English Department

Below are the detailed descriptions of the English courses being offered for the 2021-2022. Refer to the curriculum map see which courses are available for each class (freshmen, sophomore, juniors, seniors).

210 English I
1.0 credit
Prerequisite: None
English I is designed to give 9th grade students the opportunity to develop their vocabulary, writing and critical thinking skills. Grammar and basic writing skills are studied. Students study the various elements of literary genres including short story, novel, poetry, nonfiction, classical literature, and Shakespearean and modern drama. Strong emphasis is placed on writing in all areas of the course. Students may be assigned summer reading to complete before entering English I.

Texts:
Prentice Hall Literature: Language and Literacy. Pearson Education, 2010. (ISBN 10: 0-13-366639-5; ISBN 13: 978-0-13-366639-7)

Warriner’s English Grammar and Composition. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986. Vocabulary Workshop, Level D. Sadlier-Oxford.

Novels & Plays Selected From:
Homer. The Odyssey, Orwell, George. Animal Farm (ISBN: 978-0-451-52634-2) Shakespeare, William. The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet (ISBN: 978-0-142-41950-2) Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird (ISBN: 978-0-446-31078-9)

211 English IA
1.0 credit
Prerequisite: B+ or above in Middle School English, Writing Sample, Test Scores, and Admissions Committee Approval
Advanced English I is designed to give 9th grade students with excellent basic English skills the opportunity to develop their writing and critical thinking skills, further expand their vocabularies, and increase their appreciation of literature. More extensive writing is done in English I Advanced than in English I. English I Advanced is a Pre-Advanced Placement Class, which, with English II Advanced, prepares students for AP English courses. Students are required to complete summer reading.

Texts:
Prentice Hall Literature: Language and Literacy. Pearson Education, 2010. (ISBN 10: 0-13-366639-5; ISBN 13: 978-0-13-366639-7)

Warriner’s English Grammar and Composition. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986. Vocabulary Workshop, Level D. Sadlier-Oxford.

Novels & Plays Selected From:
Dickens, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities (ISBN: 0-13-435509-1) Dickens, Charles. Great Expectations (ISBN: 0-553-21342-3) Golding, William. Lord of the Flies (ISBN: 978-0-140-28333-4) Sophocles. Antigone (ISBN: 0-486-27804-2)

220 English II
1.0 credit
Required Prerequisite: English I (210) or Department Approval
Students engage in the reading of works from a variety of places, time periods, and perspectives. Through the use of a variety of texts and supplemental works (novels, short stories, poems, articles, etc.), students further develop their ability to interpret and analyze literary and informational selections. Students continue to develop more precise writing skills. Students will write literary 16 analyses, arguments, and narrative pieces, focusing on the skills of topic development, organization, diction/syntax, and the use of textual evidence. Grammar is reviewed to emphasize the finer points of mechanics and usage, and vocabulary is drawn from both readings and from other sources. A research paper will be required; lessons to prepare students for this cumulative project will emphasize selecting strong sources, organizing information, and citing sources correctly. Summer reading is assigned.

Text:
Mirrors & Windows: Connecting with Literature, Level V. EMC Publishing LLC, 2016. (ISBN: 978-0-82197-396-7)

Warriner’s English Grammar and Composition. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986. Vocabulary Workshop, Level E Sadlier-Oxford.

Novels & Plays Selected From:
Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451 (ISBN: 978-1-4516-7331-9) Gaines, Ernest J. A Lesson Before Dying (ISBN: 978-0-375-70270-9) Shakespeare, William. The Tragedy of Julius Caesar (ISBN: 978-0-140-71468-5) Sophocles. Oedipus the King (ISBN: 978-1-4165-0033-9)

221 English IIA (Honors)
1.0 credit
Honors Prerequisite: B+ or above in English IA or A in English I, Department Approval, and Test scores
The content of this honors’ level course is based on world literature by a variety of writers from different time periods in history. World history lessons are integrated to provide a contextual framework to the literature covered. Students gain practice in writing and organizing ideas logically; the emphasis is on strong sentences, paragraphs, and essays to better prepare students for year. Essay types include persuasive, cause and effect, description, comparison and contrast, narrative, and expository. Vocabulary and grammar lessons are emphasized to enhance students’ writing. A research paper will be required; lessons to prepare students for this cumulative project will emphasize selecting strong sources, organizing information, and citing sources correctly. Summer reading is assigned.

