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English Language Arts

Each year students are required to take and successfully complete an English course; they must earn a minimum of six credits overall with eight or more credits possible. The curriculum, a combination of traditional academic materials that adhere to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for English Language Arts and Literacy and integrated career technical assignments, provides students with both the skills necessary for further education and the practical experience necessary to succeed in a competitive work force.

In the freshman year, students take prescribed literature and composition courses that are supported by reading enrichment or writing workshops. In the sophomore year, students take American Literature with an emphasis on literature and composition. In the junior and senior years, students take the core courses World Literature and Survey of Literature and Composition, respectively. Seniors in the honors program take British Literature. Students wishing to take on a more rigorous course load are encouraged to select either AP Language and Composition for grade 11 and AP Literature and Composition for grade 12.  All courses require standards-based assessments by unit and final exams and/or AP exams, when applicable. 

 

English Courses

Grade 9

1001 – LITERATURE & COMPOSITION I HON - (Gr 9) 2 CREDITS

This course is designed for students who excelled in middle school language arts and have demonstrated advanced reading skills. Students will read a variety of literary genres including the short story, the play, the epic, the novel, poetry, and the essay. Students will learn literary terms and be asked to apply those terms as they analyze and interpret the literature. Students who select this course should be able to work more independently, participate in a faster paced program, contribute to class discussions using higher level thinking skills, and be intrinsically motivated to learn. Enrichment topics are added as time permits. Students will learn to write precisely and clearly while mastering grammar and usage and acquiring a more mature vocabulary. Students will practice techniques for revising and editing their own work. Writing assignments focus on literary analysis, the essay, narrative, creative writing, and a research project.

1002 – LITERATURE & COMPOSITION I CP1 - (Gr 9) 2 CREDITS

This course is designed to help students strengthen the reading, speaking, and listening skills developed in middle school language arts. Students will develop their vocabularies and improve their reading skills while completing both fiction and non- fiction readings including the short story, the play, the epic, the novel, poetry and the essay. Students will learn literary terms and apply these terms to the readings. Students who select this course should have a solid background in reading. Students will learn the rules of usage and grammar and are expected to write clearly, concisely, and correctly. Through editing and proofreading, students will focus on syntax, spelling, vocabulary, punctuation, and capitalization skills. Writing assignments will focus on literary compositions, expository, narrative, and creative writing.

1003 – LITERATURE & COMPOSITION I CP 2- (Gr 9) 2 CREDITS

This course is designed to help students who need to improve their reading skills in order to be successful at the high school level. Students will read some abridged versions of books that are read in the other CP level course as well as other unabridged books. Students will develop their vocabularies and improve their reading skills while completing readings including the short story, the play, the epic, the novel, poetry, and the essay. Students will learn literary terms and will use these terms to help them understand what they read. Students will learn the rules of usage and grammar and will be expected to write clearly, concisely, and correctly. Through editing and proofreading, students will focus on syntax, spelling, vocabulary, punctuation, and capitalization skills. Writing assignments will focus on literary compositions, expository, narrative, and creative writing.

1152 – WRITER’S WORKSHOP - (Gr 9) 1 CREDIT

This course is designed to help students strengthen their writing skills. Writer’s Workshop is intended to give students time and practice with “real-world” writing to Express and Reflect, Inform and Explain, Evaluate and Judge, Inquire and Explore, and Take a Stand/Propose a Solution. Students in this class learn the basics of writing: generating ideas, pre-writing, writing, revising, editing, and proofreading. Students will refine their grammar and punctuation skills. Students are encouraged to write on topics of interest to them. Use of technology for research and writing is an essential part of this course.

703 – DEVELOPMENTAL READING CP2 – (Gr 9) 1 CREDIT

Development reading is a balanced approach to reading, writing, and spelling across the curriculum. This course will teach the skills necessary to master phonemic awareness, the alphabetic principle, fluency, and comprehension. Instructional use of ongoing assessment is used to monitor individual strengths and needs. A variety of methods will support the processes of introduction, discovery, learning, review, practice, and evaluation.

 

Grade 10

 

1021 – AMERICAN LITERATURE HON - (Gr 10) 1 CREDIT

This course is designed to explore modern American literature. Specific authors include Steinbeck, Alexie, Fitzgerald, Green, Frost, Poe, and Card. Honors level students are expected to complete challenging requirements including, but not limited to, textual analysis, presentations, essays, and other outside, research based assessments. The course is based on the assumption that students who elect it are already proficient in writing, thus it is aimed at enhancing skills students already possess, rather than teaching basic skills. Students will be required to write, to peer edit, and to study the works of professional writers – both fiction and non-fiction. Consideration will be given to the study of the works of outstanding American writers.

1022 – AMERICAN LITERATURE CP1 - (Gr 10) 1 CREDIT

This college preparatory course is structured as a survey of modern American literature. Students will be required to write various types of essays and compositions, including extended essay questions, designed to refine and improve critical thinking and writing skills. Some assignments will require that students demonstrate an understanding of societal and literary concepts specific to the contemporary period, for example, the American Dream. Students will continue to develop their skills in using Standard English to produce concise and well-organized prose.

1023 – AMERICAN LITERATURE CP2 - (Gr 10) 1 CREDIT

This college preparatory course is structured to help students develop, extend, and improve their communication competency. Students will analyze language patterns, diction, and word choice as they continue to develop language arts skills. Readings will cover the major American literary genres: the novel, the short story, drama, poetry, and non-fiction and address the language, reading and literature, composition and media strands as well as the general standards set forth in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. In addition, unit activities are designed to promote integration of career technical reading and writing skills including persuasive, descriptive and autobiographical essays, oral presentations, and technical vocabulary. Students will analyze language patterns, diction, and word choices as they continue to develop language arts skills. In addition, unit activities are designed to promote integration of vocational/technical reading and writing skills including: persuasive, descriptive and autobiographical essays, oral presentations, and technical vocabulary.

