• LANGUAGE ARTS REQUIRED COURSES
     
     
         Four years (20 credits) of language arts courses are required for graduation, and the courses below meet these state requirements. Each course exposes students to a wide range of literature and non-fiction texts.

     
    HONORS ENGLISH 9 (110)   5 credits - 1 year                                                                                                            Grade 9

    Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation, writing samples, average grade of B+ in Honors Language Arts 8, or A- in regular Language Arts 8, and completion of the summer reading project.

     

    This course is the first in a sequence of three college-bound honors courses, including the opportunity for Advanced Placement courses in both junior and senior year. Honors students are challenged in every aspect of language arts: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. They are required to read difficult works of literature, develop a higher level of thinking skills, expand their vocabulary, improve their grammar and use of language, deliver both formal and informal speeches, and write in a variety of forms. Students will also complete a formal research paper. 

     

    ENRICHED ENGLISH 9 (111)   5 credits - 1 year                                                                                                      Grade 9

    Prerequisites: Language Arts 8, writing samples, teacher recommendation.

     

    This is the first in a four year sequence of college bound courses intended to help students develop the skills necessary to achieve success in high school and college English studies. The Enriched level student works at a faster pace with more complex works than his/her counterpart in English 9. The course covers a variety of genres - the short story, poetry, drama, and the novel - while focusing on one universal theme: Coming of Age. 

     

    ENGLISH 9 (112)   5 credits - 1 year                                                                                                                              Grade 9

    Prerequisites: Language Arts 8, teacher recommendation.

     

    This is the first in a four year sequence of college bound courses intended to help students develop the skills necessary to achieve success in high school, and ultimately in their post-graduate pursuits.  The course covers a variety of genres - the short story, poetry, drama, and the novel - while focusing on one universal theme: Coming of Age. 

                   

    HONORS ENGLISH 10 (120)   5 credits - 1 year                                                                                                        Grade 10

    Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation, writing samples, final grade of B in Honors English 9 or an A in Enriched English 9.

     

    Honors English 10 is the second course in a sequence designed to link traditional English classes to Advanced Placement classes. Students in this course are expected to demonstrate superior performance in reading comprehension, written composition, and study skills. The course combines a chronological and thematic approach to the study of American literature and roughly aligns with the US History I class, also taken during the sophomore year. Students will trace the evolution of the American Dream and identify how this theme emerges in the major periods: Colonial, Revolutionary/Early National Years, Romantic, Regionalism, Realism, Modern and Contemporary Literature. Students will be expected to demonstrate superior reading, analytical, and writing skills. They will read complex literature, expand their vocabulary, and develop their critical thinking skills.

     

    ENRICHED ENGLISH 10 (121)   5 credits - 1 year                                                                                                   Grade 10

    Prerequisites: English 9, writing samples, teacher recommendation.

     

    This is the second in a sequence of four English classes.  Sophomore students study both classic and contemporary American works to broaden and refine the language tools they need to navigate 21st century discourse.  The Enriched level student works at a faster pace with more complex works than his/her counterpart in English 10.  The course combines a chronological and thematic approach to the study of American literature and roughly aligns with the US History I class, also taken during the sophomore year.

     

    ENGLISH 10 (122)   5 credits - 1 year                                                                                                                           Grade 10

    Prerequisites: English 9, teacher recommendation.

     

    This is the second in a sequence of three English honors classes. The course combines a chronological and thematic approach to the study of American literature and roughly aligns with the US History I class, also taken during the sophomore year. Students will trace the evolution of the American Dream and identify how this theme emerges in the major periods: Colonial, Revolutionary/Early National Years, Romantic, Regionalism, Realism, Modern and Contemporary Literature.

     

    HONORS ENGLISH 11 (130)    5 credits – 1 year                                                                                                      Grade 11

    Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation, writing samples, final grade of B in Honors English 10 or an A in Enriched English 10.

     

    Honors English 11 is the third course in a sequence designed to link traditional English classes to Advanced Placement classes. Students in this course are expected to demonstrate superior performance in reading comprehension, written composition, and study skills.  Like the other English 11 courses, the course will provide students with a sense of how British literature captures (through both comedy and tragedy) human reaction to social injustice, the pleasures and pains of love, and man’s enduring struggle to remain true to himself despite the overwhelming pressures of society.  Special attention will be paid to the evolution of poetry, drama, and fiction.  Works of classic authors Chaucer, Shakespeare, Swift, Bronte, Austen, and Hardy, as well as contemporary authors will be among those explored.  Students will be expected to develop an appreciation for sharing insights and perceptions into those works in discussion groups.  Writing assignments will stem from the literature and will include formal literary analysis, expressive and creative writing.       

     

    ENRICHED ENGLISH 11 (131)   5 credits – 1 year                                                                                                  Grade 11

    Prerequisites: English 10, Teacher recommendation, writing samples.

     

    Junior year English is designed to give students a sense of how British literature captures (through both comedy and tragedy) human reaction to social injustice, the pleasures and pains of love, and man’s enduring struggle to remain true to himself despite the overwhelming pressures of society. Works of classic authors such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Swift, and Austen, as well as contemporary authors will be among those explored.  In composition, students are asked to solidify the process of prewriting, composing, revising and editing begun during the freshman and sophomore years.  A research project is required.  This course provides reinforcement of reading, writing, vocabulary, and grammar skills that will aid students in preparing for the HSPA, the SAT, and entry level college composition courses.

