• English
    All English courses are yearlong, two-credit courses.

    Grade 9 English
    English 9

    English 9 is a yearlong two credit course.  This course is designed to prepare students to be effective communicators and independent thinkers while promoting the importance of becoming lifelong learners.  To achieve this goal students will engage in activities that will improve literacy skills by exploring curriculum units presented according to themes.  The literature series will blend popular and classic favorites along with contemporary literature that relates to themes in students’ lives.  Some examples include overcoming obstacles, making choices and achieving success. Additionally, the program will emphasize MCAS test preparation and a multitude of language arts skills tied into the literature selections and curriculum frameworks.

     

    Honors English 9*

    This course is designed to build upon the communication and literacy skills of the eighth grade curriculum.  The Honors English 9 curriculum focuses on achieving competency in more complex communication skills.  The goal is to increase students’ ability to read for meaning and understanding.  Students will produce compositions that are clearly focused, develop related ideas, and are supported with details from literature.  Students will use short stories, novels, plays, non-fiction and poetry to increase reading comprehension.

    Grade 10 English

    English 10

    English 10 is a yearlong two credit course.  This course focuses on achieving greater competency in a variety of communication skills.  Most importantly, students will achieve competency in language and writing skills with an emphasis on achieving greater competency in all types of writing.  Students will create compositions that are clearly focused with fully developed concepts and supported with well thought out details.  Students will continue to develop basic grammar and comprehensive skills with the goal of reaching competency on the MCAS English Language Arts exam.  Students will utilize short stories, novels, plays, non-fiction and poetry to increase reading comprehension skills.  Group activities, individual projects and oral presentation will be used to improve written and oral communication skills.

    Honors English 10*

     

    Honors English 10 is a yearlong two credit course.  This course is designed to build upon the communication and literacy skills of the ninth grade curriculum.  The Honors English 10 curriculum focuses on achieving competency in more complex communication skills.  The goal is to increase students’ ability to read for meaning and understanding.  Students will produce compositions that are clearly focused, develop related ideas, and are supported with details from literature.    Students will use short stories, novels, plays, non-fiction and poetry to increase reading comprehension.  Oral presentations and small group activities will be used to improve communication skills.  Further emphasis will be made in preparation for the MCAS test administered in the spring.

    Honors English 10 is a college bound course and involves an enriched, challenging curriculum requiring a serious commitment and incorporates more in-depth work than English 10.    This course differs from English 10 in the sophistication of classroom discussion and the quantity of assignments expected of students.  Honors English 10 students will work at an accelerated pace and will be independent self-motivated learners.

    Grade 11 English

    English 11

     

    English 11 is a yearlong two credit course.  Using American literature as a core, this course focuses on the development of the American Culture, its people and its history.  Important American authors from the Colonial Period to contemporary times will be studied as students identify themes, literary elements in short stories and novels, poetry, drama and non-fiction selections.  Analytical writing is emphasized as

     

    students improve process writing skills.  Students will focus on practical job preparation skills, research techniques and procedures for writing the research paper.

    Honors English 11*

     

    Honors English 11 is a yearlong two credit course.  Using American Literature as the core, this course focuses on the development of the American culture, its people, and its history.  Important American authors from the early explorers to contemporary writers will be studied.  Students will identify elements of fiction in short stories and novel selections as well as explore the elements of poetry and drama.   Additionally, students will study nonfiction selections including but not limited to essays and journals. Writings will include letters, journals, resumes, analytical essays, and a research paper.  Students will develop their abilities to recognize and apply English conventions for sentence structure, usage, punctuation, and spelling.  Students will become adept at identifying, evaluating, and synthesizing essential ideas in what they read, hear, and view.  Students will present their acquired knowledge to fellow students.

    Honors English 11 is a college bound course and involves an enriched, challenging curriculum requiring a serious commitment and incorporates more in-depth work than English 11.    This course differs from English 11 in the sophistication of classroom discussion and the quantity of assignments expected of students.  Honors English 11 students will work at an accelerated pace and will have the ability to grasp new concepts independently and complete assignments in a timely fashion.

    Grade 12 English

    English 12

     

    English 12 is a yearlong two credit course.  This course involves a survey of British and World literature including but not limited to Chaucer, Shakespeare and Wiesel; expository writing; vocabulary building and a review of mechanical skills necessary to the students’ writing needs.  It especially emphasizes the improvement of critical thinking, expository and persuasive writing, and reading.

    The course is designed to present literature, language, composition and communication skills to grade twelve students.  A foundation in the skills of writing and oral presentation will be developed utilizing resources in the library media center and emphasizing content and English conventions.  The literature component is designed to increase reading comprehension skills using a range of developmentally appropriate literary and informational text such as novels, nonfiction selections, plays, short stories, poetry, myth and selected passages from the literature textbook.  Emphasis will be made on writing college and or workplace essays.

    Honors English 12*

    Honors English 12 is a yearlong two credit course.  This course is designed to include literature, language, and composition with a focus and emphasis on British and World literature, diversity, research and writing.  Students will be challenged with a rigorous curriculum that parallels the competencies found in the Massachusetts curriculum frameworks for grade twelve. Students will analyze and interpret literary works from a variety of genres and cultures.   Students will receive instruction in language, literature and composition, and will develop communication skills through both written and oral presentations.  The development of skills for the workplace will be also emphasized.

     

    Honors English 12 is designed for the serious college-bound students who care for literature and the uses of language.  The literature will include a historical survey of British writers from the Anglo-Saxon time to present.  The course will involve reading and analysis of British society and history as presented in poetry, prose and drama.  Shakespeare’s plays will also be studied and instructions in expository writing and vocabulary will be included, as well as a brief research paper.

    AP English

    College and Career Readiness

    This course is designed to prepare students for a competitive collegiate and workforce experience.  Students will be challenged with a rigorous curriculum that parallels the competencies found in the Massachusetts College and Career Readiness curriculum frameworks for grade 11 and 12. Students will strive toward presenting themselves well in person and on paper, and develop communication skills through oral presentations and rigorous vocabulary and language practice.  Students strive to know and build on their own strengths, and tailor college and career goals for personal success.