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English 9          Length of Course: 40 weeks
English 9 students read a varied selection of short stories, plays poems and novels including Great Expectations and Romeo and Juliet.  Students study these works, analyzing and discussing the literary elements within each genre. Students learn to define and apply the parts of speech.  They also practice organizing and developing literature-based, persuasive, descriptive, and personal narrative essays.  Students practice active listening through note-taking and listening comprehension activities.  Students develop critical thinking skills and are taught to apply those skills to the analysis of literature and the development of essays.  As one of the major projects in English 9, students are required to give literature-based presentations to an audience of their peers.  This public speaking engagement incorporates the use of technology.

English 9 Honors       Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation     Credits: 1
This advanced freshmen class will focus on improving listening skills, grammar, reading comprehension, and literary analysis with an emphasis on analytical writing. Students will study a variety of short stories and poems, Charles Dickens’ classic novel, Great Expectations, William Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo & Juliet, Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, and Sophocles tragic play, Oedipus the King. A biography unit and a young adult novel unit will also be part of the curriculum.

English 10       Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: English 9                    Credits: 1
English 10 is a literature based class. Students work with three core texts: To Kill a Mockingbird, Lord of the Flies and Macbeth. In addition too these, students read several shorter pieces of literature including poems and short stories. Outside class, students are required to read independently and submit quarterly book projects based on that reading. Students learn to read for analysis, identify key literary elements, apply new vocabulary, and write literature based essays.

English 10 Honors      Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: Completion of English 9 Honors or Teacher Recommendation             Credits: 1
English 10 Honors is a literature based class. Students work with four core texts: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Shakespear’s Macbeth and The Awakening by Kate Chopin. Outside of class, students are required to read college level novels, submitting quarterly book projects based on these readings. In addition to these, students read several shorter pieces of literature including poems and short stories. Students learn to read for analysis, identify key literary elements, apply new vocabulary, and write literature based essays.

English 11         Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: English 9 and 10                             Credits: 1
In English 11 students study a wide range of literature from the United States and develop their mastery of the English language. The course also prepares students for the statewide Comprehensive Examination administered to the Junior Class students. The course will contain studies of the various forms of American Literature including the short story, the novel, poetry, the play, and film. Also included will be a study and review of the techniques and skills that will best serve the students on the statewide exam: vocabulary, spelling, reading and listening comprehension, essay and composition writing, and literary analysis. The curriculum book list includes but is not limited to: Othello by William Shakespeare, The Crucible by Arthur Miller, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Hamlet by William Shakespeare, and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.

English 11 Honors       Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: Completion of English 10 Honors or Teacher Recommendation        Credits: 1
In English 11 Honors, students study a wide range of literature from the United States and develop their mastery of the English language.  The course also prepares students for the statewide Comprehensive English regents exam administered to the Junior class students.  The course will contain studies of the various forms of American Literature including the short story, the novel, poetry, the play, and the statewide exam: vocabulary, spelling, reading, and listening comprehension, essay and composition writing and literary analysis.
English Honors differs from English 11 in that it is a more rigorous course and requires a higher level of critical thinking.  It is assumed that most of these students will take AP English their senior year and with that in mind, the Honors class will start to prepare them for a college English class.  To that end, Honors students will read more books than the other classes and they will also complete a greater number of literary anlalyses.

English 12          Length of Course: 40 Weeks
Prerequisite:  English 9, English 10 and English 11              Credits:1
English 12 is an intergrated study of world literature and analytical writing.  Major authors and literary works, the development of literature and literary genres, literary periods and developments, and the relationship between history and literature will be studied.  Instruction will focus on refining reading strategies; developing the ability to analyze and interpret literary texts; increasing vocabulary; and communicating and extending understanding.  The student will respond to, analyze and interpret literary texts; increasing vocabulary; and communicating and extending understanding.  The student will respond to, analyze and interpret literary texts in class discussion, projects and presentations, and essays.  Writing instruction will focus on refining, developing and applying writing process strategies with formal essays required,.  A senior research paper is also required.

AP English Literature and Composition (Advanced Placement)       Length of Course: 40 weeks
Prerequisite: Advanced English Skills                                                                               Credits: 1
Students will be engaged in careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Students will deepen their understanding of the ways writers used language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. The course will include an intensive study of representative works from various genres and periods, concentrating on works of recognized literary merit. Students will experience, interpret, and evaluate the literature. These three aspects of reading correspond to the approach they will take in writing about the literary works: annotation, journaling, making and explaining judgments, and exploring underlying social and cultural values through analysis, interpretation, and argument.  Students will be expected to take the AP English Literature and Composition exam, for a fee, at the end of the course, for college credit.

Science Fiction        Length of Course: 20 weeks
Prerequisite: Grade 12                         Credits: ½
In Science Fiction we will be exploring the science fiction genre by reading a variety of work by a variety of authors. An understanding of the genre, critical analysis of the reading material, and group discussions are the cornerstones of this course. We will read Slaughterhouse Five, I am Legend, Einsteins’s Dreams, and various short stories by prominent science fiction authors. The research component of this class requires you to evaluate and understand a developing technology or branch of science and speculate how this technology will affect our species and/or planet.