2018 - 2019 MCPS High School Course Bulletin

English Language Arts and Reading

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Four credits in English are required for graduation: English 9, English 10, English 11 and English 12. Courses that satisfy theses requirements are described below: The goal of the English Language Arts program is to help students develop into literate, thoughtful communicators, capable of controlling language effectively as they negotiate an increasingly complex, information-rich world.  Aligned with the ELA Common Core State Standards, all English courses give students opportunities to refine specific skills and strategies in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing to prepare them for the literacy demands of college and careers. Studying a variety of texts that are diverse in terms of cultural perspectives, time periods, and ideas about the human experience, students use evidence and reasoning to write increasingly complex arguments, analyses, and narratives.  As they develop more nuanced perspectives, students appreciate literature and media as catalysts for inquiry and reflection, readying them to participate in a civil and democratic society.  


Four Credits in English are Required for Graduation

GRADE 9
English 9A and 9B OR
English 9A and 9B Honors

GRADE 10
English 10A and 10B OR
English 10A and 10B Honors

GRADE 11
English 11A and 11B OR
English 11A and 11B Honors OR
Advanced Placement English

GRADE 12
English 12A and 12B OR
English 12A and 12B Honors OR
Advanced Placement English


1015 /1016English Language and Composition, Advanced Placement, A/B
1017 /1018English Literature and Composition, Advanced Placement, A/B
1019 /0 Culture in Literature
1050 /0 African American Literature
1054 /0 GRAPHIC NOVL LIT
1060 /0 LITERACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE
1060 /0 LITERACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE
1130 /1135Creative Writing A/B
1139 /1140Academic Reading A/B
1142 /0 College Test Prep
1143 /0 Developmental Reading
1145 /0 Basic Reading
1150 /0 Journalism A: Editing, Gathering, and Reporting the News
1151 /0 Journalism B: Advanced News Writing and Paper Production
1152 /0 Techniques of Advanced Journalism
1153 /0 Publications Editing, Layout, and Business Management
1160 /1161Academic Reading A/B
1188 /0 College Prep Literacy
1189 /0 College Prep Literacy II
1190 /0 College Prep Literacy III
1191 /0 College Prep Literacy IV
1311 /1312English 9 A/B
1313 /1314English 9, Honors A/B
1321 /1322English 10 A/B
1323 /1324English 10, Honors A/B
1331 /1332English 11 A/B
1333 /1334English 11, Honors A/B
1341 /1342English 12 A/B
1343 /1344English 12, Honors A/B
1461 /0 Informative and Argumentative Speaking
1462 /0 Oral Interpretation and Media Study
2344 /0 Media in Society
6906 /0 Literature as Film
7860 /7862Television Production 1/2

International Baccalaureate (IB) English Courses

1022 /1023MCPSPIB English 9 A/B
1024 /1025MCPSPIB English 10 A/B
1026 /1027IB English Literature 1 A/B
1028 /1029IB English Literature 2 A/B
1030 /0 IB Extended Essay
1070 /1071IB English Language and Literature 1 A/B
1072 /1073IB English Language and Literature 2 A/B