure student growth in reading, writing, and synthesizing sources.

ELA 2 Honors: ELA 2 Honors is a rigorous world literature course that includes classic literature and informational texts from Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Students write informational, argumentative, and narrative essays that strengthen their analytic skills and ability to synthesize information. Socratic seminar and debate are an integral part of the class. Research skills include integrating information from five sources and becoming more adept at documenting according to APA standards. In addition to required essays, students will take four reading assessments and complete two performance tasks during the course. Aligned to the Smarter Balanced Assessment, these assessments are used to monitor and measure student growth in reading, writing, and synthesizing sources.

ELA 3 Honors: ELA 3 Honors is a rigorous course that focuses on American literature from a chronological approach. Students will read a wide variety of literary and informational texts from classic American literature in order to trace the development of American literature over time. Writing instruction will focus on increasing proficiency in evaluation, literary analysis, argument, and using narrative to support one’s ideas. Students will continue to develop and refine skills in sentence structure, research, reading, listening, and speaking. Students will synthesize seven sources. In addition to required essays, students will take four reading assessments and complete two performance tasks during the course. Aligned to the Smarter Balanced Assessment, these assessments are used to monitor and measure student growth in reading, writing, and synthesizing sources.

ELA 4: Western European Literature is a fourth year English option for those students ready to take on the challenge of honors level curriculum. During the course students explore diverse selections of texts from Western Europe spanning the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. In addition to reading classic literature and informational texts, students also develop college ready skills in argument, exposition, narration, and evaluation. College level research skills are honed with students effectively synthesizing at least eight sources. In addition to required essays, students will take two reading assessments and complete two performance tasks during the course. Aligned to the Common Core State Standards, these assessments are used to monitor and measure student growth in reading, writing, and synthesizing sources.