ENGLISH

student_in_class2.jpgEnglish I: Survey of Literary Genres

English I is a comprehensive study of literary genres.  The structure of the short story, the novel, poetry, drama, and nonfiction is examined. Selections introduce noted authors, and exemplary works for instruction, discussion, and writing. Through the study of literature, students develop vocabulary, critical thinking, and expository writing skills. This introductory course begins with a unit on study skills, preparing students for successful high school achievement.

Honors English I

Honors English I is offered to freshmen who will accept the challenge of intensive reading and writing beyond the regular comprehensive study of the literary genres. It is taught at an accelerated pace and provides aesthetic, philosophical, and linguistic perspectives and interpretations of major works across the genres.

Language and Composition Support

Language and Composition Support is a full year course for international students. It offers reading and writing skills instruction designed to develop and enhance student proficiency in communication.  Cultural literacy is fostered so that each student may gain confidence in his or her American educational experience. There is a strong emphasis on grammar, study skills, vocabulary building, and word analysis. Each student is encouraged to progress at his or her own rate.

English II:  Survey of American Literature

English II introduces sophomores to a focused selection of American literature. This study begins with the American colonial period and chronicles the development of the American mind and spirit to the twenty first century through representative authors and their works. Skills development in writing, vocabulary, public speaking, and critical thinking are integrated into the curriculum.

studying6.jpgHonors English II

Honors English II is offered to sophomores who will accept the challenge of intensive reading and writing beyond the regular comprehensive study of American Literature. It is taught at an accelerated pace and provides in depth examination of literary approaches and techniques. There is an application process for enrollment.

English III:  Survey of English Literature

English III introduces juniors to major British writers and their works. It is presented chronologically from the Anglo-Saxon period to contemporary times. The course examines British authors and their works, providing a broad sense of the foundation established by British writers for the American writer and student. Skills emphasized include vocabulary development, reading comprehension, critical thinking, and analytical writing.

Honors English III

Honors English II is offered to juniors who will accept the challenge of intensive reading and writing beyond the regular comprehensive study of British literature. It is taught at an accelerated pace and provides in depth examination of literary approaches and techniques. There is an application process for enrollment.

English IV:  Survey of World Literature

English IV introduces seniors to a more sophisticated selection of world literature across the genres. It offers the college-bound student an introduction to literary analysis and interpretation on a higher level yet within the context of classroom guidance and study. Selections range from ancient translations to contemporary works by world class authors. Reading, interpreting, analyzing, and writing about the works is emphasized.  Students are required to complete a senior thesis paper for graduation.

Honors English IV

Honors English IV is offered to seniors who will accept the challenge of intensive reading and writing beyond the regular comprehensive study of world literature.  It is taught at an accelerated pace and provides in depth examination of literary analysis and criticism. Students are required to complete a senior thesis paper for graduation. There is an application process for enrollment.

Advanced Placement Literature and Composition

Advanced Placement Literature and Composition is a college level course that covers a wide spectrum of literary genres. A survey of classical to contemporary selections is presented as well as an introduction to philosophy and original thought. Close reading and critical analysis skills are required of the student. Writing assignments include literary analysis, literary criticism, and research supported thesis papers. This course is designed to comply with the curricular requirements set forth by The College Board and is designated an approved course. Students are encouraged to take the AP examination in May. There is an application process for enrollment.

Creative Writing

Creative Writing is an elective course offered to seniors who wish to expand and enhance their skills in writing fiction, poetry, drama, and personal essays. Student participation is in addition to their regular senior English course requirement. Students are introduced to the creative thinking process and specific techniques used to open their divergent thinking abilities. Examples and stylistic uses of the resources of language by great writers in each of the genres is presented.  This course is a writing workshop and student production is intensive.