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Imran Abbasi, Principal
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2017-18 Course Guide

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Students must take four years of English as a requirement for graduation. The English Department plans each course to help meet the objectives of a positive language arts curriculum that stresses the four elements of reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

English 9, 10, and 11

Prerequisite – English for previous grade year
3 Years – 3 Credits
Grades 9-11

Students in English 9-11 study various literary genres (fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry), build vocabulary, practice research techniques and literary criticism, and develop writing skills with a focus on specific qualities for assessment. These are full-year courses that focus on the development of skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. All of these courses address the New York State Standards and the Common Core Learning Standards and help to prepare students to take the Common Core English Regents exam in their junior year. Students must pass this exam for high school graduation.

English 10 (H)

Prerequisite – ELA 8 scores, English 9, teacher recommendation, completion of essay placement test and summer reading assignment
Year – 1 Credit
Grade 10

This course requires rigorous reading, both over the summer and during the school year. It begins at the conclusion of the freshman year. Students will read, analyze, and interpret significant literature from a number of time periods and genres. The emphasis is on critical reading and writing, and students are expected to accept considerable responsibility for completion of the many reading, writing, and research projects. Students who earn a final course average of an 88 or higher and receive the teacher’s recommendation will be enrolled in English 11 AP.

English Literature and Composition (AP)

Prerequisite – 85+ on NYS English Regents exam, 88+ average in English 10 (H), teacher recommendation, completion of summer reading assignment
1 Year – 1 Credit
Grade 11

Qualified students can elect to take English Literature and Composition (AP) in their junior year, which gives them the opportunity to complete college level work while in high school. The course requires rigorous reading during the school year, which begins at the end of the sophomore year when the summer reading assignment is given. Students will read, analyze and interpret significant literature from a number of time periods and genres with an emphasis on continued critical reading, thinking, and writing. Students are expected to accept considerable responsibility for completion of many reading and writing tasks. Course participants are mandated to sit for the AP exam in Literature and Composition (fee required) in May of their junior year and the NYS Common Core English Regents in June. Those who complete the English (AP) course are given first preference for enrollment in Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) courses for their senior year.

English 12

Prerequisite – English 9-11 or English 9 and English Honors/AP
1 Year – 1 Credit
Grade 12

English 12 prepares students both for college and for life. In this course, students will read some of the most studied literature of our language, discover how films can challenge and even shape our beliefs, investigate the ever-changing world of music and poetry, examine various forms of literary and film criticism, analyze short stories about people of all backgrounds, and engage in the stimulating process of research. Students will learn to embrace the tapestry that is our society as seen through the many experiences and cultures of our world. Students will study works by both traditional and contemporary authors and directors. In the first several weeks of the course, all seniors will complete a senior folder, including an updated resume and activity sheet, an autobiographical sketch, and a practice college essay, all of which will be necessary for college applications in December.

English 12 (SUPA) (6 College Credits)

Prerequisite – English 9-11 or English 9 and English Honors/AP, 85 or higher on English Regents exam, recommendation of teacher
1 Year – 1 Credit
Grade 12

Instead of enrolling in English 12, qualified students can elect to take college-level English through the Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) courses. Two one-semester courses make up the English offering for Project Advance. Minimal requirements: students should have passed the English Regents exam with at least an 85 and have a “B” average or higher in English and the recommendation of their teacher. In addition, students who have completed the English Honors/AP two-year sequence will be given first preference for enrollment. The Project Advance courses require a tuition payment set by Syracuse University, which awards course credit for those students earning a minimum of a “C” grade for the course. Students who complete the course satisfactorily are often exempted from college English requirements; more than 600 colleges and universities accept Project Advance credits.

English 12 (SUPA): Writing Studio 1

Writing Studio 1 (WRT 105) is the first of two English courses offered through the Writing Program at Syracuse University. It is required of all students in one semester of their freshman year. Studio 1 pays particular attention to writing formal academic persuasive papers. Students confer with the teacher on an individual basis, revise frequently, and read from a variety of texts.
English 12 (SUPA): English and Textual Studies — Class & Literary Texts
The English and Textual Studies: Class & Literary Texts (ETS 181) course presents students with many different forms of reading and makes students aware that their understanding and appreciation of what they read may vary from culture to culture, from time period to time period, and depend upon issues connected to socio-economic class. The focus of the course is on literary theory set in an historical framework. Concepts such as social stratification, inequality, and the relationship among wealth, privilege, and power provide critical lenses through which to interpret texts and foster a richer understanding of students’ own implications within these systems of power and even perhaps to act as a springboard for advocacy and direct social action.

Art Electives

Explorations of Dystopia in Film and Literature (DL)

Prerequisite: none
½ Year – ½ Credit
Grades 11-12

This course explores the place of the individual in dystopian societies as they are depicted in print and on film. Through our analysis of films such as The Matrix, Blade Runner, Mad Max, Minority Report and Metropolis and texts such as Anthem by Ayn Rand, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, as well as various short stories, we will explore the impacts such societies have on the individual’s freedom, motivation and spirit. Open to juniors and seniors. This course would be taken in addition to English 11 or 12.

Creative Nonfiction (DL)

Prerequisite: none
½ Year – ½ Credit
Grades 11-12

Writing is one of the most powerful tools individuals have in our arsenal of communication tools. It allows us to evoke emotion, persuade, inform and entertain, sometimes all within the same piece of writing. Throughout this course, we will explore other writers’ works in the genres of memoir, argument and the personal essay and use them as springboards to inspire our own writings. This course is open to juniors and seniors. This course would be taken in addition to English 11 or 12.


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Department Coordinators

  • English, 9-12:
    Kevin Curtin x3510
  • Math, 9-12:
    Natalie Casalinuovo x3504
  • Music, K-12"
    Mike Christy x3021
  • Science, 9-12:
    Becky Remis x3560
  • Social Studies:
    9-12 Adam Dolan x3521
  • Foreign Language 7-12:
    Fred Orlando x3529

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