English

  • CORE ENGLISH COURSES
    Electives without level designation are not included in weighted class rank.

    ADVANCED COMPOSITION A:  10, 11, 12 (2.5 credits)

    Advanced Composition is a comprehensive writing class that will guide students through writing processes in detail and expose them to many different essay styles. Both student and professional writing samples will guide students in their writing, as well as teacher feedback and peer editing.  Discussions will focus on compositional techniques. Student-teacher conferences will serve to monitor analysis of student’s writing samples.

    CREATIVE WRITING A:  10, 11, 12 (2.5 credits)

    Creative writing is an English elective designed for those students who have developed an interest in writing through the regular English curriculum and who wish to pursue this interest further.  The course focuses on developing student creativity through the study and writing of essays, short stories, a journal, poetry, play, and other areas of student ability and interest. Creative Writing attempts to heighten student awareness of the limitless possibilities for writing in their daily lives. Students are encouraged through interaction with their teacher to see these possibilities and to develop their abilities to their fullest.

    GREAT BOOKS A:  10, 11, 12 (2.5 credits)

    Through the power to stimulate the imagination, Great Books explores what it means to be human.   Through reading and discussion of the literary canon, students understand the rich heritage of Western Culture and the human conditions.  This course offers the student an opportunity to read from a wide variety of canonical offerings: Shakespeare, classic American novels, myths, science fiction, the Bible, and fairy tales.  The student will read Greek and Roman epics and myths, and ancient and modern works. Discussions will be conducted in a seminar fashion.

    THE HOLOCAUST AND GENOCIDE: A SEARCH FOR CONSCIENCE H/A:  11, 12 (2.5 credits)

    This one-semester course will focus on the study of the Holocaust of World War II. The course provides a multidimensional view that seeks to examine the inhumanity of those who perpetrated it, the horror of those who endured it, the valor of those who resisted it, and the shame of those who ignored it.  Students will analyze official documents, newspaper and essay accounts, literature, music, art, and cinema as expressions of both the culture of the oppressor and the culture of the oppressed, as they seek to understand why nations and individuals turn to hatred and even genocide as a way of coping with the pressures of life.

    JOURNALISM 1 H/A`:  9, 10, 11, 12 (5 credits)

    Journalism 1 H/A is an introduction to both print and online media. The course emphasizes the power of communication in writing and provides techniques and practice for writing news, features, reviews, editorials, columns, and sports articles. Students will also learn approaches to investigative reporting and will learn the code of ethics to which journalists adhere. Students will examine the role of the objective reporters as well as the role of the press in society. The following skills will also be covered: headline construction, copy editing, and caption writing. Student work will be considered for publication in the school newspaper.

    JOURNALISM 2 H/A:  10, 11, 12 (5 credits) 

    PREPARATION:  Successful completion of Journalism 1, newspaper editorial board or equivalent

    In Journalism 2 H/A, students will participate in extensive studies of and experiments with the modern concepts, techniques and psychologies used in newspaper design and image preparation.  Students will complete investigative reports and write in depth articles on a variety of timely issues. The course will include assignments, which require written, practical, and creative responses.  Students will be encouraged to be published in the school paper.

    BROADCASTING 1:  9, 10, 11, 12 (2.5 credits)

    Throughout the semester, students create a variety of projects that explore basic principles of pre-production, cinematography, and editing. Areas of study may include stop motion, movie trailers, news reporting, and commercial, music video, and short film production. Students will also analyze professional work in hopes of understanding the culture and the impact of Digital Media as a mass medium.

    BROADCASTING 2:  9, 10, 11, 12 (2.5 credits)

    PREPARATION:  Successful completion of Broadcasting 1

    Throughout the semester, students create a variety of projects that explore advanced principles of pre-production, cinematography, and editing. Areas of study may include the film as narrative, documentary, and literary adaptation, as well as broadcast journalism. Students may also have the freedom to explore topics of their choice. Students will also continue analyzing professional work in hopes of understanding the culture and the impact of Digital Media as a mass medium. It is strongly recommended that the student initially take Broadcasting I before enrolling in this course.

