Language Arts

The teachers in the Language Arts department are:

Our students' most valuable skill may simply be their ability to communicate effectively.
The Language Arts department endeavors to provide students with:
  • exemplary written and verbal communication skills
  • practical research and critical thinking skills
  • an awareness of and respect for diverse ideas and concepts  
  • strategies to analyze and understand a wide range of texts
  • tools to draft, edit, and revise and publish both printed and electronic texts
In addition to English 1-2, 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8, we also offer accelerated classes, Read 180, AIMS Reading, and Advanced Placement English with Dual Enrollment.
 
To help promote literacy campus-wide, we implemented the Scholastic Reading Counts program.  Students read a novel from a wide range of available books and then pass an online assessment.

As part of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:state w:st="on">Arizona’s high school graduation requirements, students must pass the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) in both reading and writing.
Sophomore students are tested annually each February and retesting is held in October. For more information about the AIMS assessments, data or graduation requirements, visit the Arizona Department of Education site.
 
Each year, students are expected to pass a district performance-based assessment.  If you have any questions about these tests or other issues pertaining to your child's English class, please email or call us. 
1-2:  Expository essay
3-4:  Persuasive essay
5-6:  Analytical essay
7-8:  Literary analysis essay