English Department

English 8

Length:                Year
Credits:                1.00

English 8 introduces students to the study of imaginative literature while emphasizing the importance of using language correctly.  Texts will include Romeo and Juliet, To Kill a Mockingbird, Mockingbird, and City of the Beasts.  Reading and writing exercises will demonstrate correct forms of language and expression, while the use of visual resources will enhance the literary experience.  Vocabulary will be studied using Vocabulary for the College Bound, Book Green.  Preliminary principles of spelling, grammar, punctuation, and mechanics will be introduced using online resources.

English 9

Length:                Year
Credits:                1.00

English 9 students will read, analyze and write about works of fiction, drama, and poetry.  Texts will include The Odyssey, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lord of the Flies, Animal Farm, and a selection of classic poetry. In addition to required texts, students will also choose their own outside reading selections.  Students will study techniques of writing to communicate clearly and to promote critical thinking and effective research.  Daily activities will include discussions of current reading and writing, vocabulary acquisition using Vocabulary for the College Bound, Level A, and grammar and punctuation review using online resources.

English 9 Honors

Length:                Year
Credits:                1.00

Prerequisites:            Departmental Approval

Success in an honors English course requires genuine interest in the subject and a strong commitment to developing critical thinking, writing, reading, and speaking skills.  English 9 (Honors) students will read, analyze and write about works of fiction, drama, and poetry.  Texts will include The Odyssey, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lord of the Flies, Animal Farm, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, and a selection of classic poetry. In addition to required texts, students will also choose their own outside reading selections.  Students will study techniques of writing to communicate clearly and to promote critical thinking and effective research.  Daily activities will include discussions of current reading and writing, vocabulary acquisition using Vocabulary for the College Bound, Level A, and grammar and punctuation review using online resources.

 

English 10

Length:                Year
Credits:                1.00

English 10 (Regular) introduces students to a variety of literary works of differing historical traditions and backgrounds, building on the skills students have developed in their previous year.   Texts will include Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Macbeth, My Antonia, Cry, the Beloved Country, Night, The Catcher in the Rye, and a volume of short stories.  The course develops language and expressive skills through expository, creative, and journal writing, as well as formal essays and a research paper on a topic of the student’s choice.  Systematic vocabulary acquisition is promoted using Vocabulary for the College Bound, Level B.  A thorough review of grammar, punctuation, and mechanics is accomplished using online resources.

English 10 Honors

Length:                Year
Credits                1.00

Prerequisites:    Departmental Approval    

Success in an honors English course requires genuine interest in the subject and a strong commitment to developing critical thinking, writing, reading, and speaking skills.  English 10 (Honors) introduces students to a variety of literary works of differing historical traditions and backgrounds, building on the skills students have developed in their previous year.  Texts will include Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Macbeth, The House of the Seven Gables, My Antonia, Cry, the Beloved Country, Night, The Catcher in the Rye, and a volume of short stories.  The course develops language and expressive skills through expository, creative, and journal writing, as well as formal essays and a research paper on a topic of the student’s choice.  Systematic vocabulary acquisition is promoted using Vocabulary for the College Bound, Level B.  A thorough review of grammar, punctuation, and mechanics is accomplished using online resources.

 

English 11

Length:                Year
Credits:                1.00

English 11 introduces students to some of the main texts and traditions of American Literature from the nineteenth and twentieth century as well as a Shakespeare play.  Texts will include Hamlet, The Crucible, The Great Gatsby, Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Color of Water, a short story collection, and a poetry collection.  Assignments and activities include portfolio writing, formal essays, in-class writing, cooperative learning exercises, class discussion, interactive notes, and a research paper on a topic of the student’s choice.  Vocabulary acquisition is promoted through reading in context.  A thorough review of grammar, punctuation, and mechanics is accomplished using online resources.

 

English 11 Honors

Length:                Year
Credits:                1.00

Prerequisites:            Departmental Approval

Success in an honors English course requires genuine interest in the subject and a strong commitment to developing critical thinking, writing, reading, and speaking skills.  English 11 (Honors) introduces students to some of the main texts and traditions of American Literature from the nineteenth and twentieth century as well as a Shakespeare play.  Texts will include Hamlet, The Crucible, The House of Mirth, The Great Gatsby, Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Color of Water, a short story collection, and a poetry collection.  Assignments and activities include portfolio writing, formal essays, in-class writing, cooperative learning exercises, class discussion, interactive notes, and a research paper on a topic of the student’s choice.  Vocabulary acquisition is promoted through reading in context. A thorough review of grammar, punctuation, and mechanics is accomplished using online resources.

 

Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition

Length:                Year
Credits:                1.00

Exam Requirement:    All students enrolled in AP English Literature and Composition are required to take the AP exam in addition to a semester and final exam.

Prerequisites:    Completion of English 9, 10, and 11 and Departmental Approval

Course Fees:    Prepayment of the College Board’s AP exam fee.  

Advanced Placement English offers an opportunity for students of outstanding ability and motivation to engage in critical examination of selected works of English and American literature.  Students in this course are expected to take the AP English Literature and Composition exam in the spring.  Texts will include Twelfth Night, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, The Jungle, modern American poetry, and a modern American novel (to be determined).  Class discussion and regular writing assignments help students develop their skills of literary analysis and exposition.  Systematic vocabulary acquisition is promoted using Vocabulary for the College Bound, Level D.  A thorough review of grammar, punctuation, and mechanics will also be completed using online resources.

 

THE ELECTIVES

English 12 Electives focus on a selection of classic and contemporary works of fiction, drama, poetry, and/or non-fiction  from a variety of eras and traditions in American, English and World Literature.  Improvement in students’ writing ability is promoted through formal essay assignments, journals, literary analyses, and a research paper.  Systematic vocabulary acquisition is promoted using Vocabulary for the College Bound, Level D.  A thorough review of grammar, punctuation, and mechanics is also accomplished using online resources.

The Game of Love

Grade Level:       12
Length:                Semester (Spring)
Credits:                .5

Does the course of true love ever run smooth?  What are the accidental events or contrary circumstances that keep people from finding the right partner?  Is love always worth the challenges or trouble it can bring?  This course will explore the theme of romantic love in a selected number of well-known plays and novels. Texts will include Twelfth Night, The Age of Innocence, and a modern novel (to be determined).

The Literature of War

Grade Level:       12
Length:                Semester (Spring)
Credits:                .5

This course will explore the fiction produced by and about soldiers fighting in three of the nation’s wars, the Civil War, World War I, and the Vietnam War.  The experience of combat and its physical and psychological consequences will be examined in a representative collection of narratives.  Texts will include The Red Badge of Courage, A Farewell to Arms, and The Things They Carried.

Monsters and Nightmares
Grade Level:        12

Length:                Semester (Fall)
Credits:               .5

What are monsters, and what real and symbolic threats do they represent?  What are the worst kinds of human societies we can imagine so that we can keep them from developing?  This course will examine some leading novels on these subjects.  Texts will include Dracula, The War of the Worlds, and 1984.

The African American Experience

Grade Level:       12
Length:                Semester (Fall)
Credits:               .5

This course will examine various aspects of the African-American experience in literature (i.e., fiction and drama) over the last two centuries in the United States, including the eras of slavery, segregation, integration, and the Civil Rights movement.  Texts will include The Narrative of Frederick Douglass, The Marrow of Tradition, Native Son, and A Raisin in the Sun.