Text:
Mirrors & Windows: Connecting with Literature, Level V
. EMC Publishing LLC, 2016. (ISBN: 978-0-82197-396-7)

Warriner’s English Grammar and Composition. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986. Vocabulary Workshop, Level E. Sadlier-Oxford.

Novels & Plays Selected From:
Alexie, Sherman. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (ISBN: 978-0-316-01369-7) Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby (ISBN: 0-673-58348-1) Knowles, John. A Separate Peace (ISBN 10: 0-7432-5397-3; ISBN 13: 978-0-7432-5397-0) Macchiavelli, Niccolo. The Prince (ISBN: 0-14-044752-0) Martel, Yann. Life of Pi (ISBN: 0-15-100811-6) Miller, Arthur. Death of a Salesman (ISBN: 0-14-048134-6) Shakespeare, William. The Tragedy of Julius Caesar (ISBN: 978-0-140-71468-5) Sophocles. Oedipus the King (ISBN: 978-1-4165-0033-9) Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club (ISBN: 978-0-14-303809-2) Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit (ISBN 13: 978-0-618-15082-3)

230 English III
1.0 credit
Required Prerequisite: English II (220) or Department Approval
As a survey of American literature, this course introduces the student to the inherent personalities and philosophies of American literature. Other areas of study include vocabulary and grammar review as well as a variety of literary genres. Composition and literary analysis compose the writing aspect of junior English. This course assumes a solid foundation from the first two years of English and expands those skills. Students are assigned summer reading.

Texts:
Glencoe Literature: American Literature. McGraw-Hill Companies, 2009. (ISBN: 978-0-07-877980-0)

Warriner’s English Grammar and Composition. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986. Vocabulary Workshop, Level F. Sadlier-Oxford.

Novels & Plays Selected From:
Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter (ISBN 10: 0-486-28048-9; ISBN 13: 978-0-486-28048-6) Hemingway, Ernest. A Farewell to Arms (ISBN: 0-684-80146-9) Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby (ISBN: 0-673-58348-1) Miller, Arthur. The Crucible (ISBN: 014-048-138-9) Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and Men (ISBN: 978-0-14-017739-8) Vonnegut, Kurt. Cat’s Cradle (ISBN: 978-0-385-33348-1)

231 AP English Language and Composition
1.0 credit
Prerequisite: B+ or above in English II(A) (221) or A in English II (220), Test Scores, and Department Approval
AP English Language and Composition is a rigorous writing class designed to further develop the student’s skills in analyzing the rhetoric of non-fiction prose in both formal and informal essays. Writing style is emphasized in skill demonstration including the use of low, middle and high style language; sentence variety – by length and type, introductory clauses and phrases, and more sophisticated structure, including compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences. At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to analyze and write about non-fiction passages. Students who take the College Board’s AP English Language and Composition Exam (a skills based exam) can earn three to six hours of college credit. An AP English Language and Composition Practice Exam is taken in late summer and another in late April to prepare students for the rigors of the real exam, usually scheduled on the second or third Wednesday of May. Students must complete the summer reading assignment.

