Course Offerings

English I                                     Grade 9
Freshman English is a combination of grammar, composition, literature, and vocabulary development. Reading comprehension is stressed in all literature units. This is a foundation for all other high school English courses.

English II                                    Grade 10
In sophomore English, students complete the study of formal grammar. Composition continues as in the previous year, but greater depth is added. American literature selections complete the course.  Prerequisite – The successful completion of English I (may be taken concurrently with English I, if English I not passed.)

English III                                    Grade 11
Experience the excitement of the heroic battles of Beowulf as he fights a fire-breathing dragon. Journey back to the time of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Witness ghostly sightings, murder, and intrigue with Macbeth. Finally, witness the conflicts and turmoil of the 20th century through modern and contemporary literature. This course spans the Anglo- Saxon period through the Contemporary period. An emphasis will be placed on college prep writing and increasing vocabulary.

English IV                                     Grade 12
Travel to ancient worlds while reading of epic heroes who venture on quests for immortality and fame and glory. Explore the ancient wisdom of China, Japan, Egypt, and the Middle East as you encounter philosophers, poets, and storytellers who impart their knowledge to the modern age. Analyze the seven deadly sins as committed  by characters in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Dante’s Inferno, and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Compare cultural traditions from around the world in novels like Things Fall Apart, and When I was Puerto Rican. The culminating project for the year will be each student’s Cultural Heritage Presentation. Emphasis will be on college prep writing and increasing vocabulary.

English I – Honors
                         Grade 9
This course will cover selected material from the Level 1 English curriculum as well as considerable outside reading assignments. Vocabulary, composition development, and reading assignments will focus on a humanistic approach to  English. A unit format will include mythology/folklore, Bible, comedy, tragedy, science fiction/fantasy, poetry, and short-story/novel form.   Composition will be stressed through regular writing assignments emphasizing clarity, coherency, structure, and tone to achieve a mature writing style. Special attention will be given to preparing the research paper. Students will write three papers. Prerequisites – Recommendation of grade 8 English and reading teacher and satisfactory score on diagnostic test.

English II – Honors                            Grade 10
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.  Prerequisites – Average of at least “B” in an Honors English course or “A” in an Academic English class and recommendation of English I teacher.

 

Masterpieces of British Literature  Honors        Grade 11
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 neo-classical 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.
  Prerequisites – Average of at least “B” in an honors English course or “A” in an academic English class and recommendation of English II teacher.

Humanities – Honors                              Grade 12
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.  Prerequisites – Average of at least “B” in an honors English course or “A” in an academic English and recommendation of English III teacher.

Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition            Grade 12
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 ETS 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.  Prerequisites – Students electing to take AP English must have successfully completed English I, II, and III Honors with an average of at least “B”in Masterpieces of Literature and recommendation of Masterpieces teacher.

SAT Critical Reading
(Seniors Only – Fall Semester)   Grade 12                              .5 credits
For seniors only. First marking period will focus on test taking strategies for the November and December tests. Second marking period will be a workshop where seniors may come to complete applications and get instructions in college essay writing. This workshop is available to any senior whether the student took the SAT or not as it is not for academic credit. Prerequisite: Successful completion of English III with a minimum of a “B” average in basic level and a “C” average in academic level English

SAT Critical Reading (Juniors Only – Spring Semester)  Grade 11                            .5 credits
For juniors only.
This two  marking  period course will focus on test taking strategies as well as instruction in college essay writing. Emphasis will be placed on the college application process. Prerequisite: Successful completion of English II with a minimum of a “B” average in basic level and a “C” average in academic level

ESL – Beginning Reading and Writing    Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
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. This course will count for  one English credit and may not be taken concurrently with English I.

 Genres in American Literature        Grade 9                                                           2 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.

Reading Seminar                                  Grade 9                                                          .5 credits
The reading seminar course is designed to support students who have not achieved proficiency on state and local tests. This course works  to increase students’ reading fluency and reading comprehension.

Reading Seminar                                  Grade 10                                                         .5 credits
The reading seminar course is designed to support students who have not achieved proficiency on state and local tests. This course works  to increase students’ reading fluency and reading comprehension.

