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FRESHMAN :: English 9-102 GENRE STUDIES
FRESHMAN :: English 9-101 (Honors/Advanced Standing)   GENRE STUDIES
These courses build upon students’ prior knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, usage, punctuation and other mechanical and creative aspects of proper English.  The four aspects of language use– reading, writing, speaking, and listening– are focused on throughout the year. Typically, these courses introduce, define and compare and contrast various genres of literature –including the short story, drama, the novel and the essay— through close reading and frequent writing exercises linked to the reading assignments. Acquiring a working knowledge of literary terminology is emphasized. The personal narrative, expository and argumentative essays and short fiction are assigned, and the proper use of reference materials, including the dictionary, the thesaurus and electronic resources are also emphasized.  A five section notebook for weekly notes, vocabulary, literary terms, English mechanics, and a journal is required.

 SOPHMORE :: English 10-112 AMERICAN LITERATURE – Personal Freedom, Race, and Social Class.

This course is broken up into eight 4 week units. Each unit has a theme.

Unit 1.1 American Thinkers- Students will study works of early American literature such as Bradford, Rowlandson, Edwards, Equiano, Franklin, Paine, Jefferson, Byrd, Emerson, and Thoreau.

Unit 1.2 American Storytellers- This unit covers great American short stories. Students will read works from the following authors: Irving, Hawthorne, Poe, Twain, Bierce, Chopin, London, Faulkner, O’Connor, Walker, and Hughes.

Unit 2.1 American Justice– Paper Topic: Contemporary Problems with the Death Penalty in the United States.

Unit 2.2 Personal Freedom and Race- Students will study The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

Unit 3.1 American Fear- The literature anchor for this unit will be The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Students will also research The Spanish Inquisition, The Salem Witch Trials, The Second Red Scare (McCarthyism), and The McMartin Preschool Case.

Unit 3.2 Social Class in America- We will discuss social class and study A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald, and Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, three seminal works dealing with social class in our country.

Unit 4.1 The Realities and Unrealities of War- Students will read historical documents dealing with American prisoners of war in Germany during World War II and read Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut.

Unit 4.2 American Voices- This unit will cover famous American speeches by Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Jordan, and Carter. The second part of the unit will introduce students to the study and analysis of poetry. Works of Mitchell, Bakara, Mullen, Roethke, Clifton, Updike, cummings, Allan, Corso, Frost, O’Hara, Brooks, Morrison, Lowell, Dugan, Williams, Whitman, Simpson, Ian, Joel, Hughes, Plath, Walker, and Jarrell will be discussed.

Students will also write various style essays such as response to literature, compare/contrast, research (MLA style), argument, and informational. The TPCASTT format will be used in analyzing poetry.

 SOPHMORE :: English 10-111 (Honors/Advanced Standing) AMERICAN LITERATURE

In addition to the work above, honors students will complete an extra project each unit. There will also be more difficult tests as well as stricter guidelines in terms of academic expectations.

Unit 1.1 The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

Unit 1.2 The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Unit 2.1 True Grit by Charles Portis

Unit 2.2 Research paper- topic- A major event in American history.

Unit 3.1 A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

Unit 3.2 A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

Unit 4.1 Research paper- topic- A movement in American literature.

Unit 4.2 The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

 JUNIOR :: English 11-122 BRITISH LITERATURE- This Earth, this Realm, this England.

This course is broken up into eight 4 week units. Each unit has a theme.

Unit 1.1 A Language is Born- Along with studying non-fiction pieces about the origins of England, students will study Beowulf and also The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer.

Unit 1.2 The Elizabethan Stage and the Argument- The literature anchor for this unit will be The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare. Students will be given a background of Elizabethan theater.

Unit 2.1 & 2.2 The Roots of Evil- Students will study Macbeth by William Shakespeare as well as Holinshed’s Chronicles. We will also view two film adaptations of Macbeth, Scotland PA, a comedy, and Throne of Blood, a Japanese Samurai film directed by Akira Kurosawa .

Unit 2.3 England Purifies and Restores- This unit covers works from the Puritan era and then The Restoration: Milton, Bunyan, Swift, Pope, and, of course, Samuel Johnson. We will also cover the history of the period.

Unit 3.1 The Color Palette of the English Language- This unit surveys the best of Elizabethan and Romantic poetry: Marlowe, Herrick, Raleigh, Shakespeare, Donne, Jonson, Spenser, Lovelace, Blake, Burns, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats.

Unit 3.2 Rule, Britannia!- This unit surveys the Victorian poets: Tennyson, Kipling, Browning, Hopkins, Arnold, Housman. Students will also write a research paper based on their arts major.

Unit 4.1 An American Take on a British Invention- Here, students will present their research papers from the previous unit as oral presentations. In addition, students will read Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, a contemporary American author.

Unit 4.2 Not All is Well in the Empire- Here, students will read Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Students will also study World War I British poetry: McCrae, Thomas, Owen, Sassoon, Yeats, Bush, Waters, Rosenberg, and Brooke.

Students will also write various style essays such as response to literature, compare/contrast, research (MLA style), argument, and informational. The TPCASTT format will be used in analyzing poetry.

