English/ Language Arts is required for all four years. Each course requires a composition program specifically designed for its grade and track. These requirements are in addition to those listed under the course description.
HONORS ELA I
TRACK 1 (111)
This honors course is intended for the highly motivated learner. It is a foundation course designed to increase the student's knowledge of all genres of literature as it strengthens and develops essay skills with an emphasis on the structures of grammar. Critical thinking and strong organizational skills are necessary for the significant amounts of independent work required.
TRACK 2 (112)
This course provides the student with the opportunity to develop an appreciation and understanding of the literary genre through discussion and writing. He will be expected to master the elements of grammar and sentence structure as outlined in the Grammar for Writing Program, as he develops his essay skills. Intensive vocabulary study and emphasis on SAT preparation will be required.
TRACK 3 (113)
The basic objectives of the course are similar to those outlined in Track 2; however, the teacher will modify the objectives whenever appropriate to accommodate the student's needs. Despite the modifications, this course is intended for the college-bound student. (The text used for literature and grammar are the same as for Tracks 1 and 2.)
HONORS ELA II
TRACK 1 (121)
This course is an accelerated course designed for the highly motivated, active learner. (Placement in this course will be assigned by the freshman Honors English teacher according to performance). A wide selection of literature and texts will be studied in order to gain a fuller understanding of major world literary themes. A large portion of class time will be devoted to development of essay writing: personal, reflective, expository, argumentative, persuasive, comparison and contrast, and analytical. Additionally, the student will master the structures and mechanics of grammar while he continues to build his vocabulary and increase his basic understanding of successful SAT-taking strategies. Oral presentations based on independent research will be required. The student will be given the opportunity to use the computer lab for essay writing and subject-appropriate research on the Internet. Overall, Honors English is a comprehensive communications course.
TRACK 2 (122)
The student will study a wide array of literary genre in order to gain a better understanding of the world literary themes. He will be expected to master the structures of grammar as outlined in the Grammar for Writing Program and demonstrate this mastery in a series of essays. Additionally, he will continue to work on his SAT strategies, vocabulary development, oral presentation skills, and independent electronic research techniques. Overall, this course lays the foundation for active, independent learning while promoting mastery of oral and written communications.
TRACK 3 (123)
The course objectives and expectations are the same as Track 2: the major difference will be the amount of independent work required and the speed at which the material will be read, taught, or researched. This course is designed for the college-bound student. (The texts used for literature and grammar are the same for Tracks 1 and 2).
HONORS ELA III
TRACK 1 (131)
Selection is based on a student's PSAT score. This course will use the same group of essays and literary forms as Track 2; however, the number of required novels and plays will be increased to conform to the requirements of the Advanced Placement Test which these students will take in their senior year. In addition, classroom activities will center around extemporaneous composition writing based on difficult reading material. This skill is needed for success in the AP Test.
TRACK 2 (132)
Course material will be made to challenge the reading and writing abilities of the students. Encompassing the lengthy history of English literature, this course will enable the students to enjoy a number of the master works of the language. These works will include Chaucer, Shakespeare, Swift, and Dickens, among others. In addition, these Great British Writers will provide the student with maximum opportunity to increase his writing, speaking, and reading skills.
TRACK 3 (133)
The course content is the same as the Track 1. The material is covered at a slightly slower pace. The extra reading and writing assignments will be fewer. This course is designed for the college-bound student.
TRACK A.P. (145)
This course will use the same group of essays and poetic forms as Track 1. However, the number of required readings will be increased in order to conform to the requirements of the Advanced Placement Examination in Language and Composition. In addition, classroom activities will center around extemporaneous composition writing based on difficult reading material, a skill needed for success in the A.P. Examination. Grammatical elements and significant vocabulary studies are special features of this course. All students are required to take and to pay for the Advanced Placement Examination. If a student does not take the examination, he will not receive credit for the course and will not graduate due to being one credit short.
HONORS ENGLISH IV
TRACK 1 (141)
This course will provide the student with a sense of American literary history. Readings will chronologically unfold the spectrum of thought from the Pilgrims to the Post-Moderns. Selections will be made to challenge the reading and writing ability of the students.
TRACK 2 (142)
This course will provide the student with a sense of American literary history. Readings will chronologically unfold the spectrum of thought from the Pilgrims to the Post-Moderns. In addition, greater emphasis is placed on improving the basic writing skills. This course is designed for those students who are college bound.
TRACK 3 (143)
Readings in American literature will be presented from a text that allows the student to gain an appreciation of his American literary heritage, which is appropriate to the student’s learning style and skills. In addition, strong emphasis will be placed on the basic communication skills needed in practical life situations.