English I will consist of an introduction to literature (short stories, Romeo and Juliet and poetry, with emphasis on basic literary terminology) and expository writing (organization, unity, development of good paragraph and composition structure, and grammar remediation as needed). In addition, each student is required to read several novels and complete a research project. The 9th Grade English course uses My Perspectives textbook which is aligned to the PA Core standards for English and Language Arts. As such, students in 9th grade English will be reading literature through a lens that explores author’s purpose, text analysis and character development in addition to the other PA Core standards.
English II expands on basic composition structure and introduces practical writing formats. These structures are applied to the study of literary genre. A vocabulary unit, which includes word lists and a variety of dictionary and verbal skills, prepares students for tests including the PSAT. Grammar study and remediation follow writing and assignments. A short research paper and several speaking activities are included. The 10th Grade English course uses the Holt McDougal textbook which is aligned to the PA Core standards for English and Language Arts. As such, students in 10th grade English will be challenged to read complex literature and explore such ideas as author’s voice, point of view, and text structure in addition to the other PA Core standards. Upon successful completion of this course, students will take the Keystone Exam. 0020 English II – WH 10 1 Cred
English III is an integrated course based on American Literature. Components will include the reading and interpretation of literature (novel, short story, essay, poetry, and drama), literary terminology, vocabulary enrichment, speaking activities, research project, and writing that reflects literary readings. 11th Grade English course uses the Holt McDougal textbook which is aligned to the PA Core standards for English and Language Arts. As such, students in 11th grade English will be reading literature through a lens that addresses all of the PA Core standards. Students who do not score proficient on the Keystone Exam will retake the exam in December of the current school year.
English IV is an integrated course based on a chronological survey of British literature with enrichment from literary works in World Literature. Components will include advanced literary terminology, vocabulary development through context, speaking activities, expository writing based on literary study, and a research unit. The 12th Grade English course uses the Holt McDougal British and World Literature textbook which is aligned to the PA Core standards for English and Language Arts. The course, while focused on British Literature and World Literature, also includes a robust focus on writing and vocabulary development with a special emphasis on preparing students for post-secondary education.