 JUNIOR :: English 11-121 (Honors/Advanced Standing) BRITISH LITERATURE

In addition to the work above, honors students will complete an extra project each unit. There will also be more difficult tests as well as stricter guidelines in terms of academic expectations.

Unit 1.1 Research paper- topic- a major movement in British literature.

Unit 1.2 Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.

Unit 2.1, 2.2 & 2.3 A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.

Unit 3.1 & 3.2 Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

Unit 4.1 Research paper- topic- a major event in British history.

Unit 4.2 Orlando By Virginia Woolf

 SENIOR :: English 12-132 WORLD LITERATURE- An Introduction to the Humanities.

This course is broken up into eight 4 week units. Each unit has a theme.

Unit 1.1 & 1.2 Power and Control- Students will study 1984. They will also complete their college admissions essays. Students will also view Untergang, a film by German director Oliver Hirschbiegel.

Unit 1.3 The Human Condition- This unit will cover King Lear by William Shakespeare.

Unit 2.1 Morality- Students will read The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea by Japanese author Yukio Mishima. They will also study a biographical film about his life, Mishima, His Life in Four Chapters directed by Paul Schrader.

Unit 2.2 Two Sides of a Coin- In this unit, students will read articles about the bombing of Hiroshima and respond by writing a series of essays. They will also contrast two works, Hiroshima by John Hersey, and “Thank God for the A-Bomb” by Paul Fussell.

Unit 3.1 Alienation- Students will read The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka and write a research paper on the fairy tale.

Unit 3.2 The Dark Heart of Imperialism– In this unit, students will study Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad and its film adaptation, Apocalypse Now directed by Francis Ford Coppola. In addition, students will write a research paper on imperialism in which they research an instance of imperialism, either as perpetrators or victims, from their own family background.

Unit 4.1 Future Shock- Students will study doomsday scenarios and respond by writing a series of essays. The literature anchor for this unit is The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

Unit 4.2 The Tree of Knowledge- This unit will start with a reading of The Boar by Anton Chekhov and then crash with a series of great essays, songs, and short stories from Hunter S Thompson, Howard Zinn, Warren Zevon, Steve Martin, and Lou Reed.

Students will also write various style essays such as response to literature, compare/contrast, research (MLA style), argument, and informational. The TPCASTT format will be used in analyzing poetry. Students will further analyze one poem each unit from authors such as Eliot, Ginsberg, Yeats, and Thomas.

 SENIOR :: English 12-121 (Advanced Placement®) WORLD LITERATURE

In addition to the work above, AP students will complete an extra project each unit. AP students will use A World of Ideas, a college reader, for most of the year. There will also be more difficult tests as well as stricter guidelines in terms of academic expectations.

Unit 1.1 & 1.2 Reading and written essays on works by Machiavelli, Rousseau, Arendt, Lao-Tzu, and Marx.

Unit 1.3 Reading and written essays on works by Cicero, Stanton, M.L. King, Nussbaum, and Rawls.

Unit 2.1 Reading and written essays on works by/from The Torah, Aristotle, Nietzsche, Murdoch, and The Sermon on the Mount.

Unit 2.2 Reading and written essays on works by Plato, Descartes, Freud, Jung, and Gardner.

Unit 3.1 Reading and written essays on works by Woolf, Hooks, DeBeauvoir, Gilligan, and Wollstonecraft.

Unit 3.2 & 4.1 A research paper based on a previous AP exam essay prompt.

Unit 4.2 An analysis of “The Wasteland” by TS Eliot

SPANISH

SPANISH I
Spanish I is a beginning-level Spanish course; therefore no prior experience studying a foreign language is required.

This course is taught with an emphasis on communication. Connections are made with courses in other disciplines and with cultures where Spanish is spoken. On-going comparisons are made between the culture and language of Spanish-speaking countries and that of our own country. Students receive a great deal of practice with communication in the Interpersonal, Interpretive and Presentational modes.

The importance of Spanish as a major world language as well as the importance of Spanish within the US will be emphasized.

Students are encouraged to use Spanish outside of class in the daily lives.

 SPANISH II

Spanish II is a continuation of Spanish I. Students are required to take 2 years of a foreign language.

The emphasis of the class is communication in Spanish in a cultural context, with connections and comparisons to our culture and language, as well as with other disciplines. Students are expected to speak Spanish in class with both the teacher and other students. As the class progresses, students will begin to communicate about past actions and frequently used verb tenses.

Besides the text book, Students will be reading novels in Spanish and watching a video series.

Students are encouraged to use Spanish outside of class in their daily lives.

 SPANISH III

Spanish III is conducted almost entirely in Spanish. It is designed to give students an opportunity to revisit and perfect previously covered aspects of Spanish language and culture and to advance to a level that permits them to begin to enjoy the riches of Spanish literature. Students begin to communicate more freely in Spanish on a variety of topics. Students are given a great deal of practice in writing clear and coherent compositions in Spanish.

Connections are made between the culture of Spanish-speaking countries and the US. Connections will also be made to other disciplines.

Material from Spanish I and II will be reviewed and expanded upon.

Students are expected and encouraged to use Spanish outside of school in their daily lives.