English Department

The courses offered by the English Department fall into two categories: core content courses and electives. The core courses are divided into college preparatory levels and honors levels for each grade with Advanced Placement offerings in the 11th and 12th grades. The honors and AP courses require greater self-motivation and independence on the part of the student. They are the most rigorous and demand that students read at a faster pace and write on a sophisticated level.

Students in the 9th grade English program who seek entrance into the 10th grade honors program must establish and achieve goals, in consultation with their teachers, that reflect their motivation and ability to meet the challenges posed by an honors-level course. In the 10th and 11th grades, students must secure a teacher recommendation. A teacher recommendation places a studnet in a class of the appropriate level according to the student's past performance, initiative, and ability. Engaging in research using the Modern Language Association format is required at every level. Summer reading is a requirement for all students. Elective courses are selected by the students according to their interests.

English 9: Literature& Composition
Grade 9
5 Credits - Full Year

The English component of the interdisciplinary World Cultures program emphasizes global awareness and critical thinking skills through the close reading of literature. In addition, students are introduced at this level to literary genres, Shakespeare, and the research process. The curriculum includes a cross-cultural examination of universal themes, as reflected through both the traditional canon and non-western, contemporary writers. Students develop techniques of literary analysis through many opportunities provided for writing and engaging in diverse projects. ​Students wishing to pursue honors level study in 10th grade must complete the optional 9th grade portfolio.

English 10: British Literature
Grade 10
5 Credits - Full Year

The five strands of the Language Arts Core Curriculum Content Standards--reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing--are developed in this course through the study of the literary heritage of Great Britain and its Commonwealth countries. The student's awareness of how English literature has played a unique role in helping to shape the ideas and institutions of Western culture is enhanced through an examination of representative genres. Writing and other activities are motivated by the literature.

English 10 Honors: British Literature
Grade 10
Teacher Recommendation Required; Completion of Honors Portfolio Required
5 Credits - Full Year

English 10 Honors is an accelerated study of the literary heritage of Great Britain and its Commonwealth countries. The reading and writing components are more advanced than in English 10. Students will be required to demonstrate an advanced level of self-motivation and assume responsibility for their learning.

English 11: American Literature
Grade 11
5 Credits - Full Year

The five strands of the Language Arts Core Curriculum Content Standards--reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing--are developed through the study of American literature and culture. Through a variety of activities and through a thematic approach to the literature, students will gain a better understanding of the major ideas and values of American society.

English 11 Honors: American Studies
Grade 11
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation OR B+ minimum in English 10 CP and Quality Writing Assessment
5 Credits - Full Year

American Studies is designed with the idea of connecting literature to the history and political, social, and economic climate of a particular time period. The course traces the development of American culture and defines the American character from the Puritan through the modern periods in terms of literature, art, music, architecture, philosophy, and technology. This approach enables students to understand the context for the development of American ideas in addition to facilitating their expertise in the strands of the Language Arts: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing.

English 11: Advanced Placement Language& Composition
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation OR B+ minimum in English 10
Honors and Qualifying Exam OR A- minimum in English 10 CP and Qualifying Exam
Any student not in receipt of a Teacher Recommendation or who does not meet the prerequisite detailed above may complete and submit a Course Placement Application by the required deadline. Submission of a completed form does not guarantee enrollment in the course.
Grade 11
5 Credits - Full Year

The Advanced Placement Language and Composition course emphasizes skilled reading of prose, rather than poetry. Students will be instructed in the reading, interpretation, and analysis of a wide variety of complex prose texts written in a range of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts. The development of effective expository, analytical, and argumentative writing styles and approaches is one of the primary objectives of this course. Teacher recommendation is required for admission. The course is open to juniors and seniors only. Students are expected to register for and to take the College Board AP Language and Composition Exam at the end of the year.

