English Curriculum

9th Grade English A – Ms. Rodriguez

Texts for 9th Grade English A

  • Oedipus Rex
  • The Iliad
  • The Odyssey
  • Various epics
  • The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus
  • The Canterbury Tales
  • Othello
  • Don Quixote
  • Black Swan Green

Texts for AP Literature

  • The Aeneid
  • King Lear
  • Wuthering Heights
  • Candide
  • The Importance of Being Earnest/  Waiting for Godot
  • Mrs. Dalloway
  • Open City
  • On the Road
A.P. Lit. Exam is May 8, 2018 at 8 AM  

9th Grade English B – Mr. Ashkenazi

English B is devoted to developing fluency in the rules and conventions of formal written English, including an introduction to the forms that will appear on the ELA Regents Exam, as well as giving students the space, time, and support to develop their voices as independent and original writers. Features:
  • Companion to English A
  • Regular grammar and language homework
  • Google Classroom
  • Regular time for sustained writing, both teacher- and student-directed

9th Grade English – Ms. Sullivan

9th grade English will emphasize language by studying David Mitchell’s Black Swan Green: How does the writer develop character and conflict through the use of figurative writing? How does context shape our development?  

10th Grade English – Mr. Ashkenazi and Ms. Rojek

10th Grade English will focus on college readiness skills. What does that mean?
  • Writing research papers
  • Close reading
  • Textual analysis
  • Textual interpretations
  • Creative writing
  How can your child earn an “A” in this class?
  • Hand in all assignments, on time.
  • Attend “Lunch and Learn” sessions for extra help.
  • Communicate with me about any issues concerning grading before the end of any marking period.
  What are we reading?
  • Philosophical Theories of Tragedy- Aristotle, Hegel and Hardin
  • Antigone- Sophocles
  • The Road- Cormac McCarthy
  • Romeo and Juliet- William Shakespeare
  • The Noonday Demon- Andrew Solomon

10th Grade English – Ms. Sullivan

10 Honors is aligned with world history: we will read a series of novels, memoirs, and poetry that explore world events on a personal level.We will look at world events through the eyes of those that lived them to better feel them.

Texts for 10th Grade English Honors

  • Things Fall Apart
  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Night/Maus/non-fiction critical essays
  • Lord of the Flies/ The Things They Carried
The tenth grade will read novels that align with their world history curriculum. We will look critically at the world wars and the underlying forces that propel man to create and to destroy. Critical essays, projects and an active roll in class will measure your child’s level of achievement.. Students will keep journals and must read actively every night. Homework will be graded. Please ask your child to keep side conversations to a minimum so we can hear each other when we speak.

11th Grade English – Mr. Stewart

Students will be taking the Common Core English Regents Exam in January. The first part of our year will be heavily focused on non-fiction articles and argumentative writing. We will analyze the test itself as well as look at contemporary discussions of the American experience to hone our close-reading and argumentation skills. Major Goals:
  • Mastery on the January ELA Regents- 85% or above
  • Understanding and contributing to the contemporary and historical discussions on the nature of America
  • Speaking and Listening in a Socratic Seminar

Major American Literary Texts

We also will be exploring what it means to be American. Are the challenges we faced as a new nation the same as they are now? How have our writers helped shape our understanding of who we are?   Here’s what we’ll be reading:
  • Drown by Junot Diaz
  • Selected Poems by Emily Dickinson
  • Transcendentalists: Emerson & Thoreau
  • A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
  • Blues for Mister Charlie by James Baldwin

12th Grade English – Ms. Sullivan

Seniors will read memoirs and write about their lives in preparation for life outside of school.

Texts for 12th Grade English

  • The Glass Castle
  • Behold the Dreamers
  • Selected essays
  • Drown
In preparation for the college essay we will read memoirs. Students will use psychosocial material to analyze human behavior . We will use this memoir as inspiration for writing unique content. The next novel will raise awareness of issues surrounding immigration, class and race. These books will raise student awareness of contemporary issues preparing them to think and write about the world , as they make their place in it.  

AP English Language and Composition – Mr. Stewart

AP Language and Composition Exam: May 15, 2019 Reading: This course focuses on the analysis of rhetoric, which according to Plato is:  “ruling the minds of men.” We will read many non-fiction texts from different time periods and ask, “What is the argument?” Many of our conversations will take place in a Socratic Seminar. Ethos, Pathos, and Logos, and More! We will need to study, memorize, and be able to apply all of the terminology of rhetoric. This requires us to record all the times we see these terms occur. Writing: We will master the elements of effective argumentation through writing workshops and repeated revision. We will also write assertion journals to engage with current controversial issues.  

English as a New Language (ENL)

Ms. Clagnaz, room 733 (M-W-F)

The goal of ENL is to improve English language development in four modalities: reading, writing, listening, and speaking so students can feel confident in all subject areas. The course culminates with the NYSESLAT (New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test) in May 2019. We are reading:
  • Ovid’s, The Story of Pyramus and Thisbe
  • Ronit & Jamil  by Pamela L. Laskin
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Required Materials: Bilingual dictionary and independent reading book.
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