English Courses

The English Language Arts curricula offers integrated literature based courses in which students of all four years are grouped heterogeneously. All four levels concentrate on reading comprehension through strategies for active readers, literary analysis, critical thinking skills, vocabulary development, and the writing process. In addition, for enhancement and enjoyment, all four levels are supplemented with novels that correspond to each year of study.

3001/*7001 - English Language Arts 9
Grade 09 | 5 Credits | Level 2/3

The freshman English Language Arts curriculum introduces selections of various genres including fiction, nonfiction, ballad, lyric poetry, personal essay, mystery story and drama, and Shakespearean drama. Critique writing, narrative writing, descriptive writing, persuasive writing and expository speech skills are also developed. Author studies are also explored. 

*7001- In this course, modifications to the above curriculum are made as dictated by students’ Individualized Education Plans. 

3081 - English Language Arts Enrichment 9
Grade 09 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2

This course is mandatory for all freshmen students. This is a skills-based course focused on active reading and academic writing that compliments students’ regularly scheduled English class. The genres explored are fiction, nonfiction, mystery story, poetry, myths, and historical narratives. Students work on specific skills such as drawing conclusions, reading for concepts, finding the main idea, characterization, and using context clues. who have reached grade level are mainstreamed into the English Language Arts program.

 

3201 - Honors English Language Arts 9
Grade 09 | 5 Credits | Level 1

The freshman honors English Language Arts curriculum focuses and extends students’ understanding of the various genres offered in the freshman English Language Arts curriculum. Novels will be assigned during the shop cycle interim, as well as, during the academic cycle. These will be the basis for in depth literary analysis presentations before a critical audience for discussion and debate. In addition, emphasis is placed on developing greater proficiency in paragraph development and vocabulary of the writing process.

*Prerequisites: Enrollment in this course is based upon student placement exam results. As part of this placement exam, students must score at least a 17/20 on the written portion of this test in order to be eligible for Honors English Language Arts 9 placement. Additionally, previous student English scores and overall transcripts will be considered when placing students in this class. 

3002/*7002 - English Language Arts 10
Grade 10 | 5 Credits | Level 2/3

The sophomore English Language Arts curriculum encourages students to grow as critical readers and thinkers while supporting the frameworks for MCAS strategies. The genres studied are fiction, science fiction, realistic fiction, nonfiction, mystery story, poetry, sonnets, Greek drama, and Shakespearean drama. In the sophomore year, an integrated expository writing/speech project is required. An author study of a science fiction writer is investigated. The writing process includes critique, narrative, descriptive and persuasive writing.

*7002- In this course, modifications to the above curriculum are made as dictated by students’ Individualized Education Plans. 

3082 - English Language Arts Enrichment 10
Grade 10 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2

This course is mandatory for all sophomore students. It is designed to help foster critical thinking skills, while at the same time hone reading and writing skills that compliment students’ regularly scheduled English class. Students will focus and practice on the DESE approved TestNav website, the new MCAS assessment platform, so that they may be better prepared for the MCAS 2.0 exam and how to navigate this new tool. 

 

3202 - Honors English Language Arts 10
Grade 10 | 5 Credits | Level 1

The sophomore English Language Arts curriculum reinforces and expands competencies initiated in freshman level English Language Arts. Students read the various works of the sophomore English Language Arts curriculum and analyze form and purpose of these genres. Novels will be assigned during the shop cycle interim, as well as during the academic cycle, which will be the basis for in depth literary analysis presentations to demonstrate considerations of audience, purpose, and information conveyed. There is also greater emphasis on organization, precision of expression, and wider use of vocabulary to demonstrate their understanding of answering open-ended research questions, while relying upon different sources of information and research techniques.

*Prerequisites: Grade of 80 or above in Honors ELA 9 or
Grade of 90 or above in ELA 9, teacher recommendation, and passing score on placement exam

**Students wishing to take the writing placement exam for this honors course must see their English teacher(s) prior to April of their freshman year. 

3003/*7003 - English Language Arts 11
Grade 11 | 5 Credits | Level 2/3

The junior English Language Arts curriculum gives students knowledge of American writers for a sense of the diversity of our country. This course provides students with an awareness of cultural and historical influences on literature. American literature genres include myths, songs, folktales, poetry, sermon, primary sources, legend, fiction, nonfiction and historical narrative. Four author studies are also examined. Students also complete an integrated expository writing/ speech project, as well as critique writing, narrative, descriptive and persuasive process writing.

*7003- In this course, modifications to the above curriculum are made as dictated by students’ Individualized Education Plans. 

3203 - Honors English Language Arts 11
Grade 11 | 5 Credits | Level 1

Students read the various genres of the junior English Language Arts curriculum and analyze style, form, and historical content. Students develop an understanding of literature as a basis for social commentary, inquiry, and critical analysis. Students will be required to present informal and formal speech presentations. Novels will be assigned during the shop cycle interim, as well as during the academic cycle, which will be the basis for in depth literary analysis presentations to demonstrate considerations of audience, purpose, and information conveyed. Students improve organization, content, paragraph development, level of detail, style, tone, and word choice in their own writing through the writing process. SAT vocabulary and word analogies preparation are an integral part of this course.

*Prerequisites: Grade of 80 or above in Honors ELA 10 or
Grade of 90 or above in ELA 10, teacher recommendation, and passing score on placement exam

**Students wishing to take the writing placement exam for this honors course must see their English teacher(s) prior to April of their sophomore year. 

3144 - AP English Language and Composition
Grade 11/12 | 5 Credits | Level 5

In this Advanced Placement course, students will study British literature and the art of rhetoric. Students will be able to analyze writers’ rhetorical and linguistic choices, as well as apply different rhetorical and linguistic strategies to their own writing. Students will read from a variety of prominent English language autobiographers, diarists, political writers, biographers, historical writers, essayists, fiction writers and literary critics. The completion of extensive summer assignments assignments is a requirement of this course. Please do not elect this course if you are unwilling to complete the summer assignments. Students should have earned a grade of A- or better in their prior year English class. They must also take a writing placement examination. All students are required to take the AP exam.

*Weighted towards GPA

**Course goals and further descriptions can be found at collegeboard.org 

3145 - AP English Literature and Composition
Grade 11/12 | 5 Credits | Level 5

The AP English Literature and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level literary analysis course. The course engages students in the close reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature to deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure. As they read, students consider a work's structure, style, and themes, as well as its use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Writing assignments include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary works.

*Weighted towards GPA

**Course goals and further descriptions can be found at collegeboard.org 

3325 - History of Broadway
Grade 11/12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2

This course is an elective for students who have an interest in drama, theater, music, and film. The primary objective is to expose students to the rich history, heritage, and evolution of the American Musical. It will explore different periods of history in which popular Broadway musicals and Hollywood films are set. Students will learn about New York’s theatrical history through the use of audio and visual media and will examine how the period is represented within each show. Optional field trips to see live performances will be offered.

 

3326 - Art and Literature Fusion
Grade 11/12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2

This course is an elective for students who have an interest in art, creative expression, and literature. Students will focus on self-expression through creating their own artwork, creative writing, poetry, and playwriting, while at the same time fuse art and literature to make connections between the two. This includes paintings, drawings, plays, performances, poetry, and music, paired with ancient and modern texts. This course will foster an appreciation for how the arts, humanities, and literature fuse together in today’s world. Students will design and keep an art journal of their work. Museum visits, as well as poetry slams and creative workshops may be offered.

 

4068 - Creative Writing
Grade 11/12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 2

This course is an elective designed for students to create original forms of descriptive writing, poetry, drama and fiction through the use of vocabulary development and creative writing techniques. The purpose of this course is to allow students to fully grasp literature and creative writing’s deep relevance to the life of the individual, promote creativity and community outreach at the writing-specific and interdisciplinary levels, equip members with useful and current skills in communication and expression, and foster the love of the written word. Through lecture, discussion, assigned reading, writing exercises, short story (or novel chapter) writing, and critiques of student writing in a workshop mode, the students will critically examine the elements of literary creation. The students will keep a journal and prepare a portfolio of their work.

 

4100 - Introduction to American Sign Language
Grade 11/12 | 2.5 Credits | Level 1

This course introduces students to the language and culture of Deaf people in the United States. The focus will be on both expressive and receptive skills in American Sign Language (ASL) through basic grammar, vocabulary, fingerspelling, numbers, and an introduction to American Deaf culture. 

 

3004/*7004 - English Language Arts 12
Grade 12 | 5 Credits | Level 2/3

The senior English Language Arts curriculum focuses on classic British literature from the Anglo-Saxon Period, the English Renaissance, the Restoration Period, the Romantic and Victorian Eras to contemporary times. The genres are epic poetry, romantic poetry, Victorian poetry, framework stories, sonnets, Shakespearian drama, novels, diaries, and fiction. In addition, students complete an author study on Chaucer. Process writing includes narrative, descriptive, expository, and persuasive writing 

*7004- In this course, modifications to the above curriculum are made as dictated by students’ Individualized Education Plans. 

3204 - Honors English Language Arts 12
Grade 12 | 5 Credits | Level 1

This is a literature course that provides students with an opportunity to develop their writing through various stages of composing, revising, and editing, while simultaneously developing a critical view of the world surrounding them. While developing an understanding of literature as a basis for enjoyment, social commentary, inquiry, and critical analysis, students in this course also learn to formulate and support a thesis using a number of rhetorical strategies; conduct research; integrate a variety of sources according to the Modern Language Association guidelines; and write in standard, formal English with consideration given to audience, purpose, and context.

*Prerequisites: Grade of 80 or above in Honors ELA 11 or
Grade of 90 or above in ELA 11, teacher recommendation, and passing score on placement exam

**Students wishing to take the writing placement exam for this honors course must see their English teacher(s) prior to April of their junior year.