Kennedy Catholic English

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Department Overview

Coursework focuses on the classics and hones the skills of English Language Arts: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

All students take the NYS English Regents in June of sophomore year. (2021 pass rate = 98%)

In order to ensure retention of knowledge and skills and to prepare for the new academic year, all students read and write over the summer. Another goal is to promote reading for enjoyment.

English Department Course Offerings

All juniors take a supplementary one-semester course: College Writing (3 credits offered through St. John’s University) or College Placement & Career Planning Seminar. Each writing course has a speech component as well. Seniors may opt to take Advanced Research and Development. 

Beyond the classroom, students can partake in enrichment activities such as the English Speaking Union Shakespeare competition and the On My Mind publication.

Grade 9 – English 9

Regents

This course is designed to develop reading, writing, and critical thinking skills through the exploration of various literary genres. Students will read and analyze 5 to 7 full length classics as well as poetry, short stories, and non-fiction pieces. As students write, they will hone vocabulary and grammar skills.

Honors

Prerequisites - Exceptional work in 8th grade, high achievement on the TACHS test, Department approval. This Honors level course will enhance students’ reading, writing, critical thinking, and oral communication skills. Material is selected to challenge and inspire highly motivated students.

Grade 10 – Introduction to World Literature

Regents

Prerequisite - English 9. This course surveys classic literary works from around the world. A sampling from different cultures and time periods gives students the opportunity to respond in various forms of written and oral expression, with emphasis on vocabulary and grammatical choices. Students will be required to read a number of major full length works in addition to selections from other genres. In June students will take the English Language Arts Regents, which they must pass to graduate.

Honors

Prerequisites - exceptional work and effort in English 9, strong writing skills, and Department approval. A survey course of classic literary works from around the world, this course extends the reading and writing curriculum from English 10-R and provides a challenge for the advanced reader and writer. Students will learn to respond to literature using a variety of written modes. An introduction to rhetoric, both written and oral, is integrated into the curriculum. An emphasis on literary analysis and essay writing is combined with vocabulary and grammar studies appropriate for the advanced high-school writer. In June students will take the English Language Arts Regents, which they must pass to graduate.

Grade 11 – American Literature

Regents

Prerequisite - English 10. This course focuses on the life, times and writings of America’s literary greats from pre-colonialism through the 21st century. Students will read a number of major literary works and respond through discussion and writing. In the second semester, a short research paper will be required.

Grade 12 – British Literature

Prerequisite - English 11. This survey of British literature traces the chronological development of English from Beowulf through the 21st century. Students will read and discuss fulllength novels and plays. Satisfactory completion of a series of critical and analytical assignments is required.

AP – English Language & Composition

Prerequisites - exceptional work and effort in English 10, strong writing skills, and Department approval. The AP exam is taken in May. This is a reading and writing intensive course designed to enable students to develop their skills in analyzing rhetorical strategies in a variety of complex texts and gain proficiency in producing their own persuasive arguments.

AP – English Literature and Composition

Prerequisites: exceptional work and effort in English 11, strong writing skills, and Department approval. The AP exam is taken in May. St. John’s University credit is available. This course introduces students to the history of the English language and the major works of British literature from classics (novels and drama) to contemporary poetry and short stories. The class will learn about and apply the dominant schools of literary criticism. In addition, students will engage in advanced analysis and discussion as they improve critical thinking and writing skills.

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