English and English Electives

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The English curriculum provides opportunities for students to reflect and share their thinking. Students read and study classical and contemporary literature, paired with rich informational text, and critically analyze an extensive range of various media. Students gather, comprehend, evaluate, and synthesize information and ideas, and conduct original research in order to generate and answer questions, to solve problems, and to write in a logical, cohesive manner. In order to meet the NYS Diploma Requirements, all students must take four years of English and must pass the Regents examination in English Language Arts.

Director of Curriculum: Dr. Theresa Wilkowski

9th Grade
003/710 English 9 - 1 credit      Grade 9       40 Weeks
The Ninth Grade English program fosters the development of language arts skills introduced in previous years. Students build vocabulary competency and utilize critical reading, thinking, and writing skills to analyze and interpret various literary genres, including global literature selections.  Collaborative and independent research and creative projects enable students to demonstrate language arts proficiency.
004 English 9-Honors - 1 credit     Grade 9     40 Weeks
The Ninth Grade English Honors program challenges students to demonstrate their depth of understanding, knowledge, and application of language arts skills that exceed grade level expectations. Criteria for enrollment include standardized and New York State Test scores, report card grades, and teacher recommendation.

10th Grade

023/720 English 10 - 1 credit     Grade 10      40 Weeks
The Tenth Grade English program offers a variety of rich texts that engage students in analysis of literary and informational text, as well as poetry, drama, and fiction.  Students build knowledge, analyze ideas, delineate arguments, and develop writing, collaboration, and communication skills. Collaborative and independent research and creative projects enable students to demonstrate language arts proficiency.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 9.
024 English 10-Honors -1 credit     Grade 10      40 Weeks
The Tenth Grade Honors program focuses on developing higher-level critical thinking and reasoning skills to interpret and analyze a rich and diverse selection of literature and informational texts. Students are challenged to develop and demonstrate their depth of understanding, knowledge, and application of language arts skills through discussion, presentations, and research.  Students build vocabulary competency for success on the PSAT and SAT exams and A.P. exams.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 9.

11th Grade
033/726 English 11 - 1 credit      Grade 11     40 Weeks
The Eleventh Grade English program primarily focuses on American literature and critical reading and writing.  Students build vocabulary competency in preparation for the PSAT and SAT exams. Emphasis is on critical thinking, reading and writing in preparation for the required Regents exam in English Language Arts (Common Core) in June. Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 10
034 English 11 A.P. Language & Composition - 1 credit    Grade 11     40 Weeks
The A.P. English Language and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level rhetoric and writing curriculum, which requires students to develop evidence-based analytic and argumentative essays that proceed through several stages or drafts. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Throughout the course, students develop a personal style by making appropriate grammatical choices. Additionally, students read and analyze the rhetorical elements and their effects in non-fiction texts, including graphic images as forms of text, from many disciplines and historical periods (The College Board). All students enrolled in this course are expected to take the A.P. exam in May as well as the required Regents exam in English Language Arts (Common Core) in June.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 10

12th Grade

732 English 12 - 1  credit     Grade 12     40 Weeks
The Twelfth Grade English program emphasizes the use of language skills in preparation for success beyond high school.  Using literary and informational texts as a springboard for critical thinking, students focus on connecting personal values to world issues.  Senior research projects are required.  Internship programs are available at both high schools.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 11
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44 English 12 A.P. Literature & Composition - 1 credit     Grade 12    40 Weeks
Literature enriches our lives and improves our ability to understand the thoughts and feelings of others. This course provides students with an opportunity to elevate their writing style and read and discuss time-honored poems, plays, and novels. Highly motivated, exceptional students, who seek a challenging, but approachable level of literary study, are encouraged to take this college-level course. Students are expected to take the A.P. exam in May. Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 11
P-047 English 12 WISE Individualized Senior Experience
1 English and ½ Social Studies credits      40 weeks
WISE serves as a bridge for seniors from high school to college, work, and lifelong learning. Students have the option to participate in a second semester senior internship. Admission is by application by the end of the 11th grade.  Internships run from February through June and include 8-10 hours per week at the site, as well as a research project and a presentation.  Students in the WISE program represent the school in public, so it is important that the participants demonstrate good character and good decision-making skills.  Serious discipline or academic failures may prevent a student from being accepted or remaining in this program.  This course satisfies the ½ credit of required senior social studies. Participation in Government in lieu of Politics and gives the ½ credit elective credit as well as the 1 English credit.
Note: Students enrolled in this class must also enroll in course 159 Social Studies (WISE).
Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 11
L-045 English 12  Internship - 1 English and  ½ Social Studies credits       40 weeks
This course offers a work-based learning opportunity to assist students with the link between school and careers.  During the first ten weeks, the course will prepare students for an internship experience through a variety of activities including work place issues, resume writing, the employment process, etc.  Students will then have the opportunity to obtain awareness of specific careers by working as interns with mentors in their related field of interest.  This course satisfies the ½ credit of required senior social studies. Participation in Government in lieu of Politics and gives the ½ credit elective credit as well as the 1 English credit. 
Note: Students enrolled in this class must also enroll in the following courses: 162 Internship/Politics and 533 Internship/Work Study.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 11

