Course Offerings

English I   Grade 9 

EN 0101 Level 1    1.00 credit  

EN 0102 Level 2 

English I is a comprehensive English course that focuses on reading, researching, writing, analyzing, speaking and language skills.  Students are expected to actively engage in the learning process both collaboratively and independently. Students will read and comprehend a wide variety of literary forms including short stories, nonfiction, poetry, drama, and novels, using spoken and visual texts. The study of language targets usage, mechanics, and strategies for vocabulary development integrated into literature and composition components.  English I is designed to build on the essential academic skills that will support students’ success in high school and build future pathways to post high school and higher education.


EN 0025 Comparative History and Literature (CHAL) Honors

Grade 9  1.00 credit 

Prerequisites – It is recommended that students will have performed at a "B" or better average and have a teacher recommendation from their previous class. 

This course uses a cooperative, interdisciplinary model that will encourage cultural and experiential reference points, and worldview in the process of learning.  Students will explore a variety of peoples, events, and movements in world history with a focus on fiction and nonfiction writing as a means to investigate differing perspectives and personal experiences.  Students are required to write several papers, complete independent readings and research, and utilize key terms and vocabulary throughout the course.  This course meets both the English and Social Studies required. Students will receive 1 credit of English and 1 credit of Social Studies.


EN 400 Genres in American Literature

Grade 9, 10 2.00 credits 

Focuses on an in depth study of the different genres used by American writers throughout history and during the modern era. Students will study the play, the novel, the memoir, the short story, the vignette and the poem. This is part of the course sequence in the PACE program. 


EN 001 ESL – Beginning Reading and Writing 

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 1.00 credit 

This is a Basic English course for speakers of other languages who have little or no knowledge of English.  Vocabulary and basic structures are learned, simple reading selections are introduced and written exercises are done on a daily basis.  All exercises are reinforced by oral practice.   




EN 0028 Digital Media and Journalism

Grade 9, 10, 11, 12 1.00 credits 

In today’s society we get our news through newspapers, magazines, television, radio, social media, podcasts and media sites that manage to incorporate several of these platforms all in one place. This course will help students create their own content for this multi-media age. Students will start by learning the fundamentals of creating a news story (picking intriguing story angles, conducting interviews and crafting compelling and error-free pieces of journalism). Students will then work with their classmates to produce their stories in a variety of ways, enhancing written stories through the use of videography, photography and social media. Students will become adept at identifying trustworthy sources, peer-collaborating and working under deadline pressure. This course is open to any student who loves storytelling in a variety of ways.  Meets the English IV requirement.


English II   Grade 10 

EN 0201 – Level 1   1.00 credit 

EN 0202 – Level 2 

Prerequisite – The successful completion of English I (may be taken concurrently with English I, if English I not passed.) 

English II is a comprehensive English course that focuses on reading, researching, writing, analyzing, speaking and language skills.  Students are expected to actively engage in the learning process both collaboratively and independently. Students will read and comprehend a wide variety of literary forms including short stories, nonfiction, poetry, drama, and novels, using spoken and visual texts. The study of language targets usage, mechanics, and strategies for vocabulary development integrated into literature and composition components.  English II is designed to build on the essential academic skills that will support students’ success in high school and build future pathways to post high school and higher education while building on skills from previous English courses.

 

EN 0041 Images of America – Honors                                      

Grade 10                           1.00 credit 

Prerequisites – It is recommended that students will have performed at a "B" or better average and have a teacher recommendation from their previous class. 

This course will cover selected material from the English II curriculum as well as considerable outside reading assignments.  It provides an extensive examination of American literature and composition.  Students electing the course must be willing to write several papers and do a great deal of reading.  The course will seek to trace the development of American life from the pre-colonial period to the present day through literature, art, music, and architecture. 


EN 0067 Advanced Digital Media and Journalism

Grade 10, 11, 12 1.00 credit

This class will be the news hub of West Haven High School. Students will produce stories, videos, photo galleries and podcasts for our student-news site, whhsnews.com.  The course requires students who are self-starters and can find and produce stories our community will want to read. The class will also be in charge of producing a weekly newsletter that will be sent to parents. Students will collaborate on projects and will edit each other's work. Prerequisites: grade of A or B in Digital Media and Journalism I; interview by course teacher; approval by course teacher, English department head and principal. Possibility of Quinnipiac partnership for students to earn 3 credits ($150). 

 

English III       Grade 11 

EN 0301 – Level 1       1.00 credit  

EN 0302 – Level 2 

Prerequisite – The successful completion of English II (may be taken concurrently with English I or II  if not previously passed.) 