752 – LITERACY CONCEPTS – (Gr 10) 1 CREDIT

This course is designed to strengthen and deepen students’ understanding of Common Core high school literacy topics and standards. Students will strengthen their reading and writing skills, implement effective test taking strategies and support the work that is ongoing in their English classes.

733U – DEVELOPMENTAL READING CP2 – (Gr 10, 11, 12) 1 CREDIT

The development reading course is a continuation of the grade 9 curriculum and balanced approach to reading, writing, and spelling across the curriculum. This course will teach the skills necessary to master phonemic awareness, the alphabetic principle, fluency, and comprehension. Instructional use of ongoing assessment is used to monitor individual strengths and needs. A variety of methods will support the processes of introduction, discovery, learning, review, practice, and evaluation.

Grade 11

 

1041 – WORLD LITERATURE HON - (Gr 11) 1 CREDIT

This course will offer a survey of world literature from the early ages to the present. Selections will reflect the seminal values and culture of the contemporary time and location. Students will enhance their writing skills through close textual analysis, presentations, literary analysis essays, persuasive essays, presentations, and research projects. This is a reading intensive course.

1042 – WORLD LITERATURE CP1 - (Gr 11) 1 CREDIT

This course will offer a survey of world literature from the early ages to the present. Selections will reflect the seminal values and culture of the time and location under study. Students will fulfill additional requirements including, but not limited to, textual analysis, presentations, essays, and other outside research-based projects.

1043 – WORLD LITERATURE CP2 - (Gr 11) 1 CREDIT

This course will offer a survey of world literature from the early ages to the present. Students will study the cultures of Ancient Greece, Renaissance England, World War II Germany, modern Iran, and the American Counter-Culture. Students will fulfill additional requirements including, but not limited to, textual analysis, presentations, essays or other outside research-based projects.

1100 –AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION - (Gr 11) 1 CREDIT

This course engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects as well as the way generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing.

733U – DEVELOPMENTAL READING CP2 – (Gr 10, 11, 12) 1 CREDIT

The development reading course is a continuation of the grade 9 curriculum and balanced approach to reading, writing, and spelling across the curriculum. This course will teach the skills necessary to master phonemic awareness, the alphabetic principle, fluency, and comprehension. Instructional use of ongoing assessment is used to monitor individual strengths and needs. A variety of methods will support the processes of introduction, discovery, learning, review, practice, and evaluation.

Grade 12

 

1052 – SURVEY OF LITERATURE & COMPOSITION CP1 - (Gr 12) 1 CREDIT

With the aim of preparing students for a four-year college, this course is structured to teach students the various types of essay formats they will write in college, as well as to encourage independent reading of a variety of genres and titles. Students will complete resumes, senior essays, expository essay, vocabulary study, presentations, and various forms of correspondence. Students will read and write weekly on assigned or chosen nonfiction articles. They will read independently and in common to study the forms of literary response.

1053 –SURVEY OF LITERATURE & COMPOSITION CP2 - (Gr 12) 1 CREDIT

With the aim of preparing students for a four-year college, this course is structured to teach students the various types of essay formats they will write in college, as well as to encourage independent reading of a variety of genres and titles. Students will complete resumes, senior essays, expository essay, vocabulary study, presentations, and various forms of correspondence. They will read and write weekly on assigned or chosen nonfiction articles. Students will read independently and in common to study the forms of literary response.

1110 –AP ENGLISH LITERATURE & COMPOSITION - (Gr 12) 1 CREDIT

Following the College Board’s suggested curriculum designed to parallel college-level English courses, the AP English Literature and Composition course enables students to develop critical standards for evaluating literature. Students study the language, character, action, and theme in works of recognized literary merit; enrich their understanding of connotation, metaphor, irony, syntax, and tone; and write compositions of their own (including literary analysis, exposition, argument, narrative, and creative writing).

1111 – BRITISH LITERATURE HON - (Gr 12) 1 CREDIT

This course is structured as a survey ranging from the Anglo-Saxon period to the modern age. Students will be required to write various essays based on novels discussed and analyzed in class. Students will read and analyze works of such authors as Chaucer, Swift, Shakespeare, Milton, and Orwell. This course is reading-intensive, with a strong emphasis on refining students’ writing skills in preparation for college-level work. This course is designed for the student with intentions of attending a four-year college.

733U – DEVELOPMENTAL READING CP2 – (Gr 10, 11, 12) 1 CREDIT

The development reading course is a continuation of the grade 9 curriculum and balanced approach to reading, writing, and spelling across the curriculum. This course will teach the skills necessary to master phonemic awareness, the alphabetic principle, fluency, and comprehension. Instructional use of ongoing assessment is used to monitor individual strengths and needs. A variety of methods will support the processes of introduction, discovery, learning, review, practice, and evaluation.

English Language Arts Faculty Contact Information

Michael Peppersack

Lead Teacher

Jeffrey Beling

Teacher, Varsity Cross Country Coach, JV Boys Track Coach, Class of 2021 Advisor

Sarah Clifford

Teacher, Student Council Advisor

Ashley Petro

Teacher, Varsity Softball Coach, JV Golf Coach, Class of 2020 Advisor

Valerie Rector

Teacher, Drama Club Advisor

Kathryn Sullivan

Teacher, National Honor Society Co-Advisor, Class of 2020 Advisor, Literacy Magazine Advisor