English 12 Half-Year Courses
042 English 120 College Writing Honors
½ -Credit      20 weeks
This course is an intensive sequence instructing students in the process and conventions of academic writing at the college level.  Students are guided through the writing processes and conventions of college-level academic writing.  Greater emphasis is placed on synthesizing ideas from diverse readings into more complex essays.  Students will compose and revise 8-12 essays of varying lengths, including a substantial research project and presentation.  By the end of the course, students will have acquired an array of writing and revision techniques and will have gained a better understanding of their own critical perspective.
Note: Marist College requires that students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 85 to enroll in this course.  Enrollment is limited to 18 students per section.  Seats in this class will be assigned through random computer selection.  Students may earn three college credits.  The fee for this class is $300. 
011 English 12 Sports Literature: Heroes and Controversies
½ -Credit      20 weeks
This course will focus on the role sports plays in our lives as expressed through written and visual media.  It will emphasize critical reading and written analysis of sports-related novels, short stories, poems, articles, and films.  We’ll debate controversial issues, read about legendary games and players, and write about all things related to the exciting world of sports. Course work includes a research project and presentation. This course will also follow a Blended Learning format in-which students will receive instruction from the classroom teacher on select days of the weekly cycle, while completing additional classwork on a Virtual Learning Format.
012 English 12 Psychology in Literature, Film, and Life 
½ -Credit      20 weeks
This course is designed for students who would like to read literature, see films, and discuss works that deal with characters who experience psychological problems. The characters’ problems may be the result of their personal inadequacies and stem from a conflict with a society that imposes its value system and restrictions on them.  Are you interested in what makes people behave the way they do? This interdisciplinary course examines novels, short stories, poems and film through the lens of characters that experience psychological problems. Students will analyze and discuss characters’ dilemmas which may result from their personal inadequacies and stem from a conflict with a society that imposes its value system and restrictions on them. Course work includes a research project and presentation.
013 English 12 Presentation and Public Speaking
½ -Credit       20 weeks
Students will be able to speak confidently.  Being a critical thinker and an effective communicator is a powerful and empowering combination, which are essential for success. Being an effective public speaker can open up leadership and career opportunities. Course work includes a research project and presentations.
015 English 12 Leadership - How to Make a Difference 
½ -Credit      20 weeks
Today, the word “millennial” has to come mean an individual who cares about nothing and no one other than themselves.  WE DISAGREE! This class will challenge you to make your mark on the world, get involved, and do something to make a difference which will prove the stereotype wrong.   In this class we will explore the questions What Does it Mean to be Human? What is Our Responsibility to Our World?  Do we ALL HAVE a responsibility to our world? What Does it Mean to be a Community Member? What Does it mean to be an active member of society?  What does it mean to be nice?  What is RESPECT? What is success? How will YOU make a difference? Students will research and complete a community service project and presentation. Course work includes a research project and presentation.
060 English 12 Mystery, Suspense, and Horror
½ -Credit        20 weeks
Designed for the future detective, the horror film buff, and the one who will go down the dark staircase first. The Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror does not cover it all. Let us take a look at the dark and dreary. Why do we like to be afraid and why do we like to examine the fears that keep us up at night? Who cares? Let’s go down the dark road and if the flashlight does not work...so much the better! Course work includes a research project and presentation.
L017 English 12 Documentaries: A Study of Real Life in Film
½ -Credit       20 weeks
What is a documentary?  How do documentaries influence and shape our opinions of the world we live in?  This course will give students the opportunity to view, analyze and discuss a variety of documentaries ranging in topics.   We will look at how filmmakers use fact and narrative to communicate a desired message to his or her audience. Through close analysis and discussion of the films viewed in class students will be asked to consider the objectivity and validity of the issues and events portrayed in the films as well as the film-makers’ purpose in its creation.  Students will also have the opportunity create a documentary on a topic of interest.  Course work includes a research project and presentation.
P018 English 12  20th Century Literature, Film and Modern Culture
This semester course provides students, who have an interest in literature, film and its role in our society, opportunities to assess and compare literature to film and to reflect on our values, our customs, and our connections. Students will view, analyze and discuss literature and films and will examine genres of film. Please note that some of these films have mature content, violence and explicit language and some may be rated “R” and “PG-12”. By registering for this course, it is understood that parents have indicated that the students are allowed to watch films with this content or ratings. Course work includes a research project and presentation.