English III is a comprehensive English course that focuses on reading, researching, writing, analyzing, speaking and language skills.  Students are expected to actively engage in the learning process both collaboratively and independently. Students will read and comprehend a wide variety of literary forms including short stories, nonfiction, poetry, drama and novels, using spoken and visual texts. The study of language targets usage, mechanics, and strategies for vocabulary development integrated into literature and composition components.  English III is designed to build on the essential academic skills that will support students’ success in high school and build future pathways to post high school and higher education while building on skills from previous English courses.


EN 0030 Masterpieces of British Literature –Honors 

Grade 11 1.00 credit 

Prerequisites – It is recommended that students will have performed at a "B" or better average and  have a teacher recommendation from their previous class.

This course explores the development of British literature from its beginnings in the Anglo-Saxon period through the Middle Ages and Elizabethan Age including such works as Beowulf, Canterbury Tales, Othello and Macbeth, and Shakespearean sonnets.  The study of British literature examines major works of outstanding poets from the metaphysical school of writing through the restoration and neoclassical periods into the Romantic, Victorian, and Modern periods.  Work studied will include Paradise Lost, 

Gulliver’s Travels or Through the Looking Glass, A Tale of Two Cities, and Lord of the Flies. 


EN 0064 Advanced Writer’s Workshop for the Writing Coach

Grade 11, 12 1.00 credits 

Prerequisites – recommendation from current English Teacher and meeting with Course Instructor

This course will be two fold. It will introduce collaborative, student-centered learning to tutors as well as include the study of best practices in writing. Students will study the writing process, engage in readings about the theory and practice of effective tutoring, and conduct mock tutoring sessions in preparation for actual coaching sessions. Students will also engage in the writing process by honing their own reading and writing skills in the creation of multiple pieces.  Students will spend time in a classroom setting as well as be scheduled for one-on-one tutoring appointments, monitor the writing center, and push into classrooms.


EN 0063 True Crime- Cohort Only

Grade 11, 12 1.00 Credit

The purpose of this class is to read about, listen to, view and discuss true crime stories. We will examine stories about criminals, victims, trials and investigations from history and from current cases. We will explore cases that exemplify miscarriage of justice; we will examine due process and the trial system; we will research unsolved murders and investigate the psychological profile of psychopaths. Students will complete research assignments on famous killers in history and will make presentations about the modus operandi of serial killers and how police investigators stopped them. We will research crimes that have happened in CT and crime statistics in West Haven. We will watch films, listen to podcasts, read news articles, watch true crime TV, and read fiction based on true events. True Crime will compliment Forensic Investigations and Crime and Punishment. Many ideas will be reinforced in all three classes. Meets English IV requirement.  Elective – Grade 11

EN 0049 ECE- Seminar in Academic Writing 

Grade 11, 12 1.00 credit 

UConn Early College Experience provides opportunities for high school students to take college courses while still in high school. The UConn ECE curriculum is designed to offer a variety of general education courses that appeal to a diverse group of students. These challenging courses allow students to experience college work, build confidence in their readiness for college, and earn college credits that provide both an academic and a financial head-start on a college degree.  Instruction in academic writing through interdisciplinary reading. Assignments emphasize interpretation, argumentation, and reflection. Revision of formal assignments and instruction on grammar, mechanics, and style. Priority given to seniors.  Four college credits ($200). 


EN 0062 Advanced Placement English Language and Composition 

Grade 11, 12 1.00 credit 

Prerequisites – It is recommended that students will have performed at a "B" or better average and have a teacher recommendation from their previous class. 

This is an intensive course that assesses the student’s ability to read and write through a rhetorical lens and demonstrate an understanding of semantic, structural, and rhetorical aspects of language and the principles of effective writing.  College credit may be obtained by passing the ETS-Advanced Placement Exam given in May and is the equivalent of a college level freshman English course.  Taking the AP English Language and Composition exam is required.  


EN 0050 Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition

Grade 11, 12                     1.00 credit 

Prerequisites – It is recommended that students will have performed at a "B" or better average and have a teacher recommendation from their previous class. 

This is an intensive course that assesses the student’s ability to read selected poems and prose passages analytically and to write critical or analytical essays based on poems, prose passages, complete novels and plays.  College credit may be obtained by passing the college board – Advanced Placement Exam given in May.  Taking the AP English Literature and Composition exam is required.   AP Literature and Composition fulfills the senior English requirement and is the equivalent of a college level freshman literature course. 


EN 0060 English IV- Brave New Worlds

Grade 12 1.00 credit

Prerequisite – The successful completion of English I, II, and III (may be taken concurrently with English III). 

