Department of English
“Life, although it may only be an accumulation of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend it.”
Frankenstein Mary Shelley
Through the study of the different types of literature, students will gain knowledge and understanding of the various time periods and cultures. Through the use of a variety of lessons, the English Department seeks to create lifelong learners, enhance self-esteem, promote creativity, and develop writing and grammar proficiency.
Teachers of English recognize the worth of every learner and challenge all students with meaningful activities. The students will build a foundation for college and career readiness through the Common Core Standards.
Students will demonstrate the ability to respond to text in writing by employing personal experiences and critical analysis. Students will demonstrate the ability to write in a variety of modes by developing content, employing specific forms, and selecting language appropriate for a particular audience and purpose.
Students will demonstrate the ability to control language by applying the conventions of standard English in writing and speaking. Students will also demonstrate the ability to evaluate the content, organization, and language use of texts.
Freshman English is an introduction to the different genres of literature. Students will be introduced to authors and poets such as Shakespeare, Poe, Steinbeck, Lee, and many others. Students will see these authors through the works of plays, poems and novels alike. The aim of Freshman English is to introduce students to an overview of the types of literature they will be exploring and studying in the years to come. Students will be exploring their own creativity and writing by working on literary analysis from the start in preparation for the Common Core Regents they will be taking during their junior year.
Sophomore English is a study of British literature. Students will be focusing on various works of British Literature. Shakespeare, Eyre, Orwell, McCourt are just a few of the authors students will be enriched with. The aim of Sophomore English is to continue the writing of literary analysis through argumentation, narratives and research, in preparation for the Common Core Regents they will be taking in junior year.
Junior English is a study of American Literature. Students will be focusing on American Literature from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Irving, Miller, Salinger, Fitzgerald, Hawthorne, and Williams are just a few of the writers students will be studying. The aim of Junior English is to continue the writing of literary analysis through research using MLA format. Students will also be citing through text and writing narratives and arguments in preparation for the Common Core Regents that they will be taking during their junior year.
Advanced Placement English Language and Composition will be offered to the Presentation Scholars Academy students. There will be a focus on non-fiction. Selected readings will engage students in an exploration of the choices writers make to meet their goals, and the effectiveness of their results.
Senior English is a study of World Literature. Students will be focusing on various works of World Literature by Hosseini, Wiesel, Esquivel, and Wilson, to name a few. The aim of Senior English is to prepare students for college through the use of research and literary analysis. Students will be well prepared to write informatively, argumentatively and narratively in preparation for the expectation of college.
St. John’s University English 12 is offered in place of English 12. Students may take this class and receive 6 college credits. This course will be an exploration of selected texts focusing on non-fiction in order to engage students in an exploration of the choices writers make to meet their goals.
Advanced Placement Literature and Composition will be offered. This course will be an exploration of selected texts involving critical analysis, thus fostering deepened understanding of works representing a variety of genres, eras and cultures. Students will demonstrate their ability to interpret and evaluate literature through writing.