academics departments english 2

English

Chairperson: Kenneth Favell

9th Grade English

Ninth grade English is an introduction to fundamental concepts and processes that will be essential in high school and beyond, including the writing process, research skills, reading comprehension strategies, critical analysis, oral presentation, and a meaningful exchange of ideas. Ninth grade English introduces students to a wide variety of texts from a variety of literary traditions and times. Students read, write and analyze narrative and expository texts to gain an understanding of the world and themselves and to communicate effectively with others. Ninth graders integrate content, thinking skills, and use various media and formats to communicate effectively with different audiences. This course will be taught in the historical and social context of selected literature in order to further students’ understanding of themselves, their community, and the world.

10th Grade English

Tenth grade English students continue to strengthen and further develop fundamental concepts and processes that were introduced in ninth grade. Students will be exposed to a variety of authors from various literary traditions. Tenth grade students will practice increasingly sophisticated reading, writing, and analytical strategies. Using narrative and expository texts, students will broaden their understanding of viewpoints beyond their own. Students are expected to apply strategies for developing vocabulary, using appropriate Standard English, and thinking critically while engaged in the writing process, research process, and communication skills. This course will be taught in the historical and social context of selected literature in order to further students’ understanding of themselves, their community, and the world.

English 2 Honors: World Literature

Tenth grade Honors English students continue to strengthen and further develop fundamental concepts and processes that were introduced in ninth grade with the rigor to match their additional efforts in their English I and Writing courses. Students will be exposed to a variety of authors from various literary traditions, which they will compare to expository texts with similar themes/arguments. Tenth grade honor students will practice increasingly sophisticated reading, writing, and analytical strategies. Using narrative and expository texts, students will broaden their understanding of viewpoints beyond their own. Students are expected to apply strategies for developing vocabulary, using appropriate Standard English, and thinking critically while engaged in the writing process, research process, and communication skills. This course will be taught in the historical and social context of selected literature in order to further students’ understanding of themselves, their community, and the world. It will also present an introduction to the concepts and practices explored in the schools’ AP courses.

English 11

Eleventh grade English III builds upon the skills introduced in the first two years of high school English. In this course students read, write, and analyze both literary and expository texts with increasing independence. Using a variety of formats, students will demonstrate competency in using the writing process to understand and explore increasingly complex topics and to communicate that understanding to different audiences for various purposes. Students will utilize multimedia to formally and informally present information, will practice sophisticated reading strategies in their encounters with new literary texts, while connecting the new works with previously studied material, and will speak and listen effectively using learned strategies. This course will be taught in the historical and social context of American literature in order to further students’ understanding of themselves, their community, their nation and their world.

English 12

The Senior English course refines and deepens the speaking, reading, writing, and critical thinking skills practiced in the junior year. In this course, twelfth grade students read, write, analyze, and synthesize both literary and expository texts. Students will refine their competency in the writing process by independently selecting and manipulating writing strategies to create polished work. Additionally, twelfth grade students will use their reading, critical thinking, listening and speaking skills to achieve college readiness by actively engaging in various types of academic discourse. This course anticipates and practices the skills necessary to read and write across disciplines at the college level. It will be taught in the historical and social context of literature in order to further students’ understanding of themselves, their community, and the world.

Writing A

Writing A is an introduction to fundamental concepts and processes that will be essential in high school and beyond such as the writing process, research skills, reading comprehension strategies, critical analysis, oral presentation, and a meaningful exchange of ideas. The course will emphasize a spectrum of writing forms and methods of research and analysis. Students will read a wide array of texts representing examples of style and structure in order to draw from literary sources as models and for citation. Students will apply content, critical thinking, effective communication with others, and various media formats to their written word addressed to different audiences. The course will be taught with an emphasis on expression in various forms and application of appropriate voice and style.