English

We believe the ability to communicate effectively is foundational to a quality education. With that in mind, our English department not only teaches the fundamentals of reading and writing, but also an appreciation and understanding of language and the written word. Our classes are structured to allow students at every educational level to engage and grow with the written word.

Teacher Pages

K. Jambard
J. LaFlamme
D. Shaw
D. Ten Eyck
T. Williams

ENGLISH 1*          COURSE NUMBER: 1001

Academic – Grade 9
Full Year – 1 Credit

Class Description

English 1 is designed to introduce students to critical analysis of literature and help them develop self-directed reading and writing skills. In this course, students will study a variety of literature, including short fiction, drama, novels, and poetry. Critical thinking, writing conventions, and listening and speaking skills are emphasized and developed throughout the course of the year with a focus on inquiry-based learning. Students will apply these skills to a variety of writing assignments, both expository and creative. Students will also develop vocabulary skills and research skills, including writing a research paper.

School-wide Expectations: 2B

HONORS ENGLISH 1*          COURSE NUMBER: 1002

Honors – Grade 9 Full Year – 1 Credit

Class Description

Honors English 1 has a twofold purpose: to improve student’s ability to read critically and interpret different forms of literature and to develop a student’s ability to write effectively. Through careful reading of a variety of literature, students develop skills in analysis and interpretation, with a sharp focus on author intent, use of literary devices, and developing original, critical claims. Students will participate in meaningful discussions using their own analysis and interpretations, guiding their own learning through the Socratic Method. In addition, this course introduces students to the sophisticated style of analytical writing. Extensive writing is required for this course. Students will work to improve their writing through a structured and focused process, including thorough draft revisions. Finally, students will continue to develop their ability to comprehend challenging texts and communicate effectively through the study of college-level vocabulary.

School-wide Expectations: 2B and 2C 

ENGLISH 2*          COURSE NUMBER: 1003

Academic – Grade 10
Full Year – 1 Credit

Class Description

This course places emphasis on research, literature and writing. Students can expect to read sophisticated selections from a variety of genres. A strong emphasis is placed on formal and informal writing, including personal, expository, argumentative, narrative, and research papers. Students will be provided with many opportunities to improve and enhance their writing techniques, with a focus on sentence structure, punctuation, grammar, active voice, and organization. Opportunities for use of technology in learning and assessment are included. Continued development of vocabulary is stressed for life skills, as well as preparation for the SATs.

School-wide Expectations: 2B and 2C 

 HONORS ENGLISH 2*          COURSE NUMBER: 1004

Honors – Grade 10
Full Year – 1 Credit

Class Description

This course emphasizes literary analysis and expository writing. Students can expect to read sophisticated selections from a variety of genres, including novels, drama, short fiction, and poetry. A strong emphasis is placed on formal writing including literary analysis and a research paper. Students are provided with many opportunities to improve and enhance their writing techniques, with a focus on understanding the components of the writing process and strengthening their understanding of grammar and usage. Students develop vocabulary, primarily through the study of word roots and prefixes.

School-wide Expectations: 2B and 2C 

 ENGLISH 3*          COURSE NUMBER: 1005

Academic – Grade 11
Full Year – 1 Credit

Class Description

This is an 11th grade English class with an emphasis on American literature. Ample opportunity is provided for students to study major authors, periods, and genres. Students will be encouraged to make connections to the world in which they live by examining both fiction and nonfiction works from both past and present, while improving their reading comprehension skills. A strong emphasis is placed on the improvement of writing skills. Students will be given numerous writing opportunities that will include but not be limited to various forms of literary analyses.

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of English 2.

School-wide Expectations: 2C and 5A 

UCONN AMERICAN STUDIES*          COURSE NUMBER: 1006

ECE- Grade 11
Full Year – 1 HS Credit          3 College Credits

Class Description

This is a UCONN course offered for college credit. This course stresses the effects of American history on the development of American literature. Readings vary in genre and length. There is also a considerable non-fiction reading component. Students learn to question the historical record as well as the literary canon. Writing assignments are based on issues in American history and literature and reflect the types and techniques learned in previous Honors English classes. There are research assignments involving the use of primary as well as secondary resources. Poetry, short stories, novels, plays, and excerpts from longer works constitute the fictional selections. Opportunities for developing speaking skills are also part of this course. SAT preparation continues in this class.

This course is dependent upon instructor approval by the University of Connecticut. Specific course prerequisites must be met. Check with your current English teacher for more information. There is a small fee for this class. Students must meet UCONN requirements for class registration. This course may require students to purchase additional texts

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Honors English 2 or with instructor recommendation/approval

School-wide Expectations: 2C and 5A 

 ENGLISH 4*          COURSE NUMBER: 1007

Academic – Grade 12
Full Year – 1 Credit

Class Description

Students will explore literature from across the globe and throughout time. Semester 1 will focus on the types of literary heroes (epic, tragic, and medieval romance) and the enemies they fight. Semester 2 will focus on English literature, including the development of the language. Throughout the year, students will also strengthen writing and revising skills, particularly in the area of expository writing. Literary analysis and research are important parts of this college preparatory course.

