English I consists of units of literature, vocabulary, grammar and composition. A genre approach is
followed with respect to the literature, usually beginning with a short story unit. Novels, poetry, dramas
and non-fiction essays are also studied. Vocabulary is gleaned from the literature and incorporated into the
curriculum. Freshmen will be introduced to the Collins Writing Program. A very strong emphasis is placed
on the study of grammar and composition. Each quarter has at least two weeks where grammar is
presented, following composition. The parts of speech and their functions are taught as well as parts of a
sentence, pronoun agreement and subject-verb agreement. Understanding grammatical constructions and
usage within simple sentences and clauses is a strong part of the freshman writing curriculum. The
students then apply their knowledge in the composition phase of the program.
Also available: Fundamental English I and Honors English I
English II consists of the study of the short story, the novel, drama, poetry, and non-fiction works. A
genre approach is used with respect to the study of literature. The students read a minimum of three novels
and two plays, one of which is a Shakespearian play. Students are required to recite a passage from
William Shakespeare’s play. Students continue to develop their writing skills through the Collins Writing
Program. Grammar and usage are reviewed through this writing program. Sophomores study verbal usage
as well as clauses to help them develop writing skills. Vocabulary is also incorporated into the curriculum
as students prepare for the PSAT and SAT tests. By the end of their sophomore year, students complete a
research paper utilizing MLA formatting and deliver a short formal speech corresponding to their research
Also available: Fundamental English II and Honors English II
The English III course is a comprehensive chronological study of American literature, from the European
settlement of America to the 21st century, within the genres of poetry, drama, the short story, the novella,
and the novel. Non-fiction works, including sermons, speeches, letters, journals, and essays, will also be
introduced. Students will begin to engage in a greater questioning of literature and will study literary
elements including figurative language, mood, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Composition, including a
research paper, is also a major component of the course and the Collins Writing program will be
Also available: Fundamental English III and Honors English III
The English IV course is a comprehensive chronological study of British literature, from the Anglo-Saxon
period to the Modern era, within the genres of poetry, drama, and the novel. Informational texts will also
be introduced. Students will begin to engage in a greater questioning of literature and will study literary
elements including figurative language, mood, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Compositions of various
lengths and time frames, including a research paper, is also a major component of the course.
Also available: Fundamental English IV and Honors English IV
Advanced Placement English
The Advanced Placement English course engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of
literature. Through the close reading of selected works students will deepen their understanding of the
ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students
will consider a work’s structure, style, and themes as well as other elements including figurative language,
imagery, symbolism, and tone. This course covers an intensive chronological study of British and Irish
Literature with the genres of poetry, drama, and the novel. Students will also study the genre of the short
story. Additionally, there are selections of American and World Literature included in the course,
especially in the drama, novel, and short story components. Compositions will include a series of writings
on literary topical genres typical of the expectations of college freshmen, including a research paper.
Additionally, this course offers preparation for the A.P. English Literature and Composition exam given in
Pre-AP English Language and Composition
The Pre-AP English Language and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level rhetoric and
writing curriculum, which requires students to develop evidence-based analytical and argumentative essays
that proceed through several stages or drafts. Students will also evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to
support their arguments in a variety of speeches. 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.
Subject writing based on investigating and reporting whereas Creative Writing has solid roots in a writer’s
real-world experiences and memories. Both writing styles are fundamental in journalism. Students
participating in this elective will develop their writing skills through weekly assignments and classroom
editing. The students will create their own poetry, short stories, and essays throughout the year.
Literature to Film
The Literature to Film course offers a look at various works of literature (including novels, novellas, short
stories, and children’s literature) and the relationship between those works and the films that they have
inspired. Students will have a chance to view black and white films, color films, and animated works
(including traditional animation and stop-motion animation). Literature to Film is an English elective that
meets three days out of the six-day cycle.
Introduction to Film
The Introduction to Film course is designed to draw awareness to the genre of film as a form of modern day
literature. Careful consideration has been taken to ensure that the works studied are important film works.
Additionally, students will study a variety of scripts, storyboards, and screenplays for writing technique and
analysis. Students will observe, analyze and evaluate a variety of pivotal movies over the course of the
year. A sample syllabus may contain Life is Beautiful (Elie Weisel’s Night), Casablanca, Citizen Kane, On
the Waterfront, The Philadelphia Story, Toy Story, Beauty and the Beast, Star Wars, The Maltese Falcon,
Rear Window, The Wizard of Oz, High Noon, Stagecoach, Oklahoma!, Chicago, Meet Me in St. Louis,
The Pride of the Yankees, We Are Marshall, Remember the Titans, Adam’s Rib, Fantasia, Shrek,
Cinderella, It Happened One Night, Singin’ in the Rain, Vertigo, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Raiders
of the Lost Ark, The Last Crusade, and The Sixth Sense.
Students will be introduced to the idea of reading as a process with different strategies used before, during,
and after reading. Students will learn how to critically read many different kinds of text, including short
stories, poems, plays, and nonfiction. Textbook selections from other subject areas will be studied as well.
An emphasis will also be placed on reading in the everyday world by using current articles from
newspapers and magazines. A study of prefixes, suffixes, and word roots will be ongoing.
The Write Way: Grammar and Usage
This elective is intended for college-bound students who are interested in honing their composition and oral
skills by learning the requisites of the English language. Students will gain a practical understanding of
grammar governing syntax, sentence structure and mechanics. Students will be expected to write a variety
of short assignments and deliver oral presentations to their peers.