Language Arts

  • COURSE OFFERINGS

    The following courses are Renton School District Board approved curriculum. However, not all courses are offered at each high school every semester. Please contact the counseling office in your high school for specific courses offered at that building.
    Each course listed in the course catalog earns .5 credits per semester, unless otherwise noted.


  • REQUIRED COURSES


    LANGUAGE ARTS 1,2

    Course Code: QLA901, QLA902
    This year-long, first year Language Arts course emphasizes and develops reading, writing, and oral language and reinforces the use of basic language skills through the writing process. All students will participate in these activities. Individual needs will determine the degree of depth and the amount of time required to achieve course objectives.

    LANGUAGE ARTS 1,2 HONORS

    Course Code: QLA991, QLA992
    This year-long Honors class has more rigorous expectations of students. The learning pace is accelerated. More in-depth reading, writing, and thinking are required. Students must be highly motivated and capable of meeting course requirements.

    LANGUAGE ARTS 3,4

    Course Code: QLA001, QLA002
    Prerequisite: 10th grade
    The year-long, language arts course makes provision for further development in the major areas of Language Arts identified in the first- year course. An awareness of the structure of the English language especially, that involving the sentence, the paragraph and the multi-paragraph composition, will be developed by means of carefully prepared writing assignments. Literary themes offer excellent choices for study within the course.

    LANGUAGE ARTS 3,4 HONORS

    Course Code: QLA091, QLA092
    Prerequisite: 10th grade
    This year-long honors class has more rigorous expectations of students. The learning pace is accelerated. More in-depth reading, writing, evidence of critical thinking are required. Students must be highly motivated and capable of meeting course requirements.

    LANGUAGE ARTS 5,6

    Course Code: QLA101, QLA102
    Prerequisite: 11th grade
    In this year-long course, emphasis is on American Literature with selections from Colonial Period through Modern, and writing. The multi-paragraph essay will be stressed and based on analyses of the literary pieces.

    LANGUAGE ARTS 5,6 HONORS

    Course Code: QLA193, QLA194,
    Prerequisite: 11th grade
    In this year-long honors course, the emphasis is on American Literature with selections from the Colonial Period through Modern, and honors writing. The multi-paragraph essay will be stressed and based on analyses of the literary pieces.

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION

    Course Code: QLA306, QLA307
    Prerequisite: Completion of LA 1,2 and LA 3,4
    This course engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations and in subjects, as well as the way genre convections and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing. Advanced Placement exam with the potential for earning college credit. Also fulfills juniors Language Arts 5,6 requirements.

    LANGUAGE ARTS 7,8

    Course Code: QLA203, QLA204
    Prerequisite: 12th grade
    With a fourth year of language arts now a graduation requirement, this year-long course focuses on college and career readiness in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students will read contemporary fiction and non-fiction, do projects and presentations, conduct research, and write narrative as well as evidence-based informative and argumentative essays. There is an emphasis on students understanding their future roles in a complex world.

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION

    Course Code: QLA301, QLA302
    Prerequisite: 12th grade
    This intensive, literature-based study is modeled on college freshman literature classes. The writing strand of the course emphasizes college writing skills. Students who complete the class have the option of taking the Advanced Placement English Literature exam with the potential for earning college credit.

    HUMANITIES 1,2

    Course Code: QLA109, QLA110
    Prerequisite: 12th grade
    Students will study what are regarded as the "traditional humanities" of western civilization. Literature, painting, music, sculpture, architecture and philosophy. These subjects are not studied in isolation but within the context of important developments in science, technology, economics and general history. The class is chronological in arrangement, beginning with prehistory and working up through the twentieth century. A major intent of the course is to help students understand their own world through careful examination of western cultural heritage. The work in this class is centered on reading, writing, note taking, projects, testing and discussion. Priority will be given to seniors.

     

    ELECTIVE COURSES


    THESE COURSES DO NOT FULFILL A LANGUAGE ARTS CREDIT REQUIREMENT

    COLLECTION OF EVIDENCE LA 1,2

    This course will fulfill Language Arts credits for LA 1-6 only requirements.
    Course Code: QLA993, QLA994
    This course is provided to seniors only who have not yet met standard on the Reading/Writing HSPE OR the English Language Arts Smarter Balanced state exam. Students will practice and complete the tasks needed to submit a “Collection of Evidence” portfolio to the state (OSPI) as an alternative way to meet standard on this
    graduation requirement.

    DEBATE

    Course Code: QLA010
    The principles of debate and the problem solving group discussion is the area of concentration in this course. The student will be involved in the research for and the preparation and delivery of debate cases on current problems. Preparation for and delivery in the individual forensic activities will be stressed. The student may elect to participate in league activities. This course does not fulfill a Language Arts credit requirement for graduation.

    EDITOR PRACTICUM

    Course Code: QLA123
    (Elective or Career and Technical Ed credit)
    Prerequisite: Journalistic Writing and Journalism teacher’s approval – 10th through 12th grades
    Editor Practicum is primarily a newspaper production course. Students are expected to fill editorial staff positions and take on final responsibility for paper production: managing staff, planning, writing, producing, and editing stories, writing headlines, layout, placement of advertising, copy editing, proofreading, and distribution of the school paper. Editor Practicum may be repeated for elective credit. See Journalistic Writing course.

    JOURNALISTIC WRITING 1,2

    Course Code: QLA009, QLA011
    (Elective or Career and Technical Ed credit)
    Prerequisite: 10th through 12th grades
    These semester courses cover the fundamentals of journalistic ethics, journalistic law, responsible journalism, news writing, copy editing, proofreading, make-up, caption writing, headline writing, features, editorials, columns, newspaper terminology, page layout planning and the background of the newspaper industry. Students will be responsible for production of the school paper including writing articles and editorials, designing layout, photojournalism, selling and advertising, and paper printing and circulation. See Editor Practicum course.

    LITERACY SUPPORT 1,2

    Course Code: QLA907, QLA908,
    Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation and test results
    This course is designed to help students with reading in the content areas. Diagnostic tests are given to determine individual needs. Specific work on building vocabulary, expanding comprehension, improving study skills and increasing reading rate may be covered. This course can be repeated in successive semesters for additional credit. This course does not fulfill a Language Arts credit requirement for graduation.

    SPEECH

    Course Code: QLA909
    The course is designed for students with a wide range of abilities. The course also stresses improvement of the student's speaking and listening abilities. Emphasis will be placed upon understanding the basic communication process including the speaker, the message, and the audience as well as those distractions, which interfere with that process. Practice will involve formal, informal and group presentations. This course does not fulfill a Language Arts credit requirement for graduation.

    TECHNICAL WRITING 1,2

    Course Code: QLA551, QLA552
    (Elective or Career and Technical Ed credit)
    Technical writers make complicated information easy to understand. Students will explore the field of Technical Writing as an exciting Career Pathway. Using clear explanations, graphic design principles, and real-life examples, the Technical Writing course solidifies the relationship between industry principles and written communications. Students will (1) learn about design and typographic choices, (2) learn how an industry’s objectives affect writing choices, (3) practice clarity in writing and speaking, and (4) develop techniques in grammar and structure.