In order to meet State and District graduation requirements, all students must successfully complete four years of Language Arts Literacy.

Courses

ENGLISH 9 
Grade: 9 
5 Credits – Full Year – Required for graduation 
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of Grade 8. 

The first year of high school English emphasizes the development of language arts skills in the areas of vocabulary, writing, reference and reading. Emphasis is placed on improving competency in the mechanics and organization of writing. The fundamentals for writing the research paper are also covered. Reading comprehension will be developed through the study of all literary genres using selections from modern and classical writers.


READING/WRITING WORKSHOP 
Grade: 9 
5 Credits – Full Year 
Prerequisites(s): None. 

Reading/Writing Workshop immerses students in the study and use of reading and writing to skillfully communicate and construct meaning using a variety of media in order to prepare them for the level of literacy and thinking skills they will need to succeed as learners. Students will work independently and collaboratively to explore universal themes, issues and ideas; in doing so, they will connect the learning to real life, fostering lifelong, and proficient use of English Language Arts. By engaging in higher-level thinking processes, students will be challenged to examine texts critically and to synthesize their knowledge to create published pieces for a writing portfolio.


HONORS MODERN AND CLASSICAL LITERATURE 
Grade: 9 
5 Credits – Full Year – Fulfills English 9 requirement 
Prerequisite(s): Recommendation of 8th grade teacher and a Proficient or Advanced Proficient score on the NJASK8. 

This course consists of a chronological and thematic introduction to the Western literary tradition, beginning with excerpts from the Greek epics and continuing through the modern novel. Readings include selections from all literary genres. The basics of grammar and sentence construction are reviewed through intensive work in expository writing which includes the fundamentals of the research paper. Vocabulary development includes building verbal skills for the SAT.


ENGLISH 10 
Grade: 10 
5 Credits – Full Year – Required for graduation 
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of English 9. 

This course presents the students with an opportunity to continue development in critical thinking, literary awareness and language skills. Emphasis on developing clear, coherent writing enables students to progress in communication skills. Students study American authors to develop an historical awareness and appreciation for the contributions of various groups to American literature. In addition, students are required to complete a research paper.


HONORS AMERICAN LITERATURE 
Grade: 10 
5 Credits – Full Year – Fulfills English 10 requirement 
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of English 9 and teacher recommendation. 

This course is a survey of the historical development of American literature. Readings include selections by authors of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds with emphasis on their contributions to American literature. Students are encouraged to approach reading and writing from an analytical perspective. Development of writing skills continues with concentration on expository and persuasive essays. Vocabulary development, including building verbal skills for the SAT, is also stressed. Students are required to complete a formal research paper.


ENGLISH 11 
Grade: 11 
5 Credits – Full Year – Required for graduation 
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of English 10. 

The objective of English 11 is to increase the student’s proficiency in reading and communication skills through continued development of critical thinking skills. Students will study British authors to develop an awareness of the Western literary tradition. The focus in writing will be on preparing an effective persuasive essay. Vocabulary development will continue and research skills will be reviewed.


HONORS BRITISH LITERATURE 
Grade: 11 
5 Credits – Full Year – Fulfills English 11 requirement 
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of English 10 and teacher recommendation. 

This course is designed to provide potentially gifted students with opportunities to express their ideas develop analytical reasoning skills and clarify values. Through an in-depth study of works of British literature, students will learn to develop and support generalizations and extend generalizations to interpret new situations. In large and small group discussions, as well as through independent work, emphasis is placed on using reasoning strategies and critical thinking skills. Students also complete a formal research paper. This course prepares students who are considering taking AP English in the twelfth grade.


ADVANCED PLACEMENT LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION 
Grade: 11 
5 Credits – Full Year – Fulfills English 11 requirement 
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of Survey of American Literature or English 10 and teacher recommendation. 

The AP Language and Composition course is based on the premise that college-level material can be taught successfully to able and well-prepared secondary students. The course will focus on composition and rhetorical analysis. Analytical and persuasive writing and non-fiction prose texts will be emphasized. The course work will culminate with the AP examination in the spring. Colleges may offer advanced standing or credit for one or more semesters of college based on performance on the AP exam. 


