• ENGLISH DEPARTMENT

     


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    2010 English 1

    Grade: 9

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): None

     

    English 1, a college preparatory course, examines three major areas: literature, composition and vocabulary. Students will read a variety of literary genres, focusing on fiction (novels and short stories), nonfiction (essays, biographies and autobiographies), poetry (including Homer’s epics) and drama (plays including Shakespeare). Different forms of writing, such as narrative, descriptive, expository, persuasive, comparison and contrast, will be read, analyzed and written. Grammar, usage and mechanics will be included as a way of aiding students in writing clear, well-organized sentences, paragraphs and essays. Students will improve their reading comprehension and analytical skills through their reading and writing activities. Cultivating an appreciation and enjoyment of literature will be encouraged also. The students will broaden their vocabulary through their reading experiences. PSAT and SAT preparation will be stressed as an integral part of vocabulary enrichment. Study skills and test-taking skills will be emphasized as well throughout the course.


     

    2015 Honors English 1

    Grade: 9

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): Open by invitation only, based on a student’s grades, standardized test scores and placement test.

     

    Honors English 1 offers students a more challenging course of study than the regular college preparatory freshman English. It covers four major areas: literature, composition, vocabulary and research. Literature will be studied with an emphasis on novels, short stories, nonfiction, poetry and plays. Students will concentrate on writing coherent, unified paragraphs and essays. Expository, descriptive, narrative, persuasive and creative writing will be practiced. PSAT and SAT preparation will be stressed as an integral part of vocabulary enrichment. Organizational and test-taking skills will be emphasized also. Students will engage in both individual and group research projects. Because Honors English I stresses oral presentation and active class participation, acting out plays, small group discussions and various creative projects form a regular part of the class. Through reading, writing, research and classroom activities, students will enrich their critical thinking abilities.


     

    2020 English 2: American Literature

    Grade: 10

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): none

     

    In this college preparatory course, major American authors and themes will be examined within their historical and literary context. Expository, analytical and creative writing will be stressed. Research will be conducted and presented in a written assignment. PSAT and SAT preparation will be a focus of vocabulary work, although students also will study vocabulary within the context of the literature. The class will foster an appreciation of reading various literary techniques. Students will enhance their critical thinking and presentation skills through a wide range of activities.


     

    2025 Honors English 2: American Literature

    Grade: 10

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): 85 in Honors English 1 OR a 93 in English 1

    +Standardized test scores may also be used to determine placement

     

    This challenging course studies a large, varied reading list of American authors. Students will improve their reading, analyzing and writing skills as they study the literary selections. Both formal and informal writing assignments will be given frequently. PSAT and SAT preparation will be an integral part of vocabulary study. Vocabulary skills also will be developed by looking at contextual clues and word roots. Readings will include novels, short stories, poems, plays and nonfiction essays.


     

    2030 English 3: British Literature

    Grade: 11

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): English 2

     

    This college preparatory course surveys British literature starting with the Anglo-Saxons. Representative writers, such as Chaucer and Shakespeare, and periods, such as Old English, Middle English, Renaissance and Romantic, will be read, studied and analyzed. Additional outside reading often will be encouraged and sometimes required. Students will continue to develop their writing skills by working on both critical and expository essays. Students will do research using outside sources, such as the media center, local libraries and the Internet. Verbal PSAT and SAT preparation, including vocabulary words, prefixes, roots and suffixes, will be emphasized; regular practice on exercises, sample tests and writing in response to the SAT prompt will help students reach their potential.


     

    2035 Honors English 3: British Literature

    Grade: 11

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): 85 in Honors English 2 OR a 93 in English 2

    +Standardized test scores may also be used to determine placement

     

    This challenging class presents a chronological survey of British literature beginning with the Anglo-Saxons and continuing into the present. Social, historical, economic, scientific, religious and artistic influences on the literature will be incorporated into the class. Emphasis will be placed upon individual reading, research and writing. PSAT and SAT preparation will be an integral part of vocabulary work. Strong writing skills, as well as the ability to read and critically interpret on one’s own, are essential for success in this course.


     

    2040 English 4: World Literature

    Grade: 12

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): none

     

    This college preparatory course will introduce the students to the scope of world literature, beginning with the classics of the ancient world and moving around the globe and through the millennia. It also will provide the students with opportunities to sharpen their reading, writing, critical thinking and research skills as they prepare for college and career. Students will continue to improve their writing skills with essays and a research paper. Vocabulary will grow through contextual study; verbal SAT preparation and test-taking skills also will be emphasized.


     

    2045 Honors English 4: World Literature

    Grade: 12

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): 85 in Honors English 3 OR 93 in English3 OR 85 in AP Language

    +Standardized test scores may also be used to determine placement

     

    This challenging course will increase the students’ awareness of the scope of world literature, beginning with the classics of the ancient world and moving around the globe and through the millennia. More reading is required than in the college preparatory class; in-depth study of some works is essential for success. Students will hone their reading, writing, critical thinking and research skills as they prepare for college and career. Vocabulary in context, verbal SAT practice in the form of sample exercises, practice tests and writing to SAT prompts and test-taking skills also will be emphasized.


     

    2910 AP English Language and Composition

    Grade: 11-12

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): 85 in Honors English 2 or Honors English 3 OR 93 in English 3 OR 85 in AP Literature

    +Standardized test scores may also be used to determine placement

    This college level course may be taken for college credit through the College Acceleration Program (CAP) offered through Burlington County College.

     

    This advanced placement course will help students refine their critical writing skills for college. This course is NOT a grammar course and should not be confused with the grammar course elective. It is a college level critical reading and writing course; it will assist not only on the AP test in May but in SAT preparation. The emphasis is on nonfiction and the traditional disciplines of rhetoric: narration, exposition, argumentation, synthesis, and description. Writing will be analytical and expository—there will also be an emphasis on the synthesis and argumentative essay. Some traditional literature will be studied. Students must take the advanced placement exam in May. This course may replace English IV for seniors; however, it does not replace English III or Honors English III for juniors.


     

    2920 AP English Literature and Composition

    Grade: 11-12

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): 85 in Honors English 2 or Honors English 3 OR 93 in English 3 OR 85 in AP Language

    +Standardized test scores may also be used to determine placement

    This college level course may be taken for college credit through the College Acceleration Program (CAP) offered through Burlington County College.

     

    This advanced placement course will pursue a varied and intense level of in-depth reading, critical analysis and writing. Literature from many genres, cultures and styles from Shakespeare to the present will be read; the Bible and Homer’s epics also will be studied as allusions are made to them. This collegiate level course requires extensive reading in the summer and continuing throughout the year. Students will write to analyze and interpret works, creating reaction, critical, argumentative and expository papers. They also will evaluate works for their artistry, language and structure. Vocabulary in context, SAT practice in the form of sample exercises, practice tests and writing to SAT prompts and test-taking skills also will be emphasized.

     

    Students must take the advanced placement exam in May. This course may replace English IV for seniors; however, it does not replace English III or Honors English III for juniors.