English Courses

Requirements: All students are required to take four years of the English course sequence. 

English I  

This course is designed to develop the student's reading and writing skills through a study of literary genres (short story, the novel, the epic, drama, poetry). (1101) GRADE 9

English I – Honors 

This honors course is designed to develop the student's reading and writing skills through an in-depth development of the literary genres of short story, essay, autobiography, novel, drama and poetry. Students must demonstrate a high level of competence in oral and written work. Prerequisites: Minimum of 88% National Percentile on SSAT Exam (Verbal), and a “B+” Average in elementary school English courses. (1102) GRADE 9 

English I - High Honors  

This advanced course is designed to develop the student's reading and writing skills through an in-depth development of the literary genres of short story, essay, autobiography, novel, drama and poetry. Students must demonstrate a high level of competence in oral and written work. Emphasis is placed on interpretation of ideas and themes as well as evaluation of style. The format of this course allows for the development of the unique responses of each student. Independent research and critical analysis are stressed.  (1103) GRADE 9
Prerequisites: Minimum of 92% National Percentile on SSAT Exam (Verbal), and an “A” Average in elementary school English courses.

English II 

This course continues to develop the student's reading and writing skills through a chronological survey of American literature. (1201) GRADE 10 

English II – Honors 

This honors course focuses on an in-depth study of American literature from colonial to modern times. Students must demonstrate a high level of competence in oral and written work. (1202) GRADE 10
Prerequisites: College Preparatory Students – 92% Average. PSAT minimum score of 520 in ERW Honors Students - 90% Average 4 

English II – High Honors  

This advanced course focuses on an in-depth study of American literature from colonial to modern times. Students must demonstrate a high level of competence in oral and written work. Emphasis is placed on interpretation of ideas and themes, and other literary elements, as well as evaluation of style. The format of this course allows for the development of the unique voice of each student. Independent research and critical analysis are stressed. (1203) GRADE 10  
Prerequisites: College Preparatory Students - 95% , Average Honors Students - 92%, Average High Honors Students – 90% Average

English III  

This course continues to develop the student's reading and writing skills through a survey of English literature. Instruction in writing a term paper is an integral part of this course. (1301) GRADE 11

English III – Honors  

This advanced course focuses on an in-depth study of English literature from Anglo-Saxon to contemporary writers. Students must demonstrate a high level of competence in oral and written work, including a term paper. (1302) GRADE 11
Prerequisites: College Preparatory Students – Minimum of a 530 ERW on PSAT and a 92% Average Honors Students – Minimum of a 530 ERW on PSAT and a 90% Average

English III – High Honors  

This advanced course focuses on an in-depth study of English literature from Anglo-Saxon to contemporary writers. Emphasis is placed on interpretation of ideas and themes, and other literary elements, as well as evaluation of style. The format of this course allows for the development of the unique responses of each student. Independent research and critical written analysis are stressed. Students must demonstrate a high level of competence in oral and written work, including a term paper. Students will have the option to take the Advanced Placement exam in English Language and Composition in May. (1303) GRADE 11
Prerequisites: College Preparatory Students – Minimum of a 590 ERW on PSAT and a 95% Average Honors Students – Minimum of a 590 ERW on PSAT and a 92% Average High Honors Students – Minimum of a 590 ERW on PSAT and a 90% Average 

English IV  

This course continues to develop the student's reading and writing skills through a survey of world literature. A literary term paper is also required. (1401) GRADE 12

English IV – Honors  

This advanced course focuses on an in-depth study of world literature. Students must demonstrate a high level of competence in oral and written interpretation, including a literary term paper. Emphasis is placed on making critical and stylistic comparisons. A term paper is also required. (1402) GRADE 12
Prerequisites: College Preparatory Students – Minimum of a 530 ERW on PSAT and a 92% Average Honors Students – Minimum of a 530 ERW on PSAT and an 88% Average

English IV Literature & Composition – Advanced Placement  

This college level course covers a variety of genres and periods. Emphasis is placed on interpretation of ideas and themes, and other literary elements, as well as evaluation of style. The format of this course allows for the development of the unique responses of each student. Independent research and critical written analysis are stressed. A term paper is also required. (1404) GRADE 12
Prerequisites: Honors Students – Minimum of a 620 ERW on PSAT and a 92% Average 5 High Honors Students – Minimum of a 620 ERW on PSAT and an 88% Average Qualifying Exam Required for students in English III Honors.
Note: All students take the AP Exam in May.

Electives 

 

Creative Writing 

Students will learn to write a variety of forms of poetry and prose using select models and writing prompts. The class culminates with a reading of student work at Barnes and Noble Bookstore. This course fulfills the graduation requirement for fine and performing arts. (1701) GRADE 10, 11, 12 SEMESTER

Communications 

This course provides an introduction into the exciting and important field of modern communications and gives an overview of Interpersonal Communications and Mass Communications. Students also explore career opportunities in the media and advertising as well as in the field of Interpersonal Communication. (6801) GRADE 10, 11, 12 SEMESTER

Journalism 

This course examines looks at the role of the journalist in today’s society. Students will also explore basic news writing, editing, design and layout using desktop publishing and digital imaging software. Students contribute to the production of AHA’s student newspaper, The AHA Voice. (6811) GRADE 10, 11, 12 SEMESTER

Film 

This course is intended to increase the enjoyment of film by raising awareness of the ways a film communicates. Students will become more knowledgeable and critical viewers as we watch and discuss a series of films. This course fulfills the graduation requirement for fine and performing arts. (6701) GRADE 10, 11, 12 SEMESTER

 

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