 Women in Literature                            Grade 11, 12                                                    .5 credits
Journey through time with some of literature’s most
fascinating women as they discover themselves and their unique places in the worlds in which they live. Read, analyze, and experience their unforgettable stories of love, redemption and self-discovery. Works will include but will not be limited to Twilight by Stephanie Myers and The Awakening by Kate Chopin. An emphasis will be placed on college prep writing and vocabulary.  Meets English IV requirement/.5 credits.  Elective – Grade 11

Isn’t It Tra g ic?                                      Grade 11, 12                                                   .5 credits
Tragic literature is known for being engaging and causing emotional reactions. The origins of tragedy and tragic literature throughout time will be explored. It will start with Ancient Greek and Ancient Roman tragedies. It will then move in to the Renaissance and look at English and French tragic literature. Modern tragedies will end the course. Aristotle’s poetics will be used as a basis to judge the literature and discussions as to how tragic literature has evolved. Emphasis will be on college preparatory writing and increasing vocabulary. Meets English IV requirement/.5 creditsElective – Grade 11

Anxiety and Chaos                                 Grade 11, 12                                                 .5 credits
The modern novel will be seen as an expression of the chaos and anxiety of the 20th century brought about by global war, the threat of human annihilation, and the alienation that came as a result of the rapid rise of technology and the influence of popular culture. Selections will reflect the modern, postmodern, dystopian, and absurdist experiments with the novel form. The emphasis will be on college  prep writing and increasing vocabulary. Meets English IV requirement/.5 credits. Elective – Grade 11

 Native American Literature                Grade 11, 12                                                  .5 credits
This course will examine past and present aspects of Native American Indian (NAI) history, culture, and views through literature. Students will read  and discuss NAI poetry, mythology, fiction and non- fiction using representative authors such as Winona LaDuke, Gloria Anzaldua, and Luci Tapahonso. Students will make  cross-cultural  connections between various tribes and their shared and vastly different pasts as minorities in the United States. Emphasis will be on college preparatory writing and increasing vocabulary. Meets English IV requirement/.5 credits. Elective – Grade 11

Sports in Literature                               Grade 11, 12                                                .5 credits
The course will analyze the portrayal of sports in relation to the human condition, for example: in building relationships, overcoming obstacles, mastering defeat, striving for victory, resolving conflicts, and seeking  self-improvement.  Students will complete a research project on sports history or sports figures. Emphasis will be on college prep writing and increasing vocabulary. Meets English IV requirement/.5 credits Elective – Grade 11

Fairy Tales, Myths, and Legends         Grade 11, 12                                                .5 credits
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 elective requirement (must be taken in conjunction with a required English offering) /.5 credits.  Elective – Grade 11

Critical Perspectives in Literature and Film     Grade 11, 12                                 .5 credits
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.

Selections may include but are not limited to: Casablanca, Psycho, Apocalypse Now, Life is Beautiful, and The Dark Knight. Emphasis will be on college preparatory writing and increasing vocabulary. Meets English IV elective requirement (must be taken in conjunction with a required English offering) /.5 credits.  Elective – Grade 11

Communications I                                  Grade 11, 12                                                .5 credits
This course provides an in-depth study of the various methods of communication. 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 elective requirement (must be taken in conjunction with a required English offering) /.5 credits. Not required for Communications II.  Elective – Grade 11


Communications II                                 Grade 11, 12                                                 .5 credits
This course provides an in-depth study of various forms of mass media. Students will examine  the impact of books, music, television, newspapers, film, etc. in our society. Students are trained to be perceptive of contemporary mass media. Readings, video screenings, oral presentations, and written reports are required. Emphasis will be on college preparatory writing and increasing vocabulary.  Meets English IV elective requirement (must be taken in conjunction with a required English offering) /.5 credits.  Elective – Grade 11

 Flair for Writing: Advanced Composition Grade 11, 12                                          .5 credits
This class offers students a chance to advance their writing skills in a variety of ways. Students will become a community of writers who share in generating ideas, experiment with writing strategies, and examine literary techniques used in various kinds of writing. Students will hone their writing skills as they write analytical, creative, expository, dramatic and poetic pieces. Emphasis will also focus on increasing vocabulary. This is an excellent class to prepare college bound students for the rigors of academic writing, and for creative writers to  show their flair for writing. Meets English IV elective requirement (must be taken in conjunction with a required English offering) /.5 credits. Elective – Grade 11