ELA(English Language Arts)

ENGLISH I AND II - INTRODUCTION TO ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE (EES81 & EES82)
Credits: 1 credit/semester
Grade(s): 9
Length of Course: 2 semesters
Prerequisite: None
Requirement Satisfied: Required English

Freshman English establishes the parameters for the study of English language literature through the lens of self-discovery. Review of the four basic literary elements – plot, character, setting, theme – is conducted, as students are introduced to the works of such authors as William Shakespeare, Chaim Potok, and Jamaica Kincaid. Students learn how to read literary texts, as well as how to read non-fiction informational material. As part of our push for college readiness, instruction will begin to prepare students to successfully take major state and national examinations in their junior and senior years.


ENGLISH III AND IV - LITERATURE ACROSS CULTURES (EES83 & EES84)
Credits: 1 credit/semester
Grade(s): 10
Length of Course: 2 semesters
Prerequisite: English I and II
Requirement Satisfied: Required English

Sophomore English students begin to consider themselves as members of a larger global community in this year’s course offerings. Continued emphasis will be placed on the study of English literature from around the world, studying writers such as Harper Lee, Anne Frank, George Orwell, and Ray Bradbury, and on non-fiction works that relate in theme, and that mirror those they will analyze and write about in college. New rhetorical and literary devices and techniques, including parallel structure, paradox, allusion, and archetype will be introduced, and test preparation will continue.


ENGLISH III AND IV HONORS – WRITING ABOUT LITERATURE (EES83H & EES84H)
Credits: 1 credit/semester
Grade(s): 10
Length of Course: 2 semesters
Prerequisite: Department Supervisor's Permission
Requirement Satisfied: Required English

This advanced sophomore English course will intensify training in the skills being taught in the regular tenth grade classes, with a focus on the teaching of rhetorical strategies, with the intent of preparing students to move into the junior year Advanced Placement English class.


ENGLISH V AND VI – STUDIES IN AMERICAN LITERATURE (EES85 & EES86)
Credits: 1 credit/semester
Grade(s): 11
Length of Course: 2 semesters
Prerequisite: English III and IV
Requirement Satisfied: Required English

Junior students will be introduced to American literature through the lens of writers such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison, and Arthur Miller. This year’s literary studies will be enhanced by instruction in writing skills not only geared toward successful completion of mandated tests, but also toward college-ready writing and thinking, focused on current issues in American culture. Students will take the English Regents in June.


ENGLISH VII – INTRODUCTION TO BRITISH LITERATURE (EES87)
Credits: 1 credit/semester
Grade(s): 12
Length of Course: 1 semester
Prerequisite: English V and VI
Requirement Satisfied: Required English

Students at this level are introduced to the seminal works of English literature, from Beowulf, through Geoffrey Chaucer and William Shakespeare, to the Romantic writers such as John Keats, William Wordsworth, and Mary Shelley. It focuses on students’ skills as independent thinkers, and provides non-fiction reading to enhance their thinking about issues raised by the literature. The level of discourse in the students’ senior year, both oral and written, is focused on full college readiness.


ENGLISH VIII – SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENGLISH 1 (EES88)
Credits: 1 credit/semester
Grade(s): 12
Length of Course: 1 semester
Prerequisite: English V and VI
Requirement Satisfied: Required English

Students are exposed to a wide variety of topics in this course, ranging from author and women’s studies, to postcolonial and genre studies, to visual media studies. The purpose is to recreate as closely as possible the choices available to them on the college level, should they wish to pursue studies in the humanities. The level of discourse in the students’ senior year, both oral and written, is focused on full college readiness. A senior thesis is required.


AP Courses

AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION (EES85X & EES86X)
Credits: 1 credit/semester
Grade(s): 11
Length of Course: 2 semesters
Prerequisite: Department Supervisor's Permission
Requirement Satisfied: Required English

This is a college-level class in which students will learn reading and writing skills for courses beyond the high school level. The focus will be on the teaching of rhetorical strategies, both in readings and student writing. Students registered for this course must take the Advanced Placement test in May of their junior year.


AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION (EES87X & EES88X)
Credits: 1 credit/semester
Grade(s): 12
Length of Course: 2 semesters
Prerequisite: Department Supervisor's Permission
Requirement Satisfied: Required English

The Advanced Placement English literature and composition course is designed to prepare students with an interest in English studies for the rigors of such work at the college level. Students will read and write about seminal works of literature in English in all genres – poetry, prose, and drama, by writers both from Great Britain itself and from its current and former colonial territories including the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, and the United States. Students will read and write at an accelerated rate, and will be responsible for bearing the full load of a college class in high school. Students registered for this course must take the Advanced Placement test in May of their senior year.


Electives

INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING (EWS11QPC)
Credits: 1 credit/semester
Grade(s): 11, 12
Length of Course: 1 semester
Prerequisite: Department Supervisor's Permission
Requirement Satisfied: Elective

This one-semester writing class is for the junior or senior student who aspires to become a published writer, but not a journalist, or who enjoys expressing him/herself creatively. Writing in this class will focus on fiction and creative non-fiction, and over the course of the semester, students will write in any or all of the following genres: novel excerpts, short stories, plays, and poems.


INTRODUCTION TO JOURNALISM (EJS11)
Credits: 1 credit/semester
Grade(s): 11, 12
Length of Course: 1 semester
Prerequisite: Department Supervisor's Permission
Requirement Satisfied: Elective

This is a one-semester course open to juniors and seniors who have an interest in the workings of the print media. Students will study the techniques of successful journalists, practice to write in a variety of journalistic genres and styles, and produce the school’s newspaper.


PRINCIPLES OF EFFECTIVE WRITING (EWS11)
Credits: 1 credit/semester
Grade(s): 10
Length of Course: 1 semester
Prerequisite: None
Requirement Satisfied: Elective

The focus of this one-semester sophomore course is to improve students’ writing, both formal and informal. Students will work through the steps of the writing process, as well as continue to strengthen their skills in grammar, vocabulary, and style.


ADVANCED COMPOSITION I AND II (ESW21 & EWS22)
Credits: 1 credit/semester
Grade(s): 11
Length of Course: 2 semesters
Prerequisite: Department Supervisor's Permission
Requirement Satisfied: Elective

In this one-year junior course, students will engage in formal and informal writing, and will be expected to engage with texts, both fiction and non-fiction, to increase their comprehension, to recognize and discuss literary and rhetorical elements, devices, and strategies, and to imitate the writing style of particular authors. In addition, students will be required to present information orally, and practice more of the skills necessary for correctly conducting research and recording their findings.