English

The curriculum of the English Department follows the standards recommended by the Archdiocesan English Curriculum Committee, which is aligned with the state and national standards for English/Language Arts. Students will develop skills in critical reading and thinking, writing, speaking, and listening. While all classes will explore literature, develop vocabulary, review grammar, and improve writing, the track of each class will determine the pace on instruction and intensity of readings. All track three students will participate in the WordSmart program in the computer lab to increase their vocabulary skills. All students will keep a writing portfolio that will follow them through all four years of high school.

Summer Reading Assignments will be required for all students.

Course Listing

111 Honors English I

Gr: 9    Trk: 1    Cr: 1
The honors course is for the exceptional student and is characterized by an accelerated rate and greater depth of study. English Language Arts I is a required course for all ninth grade students. Based on the Common Core Standards, this course provides students with the skills and knowledge to become critical readers and writers by analyzing key ideas and details, craft and structure, and the integration of knowledge and ideas in literature and informational text.

Students will develop their writing skills by examining text types and purposes and by writing arguments, explanatory/informational texts, and narratives. Using the full writing process, students will learn how to produce and distribute quality writing using technology’s capacity to produce, publish, and share writing products. Students will conduct short research projects and will participate in a range of collaborative discussions integrating multiple sources of information. This course will advance students’ knowledge of the conventions of Standard English and will strengthen vocabulary acquisition and use.

This course is supported through various literary Genre studies.

112/113 English I

Gr: 9     Trks: 2, 3    Cr: 1

English Language Arts I is a required course for all ninth grade students. Based on the Common Core Standards, this course provides students with the skills and knowledge to become critical readers and writers by analyzing key ideas and details, craft and structure, and the integration of knowledge and ideas in literature and informational text.

Students will develop their writing skills by examining text types and purposes and by writing arguments, explanatory/informational texts, and narratives. Using the full writing process, students will learn how to produce and distribute quality writing using technology’s capacity to produce, publish, and share writing products. Students will conduct short research projects and will participate in a range of collaborative discussions integrating multiple sources of information. This course will advance students’ knowledge of the conventions of Standard English and will strengthen vocabulary acquisition and use.

This course is supported through various literary Genre studies.

121 English II

Gr: 10    Trk: 1    Cr: 1
The honors course is for the exceptional student and is characterized by an accelerated rate and greater depth of study. English Language Arts II is a required course for all tenth grade students. Based on the Common Core Standards, this course provides students with the skills and knowledge to become advanced critical readers and writers by analyzing multiple themes, interpretations, and details, craft and structure, and the integration of knowledge and ideas in literature and informational text.

Reinforcing and expanding the writing objectives of the freshman year, this course will develop the student’s writing skills by examining text types and purposes and by writing arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts. Students will write explanatory/informational texts to examine and convey complex ideas, and will write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events. Students will learn how to produce and distribute quality writing using technology’s capacity to produce, publish, and share writing products. Students will conduct sustained research projects and will participate in a range of collaborative discussions and presentations integrating multiple sources of information. This course will further advance students’ knowledge of the conventions of Standard English and will strengthen vocabulary acquisition and use.

This course is supported through various selections in World and British studies.

122/123 English II

Gr: 10    Trks: 2, 3     Cr: 1

English Language Arts II is a required course for all tenth grade students. Based on the Common Core Standards, this course provides students with the skills and knowledge to become advanced critical readers and writers by analyzing multiple themes, interpretations, and details, craft and structure, and the integration of knowledge and ideas in literature and informational text.

Reinforcing and expanding the writing objectives of the freshman year, this course will develop the student’s writing skills by examining text types and purposes and by writing arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts. Students will write explanatory/informational texts to examine and convey complex ideas, and will write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events. Students will learn how to produce and distribute quality writing using technology’s capacity to produce, publish, and share writing products. Students will conduct sustained research projects and will participate in a range of collaborative discussions and presentations integrating multiple sources of information. This course will further advance students’ knowledge of the conventions of Standard English and will strengthen vocabulary acquisition and use.

This course is supported through various selections in World and British studies.

132/133 English III

Gr: 11    Trks: 2, 3   Cr: 1

English Language Arts III is a required course for all eleventh grade students. Based on the Common Core Standards, this course provides students with the skills and knowledge to become critical readers and writers by analyzing key ideas and details, craft and structure, and the integration of knowledge and ideas in literature and informational text.

This course will develop the student’s writing skills by examining text types and purposes and by writing arguments, explanatory/informational texts, and narratives. Students will learn how to produce and distribute quality writing using technology’s capacity to produce, publish, and share writing products. Students will conduct short research projects and will participate in a range of collaborative discussions integrating multiple sources of information. This course will advance students’ knowledge of the conventions of Standard English and will strengthen vocabulary acquisition and use.

This course is supported through various selections in American studies.

135 Advanced Placement English Language

Gr: 11    Trk: 5    Cr: 1

The AP English Language course is based on a curriculum approved by the College Board. According to the College Board this course “engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectation, and subject as well as the way generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to the effectiveness in writing.” Because this course replaces the traditional Honors English 3 course, the primary focus will be American authors. This course will explore both fiction and nonfiction from the earliest American writers to cotemporary writers. Students will be required to read extensively and actively participate in class discussions. Frequent writing assignments will focus on the analytical and evaluative responses necessary to answer AP style questions.

Requirements: The AP English Language class will accept a limited number of students. To be rostered for this course, a student may be asked to: (1) receive a recommendation from the English II teacher, (2) meet minimum requirements on grade 10 Terra Nova and PSAT reading and writing scores, (3) produce a writing sample, and (4) make a commitment to scheduled assignments, including summer reading and test prep sessions.

All AP students are required to take the AP exam in early May.

142 English IV

Gr: 12    Trk: 2    Cr: 1

English Language Arts IV is a required course for all twelfth grade students. Based on the Common Core Standards, this course provides students with the skills and knowledge to become advanced critical readers and writers by analyzing multiple themes, interpretations, and details, craft and structure, and the integration of knowledge and ideas in literature and informational text.

Reinforcing and expanding the writing objectives of the junior year, this course will develop the student’s writing skills by examining text types and purposes and by writing arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts. Students will write explanatory/informational texts to examine and convey complex ideas, and will write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events. Students will learn how to produce and distribute quality writing using technology’s capacity to produce, publish, and share writing products. Students will conduct sustained research projects and will participate in a range of collaborative discussions and presentations integrating multiple sources of information. This course will further advance students’ knowledge of the conventions of Standard English and will strengthen vocabulary acquisition and use.

This course is supported through various selections in contemporary American studies

145 AP English Literature

Gr: 12     Trk: 5    Cr: 1
The AP English Literature course is based on the curriculum recommended by the college Board. According to the College Board this course “engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students consider a work’s style, structure, and themes, as well as such smaller scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone.” A broad range of literature will be covered in this course: American, British, and World authors of all eras and in all genres. Students will be require to read extensively and actively participate in class discussions. Regular writing assignments will focus on the analytical and evaluative responses necessary to answer AP questions. A major research paper based on the critical analysis of literature will be required.

REQUIREMENTS: The AP English Literature class will accept a limited number of students. To be rostered for this class a student must (1) receive a recommendation from the English III teacher, (2) meet minimum requirements on grade 11 Terra Nova and PSAT reading and writing scores, (3) produce a writing sample, (4) make a commitment to scheduled assignments, including summer reading and test prep sessions.

ALL AP STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE HE AP EXAM IN EARLY MAY.

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