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of English 3

School-wide Expectations: 2B and 2C 

 UCONN WRITING THROUGH LITERATURE*          COURSE NUMBER: 1008

ECE – Grade 12
Full Year –  1 HS Credit          3 College Credits

Class Description

In the UConn course catalog, this course is described as follows: “Instruction in academic writing through literary reading. Assignments emphasize interpretation, argumentation, and reflection. Revision of formal assignments and instruction on grammar, mechanics, and style.” In this course, students will engage in academic inquiry, focusing on strengthening their skills as readers, thinkers, and writers. Students will improve their ability to read literary texts critically and develop their own meaning from those texts. Students will use writing as a tool to explore meaning, develop interpretations of texts, express ideas and theories about readings (including how ideas connect to the world), and communicate ideas with others. Students will become more accustomed with the writing process, from idea discovery through drafting to revision. As students develop as writers, they will be encouraged to incorporate the processes of writing as a necessary part of academic writing. To meet the university requirement of 30 or more pages of polished prose, students will produce a variety of academic essays. A regular part of the course will be in-class writing periods, including one-to-one conferences with the instructor, peer review, and small group writing workshops. Individual conferences can be arranged at any time during the course of the school year.

This course is dependent upon instructor approval by the University of Connecticut. Specific course prerequisites must be met. Check with your current English teacher for more information. There is a small fee for this class. Students must meet UCONN requirements for class registration. Students may be required to purchase some additional texts.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of American Studies or with instructor recommendation/approval

School-wide Expectations: 2B and 2C 

FILM AS LITERATURE          COURSE NUMBER: 1010

Academic – Grades 11-12

Semester – .5 Credit

Class Description

In this semester course, students will watch and analyze films for the basic elements of story including plot, character development, point of view (perspective), and theme, as well as for literary elements such as mood and tone.  Students will learn about the history of film, the different genres of film, and the film industry.  Students will also examine the films to form an understanding of the culture and the period in which the films were produced.  Students will engage in writing assignments, including scriptwriting, and they will produce their own short film.

Class size is limited to 15 students.

School-wide Expectations:

Expectation 2: Communication:  C. Writing

Expectation 3: Information, Media, and Technology Skills 

JOURNALISM          COURSE NUMBER: 1011

Academic – Grades 11-12

Semester – .5 Credit

Class Description

American journalism in a global world.  In addition to a survey of the history of journalism, students will gain experience in the production of a newspaper, interview techniques, construction of a website (to acquire skills in publishing, blogging, and web casts), news broadcasts, photojournalism, and more.  Students will utilize technology and work with current events articles to gain international perspectives.

School-wide Expectations:

Expectation 2: Communication: C. Writing Expectation 2: Communication: A. Interactive Communication Expectation 3: Information, Media, and Technology Skills 

PUBLIC SPEAKING          COURSE NUMBER: 1014

Academic – Grade 12

Semester – .5 Credit

Class Description

The goal of this elective semester course is to teach students how to speak formally on a variety of topics using a variety of styles and effective methods of delivery. Students will have opportunities to analyze the causes of speech anxiety and how to manage it, use technology as a tool to research their topics and organize their findings. Students will learn how to effectively incorporate supporting materials from reliable sources to communicate both orally and in writing. Grading will be based on preparation of speeches as well as on oral presentation.  Students in the College Career Pathways program will be given preference.  No more than fifteen students will be admitted per section.

School-wide Expectations:

Expectation 2: Communication:  A. Interactive Communication

Expectation 3:  Information, Media, and Technology Skills

Expectation 4:  Innovative Thinking 

SAT PREPARATION: RWL – COURSE NUMBER: 1015

Academic – Grade 11

Semester – I Only .5 Credit

Class Description

This course is designed to improve the SAT (or ACT) scores in Reading, Writing and Language. Students will review skills and concepts and develop an understanding of the topics on each test, as well as how the tests are scored. Throughout the course, students will have multiple opportunities to practice response questions in the format of the SAT (or ACT). This course will emphasize study habits and test-taking strategies. This is a semester elective English course.  No more than fifteen students will be admitted per section.

School-wide Expectations:

Expectation 2: Communication:  B. Reading

Expectation 2: Communication:  C. Writing 

 

L.A. INTERVENTION          COURSE NUMBER: 1016

Academic – Grades 9-12

Full Year – 1 Credit

Class Description

The Language Arts Intervention course reviews and develops language arts skills. The class focuses on the application of the conventions of the English language (including spelling and grammar); it covers reading and test-taking strategies, word recognition and decoding, and it furthers the student’s’ vocabulary. L.A. Intervention uses high-interest materials, including novels, short stories, poems, song lyrics, and photograph prompts; the lessons are prepared to be relevant to the students’’ own lives and the world in which they live.

Note: This course is not an elective. This course is not a substitute for an English credit; this class is intended to support regular or special education English classes. Students are chosen for this class based on referrals from current English teachers or school counselors, I.E.P. recommendations, and diagnostic test scores.

School-wide Expectations:

Expectation 2: Communication:  B. Reading

Expectation 2: Communication:  C. Writing