This course will explore the worlds of science fiction, post-apocalypse, and dystopia through readings in fiction. Paying particular attention to the historical context and societal conditions in the creation of the literature under consideration. Looking closely at literary imaginings of fictional worlds that are grappling with, responding to, and reimagining the social, political, and overall conditions of the world their authors and readers inhabit. Who are we as a society? Who do we want to be? Who are we afraid we might become? When these questions are framed, you won’t find easy answers, but you will find tremendously insightful and often entertaining perspectives.  Meets English IV requirement

EN 0057 English IV- Communications 

Grade 12               1.00 credit 

Prerequisite – The successful completion of English I, II, and III (may be taken concurrently with English III).

This course provides an in-depth study of the various methods of communication and mass media. Students will examine verbal and nonverbal communications, self-image and identity, interpersonal relationships, and persuasion and propaganda, with an emphasis on public speaking.  Readings, video screenings, oral presentations, and written reports are required. Emphasis will be on college preparatory writing and increasing vocabulary.  Meets English IV requirement. 


EN 0055 English IV- Fairy Tales, Myths, and Legends

Grade 12 1.00 credits 

Prerequisite – The successful completion of English I, II, and III (may be taken concurrently with English III). 

With popular teen shows like Teen Wolf, Vampire Diaries, Once Upon a Time, and Grimm, fairy tales, myths and legends have regained mainstream popularity with young adult audiences – but why? This course will study the psychological, political and sociological motives and effects of fantasy literature on targeted audiences. Various texts, media and literary theories will be explored throughout an historical context to understand the enduring appeal of fairy tales, myths, and legends on our culture. Emphasis will be on college preparatory writing and increasing vocabulary. Meets English IV requirement.  


EN 0056 English IV- Film as Literature 

Grade 12                       1.00 credit

Prerequisite – The successful completion of English I, II, and III (may be taken concurrently with English III).

Critical Perspectives in Literature and Film is a course designed to develop students’ critical thinking and analytical skills by examining important works of both film and literature. Students will use their knowledge of literature and literary devices to deconstruct film and literature through discussion, essays and projects.  The course will look closely at writers’ techniques from short stories, novels, and poetry, as well as filmmakers’ use of cinematography. Students will examine how writing and filmmaking techniques function to comment on certain social phenomena. Meets English IV requirement. 


EN 0069 English IV- Mystery and Suspense

Grade 12               1.00 credit

Prerequisite – The successful completion of English I, II, and III (may be taken concurrently with English III).  

This course will provide students an opportunity to read, analyze, and discuss a variety of novels of mystery and suspense.  Novels will include examination of the elements of good mystery and suspense writing including the cliff hanger, the red herring, foreshadowing, and suspense.  Selections will include novels of mystery and suspense as well as a look at the beginning of formula fiction mysteries.  Meets English IV requirement. 


EN 0075 English IV- Women’s Studies 

Grade 12 1.00 credit 

Prerequisite – The successful completion of English I, II, and III (may be taken concurrently with English III).

This comprehensive course examines the position of women and the role of gender in the United States. A number of issues are covered including the eight major events in American women’s history, the roles of women in the American family, popular culture, and the workplace. We also examine the experiences of women across the world and their portrayal in literature. Students will read a range of fiction and nonfiction written by and about women.  Students use a wide range of learning activities to make lessons meaningful and memorable. Short projects, persuasive essays, group research and debates are important aspects of this course.  Students may elect to take this course for honors credit.  Those who do will complete additional critical analyses and writing assignments. Meets English IV requirement. 


English IV-World Literature Grade 12

EN 0401- Level 1

EN 0402- Level 2     1.00 credit 

Prerequisite – The successful completion of English I, II, and III (may be taken concurrently with English III). 

World Literature is a comprehensive English course that focuses on reading, researching, writing, analyzing, speaking and language skills.  Students are expected to actively engage in the learning process both collaboratively and independently. Students will read and comprehend a wide variety of literary forms including short stories, nonfiction, poetry, drama and novels, using spoken and visual texts from around the world. World Lit builds on skills from previous English courses while preparing students for the rigors of post high school education and the challenges of life after high school. Meets English IV requirement. 


EN 0027 Humanities – Honors

Grade 12   1.00 credit  

Prerequisites – It is recommended that students will have performed at a "B" or better average and  have a teacher recommendation from their previous class.

This course is an exploration into the essence of humanism: the mind of man as exemplified through his thought, creations, and experiences in philosophy, art, history, music, literature, religion, drama, and architecture.  Students are required to write several papers and do independent research and reading in depth.  Homework is an important element in this course. Students will be required to prepare oral presentations incorporating technology as part of the course.