ENGLISH 12 
Grade: 12 
5 Credits – Full Year – Required for graduation 
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of English 11. 

English 12 is designed to continue development of higher level language arts skills. Emphasis is on a more critical and perceptive approach to modern American and world literature to promote a better understanding and appreciation of multi-cultures. Development of effective communication skills is stressed.


HONORS ENGLISH 12 
Grade 12 
5 Credits – Full Year Fulfills English 12 requirement. 
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of English 11 and teacher recommendation. 

The Honors English course is designed to have students explore world literature in order to develop a global perspective on human conflict as it unfolds in a variety of settings. The course will require intense background study and analysis of literary works with an emphasis on conflict analysis. Students will be expected to write extensively and for a variety of purposes to prepare them for college writing.


ADVANCED PLACEMENT LITERATURE 12 
Grade: 12 
10 Credits – Full Year – Fulfills English 12 requirement 
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of English 11 and teacher recommendation. Completion of summer assignment is required. 

The AP English course is based on the premise that college-level material can be taught successfully to able and well-prepared secondary students. The course will require intense study and analysis of literary works with an emphasis on analytical writing. The course work will culminate with the AP examination in the spring. Colleges may offer advanced standing or credit for one or more semesters of college based on performance on the AP exam.


ENGLISH V 
5 Credits – Full Year 
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of English 12. 

This course is designed for that student who requires an additional year in high school due to failure to successfully complete graduation requirements during his/her fourth year in high school. It focuses on reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.


HSPA REVIEW – LANGUAGE ARTS 
Grade: 11 
2.5 Credits - 1 Semester 
Prerequisite(s): Recommendation of teacher, “D” or “F” in English 10 and /or Partially Proficient on standardized tests. 

This course is designed for the student who is in need of remediation in the areas of reading and/or writing, as determined by the prerequisites. These areas are assessed in the junior year and are part of the state’s mandated graduation testing process. In this course, emphasis is placed on preparing students to pass this rigorous assessment process. This course is also designed to prepare students assist students with their English class. Students will read, view, and/or listen to various text types and situations and then respond either orally or in written format. 

This course DOES NOT meet the English requirement for graduation. 


ALTERNATIVE HIGH SCHOOL ASSESSMENT (AHSA) 
Grade: 12 
2.5 Credits – 1 semester 
Prerequisite(s): Student is scheduled to graduate in the current year and has not passed/taken the HSPA. 

This course is required for students who have not passed the HSPA. The emphasis will be on preparing for and completing Performance Assessment Tasks in the Language Arts area. To earn credit for this course, students are required to obtain passing score on the AHSA and/or the HSPA. 

This course DOES NOT meet the English requirement for graduation.


ENGLISH ELECTIVES



JOURNALISM 

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 
2.5 Credits - 1 Semester 
Prerequisite(s): None. 

The Journalism program presents an opportunity for students to sharpen writing skills, to analyze newspaper work and to evaluate it as a possible career choice. Oral communication skills are developed through interview and discussion. Students learn-through publishing the school newspaper, Highlights, the skills inherent in writing, editing, management, advertising and photography. Class assignments are planned to assist students in writing and publishing the school newspaper.


SCHOLASTIC APTITUDE TEST (SAT) PREPARATION 
Grades: 10, 11, 12 
2.5 Credits - 1 Semester 
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of college prep level Math and English. 

All college bound sophomores, juniors and seniors are encouraged to take this course. The course goals will focus on preparing students to score well on the college entrance exams in the verbal and math sections as well as on improving reading comprehension skills.

 

Faculty

Andrews, Jovon
 
Bandarpalle, Subbalakshmi
 
Blackmore, Lisa
 
Elson, Rosalee
 
Neurohr Pierpaoli, Mark
 
Patterson, Christine
 
Sheridan, Elizabeth
 
Stolte, Gail
 
Wickens, Kathleen