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Course Descriptions - High School » English Department

English Department

ENGLISH DEPARTMENT
  • English 9 Literature and Composition English in the ninth grade primarily includes developing writing skills and processes, reading for comprehension and analysis, deconstructing poetry, short stories and identifying the literary devices. There will be several different types of compositions such as personal, descriptive, narratives, literary analysis, and learning how to write for essay tests. Grammar and vocabulary will be emphasized weekly in textual reading as well as through written means. We will also study several literary classics accentuating the themes, point of view, style, and purpose of the works.
  • English 9 Honors Literature and Composition English 9 Honors will focus primarily on creating a well-developed and concise essay using the writing processes as well as identifying and using literary devices to prepare for eventual access into the AP (Advanced Placement) program. AP ideas covered in class are designed to build on in succeeding years in the Honors/AP English program. Grammar will be studied as needed and vocabulary will be emphasized in textual reading and weekly/biweekly lessons. Students will also study in depth several literary classics, an epic poem, poetry, nonfiction, and short stories accentuating the themes and purpose that derive from the works.
  • English 10: Literature and Composition for 10th grade encompass various literary works and genres. By utilizing analytical reading, critical thinking, and research skills, students will present and support their thesis statements through both oral and written communication. Students will develop their writing skills as they explore the various genres studied throughout the year. Members of this class will be expected to accept the challenge of taking their work to the next level by engaging more challenging literature and poetry, and honing their written and verbal expression to demonstrate not only critical-thinking skills but an increased knowledge of grammar and vocabulary.
  • English 10 Honors Literature and Intermediate Composition will encompass various literary works and genres. By utilizing analytical reading, critical thinking, and research skills, students will present and support their statements through both oral and written communication. Students will develop their writing skills as the class explores the various genres studied throughout the year. Students will be encouraged to challenge themselves to add depth to their literary analysis. One layer of the class is to prepare each student for AP (Advanced Placement) English in the 11th grade; students will build on the Pre-AP curriculum presented, modeled, and assessed. Socratic seminars will be introduced, thought-provoking literature and poetry will be analyzed, and there will be an opportunity to hone their written and verbal expression to demonstrate an increased knowledge of grammar and vocabulary.
  • English 11: American Literature and Advanced Composition is based on American Literature and is designed to educate students in reading literature, composition, vocabulary, oral presentation, and critical thinking/writing skills. All literary analysis will be based on students’ reading of American Literature from various literary periods – novels, short stories, poetry, non-fiction and plays, and will be presented chronologically in order to build an awareness of past and present American customs and literature.
  • Advanced Placement English Language and Composition engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines and rhetorical contexts and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects as well as the way generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to the effectiveness of writing.
    • Students will demonstrate their progress in accomplishing these skills through extensive reading of a variety of works, with an emphasis on nonfiction and close reading; through diverse writing assignments including journaling, paragraphs, timed writing, formal essays, editorial writing and a research-based persuasive essay; and through oral and group presentations and debate, utilizing a variety media.
  • English 12: British Literature and Advanced Composition is a course designed to prepare students for college in the areas of literary studies, vocabulary, oral presentation, research, and writing. The course will begin with the Anglo-Saxon period and proceed through the major literary movements, ending the year with twentieth-century Modernism.
  • Advanced Placement Literature and Composition: AP English Literature and Composition is one of a pairing of capstone accelerated English courses. It has been designed to apply the skills acquired and developed in AP English Language and Composition to the study of Literature. The course will teach students how to read carefully and contemplate written texts, to express themselves precisely and logically through critical writing, to develop a personal sense of place within the literary tradition, and to acquire necessary skills that will maximize their capacity to pass the AP Examination. AP Literature is intended, in terms of work, to mimic a first-year college general education course (as any credit earned through success on the exam will apply to such a requirement), and the student’s commitment to an increased volume of work and a more rigorous grading rubric is assumed.