Texts:
The Language of Composition: Reading, Writing, Rhetoric. Bedford/St. Martins, 2008. (ISBN 10: 0-312-45094-X; ISBN 13: 978-0-312-45094-6)

Vocabulary Workshop, Level F Sadlier-Oxford. 18

Novels, Plays & Memoirs Selected From:
Miller, Arthur. The Crucible (ISBN: 978-0-140-25909-4) O’Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried (ISBN: 978-0-618-70641-9) Orwell, George. 1984 (ISBN: 978-0-582-06018-0) Twain, Mark. Huckleberry Finn (ISBN: 978-0-470-15287-4) Wiesel, Elie. Night (ISBN: 978-0-374-50001-6)

240 English IV
1.0 credit
Required Prerequisite: English III (230) or Department Approval
This course is designed to prepare seniors for college level literature courses by introducing them to the language of modern literary theory and criticism and to cross-disciplinary and transcultural perspectives. It is a general introduction to the major ideas, themes, and writers of British and Classical Western literature. Semester one may include such authors as Chaucer, Spencer, Shakespeare, Donne, Johnson, Milton, Dryden, Pope, Swift, Wordsworth, Keats, Tennyson, and Browning. Second semester will include readings from the late nineteenth century to the twentieth century, including such authors as Woolf, Shaw, Eliot, Auden, Thomas, Orwell, Joyce, and Lawrence. Students are required to complete a summer reading assignment.

Text: Prentice Hall Literature: The British Tradition. Pearson Education, 2002. (ISBN: 0-13-054793-x)

Warriner’s English Grammar and Composition. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986. Vocabulary Workshop, Level G Sadlier-Oxford.

19 Novels & Plays Selected From:
Anonymous. Beowulf (ISBN: 0-14-044268-5) Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World (ISBN: 978-0-06-085052-4) Marlowe, Christopher. Dr. Faustus (ISBN 10: 0-486-28208-2; ISBN 13: 978-0-486-28208-4) Shakespeare, William. Hamlet (ISBN: 978-0-7434-7712-3) Shakespeare, William. Macbeth (ISBN: 978-0-7434-7710-9) Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein (ISBN: 0-486-28211-2)

241 AP English Literature & Composition
1.0 credit
Prerequisite: B+ or above in AP Language and Composition (231) or A in American Literature (230), Test Scores, and Department Approval
This course emphasizes the development of skills in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Students will engage in an intensive, college-level study of literary works spanning several genres and periods and should be prepared to devote time and energy required to complete a rigorous and demanding course. Students will produce written responses based on the experience, interpretation, and evaluation of selected works of recognized literary merit. Through the close reading of these selected texts, students will deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide a profound meaning beyond the superficial. Students who take the College Board’s AP Literature & Composition exam may receive three to six semester hours of college credit. Students are required to complete a summer reading assignment.

Text:
Perrine’s Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense 8 th Edition. Earl McPeek Publishing, 2002. (ISBN: 0-15-507494-6)

Vocabulary Workshop, Level H. Sadlier-Oxford.

Novels, Plays and Memoirs Selected From:
Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice (ISBN 10: 0-486-28473-5; ISBN 13: 978-0-486-28473-6) Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre (ISBN: 978-0-451-53091-2) Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness / The Secret Sharer (ISBN: 0-451-52657-0) Faulkner, William. Intruder in the Dust (ISBN: 978-0-099-74031-5) Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby (ISBN: 0-673-58348-1) Hansberry, Lorraine. A Raisin in the Sun (ISBN: 978-0-413-76240-5) Hemingway, Ernest. The Sun Also Rises (ISBN 10: 0-7432-9733-4; ISBN 13: 978-0-7432-9733-2) Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God (ISBN: 978-0-061-47037-0) Morrison, Toni. Beloved (ISBN: 978-0-330-30537-2) Shakespeare, William. A Midsummer Night’s Dream (ISBN: 978-0-133-55587-5) Shakespeare, William. Hamlet with Related Readings (ISBN: 0-17-604813-8) Shakespeare, William. King Lear with Related Readings (ISBN: 0-17-606621-7) Shakespeare, William. Othello (ISBN: 978-0-7434-7755-0) Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein (ISBN: 978-0-394-84827-3) Silko, Leslie Marmon. Ceremony (ISBN: 978-0-14-310491-9) Twain, Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (ISBN: 978-0-451-53094-3) Wharton, Edith. Ethan Frome (ISBN: 978-0-142-43780-3) Wilde, Oscar. The Importance of Being Earnest (ISBN: 978-0-380-01277-0) 20 9