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English

The English Language Arts Department is dedicated to fostering student success by providing a solid academic foundation and maximizing intellectual potential in each individual within a nurturing yet academically challenging environment. Our mission is to develop and foster a lifelong appreciation of the written word and to provide students with the critical reading, writing, listening, and communication skills to be successful, productive, and caring members of our global society.

 

Course Descriptions

English 9

Prerequisite - English 8 or 8H Successful completion of summer reading assignment is required.

This freshman course covers the short story. drama, poetry and the novel. Students learn the techniques of good composition, often writing on course literature. As part of student development in reading, students study Shakespeare's Julius Caesar in addition to mythology and other classic literature. There is extensive vocabulary study, development of oral communication skills, and an emphasis on mechanical skills such as spelling, grammar, and punctuation. The course includes a research paper in a term report format with outline, parenthetical referencing, works cited, and documentation.

Grade 9
1 Unit


English 9HI - World Literature

Prerequisites - English 8 or 8H and Department Recommendation
Suggested Prerequisite 85 or above. Successful completion of summer reading assignment is required. Concurrent Selection - Social Studies 9HI

This is an advanced course for superior students. This chronological course spans from the ancient world to the mid-eighteenth century. This course is linked with Global History (HI. There are common instructional objectives, activities, assignments and projects. Both courses must be selected. This course includes a research paper in a term report format with outline, parenthetical referencing, works cited, and documentation.

Grade 9
1 Unit

Writing Workshop 9

Prerequisite - Department Recommendation

Students identified have a significant weakness in reading and/or writing. They meet every other day throughout the year. Its focus will be on the improvement of critical reading and analytic writing skills through intense practice in a smaller group setting. This course seeks to provide remediation for students by offering them additional time with their teacher to elaborate on individual reading and writing needs necessary for success on the English Regents.

Grade 9
1/2 Unit

English 10

Prerequisite – English 9 or 9H 1 Unit

This course includes a study of such literary forms as the essay, the short story and lyric poetry. In addition, students read
Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and novels, such as To Kill A Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men and Anthem. Writing
skills are emphasized throughout the year. Students write personal and analytic essays and complete a full research project
with a literary focus.

Grade10
1 Unit

Writing Workshop 10 (Spring)

Prerequisite – Dept. Recommendation

Students identified have a significant weakness in reading and/or writing. They meet every other day throughout the spring term. Its focus will be on the improvement of critical reading and analytic writing skills through intense practice in a smaller group setting. This course seeks to provide remediation for students by offering them additional time with their teacher to elaborate on individual reading and writing needs necessary for success on the English Regents.

Grade 10
¼ Unit

English Honors

Prerequisites – English 9 or 9HI and Dept. Recommendation

Suggested Prerequisite 85 or above. Successful completion of Summer Reading is required. This is an advanced course for superior students in the study of literature; it also marks the beginning of mature writing. The course includes short stories, poetry, novels and plays. There is an emphasis on the development of writing skills including grammar and punctuation. Students complete a literary term paper. Standards of achievement are higher than in other tenth grade English courses. (A Regents examination will be administered in June)

Grade 10
1 Unit

English 11 – American Literature

Prerequisite – English 10

This course emphasizes close reading and interpretation of classic and
contemporary American literature. Literary analysis, both oral and written,
advanced composition skills, including mechanical skills, such as grammar and punctuation, and vocabulary study are important parts of the year’s work. One Shakespearean play will be studied in addition to the American Literature curriculum. (A Regents examination will be administered in January.)

Grade 11
1 Unit

Writing Workshop 11 (Fall)

Prerequisite – Dept. Recommendation

Students will meet every other day throughout the fall term. Students will be working intensely on the skills necessary for them to achieve success on the English Regents given in January. Small class setting and the English teacher’s knowledge of the individual student’s weaknesses and strengths will provide students with the focus toward academic achievement. A research paper will be required as a final exam.

Grade 11
¼ Unit

English 11H – Major American Writers/Molloy College Credit

Prerequisites – English 10 or 10H and Dept. Recommendation

Suggested prerequisite 85 or above. Successful completion of Summer Reading required. The thematic course in American Literature is for students who have demonstrated superior skills in English. Included will be works by major American authors such as Twain, Poe, Melville, Hawthorne, James, O’Neill, Williams and Miller. American poetry will also be emphasized. At least one Shakespearean play will be studied in addition to the American
Literature curriculum. Students will analyze literature in their daily assignments. (A Regents examination will be administered in January.) A research paper will be required as a final exam.

Grade 11
1 Unit

English 11AP – AP Language and Composition/AP Credit/Molloy College Credit

Prerequisites – English 10H and Dept. Recommendation

Suggested prerequisite 85 or above. Successful completion of summer reading assignments is required. This course centers on close reading and the development of a clear, concise essay style in writing. Students examine the rhetorical structure of essays, short stories, and novels to meet the demands of the AP exam in May. Satisfactory performance on this national test results in 3 credits at most colleges and universities. After the AP exam, students read Shakespeare’s Macbeth and write a final paper.

