English Department

Requirements: All students must take four years of English Language Arts at an academic level determined by the department and the administration. All students are required to complete summer assignments.

To improve standardized scores on the Terra Nova, PSAT, and the SAT, the English Department stresses an on-going program consisting of sentence error analysis, timed readings, and SSR(Sustained Silent Reading). To foster and encourage effective writing, all students participate in the Laws of Life essay contest, funded by the Templeton Foundation. Summer reading is also required. For honors courses, there are also mandatory written assignments based on additional summer readings.

Teachers

Teacher - English, Chairperson
Sister Ave Armstrong SSJ
Teacher - English
Mrs. Kelly Foley
Teacher - English
Mrs. Bridget Mierzejewski
Teacher - English
Ms. Megan Yeager

Grade 9

ELA I: Critical Reading, Writing, and Speaking supported through Genre Studies

wc1111 – English Language Arts I (H)
wc1121 – English Language Arts I

1 credit
1 credit

Honors
College Prep

Grade 9
Grade 9

English Language Arts I is a required course for all ninth grade students. Based on the Common Core Standards, this course provides students with the skills and knowledge to become critical readers and writers by analyzing key ideas and details, craft and structure, and the integration of knowledge and ideas in literature and informational text.

Students will develop their writing skills by examining text types and purposes and by writing arguments, explanatory/informational texts, and narratives. Using the full writing process, students will learn how to produce and distribute quality writing using technology’s capacity to produce, publish, and share writing products. Students will conduct short research projects and will participate in a range of collaborative discussions integrating multiple sources of information. This course will advance students’ knowledge of the conventions of Standard English and will strengthen vocabulary acquisition and use.

This course is supported through various literary genre studies.

Grade 10

ELA II: Critical Reading, Writing, and Speaking supported through World and British Studies

wc1211 – English Language Arts II (H)
wc1221 – English Language Arts II

1 credit
1 credit

Honors
College Prep

Grade 10
Grade 10

English Language Arts II is a required course for all tenth grade students. Based on the Common Core Standards, this course provides students with the skills and knowledge to become advanced critical readers and writers by analyzing multiple themes, interpretations, details, craft and structure, and the integration of knowledge and ideas in literature and informational text.

Reinforcing and expanding the writing objectives of the freshman year, this course will develop the student’s writing skills by examining text types and purposes and by writing arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts. Students will write explanatory/informational texts to examine and convey complex ideas, and will write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events. Students will learn how to produce and distribute quality writing using technology’s capacity to produce, publish, and share writing products. Students will conduct sustained research projects and will participate in a range of collaborative discussions and presentations integrating multiple sources of information. This course will further advance students’ knowledge of the conventions of Standard English and will strengthen vocabulary acquisition and use.

This course is supported through various selections in World and British studies.

Grade 11

ELA III: Critical Reading, Writing, and Speaking supported through American Studies

wc1311 – English Language Arts III (H)
wc1321 – English Language Arts III

1 credit
1 credit

Honors
College Prep

Grade 11
Grade 11

English Language Arts III is a required course for all eleventh grade students. Based on the Common Core Standards, this course provides students with the skills and knowledge to become critical readers and writers by analyzing key ideas and details, craft and structure, and the integration of knowledge and ideas in literature and informational text.

This course will develop the student’s writing skills by examining text types and purposes and by writing arguments, explanatory/informational texts, and narratives. Students will learn how to produce and distribute quality writing using technology’s capacity to produce, publish, and share writing products. Students will conduct short research projects and will participate in a range of collaborative discussions integrating multiple sources of information. This course will advance students’ knowledge of the conventions of Standard English and will strengthen vocabulary acquisition and use.

This course is supported through various selections in American studies.

Grade 12

Advanced Critical Reading, Writing, and Speaking supported through World and Contemporary American Studies

wc1011 – AP English
wc1411 – English Language Arts IV (H)
wc1421 – English Language Arts IV

1 credit
1 credit
1 credit

AP
Honors
College Prep

Grade 12
Grade 12 
Grade 12

English Language Arts IV is a required course for all twelfth grade students. Based on the Common Core Standards, this course provides students with the skills and knowledge to become advanced critical readers and writers by analyzing multiple themes, interpretations, and details, craft and structure, and the integration of knowledge and ideas in literature and informational text.

Reinforcing and expanding the writing objectives of the junior year, this course will develop the student’s writing skills by examining text types and purposes and by writing arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts. Students will write explanatory/informational texts to examine and convey complex ideas, and will write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events. Students will learn how to produce and distribute quality writing using technology’s capacity to produce, publish, and share writing products. Students will conduct sustained research projects and will participate in a range of collaborative discussions and presentations integrating multiple sources of information. This course will further advance students’ knowledge of the conventions of Standard English and will strengthen vocabulary acquisition and use.

This course is supported through various selections in World and contemporary American studies.

All AP students must take the AP exam in May. 

Research and Writing: Learning to effectively research and write across disciplines

WC1621 – College Research and Writing

1 credit

College Prep

Grade 11,12

This writing course, open to high achieving students, will focus on argumentation, the academic writing students need for college. Students will learn how to create arguments that are clear and logical, concentrating on areas such as the use of rhetorical devices, evidence and research, citations and MLA style, correct grammar and mechanics. Additionally, students will read and discuss other authors’ essays and apply what they learn to their own writing. There will be short and longer writing assignments throughout the semester.