English Courses Offered at SBJHS:
English/Language Arts (7th /8th)*
The English program is based on the California Common Core State Standards. Teachers give balanced attention to the following areas: fiction and non-fiction literature including short stories, novels, poetry, and plays. Writing domains include response to literature, persuasive, narrative, and research papers. Grammar, punctuation, spelling, oral language, and listening skills are also addressed.
*Also offered at Honors Level
ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
The English Language Learner (EL) strand of the English Department is designed for students who have not achieved grade-level proficiency in English to become fluent in reading, writing, and oral English, with the goal of a successful transition from the English Language Development (ELD) program into college prep grade-level courses or honors.
System 44 (7th/8th)
The System 44 level of the READ 180 program is for students at a beginning language literacy level and focuses on phonemic awareness and phonics. It is a systematic language development program and teaches students reading fundamentals, including high-frequency words, phonics, word structure, decoding strategies, and comprehension.
READ 180 (7th/8th)
READ 180 is designed to strengthen reading, writing, and language through skill mastery in text structures, reading comprehension, and the use of academic language in speaking and writing.
English 3D (7th/8th):
English 3D is a small English support class. The course employs high-interest, nonfiction texts to provoke critical thinking and class discussion. The readings also provide a platform for regular written assignments including summaries, justifications, arguments, and research reports. Students in English 3D receive explicit, direct instruction in vocabulary development and language usage. Academic discussion is an important focus of the class and students are given daily collaborative opportunities in one-on-one, small group, and whole-class settings with the aim of building academic confidence and proficiency.
Journalism - Elective Course
Journalism (7th/8th): Is a seventh and eighth grade elective course providing experience and training in online school newspaper (condorpress.org) and yearbook publication (The Torchbearer). Students prepare an online school newspaper for the student body and help with the yearbook production. Students also do creative writing, write articles, and conduct interviews.
Teacher English, Special Education