English

Department Overview

Students are offered four years of Regents academic English.  These courses are designed to prepare students for the New York State English Examination. There are two literary icons selected for each grade.  All students in that grade will study these two works of literature in addition to others selected by the teachers.  The emphasis in all English courses is the development student writing and critical interpretation of English, American and World Literature.  After successful completion of these courses students receive a New York State Regents Endorsed High School diploma.

 

ENGLISH

E1 and 2- Freshman year

As do all English courses, E1 and E2 include study and activities in composition, literature, language and speech.  This course is a double period reading and writing workshop. The literary icons studied in the 9thgrade are Oedipus Rex and Romeo and Juliet. The focus is aligned with the New York State and the New York City English Language Arts Standards of Reading, Writing,Speaking and Listening.  Emphasis is placed on vocabulary enrichment and reading comprehension.

Humanities- This course is a single period English course.  It requires teacher recommendations and a grade point average of a minimum of 90 in English. Students study major works of literature in depth. 

 

 E3 and 4- Sophomore year

As do all English courses, E3 and E4 include study and activities in composition, literature, language and speech. The literary focus is English Literature. The literary icons in the 10th grade are Great Expectations and Night.  

Humanities- This course requires teacher recommendations and a grade point average of at least 90 in English. Students study major works of literature in depth.

 

E5 and 6- Junior year his course is for the majority of

This course is specifically designed to prepare students for the Regents examination in January.  The emphasis in grade 11 is to ensure that students are proficient in skills required to meet New York State’s learning standards for English Language Arts.  The literary focus of this course is on American Literature. As do all English courses, English 5 and English 6 include studies and activities in composition, literature, language, and speech.  The literary icons for the 11th grade are A Raisin in the Sun and Deathof a Salesman.  

Humanities- This course requires teacher recommendations and a grade point average of at least a 90 in English.

 

E7 and 8- Senior year

As do all English courses, E7 and E8 include studies and activities in composition, literature, language and speech. The literary focus of this course is World Literature. The literary icons for the 12th grade areBrave New World and Hamlet All students will be expected to complete one research paper per semester.

Humanities- This course requires teacher recommendations and a grade point average of at least a 90 in the English discipline.

 

Advanced Placement(AP) EnglishThis course is a college-level course focusing upon English, American and World Literature.  Placement in this course is by teacher recommendation and an average of at least 90 in English 6.  Students in this class take the AP English Literature and Composition exam in May.  A grade of 3 or better on this exam may be used toward fulfilling the English requirement in most colleges and universities.

 

 

ALL ELECTIVE ENGLISH COURSES ARE ONE-YEAR COURSES:

 

Memoirs-

The focus in this class is the memoir genre.  Students will read and analyze a variety of memoirs and ultimately write their own memoirs. 

 

Portfolio-

This course will focus upon on-line technologies and how they shape our understanding and crystallization of the writing process. Different arenas of writing will be examined.

 

Literature to Film-

Three novels per semester will be read and compared to their counterpart films. A project will be required for this course.

 

Journalism-

Beginning in 1923, the school newspaper, Domino became part of the school's publications. This course includes instruction in the various types of news writing—reporting news, feature articles, editorials, and sports writing---as well as newsgathering techniques, First Amendment rights and responsibilities, and the role of layout and graphic design in effective newspaper production.  Students in this class are expected to contribute to the production of the Domino.

 

Acting-

Students will investigate various aspects of theatre including acting, directing, movement, writing and design. They will begin the year by creating characters through analysis and improvisation. Further character work will be explored as students rehearse, direct and perform in monologues and scenes. Students will work together on a culminating directing/acting project.

 

Directing-

Students will continue their in depth investigation of the theater focusing on the directing aspect.  Students in this class will participate and take responsibility in the production of two drama performances for the school year.

 

African-American Literature-

Students will be introduced to the genre of African-American Literature through the study of the journal writings, poetry and authentic documents written by African-American authors throughout history.

 

 

ENGLISH DEPARTMENT PUBLICATIONS:

  • Dome—literary magazine containing original student poems, stories and illustrations. 
  • Archway—Yearbook with a 100+year tradition
  • Domino—school newspaper—4 editions per year