ENGLISH

ENGLISH

 

       Language is the basis of thought and the primary tool used for social interaction and human achievement. The Pavilion English Department is dedicated to the development of communication skills necessary for the students to be literate, effective members of our ever-changing society.

 

ENGLISH 9        Course No. 112  1 unit
Grade 9             Level 3  40 weeks
Prerequisite:  English 8

English 9 integrates the study of selected world literature and composition skills.  This English course focuses on further developing basic skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, and critical thinking using a variety of activities designed with each student’s abilities in mind.

Writing will emphasize sound and varied sentence structure and patterns, the logical progression and completeness of the paragraph and the composition of multiple-paragraph essays.  The study of world literature includes the short story, drama, poetry and the novel.  Long works include:  Romeo and Juliet and To Kill a Mockingbird.  Short stories will focus on the basic literary elements exhibited by various authors, using the anthology text as a source.  Vocabulary study will also be incorporated throughout the course, with primary focus on words encountered in the literature selections.  Likewise, improved oral communication and basic research skills will be covered within the context of literature and composition.

Grades are determined by class participation, quizzes, unit tests, in-class assignments, essays, and other projects.  Students are required to maintain a binder and a reader’s response journal.  A final exam is given that is worth one-fifth of the final average.


ENGLISH 9
Honors Course No. 111 1 unit
Grade 9 Level 2 40 weeks
Prerequisites:  Application/Recommendation and English 8

English 9 Honors serves as both an introduction to the high school English curriculum as well as an opportunity for students to critically explore their own maturation process through the lens of literature.  The curriculum teaches the skills of reading, writing, discussion, language use, and vocabulary development through the study of literature.  Core readings include novels, plays, short stories, and poetry.  Long works include:  Night, A Tale of Two Cities, Romeo and Juliet, and To Kill a Mockingbird.

The rigors of the course are intended to commensurate with the preparation students need for success later in high school, in college and in the working world.  Students are being trained to be excellent critical thinkers, readers, textual analysts, writers, and creative, cogent producers of argument.  The course will demand both high quantity and quality of effective writing for a range of audiences and purposes.  By so writing, students will demonstrate their master of the conventions of the standard written language.  Through the coursework, students will be expected to meet and exceed state standards for reading, writing, listening, and speaking.  Grades are determined by class participation, quizzes, unit tests, in-class assignments, essays, and other projects.  Students are required to maintain a binder and a reader’s response journal. A final exam is given that is worth one-fifth of the final average.


ENGLISH 10 Course No. 122 1 unit
Grade 10 Level 3 40 weeks
Prerequisite:  English 9

The tenth grade English course emphasizes writing, analysis of fiction and nonfiction, and research skills.  Composition and research skills are developed with an emphasis on organization and mechanics.  The New York State Common Core modules are used as a guide for work throughout the year.

Students will read fiction and non-fiction pieces as suggested by the Common Core reading list.  Major works studied are made from the following titles:  Macbeth, The Lord of the Flies, and Ceremony.  The research paper centers around issues in medical and science advancement.  Most of the research is done through on-line resources.

Grades are determined by quizzes, vocabulary work, in-class writings, assignments, and multiple paragraph responses.  Students are required to maintain a binder. A final exam is given that is worth one-fifth of the final average.


ENGLISH 10 Pre AP
Course No. 121 1 unit
Grade 10 Level 2 40 weeks
Prerequisites:  Application/Recommendation, English 9 or English 9 Honors

The tenth grade English Honors course emphasizes writing, analysis of fiction and nonfiction, and research skills.  Composition and research skills are developed with an emphasis on organization, grammar, and mechanics.  Students in this class move at a faster pace than the other English classes at this grade level.  Students are expected to read outside of the class as well as read more works.  The New York State Common Core modules are used as a guide for work throughout the year.

Students will read fiction and non-fiction pieces as suggested by the Common Core reading list.  Major works studied are made from the following titles:  Macbeth, The Lord of the Flies, and Ceremony.  The research paper centers around issues in medical and science advancement.  Most of the research is done through on-line resources. 

       Grades are determined by quizzes, vocabulary work, in-class writings, assignments, and multiple paragraph responses.  Students are required to maintain a binder.  A final exam is given that is worth one-fifth of the final average.

 

ENGLISH 11      Course No. 132  1 unit
Grade 11           Level 3  40 weeks
Prerequisite:  English 10

The eleventh grade English course provides preparation for the New York State Common Core examination, which is taken in May or June junior year.  Students are required to pass the exam to graduate.  The course of study centers on close reading, analyzing, writing, research techniques, and the interpretation and analysis of drama, American literature, and non-fiction with a focus on reasoning and argument using textual evidence and inference. 

Reading  selections are made from the four modules designed by New York State’s education department and include the following content and titles:  Module 1: Shakespeare’s Hamlet;; a research unit for Module 3; Coursework may also include writings based on Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck,  and other works of American literature.

Grades are determined from an average of class work, homework assignments, quizzes, tests, projects, and a major research paper.  No final examination is given in this course.


ENGLISH LANGUAGE 11 AP  Course No.133 1 unit
Grade 11 Level 0 40 weeks

English Language and Composition is an Advanced Placement course at the 11th grade level.  Students will gain critical skills through close and continued analysis of a wide variety of nonfiction and selected fiction texts to serve them in their own writing. The purpose of the course is to train students in the roots of academic and professional communication, as well as personal and reflective writing.  Coursework includes long-term writing and reading assignments, with a wide variety of texts (prose and image based) and tasks which will help students develop concise, clear writing that firmly establishes their arguments and points of view.  Our course will analyze everything from very short non-fiction works to photographs and cartoons to longer works of fiction and non-fiction.