English 12: World Literature
Grade 12
5 Credits - Full Year

English 12 is a study of major works that have shaped Western thought. Students will gain a deeper understanding of Western heritage through an examination of a broad spectrum of world literature. This literature is the basis from which students will develop and sharpen their reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing skills. Emphasis is placed on developing close reading strategies and analyzing literature through coherent, cogent writing.

English 12 Honors: Humanities
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation OR B+ minimum in English 11 CP and Qualifying Writing Assessment
Grade 12
5 Credits - Full Year

This course surveys the development of Western culture from the classical period through the modem period. Representative examples of literature, philosophy, architecture, art, music, and drama are examined, thus relating students to their cultural heritage. This synthesis of the arts provides students with many opportunities to construct their own meanings through reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and research. Students emerge with an understanding of themes and concepts that shape a coherent vision of Western culture.

English 12: Advanced Placement Literature& Composition
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation OR B+ minimum in English 11
Honors and Qualifying Exam OR A- minimum in English 11 CP and Qualifying Exam
Any student not in receipt of a Teacher Recommendation or who does not meet the prerequisite detailed above may complete and submit a Course Placement Application by the required deadline. Submission of a completed form does not guarantee enrollment in the course.
Grade 12
5 Credits - Full Year

The Advanced Placement course in English Literature and Composition involves students in the close reading and critical analysis of literature in preparation for the College Board Advanced Placement examination. By deepening their understanding of literature, students will develop critical standards. Regular writing assignments will include predominantly analytical pieces. This course is open to seniors only. Teacher recommendation is required. Students are expected to register for and to take the College Board AP Literature and Composition Exam at the end of the year.

Public Speaking
Grade Level 9-12
2.5 Credits - Semester

Public Speaking is a class that is designed to nurture the hesitant speaker as well as further the abilities of students already familiar with the skills needed to speak in front of an audience. Students will learn how to craft and deliver speeches for a variety of purposes and audiences. Progress will be charted through self- and peer-evaluations as well as the video recording of speeches. This course will provide students with practical speaking skills for high school, college, and the workplace. They will develop a new kind of self-confidence that will grow, as they become more effective speakers.

Introduction to Drama: Acting Workshop
Grade Level 9-12
2.5 Credits - Semester

This course will actively involve students in all aspects of acting and the skills required to perform on stage. This course is designed for all students regardless of experience. All students can benefit from the focus skills of this course as they are related to public presence, presentation, audience awareness, and communication. Students will focus on becoming believable actors and effective communicators of human experience and thought. Additionally, they will gain knowledge of the cultural and literary heritage of the theatre, as well as a greater appreciation for the range of human experience.

Introduction to Theater Arts
Grade Level 9-12
2.5 Credits - Semester

Theater Arts provides an introduction to the process of creating theater through a study of the roles and responsibilities of the producer, playwright, director, actor, and designer, and how collaborative and individual choices are made based on analysis and interpretation of play texts. Students will be introduced to the behind-the-scenes elements of a theater production. Subjects covered may include scenery/stage design, construction, and painting; digital light/sound design and technology; and production organization.

Film Studies
Grade Level 9-12
2.5 Credits - Semester

Film Study is structured primarily as an introductory course to the elements and techniques of film art. The course is predicated on the assumption that film, while commonly viewed as entertainment, is also a valid and serious art form. Therefore, the course approaches this art form from three critical perspectives: analytical, historical/cultural, and aesthetic. To this end, shots, sequences, and a wide range of films from feature-length narratives to animated, experimental, and documentary shorts will be shown to illustrate the material covered in classroom discussions, the styles present during a particular film period, the establishment of film genres, and the accomplishments of noted artists/auteurs.

English as a Second Language (ESL)
Grade Level 9-12
2.5 or 5 Credits

The English as a Second Language Program provides an opportunity for those students needing assistance in learning the English language. The purpose of the program is to provide students with sufficient fluency in all areas of English to be successfully integrated into the mainstream school program. The program is offered in the high school one period each day for the entire school year. Students enter the program through testing and exit upon becoming English proficient.