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English I A & B

Course Length:

Two one-semester courses (students must independently register for each semester)

Course Description:

Students will work with universal themes and archetypes throughout English I. They will continue to build their facility with rhetoric, the craft of using language in writing and speaking, and using classic literature, essays, and speeches as mentor texts.

The benchmarks in this course are mastery goals that students are expected to attain by the end of the year. To build mastery, students will continue to review and apply earlier grade-level benchmarks and expectations.


Should be prepared to read and write at a 9th-grade level.

Comprehensive Course Guide:

Required Materials:

  • Disk space on your computer as well as an external device to back up your files (flash drive, external hard drive, CD-Rom, etc.)

  • Research materials which are typically found online or at public and school libraries

  • Word processing and presentation software

  • All students will need to provide one of the following novels for segment one Journey to Identity Unit:

    • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

    • I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali and Delphine Minoui

    • Now Is the Time for Running by Michael Williams

    • The Red Umbrella by Christina Gonzalez

    • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs

    • Of Beetles and Angels: A Boy’s Remarkable Journey from a Refugee Camp to Harvard by Mawi Asgedom

    • In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

    • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

    • The Boy from Baby House 10 by Alan Philps and John Lahutsky

    • Tasting the Sky: Palestinian Childhood by Ibtisam Barakat

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: A semester available
Spring: B semester available
Local schools may count either semester for credit for either A or B semester.

Lead Teacher:

Lacy Svingen, Helena Public Schools,