The coursework is highly demanding with a strong sense of what will be expected at the college level.  Students who take this class must be willing to devote the energy to reading and analysis, while completing assignments that are more rigorous and demanding than any other high school English class.

A short term goal of the course is to prepare students to take the AP English Examination in Language and Composition in May.  A passing grade on this exam may give the student three college credits in English upon entering his or her freshman year of college. (See the Advanced Studies section of this catalog for more information.)

Long-term goals for the class are to develop and refine all of the skills necessary to help the student find success in college.  This includes:  dealing with material which mature students find engaging, refining reading and writing skills important for success in the business and professional world, and developing habits to encourage students to gain more interaction with non-fiction and literature to see its relevance in their lives.

The course requires summer work: reading one work of non-fiction and one novel, both of which include a series of journal and analytical assignments which must be turned in on a fixed schedule during the summer.  Failing to complete the summer assignment will result in student being removed from the AP class.  Students will be required to respond to both books during the first week of school in our first major AP writing assignment.  No final examination is given in this course.


ENGLISH 12

Some courses can be used to earn Genesee Community College credit, and others are non-Genesee Community College credit bearing courses.  In choosing G.C.C. options, students may earn up to 6 college credits by the end of the year.  Both types of courses may be selected.  Course offerings may be based on interest, enrollment and teacher availability. 

Students enrolling in the G.C.C. credit-bearing courses are encouraged to register for the G.C.C. credit.

G.C.C. Credit-bearing courses:

ENGLISH COMMUNICATION 1 AS Course No. 140 .5 unit

Grades 11-12 Level 1 20 weeks
Prerequisite:  Pass Grade 11 Regents

Students will write six to eight compositions and complete several examinations.   Basic rhetorical principles including distinctions between subjective and objective language and the elements of critical thinking are used to develop an overview of the traditional aims or purposes of discourse.  Students will study the special rhetoric of informative and persuasive discourses, and will learn to apply appropriate research and documentation skills.  Teaching methods will include small group discussion, lecture, independent study and the use of the computer lab.  This is a writing intensive course!  No final examination. 

 

LIT 211 Short Story AS Course No.142  .5 unit
Grades 11-12 Level 1 20 weeks
Prerequisite:  English Communications 1 AS (G.C.C. Credit)

Students will read and analyze a variety of short stories.  They will study the short story as a genre focusing on the significant differences in styles as well as certain common features.  These readings will furnish understanding and insight into the experience of humankind.  Writers include such authors as Bradbury, Twain, Chekhov, Conrad, King, Orwell, etc.  Readings allow students to experience vicarious places, people and events otherwise unknown to them.  The aim of this course is to learn to enjoy literature.  Offered 2nd semester.  No final examination

 

Non Genesee Community College credit-bearing courses:

ENGLISH 12 Course No. 139 1 unit
Grade 12 Level 3 40 weeks
Prerequisites:  English 11 or AP English 11

Modules include Reading and Writing Personal  Narrative, Government (with a focus on William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar) and a major research assignment.  Literature read will be selected from the following titles:  Bleachers by John Grisham, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini, Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, along with several shorter works, including fiction and non-fiction.  Within the major research project will be a public speaking unit. 

Grades are determined by homework assignments, quizzes, tests, projects and writing.  A notebook will be required when reading novels.  No final examination.

 

CCR English 100 Course No. 162 1 unit

Grade 12 Level 3 40 weeks

This class will work to enhance basic writing and comprehension skills.  Students will analyze texts and write paragraphs referencing textual evidence in their responses.  Analyzing evidence for relevancy to a claim will be a main focus.  Students will learn to prepare documents necessary in obtaining a job such as a resume, cover letter, and self-introduction.  A major project is completed in the class that helps students develop networks and enhance skills required for the workforce.  No final examination.

 

ENGLISH  LITERATURE 12 AP  Course No. 148 1 unit
Grade 12 Level 0 40 weeks

English Literature and Composition is an Advanced Placement course at the 12th grade level.  Coursework will emphasize the development of critical reading skills as well as the development of writing skills in the study and analysis of literature.  A variety of genres will be covered with the reading of novels, plays, short stories and poems.  Each will be analyzed for character, literary elements, and archetypes.

The coursework is highly demanding with a strong sense of what will be expected at the college level.  Students who take this class must be willing to devote the energy to reading controversial novels and plays, while completing assignments that are more rigorous and demanding than any other high school English class.

A short term goal of the course is to prepare students to take the AP English Examination in Literature and Composition in May.  A passing grade on this exam may give the student three college credits in English upon entering his or her freshman year of college.  Long-term goals for the class are to develop and refine all of the skills necessary to help the student find success in college coursework – not just English classes.  This includes:  dealing with material which mature students find engaging, refine reading and writing skills important for success in the business and professional world, and develop habits to encourage the student to gain more reaction with literature and see its relevance in his or her life.

The course does require summer work with the reading of two novels.  The students will be required to respond to both novels during the first week of school in both essay and short answer responses.

Students who do not complete the summer work by the 1st day of school will be scheduled into another English 12 class.  No final examination.

 

INDEPENDENT STUDY Course No. 158 1 unit
Grade 12 Level 3 40 weeks
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INDEPENDENT STUDY Course No. 159 .5 unit
Grade 12 Level 3 20 weeks

These courses may not be used as a substitute for one of the 4 required years of English, nor for the 5th unit, but can be used for a 6th unit in English. It is the student’s responsibility to select and set up with the instructor the areas of concentrated study.  The teacher and student(s) will set up deadlines for the project(s).  Applications are available in the guidance office. Each quarter grade will be based on the successful completion of the agreed upon sections of the project on the appropriate due dates.  In addition, course withdrawal dates are adhered to when participating in an independent study.