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ENGLISH 9 HONORS: Foundations of English Literature 
Course #211 Level: 1 Credit: 1
Open to: Freshmen

Prerequisite: Previous grade school record and testing results
This course introduces students to the foundations of English literature, beginning with Greek, Roman and Norse mythology and proceeds to explore the historical and linguistic origins of the English language through literature of the Old English and Middle English time periods. Students learn the foundations of academic writing, including the basic grammar necessary for academic composition and the rules governing attribution and citation in MLA and APA formats. Students should expect to read extensively and independently in preparation for every class; they must be prepared for discussions and assessments to evaluate their preparedness and comprehens
 
ENGLISH 9 CP-A: Foundations of English Literature 
Course #212 Level: 2 Credit: 1
Required of: Freshmen

Prerequisite: Previous grade school record and testing results
This course introduces students to the foundations of English literature, beginning with Greek, Roman and Norse mythology and ending with Elizabethan literature. The course proceeds to explore the historical and linguistic origins of the English language through literature of the Old English, Middle English and Elizabethan time periods. Students learn the foundations of academic writing, including the basic grammar necessary for academic composition and the rules governing attribution and citation in MLA format. Students should expect to read moderate passages in preparation for every class; they must be prepared for discussions and assessments to evaluate their preparedness and comprehension.
 
AP LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION 
Course #240 Level: AP Credit: 1
Open to: Sophomores
Prerequisite: (88% average in ENG 9 Honors, 95% average in ENG 9 CP, or with teacher evaluation)

This sophomore year English course adheres to the requirements of the College Board Advanced Placement Program. Students engage in the analytical reading of literature and non-fiction articles and essays from a variety of historical and cultural perspectives on a variety of themes and topics. Students learn to develop skills for college level academic writing and persuasive professional writing as they prepare for the national AP English Language and Composition Exam.  In addition to bolstering writing skills, this course also focuses on acquisition of vocabulary and test-taking skills for SAT preparation. Students are expected to read extensively and independently in preparation for coursework.

AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION 
Course #241 Level: AP Credit:1
Open to: Juniors and Seniors (per approval/request)
Prerequisite: (86% average in AP Language and Composition, 90% average in ENG 10 Honors & writing sample, 95% average in ENG 10 CP & writing sample, or with teacher evaluation)

This full year course follows the syllabus of the College Board AP English Literature Program. Students engage in the analytical reading of major literary works of Western culture, particularly British and American, 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. Students can expect to read extensively and independently with an emphasis placed on close reading and annotation. In this writing-intensive course, students can also expect to write regularly in response to the reading, focusing on the composition of literary analysis. Limited Enrollment.

ENGLISH 10 HONORS: Literature on Society 
Course #221 Level: 1 Credit: 1
Open to: Sophomores
Prerequisite: (82% average in ENG 9 Honors, 93% in English CP-A, or with teacher evaluation)

This course challenges students to analyze and critique pieces of literature that focus on the importance of language and words within society. Students focus primarily on modern texts including Night, Fahrenheit 451, and The Book Thief, but they will also incorporate poems and short stories from various time periods as well as Shakespearean plays and criticism in their studies. The Honors course emphasizes independent literary analysis focused on the author’s techniques and pushes students to engage in high-level classroom discourse as guided by the instructor. While grammar and structure are reinforced, students should have a developed sense of voice in writing. Students should expect to read extensively in preparation for their coursework.
 
ENGLISH 10 CP-A: Literature on Society 
Course #222 Level: 2 Credit: 1
Required of: Sophomores
Prerequisite: Completion of Freshman English

This course challenges students to analyze and critique pieces of literature that focus on the importance of language and words within society. Students focus primarily on modern texts including Night, Fahrenheit 451, and The Book Thief, but they will also incorporate poems and short stories from various time periods as well as Shakespearean plays and criticism in their studies. The CP-A course introduces strategies for annotation, emphasizes grammar and form in writing, and calls for students to construct thesis driven essays with supportive evidence from the text. Students should expect to read moderate passages in preparation for every class; they must be prepared for discussions and assessments to evaluate their preparedness and comprehension.
 
