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English Courses, Grades 9-12

  • English I (H)
  • English II (H)
  • AP English Language Composition
  • English EWRC IV
  • AP English Literature

English Language Arts

English I (H)
Grade 9

Students will begin their exploration of major authors and classical works. Students will also be given opportunities to develop literary analysis skills through the study of works by major authors and through the study of the following genres: short story, novel, drama, essay and poetry. Emphasis is on analyzing literature in depth, analyzing career-related and other complex writing, and giving extensive oral presentations.

English II (H)
Grade 10

Students are able to complete a research paper. Students will study multicultural works of literature and some works by famous world authors. Major and extended literary works will be read. Students continue to refine composition skills through the writing process, as well as self-editing. There will be an emphasis on co-operative learning and keeping dialectical journals or reading logs. Recreational reading will continue.

AP English Language Composition
Grade 11

The course is designed to help students become skilled in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts and to become skilled writers who can compose for a variety of purposes. Students should become aware of the interactions among writer's purposes; audience expectations and subjects, as well as the way generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effective writing. Students are expected to take the AP examination in the spring.

English EWRC IV
Grade 12

The Expository Reading and Writing Course (EWRC) materials consist of an assignment template - an outline of the pedagogical process that organizes and guides all course modules (curricular units). Each module takes between one and three weeks to teach (depending on students' needs and previous academic literary experience) and is composed of a sequence of integrated reading and writing experiences, beginning with pre-reading activities, moving into reading and post reading activities, and continuing through informal and formal writing assignments. Along the way students learn to make predictions and ask a variety of questions about the varied texts they are reading, analyze content, identify and evaluate rhetorical structures, and appropriately use materials from the texts they read to support their own written analyses and arguments.

AP English Literature
Grade 12

This course is designed to engage 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. This course also places emphasis on perfecting writing skills. Students are expected to take the AP examination in the spring.