Summer Requirements
All core English courses include a summer reading requirement.  Texts are assigned in June based on grade level and course. Related assignments and assessments will be conducted at the start of the new school year. Summer reading assignments can be found on the district’s website in the Curriculum and Instruction section.

English Electives - Grades 10 - 12
The following courses are elective classes and do not meet the English requirement for graduation.

057 Creative Writing   L-only
½ -Credit      20 weeks
Do you love to write and express yourself?  Then this is a course for you.  Students will write poetry, personal narratives, and short stories in this course.  Students share work with others, give and receive feedback, participate in class discussions, analyze, and enjoy the freedom and time to write.
P056 Introduction to Theatre
1-Credit       40 weeks
This course involves students in a practical approach to the theatre.  It includes a study of theatre history, live theatre, creative dramatics, and theatre management.  Class activities include oral interpretations and class discussions of classic and contemporary drama, scene enactment from contemporary works, playwriting, improvisation activities, and monologue performances
L058/ P067 English 12 Universal Language of Music
½ -Credit      20 weeks
Do you enjoy listening to music?  Is updating your playlist one of your top priorities?  Do you enjoy exploring, sharing, and discussing different musical genres and artists?  If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions then this course is for you!  In this course will explore and celebrate the exciting universal language of music, everything from Mozart to Mastodon, Robert Johnson to Jason Aldean, Lady Gaga to Lil Uzi Vert. Students are required to keep “open ears and an open mind”-- to respect each other’s musical tastes and opinions as we investigate the thematic connections between a variety of musical and literary genres, including short stories, poetry, and non-fiction.  We will interpret and analyze songs through conscientious and active listening, a close reading of lyrics, and the identification of literary and poetic elements and devices; and realize how all music speaks a universal language in our lives. Course work includes a research project and presentation.
L0059 Sports Literature
½ -Credit      20 week
This course will focus on the role sports plays in our lives as expressed through written and visual media.  It will emphasize critical reading and written analysis of sports-related novels, short stories, poems, articles, and films.  We’ll debate controversial issues, read about legendary games and players, and write about all things related to the exciting world of sports
L054/P727 Psychological Fiction  L-only
½ -Credit     20 weeks
This course is designed for students who would like to read, see films, and discuss works that deal with characters in literature who experience psychological problems.  The characters’ problems may be the result of their personal inadequacies and stem from a conflict with a society that imposes its value system and restrictions on them
L0027  Myths, Heroes, and Superheroes
 ½ -Credit      20 weeks
 What makes a superhero? From Superman and Batman to the Hulk and Captain America, many of the heroes in today’s popular culture are inspired by the tales of bravery and tragedy in classic Greek and Roman mythological works. In this course, you will study the idea of modern superheroes, their depiction in various forms of entertainment, and their connections to ancient mythology. Through reading a range of texts, discussion and writing you will study these narrative connections, as well as examine the philosophical ideas behind each connection.  

 L0028 How to Win an Argument: Current Issues and Debates
 ½ -Credit     20 weeks
Today’s fast-paced world is filled with many problems, and many possible solutions to these problems. The solutions are not always clear, however, leading to intense debates in cafeterias and conference rooms around the world. This course will teach you how to win those debates. We will research and debate controversial issues related to school, sports, censorship, technology, gun violence, the environment, and much more. You will explore issues you care about, while also discovering new issues that impact your life and the world. You will take positions on these issues and be expected to defend your position in both verbal and written form. Your grade will be based on individual & group work.   

L-063 Shakespeare in Performance
½ -Credit    20 weeks
The most exciting, most insight-inspiring way to learn Shakespeare is through the act of performance. This course will delve into scenes and monologues and introduce techniques and methods used by actors, including scene study, character motivation and development, annotation for dramatic reading, rehearsal and performance. Students will work closely with text, reading it again and again in different ways, looking for nuance in meaning, and variety of delivery.
061 Learning Center 
This non-credit course is mandated by New York State Educational Law for any student whose test score on the New York State assessments in English falls below the state reference points. Other students who need academic assistance may be scheduled into the program for academic support in any subject area, to build study skills, and to learn test-taking skills. Students needing to take Regents Exams for course credit are also scheduled.

OC21 | 21st Century Skills for College & Career Readiness  
Zero to Sixty: Writing Your First Novel | Fall & Spring Semester
Do you secretly dream of writing a book? A novella is a great place to start! These short books allow beginning writers to stretch themselves past the short story.

You Are What You Eat: The Truth Behind Your Food | TBD
Have you ever wondered where your food comes from? In this course, students will explore societal problems that are directly related to food availability, preparation, distribution, and consumption. Through a critical examination of nutrition articles, books, blogs, social media, consumer reports, and food labels, students will seek the truth behind some of our popular food choices.&nbsp