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English 9

Emphasis is placed on the continued development of the NYS standards in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students will begin mastering literary analysis by studying the elements of the short story, novel, non-fiction, poetry, and drama. Preparation for the English Language Arts Regents exam begins. This exam, taken in Grade 11, is a NYS graduation requirement.
Grade 9
Full year subject
1 unit of credit
School exam

English 10

Students continue to receive intensive work in reading, writing, listening and speaking in coordination with the New York State Common Core standards. Emphasis is placed on the continued mastery of composition and analysis through studying a variety of genres, including the novel, research-based argument, poetry, drama, short story, speeches, memoir/biography and other non-fiction. Development of skills necessary for mastery of the New York State English Common Core exam, a NYS graduation requirement taken in Grade 11, continues.
Grade 10
Full year subject
1 unit of credit
School exam/project

English 11

Students analyze and discuss literary works with a focus on American writers. In addition, students continue intensive work in the NYS standards in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. In the Fall, students complete a research argument essay. This essay aligns with later work in U.S. History class (the Junior Research Paper) and the Common Core Regents Exam in English Language Arts (Part2: Argument Essay). In June, all juniors take this exam, a NYS graduation requirement.
Grade 11
Full year subject
1 unit of credit
English Language Arts Common Core exam: (graduation requirement)

Advanced Placement
English Language And Composition

This is a college preparatory course designed for the serious junior English student. In accordance with The College Board's description of Advanced Placement English Language and Composition, the course involves critical reading and writing designed to improve students' reading skills and their understanding of the techniques and strategies of college writing. Students practice reading and writing non-fiction genres such as autobiography, observation, and the researched argument paper. In addition, the course includes the study of two novels and Shakespeare's Macbeth. Summer reading and writing assignments are required.
Grade 11
Full year subject
1 unit of credit
A.P. exam ($99.00) and English Language Arts Common Core exam: (graduation requirement)

English 12

In alignment with the common core, students analyze and discuss novels, short stories, poems, nonfiction essays, and dramas. Some of the literature focuses on self-awareness and the role of the individual as a member of society. Students are expected to actively participate in class and have a willingness to work and think independently. In preparation for college, a thesis paper and portfolio of writing reflection are required.
Grade 12
Full year subject
1 unit of credit
Final project

Advanced Placement
Literature And Composition

This is a college preparatory course designed for the serious senior student who enjoys reading and writing. In accordance with the College Board’s description of Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition, this course engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of fiction, drama, and poetry from the fifteenth through twenty-first centuries. Written work includes response and reaction papers, timed essays, creative writing and the college level thesis paper. Summer reading and writing are required.
Grade 12
Full year subject
1 unit of credit
A.P. exam ($99.00) and Final project


English As A New Language

This course is provided to assist those students whose first language is not English. Students build English language social and academic skills through reading, writing, listening and speaking activities. Units of instruction are provided in accordance with the NYS Education Department Guidelines and Part 154 requirements.
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Full year subject
Units of credit vary


Syracuse University Reading/Writing

WRT 105 - Practice of Academic Writing 
Introduction to Issues of Critical Reading
Component 1

This is the required English course for all students in semester one of their freshman year at Syracuse University. Each section of WRT 105 is a community of writers who meet with the specific purpose of developing as critical readers, writers, and thinkers. Students learn to develop ideas through the choices they make as writers. The course challenges students to understand that effective communication requires people to be aware of the complex factors that shape every rhetorical context, including issues of power, history, difference, and community. Developing this understanding helps students perceive ways in which their work as writers extends beyond the immediate requirements of the classroom and prepares them for effective engagement with issues in the workplace, local community, and global society. The course is designed as a workshop in which learning takes place through reading, writing, listening, and class interaction. Grades are based on both informal writing and formal papers. A final paper is required at the end of the semester.

 

ETS 181 - Class and Literary Texts
Component 2

From Dickens’ descriptions of living conditions in Victorian England, James Agee’s stories of tenant farmers during the Depression, to Ursula LeGuin’s’s speculative fiction focused on labor exploitation, questions of social class have long been a focus of novelists’, poets’ and essayists’ work. Parallel to the ways that writers affect and engage social class, critical readers can engage with the concepts of social class as they read. Concerned with the social divisions of privilege, wealth, power and status, class, like race and gender, is a social construction that is imposed on, and performed by, all of us as a way of stratifying and defining who we are. Though the restraints of social class readily subject us to the power of others, these restraints may also, when well understood, provide a springboard for advocacy and direct social action. This course provides an introduction to these concepts and exposes students to key texts in literature, film and other media as a way of fostering critical engagement and developing richer social responsibility through textual interpretation.

Grade 12
Full year subject consisting of 2 components
1 unit of credit
Project
*$672.00 (2016 rate) Syracuse University tuition
*Upon successful completion of the course, Students will earn Syracuse University credit


Communication for College and Career

This 21st century skill-driven curriculum prepares 11th grade students for the professional demands of the business world and higher education. Research, writing, and presentations are required, with an emphasis on honing written and oral communication skills. This course is only offered to Academy of Business and Finance students and is an Academy requirement 
Grade 11
1 semester subject
1/2  unit of credit
Final project

Creative Writing

Students write journals, poetry, short stories, scripts and other short genres. The course is conducted as a writer's workshop. Students are required to submit their work to outside publications and contests.  
Grade 10, 11, 12
1 Full year subject
1 unit of credit

Theater: Public Speaking and Performance

This semester course is a non-threatening, fun and interactive course where public speaking and performance skills are explored through theater games, improvisation and exercises. Whether you’re shy or headin’ to Broadway, this course is one where the art of public presentation is studied and discovered. Learn the techniques of famous public performance gurus from Dale Carnegie to Lee Strasberg. 
Grade 10, 11, 12
1 semester subject
1/2  unit of credit
Final project

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