ENGLISH 9 HONORSCourse #211 Level: 1 Credit: 1Open to: FreshmenPrerequisite: Previous grade school record and testing results
This course explores various genres (story, drama, poetry), deepens students’ understanding of classical mythology and overall appreciation for literature; develops vocabulary and grammar skills; increases proficiency in speaking and writing; and encourages questioning, creative thinking and expression.
ENGLISH 9 CP-ACourse #212 Level: 2 Credit: 1Required of: FreshmenPrerequisite: Previous grade school record and testing results
This course introduces students to various genres of Western literature, such as the short story, drama, and poetry. Reading and responding to literature will be emphasized, and students will also spend time studying grammar and vocabulary in order to enhance their ability to reason and communicate effectively in writing.
ENGLISH 9 CPCourse #213 Level: 3 Credit: 1Required of: All Freshmen whose language skill scores are below grade levelPrerequisite: Previous grade school record and testing results
This course is designed to help those students whose entrance examination scores reflect the need for intensive work in language study. Emphasis is given to the study of the basic elements of grammar, composition, sentence structure and literature.
ENGLISH SKILLS PROGRAMCourse #214 Level: 3 Credit: 1Required of: All Freshmen whose language skill scores are below grade level
This course is designed to build competence in reading comprehension and writing skills. Emphasis will be given to the development of organization and comprehension skills as well as the development of an organized technology motivated writing program. Students registered for this course must also be enrolled in English 9 (Course# 213) since the class content of both courses is coordinated.
ENGLISH 10 HONORS
Course #221 Level: 1 Credit: 1
Open to: Sophomores
Prerequisite: 85% in English 9 Honors or 93% in English CP-A; signature of present English 9 teacher
This course challenges students to analyze and critique their reading material in order to gain a greater appreciation of literature and to sharpen their reading skills. Genres include novel, novella, play, short story, and poetry. In addition to reading, students will continue to hone their grammar, writing, and vocabulary skills with an eye to improving their command of the English language.
ENGLISH 10 CP-ACourse #222 Level: 2 Credit: 1Required of: SophomoresPrerequisite: Recommendation of English 9 teacher
This course introduces students to various poems, short stories, novels and plays from around the world and throughout history. Universal elements of literature will be studied, and students will also build their vocabularies and develop grammar skills as part of the study of formal academic composition. This course will develop English language skills presented in the ninth grade. In addition, students will examine literature in its four basic forms: short story, poetry, novel and drama.
ENGLISH 11 HONORSCourse #231 Level: 1 Credit: 1Open to: JuniorsPrerequisite: 85% average in English 10 Honors or 93% in English CP; signature of present English 10 teacher
This course examines works of prose, poetry, and drama by selected American authors, including Hawthorne, Emerson, Dickinson, Whitman, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and others. Students will study the development of American literature from the nineteenth century to the present in order to explore different writers’ treatments of recurring themes, most notably The American Dream. The course includes PSAT and SAT preparation through vocabulary study, extensive training in rhetorical techniques of composition, and step by step instruction in the skills of writing a research paper.
ENGLISH 11 CP-ACourse #232 Level: 2 Credit: 1Required of: JuniorsPrerequisite: Recommendation of English 10 teacher
This survey course challenges students to explore all facets of American literature from Native American myths to contemporary American literature. The course includes PSAT and SAT preparation through vocabulary study, extensive training in rhetorical techniques of composition, and step by step instruction in the skills of writing a research paper.
AP LANGUAGE and COMPOSITIONCourse #240 Level: AP Credit: 1Open to: Juniors and any Senior with a recommendation from an English TeacherPrerequisite: Signature of present English teacher and submission of the candidate's writing sample
This full year course adheres to the requirements of the College Board Advanced Placement Program. Students engage in the analytical reading of major literary works of Western culture in order to sharpen their awareness of language, develop critical standards, increase their sensitivity to literature, and prepare for the AP test in May. In addition to composition, this course includes continued SAT preparation through vocabulary study. This course does not satisfy English requirements for graduation.
AP ENGLISHCourse #241 Level: AP Credit: 1Open to: Senior Honor studentsPrerequisite: Signature of present English 11 Honors teacher and submission of the candidate's writing sample
This full year course follows the syllabus of the College Board AP Program. Students engage in the analytical reading of major literary works of Western culture in order to sharpen their awareness of language, develop critical standards, increase their sensitivity to literature as a shared experience and prepare for the AP test in May. Limited Enrollment.
ENGLISH 12 HONORS - BRITISH & WESTERN LITERATURECourse #242 Level: 1 Credit: 1Open to: Senior Honor StudentsPrerequisite: 93% average in English CP or a 85% average in English 11 Honors; recommendation of present English 11 teacher
This course focuses on the development of English and Western literature by examining representative writers: Sophocles, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Shelley, Bronte. Students will examine the ethical and cultural elements of a society as presented through its literature. Students will be encouraged to support their thinking, whether oral or written, by citing experiential and textual evidence. Much of the work will be done in collaborative learning groups and seminars.This course will continue vocabulary study, SAT preparation, and effective communication.
ENGLISH 12 CP - BRITISH & WESTERN LITERATURECourse #243 Level: 2 Credit: 1Open to: SeniorsPrerequisite: Completion of a course in American Literature
This full year course exposes students to a survey of some of the major works and authors of British and Western Literature and gives students an understanding of this literature as it relates to universal themes. The study of grammar, vocabulary and composition is also emphasized. SAT preparation is included.
EFFECTIVE WRITING 1 / WRITING RUDIMENTSCourse #234 Fall Level:2 Credit:1/2Open to: All Juniors and SeniorsPrerequisite: Signature of English teacher
Students in this course will develop basic writing skills to enhance their work in all classes. The focus will be on sentence structure, development of paragraphs, grammar and punctuation. The practice of these skills will culminate in a focus on essay writing as a means of communication and expression of ideas, both personal and academic.This course is designed to provide guidance and direction to those who struggle with writing or would like to master fundamentals.
EFFECTIVE WRITING 2 / ESSAY COMPOSITION
Course #237 Fall Level:2 Credit:1/2
Course #238 Spring
Open to: Juniors and Seniors
Prerequisite: English 10 CP-A or Honors; or completion of Effective Writing 1 with 80% average
Students engage in this process-oriented course that helps them master the full-range rhetorical strategies they need for successful college writing. The emphasis will be on writing clear, concise expository, analytical and persuasive essays across the curriculum. Practical tips will help to improve the style, content and sophistication of the stduent's essays. Excellent for standardized test preparation, general review or skill building. This course does not satisfy English requirements for graduation.
Course #247 Level: 2 Credit: 1
Open to: Juniors and Seniors
Prerequisite: Signature of English teacher and approved submission of student's writing sample
Journalism is a full year course which focuses on practical news writing skills. The objective is to publish a school newspaper a few times throughout the school year. Its focus will be the teaching of news story writing, sports writing, editorial writing, reviewing and interviewing. Photography, illustration and editing will be incorporated into the lessions as well. Student should be considered a strong and confident writer to be eligible for this course.
CREATIVE WRITINGCourse #251 Fall Level: 2 Credit: 1/2Course #252 SpringOpen to: Juniors and SeniorsPrerequisite: Signature of English teacher
The student creates his/her own literature by channeling feelings and experiences into polished pieces of writing. He/she learns how to begin writing a poem, a short story and a play. Representative examples from each genre are studied, including works by accomplished writers. This course does not satisfy English requirements for graduation. Limited enrollment.