Grade 11
1 Unit

English 12 – World Literature

Prerequisites – English 11

The emphasis of this course is on world writers. Students will read novels, plays, short stories, and poetry by such world-renowned writers as Sophocles, Shakespeare, Ibsen, Kafka, Golding, and Vonnegut. The composition part of the course includes personal essay in preparation for college applications, expository essay writing and a major research paper of literary analysis in preparation for future college courses. The research paper is required for graduation.

Grade 12
1 Unit

English 12HC Honors

Prerequisites – English 11or H and Dept. Recommendation

Suggested prerequisite 85 or above. Successful completion of summer reading assignment is required. The literature for this course is drawn from the great writers of the Western world. Written work requires a literature
analysis paper, a paper on an aspect of Shakespeare’s plays, and a number of short papers, both creative and analytical.

Grade 12
1 Unit

Advanced Placement English Literature/AP Credit/Molloy College Credit

Prerequisites – English 11H / 11AP and Dept. recommendation

Suggested prerequisite 85+ - Successful completion of summer reading assignment is required Literature is drawn from a wide variety of challenging authors. Written work includes at least one literature analysis paper, a paper on an aspect of Shakespeare’s plays, and a number of short papers, both creative and analytical. Students are required to take the Advanced Placement examination in English. Satisfactory performance results in credit at most colleges and universities.

Grade 12
1 Unit

English Electives

Creative Writing Grades 9-10

Prerequisite – English average of 80 or above in Grades 7, 8, 9

This course is for the beginning creative writer in which he/she will be exposed to various short stories and poetry to emphasize the author and poet’s use of language to express ideas and images. Students will become aware of a writer’s style, thereby, guiding the student in his/her own creations. The teacher will develop students’ use of figurative language
and its relationship to powerful expression.

½ Unit

Creative Writing Grades 11-12

Prerequisite-English Average of 80 or above in Grades 9 & 10

(May be counted toward the 4 year English requirement)

This course includes poetry, short stories and the development of creative skills. Writing requirements include a journal, short creative pieces and a short story. This course may be taken for college credit only with teacher recommendation.

½ Unit

Theatre Arts I Grades 11-12

Prerequisite – None

This is a class for the beginning student that includes the basics of acting: theory, improvisation, relaxation, voice, speech, movement, sensory and emotional awareness, and stimulation of the imagination through concentration and action.

½ Unit

Theatre Arts II Grades 11-12

Prerequisite – Theatre Arts I or permission of teacher
This course is a continuation of Theatre 1 with concentrated work on script analysis, characterization, voice, and fundamentals of stage movement, culminating in a spring performance. Students develop two person scenes. Each student directs at least one scene.

½ Unit

Public Speaking Grades 10-12

Prerequisite – None

Speaking and listening are the principal means through which people communicate with one another, clarify ideas and beliefs, and share knowledge, experiences and emotions. This course covers public speaking, group discussions (formal and informal), and the art of the debate.

½ Unit

Journalism Grades 9-12

Prerequisite – None (May be counted toward the 4th year English requirement)

This course is for students interested in print journalism (newspapers and magazines). The basic units involve interviewing techniques; various types of journalistic writing such as news, entertainment, editorial, and sports; layout and design; advertising; and media reportage. Members of the class complete assignments for Rampage. Students will be trained on desktop publishing.

½ Unit

Film I Grades 11-12

Prerequisite – None

This course is an introduction into the history of film. We explore photography, editing, and sound through early black and white classics to contemporary masterpieces. The first semester exploration includes animation, musicals and drama. Reading, oral projects and film evaluations are required.

½ Unit

Film II Grades 11-12

Prerequisite - Film I or teacher permission

This course is a continuation of Film I with a deeper look at various genres of film: Foreign, Horror, Westerns and comedy. We explore movement, acting and story boarding screenwriting. Requirements include written and oral projects, film evaluations and production of a brief film.

½ Unit

Reading Courses

Reading 9 – 12 Grades 9-12

Prerequisite – Department Recommendation

This course is planned for students whose reading ability is two or more years below grade level per standardized testing. Instruction is based on individual needs and includes reading comprehension, vocabulary development and study skills. Writing skills are developed varied materials including computer word processing programs.

½ Unit

English as a Second Language

English Language Learners 1, 2, 3 Grades 9-12
Prerequisite – Department Recommendation

Students are placed in an integrated, individualized speaking, listening, reading and writing program. This course is mandatory for those students whose native language is not English and whose proficiency in English does not meet the standards necessary for a regular program of studies.

1 Unit

ELL Workshop Grades 9-12

Prerequisite – Department Recommendation Not for Credit

English as a Second Language teachers provide individual aid to limited English proficiency students to help them understand and complete assignments in their content area classes.

Not for Credit

  

 

Staff

Kathleen O’Farrell
Director

Jeannette Casto
English Teacher

Laura Clark
Reading Teacher

Patricia Dunbar Lepanto
English Teacher

Robert Ferrigno
English Teacher

Jared Kufta
English Teacher

Jacqueline Lawson
English Teacher

Maria D’Angelo
Library TA

Barbara Stern
Library

Julie Weiss
English Teacher

Julie Healey
English Teacher