ENGLISH 11 HONORS: American Literature 
Course #231 Level: 1 Credit: 1
Open to: Juniors
Prerequisite: (80% average in AP Language and Composition, 82% average in ENG 10 Honors, 93% average in ENG 10 CP, or with teacher evaluation)

This course examines the development of American literature from the nineteenth century to the present through various works of prose, poetry, and drama by American authors including Hawthorne,
Emerson, Thoreau, Fitzgerald, Wilson, Hemingway, and Williams, among others.  Students will explore American writers’ treatment of various themes, including the American Dream, across genres and literary periods. Students can expect to read extensively and independently with an emphasis placed on close reading and annotating. They can also expect to write regularly in class in response to their reading. Students will compose literary analysis and argumentative essays each quarter. The course includes PSAT and SAT preparation through vocabulary study and extensive training in the development of rhetorical strategies of composition.
 
ENGLISH 11 CP: American Literature 
Required of: Juniors
Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English

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. Additional attention is given to close-reading, exploring alternative means of responding to literature, as well as finding real-world applications of literature studied. Students should expect to read moderate passages in preparation for every class; they must be prepared for discussions and assessments to evaluate their preparedness and comprehension.
 
ECE SEMINAR IN WRITING THROUGH LITERATURE (ENGL1011)
Course #245 Level: AP Credit: 1
Open to: (82% average in AP Literature and Composition, 88% average in ENG 11 Honors & writing sample, 95% average in ENG 11 CP & writing sample, or with teacher evaluation)

This seminar-style class is offered under the auspices of the Early College Experience at the University of Connecticut and gives students a college-level academic experience, where college credit is awarded to students who successfully achieve the benchmark provided by each assessment. At its core, the course offers instruction in academic writing through literary reading with a special emphasis on critical methodology. Assignments emphasize interpretation argumentation and reflection as students build a vocabulary conducive to literary scholarship, so students will produce publishable scholarly articles by year’s end. Instruction in MLA-style formatting, citations, and research guidelines is also provided as a means of promoting this objective. Students should expect to read extensively and independently in order to foster collegiate level discourse within the classroom. Assessment methods and degree of day-to-day preparation expected of students emulate those of a university classroom experience.
 
ENGLISH 12 HONORS: British & Western Literature 
Course #242 Level: 1 Credit: 1
Open to: Senior Honor Students
Prerequisite: (80% average in AP Literature and Composition, 82% average in ENG 11 Honors, 93% average in ENG 11 CP, or with teacher evaluation)

In addition to learning to write clear and specific narrative compositions for college admissions essays, students will learn about the historical events underlying the origins Old English, Middle English and modern English through the most significant literary works of those respective eras. To this end, students will read modern translations of literature including Beowulf, Everyman, and The Canterbury Tales with exposure to the original texts. Students will read and study English translations of various western classics from Europe, including Sir Thomas Malroy’s Le Morte D’Arthur, and Miguel de Cervantes Don Quixote. Students will study the drama and poetry of William Shakespeare and the poets and novelists from the romantic and modern eras of western literature, including William Wordsworth, William Blake, and Mary Shelley (Frankenstein). The composition of literary analysis is emphasized in order to prepare students for college courses in literature and academic writing in general. Students in this course should expect to read extensively and independently in preparation for class discussions and assessments that emulate collegiate level discourse. Please note that the literature selections in this course are subject to change in the Fall of 2022 to avoid repetition for the current class of 2023.
 
ENGLISH 12 CP-A: WORLD LITERATURE 
Course #243 Level: 2 Credit: 1
Open to: Seniors
Prerequisite: Completion of a Junior English

In addition to learning to write clear and specific narrative compositions for college admissions essays, students will learn about the historical events underlying the origins Old English, Middle English and modern English through the most significant literary works of those respective eras. This full year course exposes students to a survey of literature ranging from Sophocles to Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” and gives students an understanding of this literature as it relates to universal themes. The study of poetry, vocabulary, and composition is also emphasized. Students should expect to read moderate passages in preparation for every class; they must be prepared for discussions and assessments to evaluate their preparedness and comprehension.