     

    ENGLISH 11 (132)    5 credits – 1 year                                                                                                                         Grade 11

    Prerequisites: English 10, Teacher recommendation

     

    Junior year English is designed to give students a sense of how British literature captures (through both comedy and tragedy) human reaction to social injustice, the pleasures and pains of love, and man’s enduring struggle to remain true to himself despite the overwhelming pressures of society.  Works of classic authors such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Orwell, as well as contemporary authors will be among those explored.  In composition, students are asked to solidify the process of prewriting, composing, revising and editing that they have practiced during the freshman and sophomore years.  A research project is required. This course provides reinforcement of reading, writing, vocabulary, and grammar skills that will aid students in preparing for the HSPA, the SAT, and entry level college composition courses.
     

    ENGLISH 12: SENIOR SEMINAR (146)   5 credits - 1 year                                                                                    Grade 12

    Prerequisites: English 11, teacher recommendation.

     

    Senior Seminar is designed to help students prepare for college or the work place. This course focuses primarily, but not exclusively, on American literature with thematic connections to other classical and contemporary works included throughout. Activities, divided into a series of about 4-6 week units that address a particular theme, such as love, war, madness, marriage, etc., will offer developmental and/or remedial work to match the student’s individual needs. Through reading and discussion, research and analysis, the student will become aware of major literary themes, will gain insight about the works and will develop an understanding of the components of literature and the techniques used by prominent authors. Additionally, the study and practice of various forms of written communication will emphasize appropriate vocabulary, grammar usage, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development.

                                                                                                                                                                   

    CREATIVE WRITING (156)   2.5 credits - 1 semester                                                                                              Grade 12

    Prerequisites: Enriched English 11, writing sample, teacher recommendation.

     

    This course can be taken in conjunction with Contemporary Humanities (for 12th grade students) as a year of English or may be taken independently as an elective (for 11th or 12th grade students). Creative Writing teaches the students to turn the events of their lives into poetry, personal narratives, short stories and a one-act script. Students will study specific techniques of these four types of writings, completing practice writings. They must generate their own ideas, based on their lives and experiences, but they will also be given professional models as well as models from other student publications, such as Glyphs. Students will move through four stages in their writing: prewriting, drafting, revising/editing and publishing. All major assignments will be shared in small peer groups and/or with the entire class. Students will maintain a writer’s portfolio. Creative Writing is a class for students who are both inner-directed and outwardly-observant, or for those who wish to develop these qualities.

     

    CONTEMPORARY HUMANITIES (157)   2.5 credits - 1 semester                                                                       Grade 12

    Prerequisites: Enriched English 11, writing samples, teacher recommendation.

     

    This course can be taken in conjunction with Creative Writing, Public Speaking or Science Fiction and Fantasy (for 12th grade students) as a year of English or may be taken independently as an elective (for 11th or 12th grade students). The course of study uses American and European literature as it has evolved in the 19th, 20th, and 21st  centuries in conjunction with the visual arts to reflect the culture and to relate the dramatic changes in these artistic forms to shifts in Western artists. Its thesis is that the arts reflect the culture, and an attempt is made to relate the dramatic changes in these artistic forms to shifts in Western artists’ perceptions of the world and themselves. Exercises in writing, note-taking, discussion, recognition and analysis of paintings and sculpture are all drawn from representative examples of the arts. Independent research skills are strengthened and reemphasized through assignments and field trips to local museums and other cultural destinations. The completion of four major assessments analyzing significant intellectual, literary and artistic movements are required.

     

    SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY (160)   2.5 credits - 1 semester                                                    Grades 11 - 12

    Prerequisites: Enriched English 11, writing samples, teacher recommendation.

     

    This course can be taken in conjunction with Contemporary Humanities (for 12th grade students) as a year of English or may be taken independently as an elective (for 11th or 12th grade students). Science Fiction/Fantasy looks at a variety of contemporary science fiction and fantasy works, not as mere escapist entertainment, but as prophetic social commentary. The class will identify and explore common themes and techniques in the works studied. Students will exercise their writing, note-taking, discussion, and vocabulary and reading skills. There is a classroom library for extended reading and research. As a final class unit, each student submits a paper based on the works of authors covered in our class.
     

    PUBLIC SPEAKING (176) 2.5 credits - 1 semester                                                                                    Grade 12

    Prerequisites: Enriched English 11, writing samples, teacher recommendation.

     

    This course can be taken in conjunction with Contemporary Humanities (for 12th grade students) as a year of English or may be taken independently as an elective (for 11th or 12th grade students). In Public Speaking, students will analyze and evaluate speeches delivered in a variety of time periods and contexts by figures such as Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Queen Elizabeth, Anna Quindlan, and Steve Jobs, as well as write, prepare, deliver, and evaluate three types of speeches: persuasive, informative and special occasion. They will learn how to effectively employ a wide range of rhetorical strategies, including researched information and visuals such as PowerPoint, to fulfill varied purposes and to address audiences with differing attitudes toward the subject matter.  Students will write and deliver their own formal speeches.  They will generate their own topics, write several drafts, practice, and finally deliver polished speeches for an audience.