English

ENGLISH 9 HONORS
Course #211 Level: 1 Credit: 1
Open to: Freshmen
Prerequisite: 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-A
Course #212 Level: 2 Credit: 1
Required of: Freshmen
Prerequisite: 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.

AP LANGUAGE and COMPOSITION
Course #240 Level: AP Credit: 1
Open to: Sophomores with a recommendation from their current English Teacher
Prerequisite: Signature of present English teacher

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 Language Composition Exam in May. In addition to bolstering writing skills, this course also focuses on acquisition of vocabulary and test-taking skills for SAT preparation.

ENGLISH 10 HONORS
Course #221 Level: 1 Credit: 1

Open to: Sophomores
Prerequisite: 80% in English 9 Honors or 90% 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-A
Course #222 Level: 2 Credit: 1
Required of: Sophomores
Prerequisite: 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 HONORS
Course #231 Level: 1 Credit: 1
Open to: Juniors
Prerequisite: 80% average in English 10 Honors or 90% 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-A
Course #232 Level: 2 Credit: 1
Required of: Juniors
Prerequisite: 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 ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION
Course #241 Level: AP Credit: 1
Open to: Junior and Senior students with recommendation from their current English teacher
Prerequisite: Signature of present English 11 Honors/AP or 10 Honors/AP teacher

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 LITERATURE
Course #242 Level: 1 Credit: 1
Open to: Senior Honor Students
Prerequisite: 90% average in English CP or a 85% average in English 11 Honors; recommendation of present English 11 teacher

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 Beowulf, Everyman and the Canterbury Tales and will also be exposed 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, Chretien de Troyes Perceval, 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 Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The composition of literary analysis is emphasized in order to prepare students for college courses in literature.

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.

ECE SEMINAR IN WRITING THROUGH LITERATURE
Course #245 Level: AP Credit: 1
Open to: Seniors

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.

EFFECTIVE WRITING / 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
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 student’s essays. Excellent for standardized test preparation, general review or skill building. This course does not satisfy English requirements for graduation.

JOURNALISM
Cou
rse #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 lessons as well. Student should be considered a strong and confident writer to be eligible for this course.

CREATIVE WRITING
Course #251 Fall Level: 2 Credit: 1/2
Course #252 Spring
Open to: Juniors and Seniors
Prerequisite: 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.