Welcome to the English Department at Moreau Catholic! The department offers a variety of classes at the college preparatory, honors and Advanced Placement levels. Each course trains students in the core skills of critical reading, critical thinking, critical writing, and effective oral expression – the cornerstones of a lifetime of independent learning.

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In the interest of affording all students the opportunity to develop these competencies while exploring an area of their interest, the department offers a variety of elective courses that explore specific ideas, tastes, and voices in our world. The department has a number of such offerings, including World and Ethnic literatures, Science Fiction and Women’s literature, Great Books, Shakespeare, and Myth and Folklore.

In addition to its focus on the core skills, each course offered by the department (excluding Journalism) includes a component of sustained silent reading, so that students may cultivate, over time, their own literary tastes and interests. Each course also features a research paper or project, designed so that students can learn and apply skills in the field of information literacy necessary to their success in college and beyond.

In the 2016-17 school year, Moreau Catholic adopted an increased emphasis on non-fiction reading and writing skills, in consultation with the Expository Reading and Writing Curriculum (ERWC), designed by CSU and high school instructors in a cooperative effort to articulate and bridge the critical reading and writing skills from high school to college. Read more about the ERWC Writing Program from Department Chair Samantha Wainwright in our Winter 2018 issue of The Vector.

Expected Department Learning Results

In alignment with the English Language Arts California Common Core State Standards, the English Department places a consistent emphasis on the development of core Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening skills throughout the diversity of courses offered:

Expected Department Learning Results, Grades 9-12 

Department Members

Samantha Wainwright (Chair), Dave Baptist, Anna Brown, Jonathan BurnsMorgan DerbyDave Prisk, Rick Spinelli, Cheryl Steeb, and Andy Ward

English Courses

MCHS requires 40 units of English.*
All courses meet the UC “b” requirement unless otherwise noted.

*(1 semester = 5 units)