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Course Name: Reading Lab
Grade: 9th-12th
Credit: 1
Duration: Full Year
Prerequisite: Students are placed in Read 180 based on Lexile scores.
Description: READ 180 is an intensive reading intervention program designed to meet the needs of students whose reading achievement is below the proficient level. The program directly addresses individual needs through adaptive and instruction software, high-interest literature, and direct instruction in reading skills. (READ 180) The goal for using READ 180 is to facilitate the development of self-reliant proficient readers, and writers.
 
 
Course Name: English I
Grade: 9th
Credit: 1
Duration: Full Year
Prerequisite: N/A
Description: In English 1, the focus is on four main units and accompanying novels. Novels and other readings include memoirs, vignettes, plays, fiction and nonfiction. Students will be asked to read, respond to and analyze the novels and other readings completed this year. The 9th grade CCSS for reading and writing will be covered throughout the year through these four units. English 1 classes will focus on writing an argumentative essay. Students will be writing essays twice a month.
 
 
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Course Name: English II
Grade: 10th
Credit: 1
Duration: Full Year
Prerequisite: English I
Description: Tenth-grade English aims at reinforcing and improving the skills learned in ninth grade. Students will focus on sharpening skills for understanding and interpreting both non-fiction and fiction. We will read various genres of literature, including short stories, novels, poems, and plays. With each piece of literature, we will further develop our ability to interpret the piece of literature and to extend our understanding of it and the complex issues it raises. We will continue our study of literary devices, such as symbols, metaphors, and imagery, and further examine how literature helps us understand the people and events in both our lives and the world. We will also read a variety of non-fiction, including newspaper and magazine articles, opinion pieces, autobiography, text of speeches, and informational texts. In particular, we will focus on developing the skills to recognize different kinds of information, the author’s purpose in creating a piece of writing, and detecting bias.
 
 
Course Name: Literature & Composition I 
Grade: 11th
Credit: 1
Duration: Full Year
Prerequisite: N/A
Description: Students engage in a variety of learning experiences: writing, research, oral presentations, reading of various genres, group work, and independent study. Through these experiences, students will explore the development of American literature as part of American history and thought. Students will also strive to improve competence in writing well-developed essays and in the elements of research. Essential Questions: How does representative American literature characterize the American Dream? What common themes can be found in American literature? What are the distinctive characteristics of American literature?
 
 
Course Name: Literature & Composition I Honors
Grade: 11th
Credit: 1
Duration: Full Year
Prerequisite: N/A
Description: Students engage in a variety of learning experiences: writing, research, oral presentations, reading of various genres, group work, and independent study. Through these experiences, students will explore the development of American literature as part of American history and thought. Students in this honors course will explore literature more widely and deeply than those in standard Junior English classes and will read more challenging texts. The honors English course fosters intellectual curiosity by encouraging students to generate thought-provoking questions and topics and to research diverse sources.
 
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Course Name: Literature & Composition II
Grade: 12th
Credit: 1
Duration: Full Year
Prerequisite: N/A
Description: Students will study African Literature, Latin American Literature, English Literature and more. Topics include colonization, cultural identity, alienation, gender roles, family life and social class. Texts include Things Fall Apart, Selected Short Stories of Gabriel Marquez, a Shakespeare play and others. Students learn to differentiate between historical and fictionalized accounts of history. This course will also focus on literature from around the world, specifically Africa, South America, Asia, and Europe. Course goals include exposing students to the great literature of other cultures and improving our knowledge of the multitude of literary techniques used to express ideas and emotions. We will read literature in different genres, including poetry, short stories, novels, plays, and persuasive non-fiction. Students will react to the literature through thesis-based and passage-based essays and will write a research paper that explores an issue or idea emanating from the literature we’ve read.
 
 
Course Name: Literature & Composition II Honors 
Grade: 12th
Credit: 1
Duration: Full Year
Prerequisite: N/A
Description: Students will study African Literature, Latin American Literature, British Literature and more. Topics include colonization, cultural identity, alienation, gender roles, family life and social class. Texts include Things Fall Apart, Selected Short Stories of Gabriel Marquez, The Canterbury Tales, a Shakespeare play and others. Students learn to differentiate between historical and fictionalized accounts of history. As an honors class, higher level thinking skills will be reflected in the quality of student performance in oral language, written language, and other media/technology.
 
 
Course Name: UCONN English 1011
Grade: 12th
Credit: 1
Duration: Full Year
Prerequisite: Teacher/School Counselor Recommendation Required
Description: The UConn freshmen literature-based writing course is called “English 111: Seminar in Writing through Literature,” and is described in the University of Connecticut course catalog as follows: “Instruction in academic writing through literary reading. Assignments emphasize interpretation, argumentation, and reflection. Revision of formal assignments and instruction on grammar, mechanics, and style.” In addition to achieving some specific writing goals, such as the ability to write critical essays that demonstrate a thoughtful engagement with complex readings, the course is designed to help students develop, through revision and reflection, an understanding of themselves as writers and thinkers. Consequently, no matter how strong or weak students may be as readers and writers when they begin the seminars, they should all be more powerful and self-aware writers, readers, and thinkers by the end of the course.
 
 
 
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Course Name: ESOL Levels I, II, III 
Grade: 9th-12th
Credit: 1
Duration: Full Year
Prerequisite: N/A
Description: JMA offers ESL and ESL/Content Area classes to students who do not speak English at home/as their first language. ESL I, ESL II, ESL III: At each level the skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing in English are developed. In addition, the core language and basic skills of Journalism and Media are integrated into the learning. In all ESL and ESL/Content Area classes, students practice using their "Critical Eye". For example, a photograph being viewed will raise these questions: What do I see? What Can I infer? What do I predict? What else am I wondering? Finally, in all classes, Current Events-based studies provide important information about school-wide, local, state, national and worldwide events, including the history of American Holidays. At JMA the English Learners/ ELs come together en amistad (in friendship). ESL Students soon discover that their Non-English background is shared by their classmates, as is the EL's appreciation for the educational opportunities here at JMA. So Newcomers to the English language setting share never alone. At the same time the diversity of cultures provides shared on-going teaching and learning opportunities.
 
 
Course Name: Content Area ESOL
Grade: 9th-12th
Credit: 1
Duration: Full Year
Prerequisite: N/A
Description: JMA also offers ESL/Content Area. In this course students focus on the vocabulary/concepts of Basic Math, Basic Science, and Social Studies. During this class, English Learners may receive help with their Mainstream Academic Technology coursework.

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