Course Offerings

Integrated Humanities: English 9 - Accelerated 

This class integrates freshman level Accelerated English 9 (P) and AP Human Geography. It is a one-year course that is double-blocked. The English part of the course will stretch student’s imaginations, enrich their experience, and increase their distinctly human potential. Study of literature, arts, and social issues will cover culturally diverse ways of life, human interests, and values. Lessons are drawn from classic texts of western and non-western cultures. Core reading selections include: To Kill A Mockingbird, Animal Farm, The Odyssey, and Romeo & Juliet. These are supplemented with short stories, poetry, and non-fiction articles and opinion pieces. There will be writing units taken from the Expository Reading and Writing Course. Working collaboratively, study skills, speaking and listening skills will be emphasized throughout the year. 

English 9

This college preparatory course is designed to enhance and encourage students’ understanding and interpretation of literature while addressing appropriate grade level standards. Students will read short stories, non-fiction, poetry, novels, and drama. Students will analyze recurrent patterns and themes in historically or culturally significant works. Core works include: To Kill a Mockingbird, Romeo and Juliet, and The Odyssey. Focusing on the mechanics of language and vocabulary development, students will complete a variety of writing activities in the four domains: narrative, expository, persuasive, and descriptive. Students will respond orally and in writing to the literature in all genres. An extensive Career Search Project and paper are required. 

English 10 - Accelerated 

Accelerated English is a rigorous course designed for high-ability, high-achieving sophomore students preparing to enter AP level English classes. Literary analysis and development of the essay will be emphasized while students read the core and supplementary texts, as well as complete an extensive synthesis research paper. Timed writing strategies are also emphasized. Texts may include, but are not limited to: 1984, Macbeth, Lord of the Flies, Slaughterhouse-Five, Ender’s Game, and A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream. Greek word origins and SAT vocabulary will be studied, as well as the various rhetorical modes of writing. Activities include lecture, class discussion, and student presentations. 12 

English 10 

Students will read short stories, non-fiction, poetry, drama, legends, and novels and will analyze recurrent patterns and themes in historically or culturally significant works. Selected core works include, but are not limited to: Lord of the Flies, Macbeth, Ender’s Game, and two ERWC (expository reading and writing course) modules. Students will gain skills necessary for competent writing and reading by focusing on the history of language, mechanics of language, vocabulary development, and directed reading and writing. They will complete a variety of writing activities including narrative, expository, and persuasive styles. All students will be expected to complete a research project and paper which will demonstrate the individual’s ability to research, organize, cite, and reference a variety of sources. Speaking and listening skills will be emphasized. Students will also prepare for state testing. 

AP English Language and Composition 

AP Language and Composition is a college-level English course, and students can, by good performance on the Advanced Placement Examination, obtain college credit and/or advanced placement in college composition. This course is a challenging, academically rigorous course that is beneficial not only in terms of college credit or placement but also in terms of intellectual growth. Based upon classical rhetoric, AP Language and Composition features instruction in critical reading and analytical writing from various modes, such as persuasive, expository, and narrative. Additionally, by studying examples of prose from various fields and periods, primarily in American literature, students gain an understanding of the principles of effective writing and become effective writers themselves. Finally, the organized study of the structures of sentences, paragraphs, and larger discursive patterns introduces students to the semantic, structural, and rhetorical resources of the language. 

English 11

This college preparatory American literature course is designed to develop a full range of language skills including speaking, reading, writing, and listening while addressing state content standards for the 11th grade. While the course is arranged chronologically, modern thematic connections are made throughout the year. Beginning with Native American and Puritan works, students will survey the foundation of the American literary tradition. The second semester will explore the ideals and characteristics of the Romantic Movement, as well as the study of the modern American novel. Selections may include: The Crucible, The Great Gatsby, The Things They Carried, and The Color Purple. Rhetorical writing strategies and literary analysis will be the main emphasis of this course in both timed and criterion-based essays. A research project and paper are required. Incorporated into the writing will be vocabulary enrichment, a variety of writing styles, and grammar instruction. 

AP English Literature and Composition

Advanced Placement Literature and Composition is a college-level English course, which takes more time, requires more work, and gives greater opportunity for individual accomplishment than 12th grade college-prep English class. At the conclusion of the course, successful students will be able to write a lucid essay in a timed-writing situation. The personal narrative essay for college entrance requirements is perfected the first quarter. Students will become accustomed to writing and analyzing novels, poetry, and dramas from world literature upon which to draw and answer to an essay question posed on the Advanced Placement Examinations in English. Additionally, students create a “symbolic” project and produce a video extending the meaning of literary works such as Ellison’s Invisible Man and Heller’s Catch 22. Socratic discussion skills are taught and enhanced in addition to working on the argumentative literary essay and the essai. This last free form method of questioning and exploring one’s closely held values enables students to improve their personal narrative writing.

English 12 

Expository Reading, Writing and Composition (ERWC) prepares students to meet the demands of reading and writing in college and career. Seniors will survey the development and influence of the English language through intellectual, historical, and social contexts. Reading selections will include expository, analytical and argumentative texts in which students will examine bias, audience and purpose. An emphasis on essay writing and revision will further prepare students with analytical research and critical thinking skills often necessary for postgraduate success. The core texts may include: Frankenstein, In Cold Blood, Into the Wild, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Hamlet. All students will complete a Senior Project requiring a synthesis research paper, professional portfolio, and community presentation.