English

COURSES
Grade 9 English

Grade 9 English is designed to equip the student with the basic skills and the necessary tools to express his/her ideas with clarity, ease and imagination. In Grade 9 English, readings cover short works of fiction, non-fiction, drama and poetry with emphasis upon skill development.  Included in Grade 9 English is a unit in library and basic research techniques. 

Grade 9 English (Honors)
Grade 9 Honors English is designed to equip the student with the basic skills and the necessary tools to express his/her ideas with clarity, ease and imagination. In Grade 9 Honors English, emphasis is placed on longer works of fiction, nonfiction, and upon acquiring sophistication with the literary aspects of a work.  Included in this course is a unit in library and basic research techniques.  Grade 9 Honors English is designed for students planning to continue formal education after graduation at a college or technical school. 

Grade 10 English
Students read literature and nonfiction in this course, which invites them to consider their power as individuals and to examine their roles as responsible citizens.  The writing includes a focus on the personal narrative, the literary essay, various approaches to open response questions, and preparation for the long composition on the MCAS exam.

Grade 10 English (Honors)
This course consists of a focus on literature, writing and speech. In the literature component, students continue to perfect their analytical and creative thinking skills through an in depth look at various works, striving to articulate the author's intent in theme, style, and tone. The writing component focuses on the literary essay, various approaches to open response type questions, and preparation for the long composition on the MCAS exam. The speech component focuses on students learning the basic skills of oral communication, including how to write and present a speech, and the importance of-verbal communication in a speech as well. Selections of nonfiction are read as well. 

Grade 11 English
English 11 focuses on developing both analytical reading skills and writing skills.  The course includes close, detailed readings of nonfiction, fiction, and drama; class discussion is required.  Students will work to develop their writing skills through free writing exercises, analytical writing assignments, creative writing assignments, and a research paper.

Grade 12 English (Honors)
Honors English 12 offers an exploration and analysis of a variety of genres (including short stories, drama, novels and non-fiction) of the past and modern world.  There is a strong focus on the changing periods of British Literature.  Creative and critical writings are essential requirements for this course.  There is a firm focus on developing strong writing skills connected to literary analysis.  Students should expect to reflect on the various comparisons between the different periods of literature, including making connections to life today, both in writing and through discussion. As with all senior college prep English courses, students must complete a research paper for this course.

English 12: Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, and Fantasy
Science Fiction used to refer to a type of writing fit only for pulpy magazines, comic books, late night radio shows, and B-movies. No more—the growing genre has reached tentacles into prize-winning literature, blockbuster films, highly-rated TV shows, and school classrooms. Society has recognized the value of asking “What if?” about our world, its history, and its future. By learning how to discuss and appreciate science fiction stories, students in this class will strengthen their ability to question, criticize, and value their “real” worlds. Other genres—speculative fiction, psychological fiction, and fantastic fiction—use the science fiction “What If” question as well.

Major American Authors & Expository Writing (Honors)
This class includes surveying the history of American Literature from 1850 to the present day, and through this study, we practice forming opinions, developing arguments, and organizing them into speech and writing.

The writing focus is the expository essay, but we write in a range of formats. To become better writers, we use tools and skills to improve our understanding, including analysis and enjoyment of films, poems, short stories and novels. To become better thinkers, we will study logic, critical perspectives, and historical thinking. Selections of nonfiction are read as well.

Advanced Placement Language and Composition
The Advanced Placement English Language and Composition course is designed to help students become critical readers of fiction and nonfiction works, including expository, argumentative, analytical, and personal texts from various authors and time periods. The course also aims to strengthen the effectiveness of students’ writing through close reading and frequent practice at applying rhetorical strategies, analyzing information from source texts, and writing arguments. (Literature studied in this course includes: The Great Gatsby, The Things They Carried, Angela’s Ashes, Catcher in the Rye, and numerous works of nonfiction.) This course is both reading and writing intensive and is not a preparatory course for Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition course; it is, instead, a rigorous “stand alone” course that offers the possible opportunity to receive college credit.

**Students may receive college credit; however, this is dependent upon the college and the grade earned on the A.P. Language and Composition exam. There is an A.P. exam fee associated with this course.** 

Advanced Placement Literature and Composition
The AP Literature and Composition course, which is designed to be the equal of an introductory college English class, has several objectives. Students should be prepared for a three hour A.P. test; students should be ready for college-level reading, writing, and thinking; students should hone specific skills to aid in reading comprehension, analysis, interpretation, and evaluation; students should form habits that aid in appreciation of reading, writing, thinking, and discussing; students should build a functional web of cultural literacy using the threads of genre, philosophy, and literary movement.

**Students may receive college credit; however, this is dependent upon the college and the grade earned on the A.P. Literature and Composition exam. There is an A.P. exam fee associated with this course.** 

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