• English Courses
     
    If you have questions regarding the English curriculum, email Ms. Cissi (ecissi@nhart.org), English Department Chairperson, or call her at 315-624-1214.

    The English Department at the Senior High School includes:

    • Ms. Cissi, Chairperson
    • Mrs. Brown
    • Mrs. Clive
    • Ms. Nugent
    • Ms. O'Connor
    • Mr. Snizek
    • Mr. Williams

     

    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

    Students are required to successfully complete FOUR UNITS OF CREDIT IN ENGLISH and the ENGLISH REGENTS EXAM in order to graduate.

      

     

    COURSES AT THE SENIOR HIGH

    CREDIT

    SCHEDULE FORMAT

    English 10

    1.0

    Semestered

    English 10 Honors

    1.0

    Alternate day all year

    English 11

    1.0

    Semestered

    AP English Language

    1.0

    Alternate day all year

    English 12

    1.0

    Semestered
    AP English Literature 

    1.0

    Alternate day all year

    ELECTIVE AT THE SENIOR HIGH

     

    Journalism

    .5

    Alternate day half year

    Speech & Debate

     .5

    Alternate day half year


    COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

    ENGLISH 10 
    1 unit of credit

    English 10 places its emphasis on fiction, nonfiction and poetry from around the world. Readings may include All Quiet on the Western Front, Lord of the Flies, and a Shakespearean drama.  Concentration in writing is on usage, spelling, and vocabulary.  Speaking and listening activities are included.  A research paper as well as essays based on the English Regents writing tasks complete the curriculum.  Students MUST complete and earn a passing grade on the research paper in order to sit for the Common Core English Regents Exam in their junior year.
     
     
    ENGLISH 10 HONORS
    1 unit of credit

    English 10 Honors is a challenging course that enriches the English 10 core and prepares students for success in Advanced Placement courses in grades 11 and 12. The course requires additional literature and more demanding writing than English 10. Students are expected to read responsibly, discuss themes, analyze characters and exhibit insight.  Students MUST complete and earn a passing grade on the research paper in order to sit for the Common Core English Regents Exam in their junior year.
     

    ENGLISH 11
    1 unit of credit

    English 11 emphasizes American fiction, non-fiction, and poetry as a means of fostering further language development and fluency in students.  The concentration in writing focuses on expository writing.  The writing component prepares students to succeed with the English Common Core Regents Exam.  The course contains a research writing unit.
     

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH LANGUAGE 
    1 unit of credit  (0.5 each semester)

    Students enrolled in this course are required to take the accompanying Advanced Placement Exam in May.

    This course fulfills the requirements for English 11.  Advanced Placement English Language will focus primarily on developing analytical skills.  Students will read complex and mature texts which will challenge them to address such areas as subtleties of meaning and the relation of form to function.  Reading will cover many disciplines and historical periods and will represent a wide range of prose and poetic styles.  In addition to developing their skills in literary analysis, the course will allow students to practice writing, with increasing sophistication, various types of prose discourse.  Writing will take the form of structured essays, as well as imitation exercises, journal entries, and in-class responses.  Finally, students are expected to exhibit a sound understanding of standard English grammar together with a highly developed vocabulary.  They will have the opportunity within the context of the course to review grammar essential and to refine their use of grammatical structure in their writing.  The course will culminate in the advanced placement test in English Language and the English Common Core Regents exam.
     

    ENGLISH 12
    1 unit of credit

    English 12 focuses on the development of reading and writing skills designed to ensure that graduating seniors are well prepared for education at the college level.  Students will read complex texts with sophisticated content which will challenge them to discover subtleties of meaning.  Reading will cover a variety of historical and literary periods and will represent a wide range of styles.  In addition to developing their analytical skills, the course will allow students to refine their writing through structured essays and personal reflections.  Finally, students will be exposed to alternate texts in the form of films and visual representations.

     
    ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH LITERATURE
    1 unit of credit  (0.5 each semester)

    Students enrolled in this course are required to take the accompanying Advanced Placement Exam in May.

    The AP English Literature course is offered as an alternative to English 12 to students who are interested in developing their ability to read and write through a concentrated study of literature and composition and have completed English 11 or  AP English Language.  While students in the course are expected to take the advanced placement test in English Literature offered by the College Entrance Examination Board, the emphasis is on the language through a close reading of literary types - poems, drama, short stories - and the writing of numerous essays to develop (1) an ability to give clear and concise expression to one's ideas and (2) a discrimination in the analysis and appreciation of literary works.  In addition, students must write a research paper in which they analyze a piece of literature and discuss its effects on society.
     

    JOURNALISM
    1/2  unit of credit

    The goal of this course is to write, edit and publish the school newspaper using technology.  The curriculum will include, but not be limited to, the following aspects of journalism: news, feature, opinion and sports training; desktop publishing; editing skills; and critical analysis of print journalism.  Students may elect to take this course more than once.
     

    SPEECH & DEBATE
    1/2  unit of credit

    The purpose of this course is to improve the communication skills necessary in making introductions, participating in small group discussions, and speaking before a group in order to inform or persuade.  A portion of the course will focus on the study and practice of debate techniques for use in the classroom setting as well as in more public forums.