English Department

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

111 – English Language Arts I (H)
112 – English Language Arts I
113 – English Language Arts I

1 credit
1 credit
1 credit

Honors
College Prep
Academic

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

121 – English Language Arts II (H)
122 – English Language Arts II
123 – English Language Arts II

1 credit
1 credit
1 credit

Honors
College Prep
Academic

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, 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 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

131 – English Language Arts III (H)
132 – English Language Arts III
133 – English Language Arts III

1 credit
1 credit
1 credit

Honors
College Prep
Academic

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

140 – AP English
141 – English Language Arts IV (H)
142 – English Language Arts I

1 credit
1 credit
1 credit

AP
Honors
College Prep

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.

Print Media Courses

150 – Foundations of Print Media

1 credit

College Prep

Grade 11, 12

Foundations of Design and Print Production II is designed to provide advanced training for students in the techniques of editing and producing a school yearbook and newspaper. Emphasis is placed on the carry-over and advancement of the basic skills introduced in Print.

151 – Foundations of Print Media 2

1 credit

College Prep

Grade 12

At this level, students contribute to the production of the school’s newspaper and yearbook. This course emphasizes the skills and knowledge required to produce a newspaper and contributes to the production of the school’s print publications. Students will conduct interviews, write in a variety of journalistic forms, discuss editorial positions, and help produce and edit the newspaper using desktop publishing. Business management skills, essential to the self-sufficiency of a newspaper, will be emphasized. Students may also have opportunities to explore a variety of journalistic fields, such as writing for the web and broadcast journalism.

Prerequisite: Foundations of Foundations of Print Media 1 and approval by present teacher of Foundations of Print Media.

West Prep Studies and Writing Skills Program

090 – West Prep

1 credit

Academic

Grade 9

This studies skills program aims to help in-coming ninth grade students become more organized in their study habits, enhance their reading, comprehension, and vocabulary skills, and become more proficient in basic computation including multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, and percents. Basic world geography and map reading skills are also covered during the course. The director of the West Prep program is part of track 3 cluster of teachers who work closely together with the track 3 freshmen.

091 – Principles of Writing

1 credit

College Prep

Grade 9

Students will have the opportunity to learn basic forms of paragraph development. Narrative, comparative-contrast, persuasive paradigms, and a rudimentary introduction to research writing will comprise the major part of the curriculum. Rules of grammar, spelling, and syntax will be stressed on a daily basis. Likewise, the five paragraph essay will complete the requirements of the course.