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 E4 - Sophomore Year

E3 and E4 include study and activities in composition, literature, language, and speech. Some essential thematic questions explored are: How does humankind impact society, and how does society shape us? How can we explore ideals about society and concepts of dystopia? How do we see archetypes within literature? Texts may include works by Shakespeare, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and various short stories from renowned American authors. Culminating tasks are: text analysis response and argumentative writing.

Thematic Questions: How does humankind impact society, and how does society shape us? How can we explore ideals about society and concepts of dystopia? How do we see archetypes within literature?

Anchor Texts: Texts may include works by Shakespeare, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and various short stories from renowned American authors. 

Standards: 

Assessments: text analysis response and argumentative writing.

 

E5 and 6 - Junior Year 

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:

 

Film as Literature:

Students will learn to “read” film by analyzing its narrative structure, literary elements, genre conventions, technical and artistic factors, and purpose. The emphasis will be on the various language/sign systems and the spectrum of techniques, both visual and literary, used by filmmakers to communicate a message. In addition, students will examine how film has become a primary medium for reflecting on and conveying the history and conditions of society, as well as sometimes shaping its very attitudes and values. At the end of the course, students should be able to recognize the role editing, cinematography, art direction, and sound play in a well-crafted film as it relates to literary genres. 

Genres studied are:

  • MYTHOLOGY GENRE – How does mythology reflect the culture of the people and offer a rational explanation of natural and scientific phenomena?
  • FAIRY TALE GENRE– How do fairy tales evoke a sense of wonder and enchantment while exhibiting a struggle between good and evil and offering a moral lesson?
  • HORROR GENRE – How do horror films speak to the basic human condition by pushing the limits of societal conventions to shock and scare the audience?
  • SCIENCE FICTION GENRE – How do science fiction movies address the impact of science and technology on people and the future of humanity?
  • UTOPIA and DYSTOPIA GENRE – How do we explore the social and political structures and the impact on humanity in Utopian and Dystopian societies?
  • DETECTIVE GENRE – How do Detective films challenge an audience to solve the crime by the clues provided before the detective reveals the answer at the end of the film?
  • CRIME GENRE – How does the crime film genre function as a platform to voice concerns over attaining the American Dream?
  • HISTORICAL FICTION – Can historical fiction films teach us about history without compromising truth or accuracy?
  • SUSPENSE / THRILLER – How do suspense and thriller movies create and maintain an emotional bond with the viewer, by manipulating and exploiting their emotions, and creating and maintaining suspense?
  • FANTASY – What role do fantasy films play in today’s society?
  • WESTERNS – How does the importance of law and order in an untamed American frontier create the concept of the archetypal American hero?
  • SATIRE - How does satire affect our perceptions of the subjects it ridicules?

 

Theatre Arts:

Students will explore and demonstrate acting techniques including Stanislavsky Method, as well as staging, speech, body movement, and the history and traits of theatre disciplines from around the world. Class activities include improvisation, mime, monologue, scene study and performance collaboration, action choreography, playwriting, and directing. If time and resources permit, students may work together on an end-of-the-year culminating project. Students must be recommended or accepted into the class by a teacher, but no audition is required.

 Multicultural Perspectives in Literature: