Course Offerings and Descriptions
Ninth Grade Courses
One Unit One Year Prerequisite: English 8H
Through the study of literature, students will develop the ability to read critically while exploring the concept of the literary hero from ancient Greece through modern times. Additional units cover areas such as semantics, foreign phrases, creative and expository writing. Students will submit a research paper and a writing portfolio. SCHOOL EXAMINATION
Tenth Grade Courses
One Unit One Year Prerequisite: English 1R
This course emphasizes the development of language and reading skills for the college-bound student. Intensive work is required in vocabulary, spelling, grammar, and writing. Reading comprehension is developed through critical investigations of various literary genres. Students will submit a research paper and a writing portfolio. SCHOOL EXAMINATION
One Unit One Year Prerequisite: English 1H
The curriculum, which is concentrated on British works, emphasizes a critical and analytical approach to literature. The literature will correlate with European History Studies. Focus will be on poetry, drama, short stories and novels from the Anglo-Saxon Era to the 20th Century. Students will submit a research paper and a writing portfolio. SCHOOL EXAMINATION
One Unit One Year Prerequisites: Teacher Recommendation
The AP Capstone Seminar course is an inquiry-based, research-driven course that engages students in cross-curricular conversations that explore real-world topics and issues from multiple perspectives. This course is designed around the following essential skills and their development—critical thinking and reasoning, critical reading, inquiry and research, argumentation, communication, and collaboration. Students in this course will be working collaboratively toward the completion of a team research project and presentation, an individual research-based essay and presentation, and an end-of-course examination administered by the AP College Board. This course places great emphasis on reading, writing, and presentation both in and out of class.
Eleventh Grade Courses
One Unit One Year Prerequisite: English 2R
Designed for college entrance, this course is divided into thematic units and emphasizes vocabulary development, various literary genres, analytical reading, and expository writing. In addition to literature and composition units, the course also deals specifically with preparation for the SAT examination and the REGENTS EXAMINATION. Students will submit a research paper and a writing portfolio.
Eleventh Grade and Twelfth Grade Courses
ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION
One Unit One Year Prerequisites: English 2H and Teacher Recommendation
Focusing on the study of selected multicultural works with an intense concentration on language, this course prepares students for the Advanced Placement Exam in Language and Composition. Emphasis is placed upon the four discourse modes: narration, exposition, argumentation, and description. Students will submit a research paper and develop a writing portfolio. Students will be prepared for the Regents Exam. ADVANCED PLACEMENT EXAMINATION IN MAY IS REQUIRED.
Twelfth Grade Courses
One Unit One Year Prerequisite: English 3R
This course is designed to provide students with a rigorous study of various genres of literature. Students will develop the ability to read and write critically, through the intensive study of multiple works of literature, media, and technology. Students will work collaboratively to develop a global perspective aligned to both fiction and non-fiction works of literature. Reading and writing will be developed through critical investigations of various literary genres. Students will submit a research paper, writing portfolio and various project-based assessments.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION
One Unit One Year
Prerequisites: AP English Language and Composition and Teacher Recommendation
Focusing on the study of great works of literature, this course prepares students for the Advanced Placement Exam in Literature and Composition. Students will submit a research paper and develop a writing portfolio. ADVANCED PLACEMENT EXAMINATION IN MAY IS REQUIRED.
SAT/ACT PREP (English and Mathematics)
¼ Credit Math and ¼ Credit English One-half Year
Students in grades 10-12 will be presented with instruction, strategies and practice exams as preparation for the SAT/ACT exams for English and Mathematics on an alternate day schedule meeting with a teacher from both departments. This course is graded and a graphing calculator is required. Students must take the SAT/ACT exam prior to completion of this course.
INTRODUCTION TO NEW MEDIA
One-half Unit One-half Year Grades 10-12
In our rapidly advancing hypermedia landscape of the present, technology has inevitably transformed our traditional media into a multitude of interactive platforms, now read and listened to on mobile devices, tablets, e-readers, flat screens, and wearable devices. This course will connect students to a plethora of stimulating user-generated amateur and professional, textual and visual content. This course is designed to raise students’ consciousness of digital citizenship issues and empowers students to curate positive digital footprints through the use of various digital tools and platforms (Nearpods, Podcasts, Blogging, Social Media, Tumblr, Snapchat etc). Students will also examine these new technologies in terms of their social and communicative impact on storytelling, journalism, and communication. The goal is to not only understand the way new media works but to also participate in this new and rapidly growing environment. This course is aligned to Molloy College’s Course NMD 243 and students have the opportunity to earn college credit.
As the media landscape continues to shift and change with the advent of new technology, it is imperative that students thoroughly understand the digital world. Digital Journalism takes the traditional craft attributes of telling stories and merges them with new techniques (a mixture of images, text, sound, audio narration, video and/ or music) to create diverse digital media. The course is designed to provide students a new skillset in digital storytelling ideas, production, and analysis. Students will develop skills to produce creative online stories that will reverberate with a wide audience that enables students to be an informer and social activist via a digital platform. Students will understand and examine the new tenets of storytelling in the digital age through thoughtful analysis of trends, topics, consumption and by using a broad set of digital tools to engage in the construction and dissemination of knowledge.