Course Descriptions

Ninth Grade


ENGL151: English 1

World Literature refers to literature from all over the world. The course has a strong reliance on myths and poetic forms, as well as delving into texts that have had great influence on civilization as whole.

Tenth Grade


ENGL152: English 2

English 2 is designed to introduce 10th grade students to a variety of ethnic literary texts coming from writers from a variety of ethnic groups (including Native-American, Asian American, Haitian-American, and Jewish-American writers, and Latin-American) whose particular American experiences have shaped a truly diverse American identity.

Eleventh Grade


AMLT150: American Literature

This course will further explore the American Literature that began in the 10th grade with selections taken from all genres. Attention is given to major thematic ideas such as Regionalism, Transcendentalism, Puritanism, Nationalism, as well as to major American authors and significant historical periods.

AMLT250: American Literature Honors

Eleventh grade English Honors builds on the foundation set in ninth and tenth grade courses. American Literature Honors students continue to develop their critical and analytical thinking skills through a variety of spoken and written assignments. because of the students’ intellectual curiosity, efficient use of time, and effective organization those spoken and written assignments are completed at a high level of sophistication and eloquence. Their study of figurative language is enhanced by a particular focus on the thematic elements inherent to the genre of American Literature.

ENGL351: AP Language and Composition

This course engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods and disciplines. We will deepen our appreciation of the ways in which writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their reader; you will incorporate your understanding of the authors’ writing within your own. The course will concentrate on the experience, the interpretation, and the evaluation of prose. The readings are primarily, but not exclusively, American – a combination of non-fiction, drama, literature, and poetry.

Twelfth Grade


EURO150: English/European Literature

This course will focus on British and European literature which reflects those western civilization values that have influenced American culture.

EURO250: English/European Literature Honors

As a rule, the work of Honors English European Literature differs from that of the regular English course in quantity, pace and sophistication. Typically, honors students read and write more than students in regular courses. They participate in swiftly paced, complex discussions of literary texts and essay writing. Their interpretive writings are more complex than those addressed by students in regular course. Honors courses require a greater amount of skill, work and time than regular courses, thus often exposing students to the rigors of college academics.

ENGL350: AP English Literature and Composition

Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature and Composition is designed to be an academically rigorous and challenging course which emulates college material, emphasizing writing concisely, thinking clearly and reading critically genres of literature from various parts of the world and time periods. Writing, thinking and reading skills are to be fostered largely independent of others.

Summer Reading 2016

All students must read their grade-level text prior to August 15th 2016. Students will be assessed within the first two weeks and scores will be included in grades.

9th Grade: A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer

10th Grade: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

11th Grade: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

12th Grade: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

In text citations

In MLA, you need to cite quotes in two different ways. The first way is “In Text Citation” and the other way is the “Works Cited” page.

In -Text Citations (also called “Parenthetical Citations”)

These citations appear in the body of your essay.

When quoting or paraphrasing a text, you need to include the author’s name and page number(s) from which the quote was taken.

The author’s name must either appear in the sentence itself or in the parentheses.

Here’s what In-Text Citations look like:

Author mentioned in sentence:

Wordsworth stated that Romantic poetry was marked by a “spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings” (263).

Wordsworth extensively explored the role of emotion in the creative process (263).

Author NOT mentioned in the sentence:

Romantic poetry is characterized by the “spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings” (Wordsworth 263).

Author Unknown

If the work has no known author, use the title instead of the author’s name.

An anonymous Wordsworth critic once argued that his poems were too emotional (“Wordsworth is a Loser” 100).

Multiple Works with Same Author

If you cite more than one work by an author, use a shortened title instead of the author.

Smith argued that computers are not good for small children (“Computronics” 38) but acknowledged that older children may benefit from computing (“Binary Youth” 44).

When Referencing Only One Text in an Essay

There is no need to keep repeating the author’s name in the cites. Do so the first time only. Thereafter, just use page numbers in the parentheses.

She said, “Too much fun can ruin a good time.” (73).

‘Works cited’ instructions

Works Cited Page Instructions

Books (One Author)


Author’s Last Name, Author’s First Name, Middle Initial (if known). Book Title (italicize or underline title). Place of Publication: Publisher, Date of Publication. Page numbers.


Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and Men. New York: Doubleday, 1937. 35-87.

Books (Anthologies)


Author’s Last Name, Author’s First Name, Middle Initial (if known). Story Title (put quotation marks around article, story, or poetry titles). Title of Anthology.  Ed. (followed by editors’ name(s)). Place of Publication: Publisher, Date of Publication. Page numbers.

Tan, Amy. “Fish Cheeks.”  Stories in English. Ed. David Jones. New York: Scribners, 1987. 35-


Journals, Magazines, Newspapers


Author’s Last Name, Author’s First Name, Middle Initial (if known). Story Title (put quotation marks around article, story, or poetry titles). Title of Journal (underline or italicize). Volume number (in journal only) Date of Publication (for journal, only put year): Page numbers.


Smith, Tommy. “Why Today’s Teenagers Are So Lame.” New York Times. 15 March 1995:




(Cite all information that is available…not all websites have all the following information.)

Author’s Last Name, Author’s First Name.  Article (put in quotation marks). Title of Website (italicize or underline). Place of Publication: Date of Publication, Year of Publication. Date of Access. URL.


Andreadis, Athena.  “The Enterprise Finds Twin Earths Everywhere It Goes, But Future

Colonizers of Distant Planets Won’t Be So Lucky.”  Astronomy. Brookville, NY., 1999.

May 2008.
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