- Four (4) credits in English are required for graduation.
- The purchasing of supplemental materials (novels, workbooks, etc.) is required for the majority of the classes in the English Department.
- Summer reading and writing is required in English I,II,III, & IV classes
- Freshmen placement is based on the student's score on the High School Placement Test (HSPT), grade school recommendations and other standardized test scores
- Your current English instructor will make a recommendation for the level of English (H,CPI,CPII,AP) for you to take next school year during the Spring Registration period.
- English Elective classes are subject to approval by the class instructor based upon grades and discipline record.
English I Honors
Students will read widely and reflect on their reading through extensive discussion, writing and re-writing. In addition, a strong foundation in grammar and syntax is cultivated. The student will assume considerable responsibility for the amount of reading and writing he will undertake in the course. The teacher will complement the efforts of the students by guiding them in their choices of reading, and by providing assignments which facilitate critical thinking skills and develop the ability to analyze the elements of literature.
Course #21337 1 credit
English I CPI
The English I curriculum provides a survey of various literature forms as well as practice in the fundamentals of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Emphasizing the writing process through workshops and grammar review, the student will develop proficiency in well-organized, thoughtful writing and speaking.
Course #21227 1 credit
English I CPII
The English I curriculum provides a survey of various literature forms as well as practice in the fundamentals of reading, writing, speaking and listening. English I CPII is designed for students who have a clear need to develop better fundamental language skills. Individual reading comprehension and writing skills will be emphasized in conjunction with speaking and listening skills.
Course #21117 1 credit
English II CPII
This course includes a survey of world literature, a continuation of the development of more effective language usage, reading comprehension, writing and listening skills. Study skills, writing mechanics and various genres of literature will continue to be addressed in this course.
Course # 22117 1 credit
English II CPI
This course includes a survey of world literature, a study of grammar usage and intensive focus on improving writing skills. Literature study will include the genres of fiction, non-fiction, drama and poetry. The focus on grammar involves review as needed. Included in the writing curriculum are both critical and creative works, generally related to the literature.
Course # 22227 1 credit
English II Honors
This course includes a survey of world literature as well as increasing emphasis on higher level writing skills and grammar usage. Literature and writing are the focus of the curriculum, with most writing derived from the study of the literature. Some creative writing is completed; however, emphasis is on expository, comparative, analytical, and critical analysis of novels, short stories and poetry from world literature. Solid grammar skills are reviewed as needed. The course is writing intensive and all works must be typed.
Course #22337 1 credit
English III CPII
This combined junior/senior course is designed to aid a student who continues to display a clearly defined need for improved skills in correct language usage, reading comprehension, and writing. Study skills, information gathering and processing, the writing process, and reading/thinking skills will continue to be addressed. Excerpts from American and British literature appropriate to skill levels will be studied in alternating years to broaden the student’s perspective of literature.
Course # 23117/23127 1 credit
English III CPI
This course focuses on the literature of our American heritage as well as on more advanced composition skills. Essays, short stories, excerpts from speeches, and drama are all used to develop a broader perspective of this literature. The composition element of the course emphasizes development of skills necessary for successful college writing. Extensive writing of essays as well as the research paper follows a thorough review of basic skills. A vocabulary program supplements the work.
Course # 23227 1 credit
English III AP English Literature and Composition
This course, available only during the junior year, focuses on advanced language and writing skills and is geared towards the Advanced Placement (AP) Exam offered by the College Board for potential college credit in the spring of each year. Students are taught to become skilled analytical readers of various styles of prose and poetry. Extensive practice and guidance in writing critical/analytical essays prepares the students not only for the AP exam but also for the more challenging levels of college prose writing including the research paper. The literature component parallels that of the college prep course offering which surveys our American literary heritage. An extensive vocabulary program supplements the course work.
Course # 23337 1 credit
English IV CPII
This combined junior/senior course is designed to aid a student who continues to display a clearly defined need for improved skills in correct language usage, reading comprehension, and writing. Study skills, information gathering and processing, writing process, and reading/thinking skills will continue to be addressed. Excerpts from American and British literature appropriate to skill levels will be studied in alternating years to broaden the student’s perspective of literature.
Course # 24101/24102 1 credit
This course involves a survey of British literature and its history, as well as mastery of the formal writing skills needed by the college bound student including exposition, comparison/contrast, persuasion and personal essays from a critical perspective relative to the literature studied. This writing intensive course provides students with opportunities for personal expression as well as increased exposure to classic literature. A research paper is required to refine the student’s ability to access information available through new technologies.
Course # 24201/24202 1 credit
English IV AP English Literature and Composition
This course, available only in the senior year, focuses on advanced literature and writing skills, and is geared towards the AP Literature and Composition Exam offered by the College Board for potential college credit in the spring of each year. Writing emphasis is on critical analysis of a wide variety of literary genres in British Literature. Extensive writing practice involving such analysis prepares the students not only for the AP exam but also for the more challenging levels of college prose writing. A chronology of important works of British fiction, non-fiction and poetry exposes students to a broader perspective of classic literary forms and thought. An extensive vocabulary program supplements the course. Mastery of formal writing skills is critical for success on the challenging AP exam.
Course # 24301/24302 1 credit
Students in this course are responsible for producing the school newspaper, yearbook, and literary magazine publications. Students will be introduced to the characteristics of good journalistic expression as well as to the mechanics required to produce major publications. Students will write, revise, edit, and proofread editorials, features, news articles, sports articles and magazine articles. Other areas of discussion include the historical and cultural impact of journalism in our society. Students will also learn the design of layouts and photography/graphics, and will be introduced to the field of advertising.
Course # 23427 1/2 credit
Students will continue to refine skills in journalistic writing through the school newspaper, the yearbook and the literary magazine. A student in this course will be required to take on the role of editor in one of the three publications. If there are multiple students, more than the required publications, the job of editors will be divided among them. Also, students will be required to do in depth work with photography: outside classes, darkroom facilities upkeep, etc. Time will be spent after the school year is completed in order to finish the yearbook.
Course # 24427 1/2 credit
This elective is offered to upperclassmen as an opportunity to develop their communications awareness and public speaking skills. Students will be taught the basics of good speech techniques and strategies for overcoming nervousness. Instruction will also be given in the use of multi-media technology in presentations. Students will be required to give several speeches of various lengths and types such as informative, persuasive, impromptu, debate/rebuttal and humorous.
Course # 25227 1/2 credit
This elective semester course is offered to upperclassmen as an opportunity to develop their creativity and writing skills. Students will be exposed to the advanced elements of style by reading examples of various short fiction and non-fiction. Various short and long forms of fiction and informal essay writing will be assigned. Rigorous attention to the improvement of skills is the primary focus. This course will require extensive out of class work.
Course # 25117 1/2 credit
This elective semester course is offered to upperclassmen as an opportunity to develop acting skills. This history of drama (especially American Theater) will be studied along with the fundamental techniques of acting. Students will be expected to memorize lines and act in skits of various lengths. Duo acting, solo acting, improvisation, story-telling, and dramatic interpretation of scenes using limited movement and several characters will be expected.
Course # 25337 1/2 credit