    INTRO TO PUBLIC SPEAKING:  9, 10 (2.5 credit)

    Introduction to Public Speaking is an introductory-level course recommended for 9-10th graders who are interested in improving their writing and communication skills while learning about vocal production and managing stage fright.  Students will be introduced to many speech genres, will write and deliver short speech assignments, and focus on improving vocal qualities and confidence. This course is not eligible for CCC Dual Credit. Students who take this course may choose to enroll in Public Speaking in 10th, 11th or 12th grade for more in-depth practice in speech writing/delivery and/or if they wish to apply for CCC Dual Credit (optional).  This course is NOT a prerequisite for Public Speaking.

    PUBLIC SPEAKING:  9, 10, 11, 12 (2.5 credits)

    Public Speaking enables students of all ability levels to gain confidence and poise when speaking in both small and large group situations.  The student will learn the strategies and techniques of effective speaking then practice their speaking skills in a variety of real life situations. These include, but are not limited to, interviews, acceptance speeches, presentations, impromptu situations, and persuasive speeches.  Students will participate in a culminating activity by staging a formal debate based on policy format with topics related to current affairs.

    WRITING WORKSHOP 1 H/A:  9, 10 (2.5 credits)

    The goal of this elective is to introduce students to various genres of writing that they may not have the opportunity to explore in depth in their required English classes.  Students will explore memoir, poetry, journalism, and/or other styles of writing through careful study of sample pieces. They will then engage in the writing process to create pieces that follow the characteristics of the genre. In addition, time will be spent reading and practicing a variety of essay types, including NJSLA and SAT essays. At the conclusion of the course, students will work on expanding and revising one of their works through further exploration of the genre with an aim toward publication.

    CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN LITERATURE:  10, 11, 12 (2.5 credits)

    The Contemporary Issues in Literature Course is a semester-long course designed to provide students the opportunity to read, analyze and discuss current social issues and events as they are represented in literature and media.  Whole-class texts and materials will be updated each year in order to reflect current issues and the diversity of the students enrolled in the course. Students will identify points of inquiry for authentic project-based learning throughout the course: after identifying a social issue of personal interest, students will research the topic in-depth and design an action-based project to address the issue in the community.

    FILM APPRECIATION:  10, 11, 12 (2.5 credits)

    Film Appreciation introduces students to a variety of landmark films from different historic periods, challenging them to look beyond the contemporary and understand the heritage of cinema. Throughout the semester, students will explore several genres, gaining insight into what happens both on screen and behind the scenes. By engaging with a variety of media, students enhance their ability to both view and write critically about films. Each semester brings a different “classic playlist” as well as a spattering of modern selections. Thus, studentscan take the course—for credit—more than once! Whether you’re already a serious film buff or aspiring to become one, “film” is for you.

    SEMINAR ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS 9 (Full Year) (5 credits)

    In addition to their core content course, this course is recommended for students identified as at-promise in Language Arts due to their level of content knowledge and skills indicated by end of course grades, teacher recommendation, or NJSLA 8 Language Arts. Teachers will identify individual student’s areas of weakness in Language Arts and tailor a learning program that will build skill and strengthen self-confidence. As well, students will benefit from small group instruction when appropriate in this course.  

    SEMINAR ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS 10 (Full Year) (5 credits)

    In addition to their core content course, this course is recommended for students identified as at-promise in Language Arts  due to their level of content knowledge and skills indicated by end of course grades, teacher recommendation or NJSLA 9 Language Arts score. Teachers will identify individual student’s areas of weakness in Language Arts  and tailor a learning program that will build skill and strengthen self-confidence. As well, students will benefit from small group instruction when appropriate in this course. 

    SEMINAR ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS: 11 (Full Year) (5 credits)

    In addition to their core content course, this course is recommended for students identified as at-promise in Language Arts due to their level of content knowledge and skills indicated by end of course grades, teacher recommendation or NJSLA 10 Language Arts score. Teachers will identify individual student’s areas of weakness in Language Arts and tailor a learning program that will build skill, and strengthen self-confidence. As well, students will benefit from small group instruction when appropriate in this course. Students will receive a grade in this course. 

    SEMINAR ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS: 12 (Full Year) (5 credits)

    In addition to their core content course, this course is required for students who have not met the required graduation assessment. This course will prepare students to successfully complete the Accuplacer, ASVAB, or portfolio assessment to meet the graduation requirement.