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High School English Language Arts

In high school English, students analyze a variety of literature and nonfiction selections to refine their selection within a variety of techniques for reading, comprehending and making sense of unfamiliar texts. Each course is organized into four modules, one for each quarter of the academic year. Though teachers share a common philosophy, guided by district-wide PreK-12 Transfer Goals, the curriculum is designed to provide teachers and students the opportunity to pursue scholarly research, with an emphasis on credible evidence.

  • Transfer Goal 1: Evaluate diverse perspectives constructively, critically and respectfully.
  • Transfer Goal 2: Read, comprehend and analyze increasingly complex texts and media produced for various audiences and purposes.
  • Transfer Goal 3: Engage in research and inquiry to analyze, integrate and present information, to investigate claims, and to solve problems.
  • Transfer Goal 4: Produce effective writing in which the development, organization and style are appropriate for various audiences and purposes.
  • Transfer Goal 5: Challenge, defend and/or qualify ideas effectively for  various audiences and purposes through writing and discussion.

Find more detailed course information, including information about AP and elective courses, through the High School Program of Studies.

Find more information about AP Courses here.

Maryland College and Career Ready Curriculum Framework Grades 9-12

Find more information about the Common Core State Standards here.
Find more information about PARCC here