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9th Grade Program

 

0102 English 9R (1 Credit)

This course is designed for students who are now required to demonstrate reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills on the 11th grade ELA Common Core Regents Exam. Areas of study include the writing process, literary analysis and interpretation, note-taking skills, research, and builds upon students' prior knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, word usage, and the mechanics of writing. Additionally, this course introduces and defines various genres of literature, with writing exercises linked to reading selections.

NCAA Approved 

0101 English 9H (1 Credit Honors)

Prerequisite: A final grade of 90 or better in 7th grade English and social studies and a current average of 90 or better in English and social studies; and mastery level on the New York State 8th grade ELA and social studies assessments. Students must also take AP Word History I (0238) and successfully complete the required summer assignment.

This course uses representative literature selections from ancient and/or modern times from countries around the world. Students improve their critical thinking skills as they comprehend the diversity of literary traditions and the influences of those traditions. Oral discussion is an integral part of this literature course, and written expression is required. This course is designed for students of outstanding academic ability who exhibit leadership, motivation, and complex thinking skills. This course is reading and writing intensive and requires the student to work independently.

NCAA Approved 

10th Grade Program

English Grade 10 Humanities Block

The high school’s three year preparation for the ELA Common Core Regents Exam will include an extra period of English every other day for all tenth grade students. Students will be scheduled in a similar fashion for Social Studies 10. The combination of English 10 and Social Studies 10 are referred to as a Humanities Block which will afford increased opportunities for learning and for the development of critical common skills. All students must complete a humanities based research project in conjunction with both classes.

 0106 English 10R - Humanities Block  (1 ½ Credits)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 9.  Students must also request Global History & Geography 10R HB (0209) Humanities Block.

This course is designed for students who are now required to demonstrate reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language skills on the ELA Common Core Regents Exam. This course offers a balanced focus on composition and literature. Students learn about the alternate aims and audiences of written compositions by writing persuasive, critical and creative multi-paragraph essays and compositions. Through the study of various genres of literature, students can improve their reading rate and comprehension and develop the skills to determine the author's intent and theme to recognize the techniques used by the author to deliver his or her message. A research project is an integral part of this class.

NCAA Approved 

0105 English 10H - Humanities Block (1 ½ Credits - Honors)

Prerequisite: A final grade of 90 or better in English 9R, OR an 85 or better in English 9H. English teacher recommendation is required. Students must also request AP World History 2 (0237) & complete a summer assignment.

All honors students must successfully complete the required summer assignment. This course is designed for students who are now required to demonstrate reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language skills and uses representative literature selections from ancient and/or modern times from countries around the world. Students improve their critical thinking skills as they comprehend the diversity of literary traditions and the influences of those traditions. Oral discussion is an integral part of this literature course, and written expression is required. This course is designed for students of outstanding academic ability who exhibit leadership, motivation, and complex thinking skills. This course is reading and writing intensive and requires the student to work independently.

NCAA Approved 


11th Grade Program

0111 English 11R (1 Credit)

Prerequisite: English 10

The goal of this course is to prepare students to demonstrate proficiency in the skills tested by the ELA Common Core Regents Exam. This course continues to develop students’ writing skills. Emphasizing clear, logical writing patterns, word choice and usage, as students write essays and begin to learn the techniques of writing research papers. Students continue to read works of fiction/non-fiction literature, which often form the backbone of the writing assignments. Literary conventions and stylistic devices may receive greater emphasis than in prior courses. Students will research important historical events and compose reports, both written and oral, which will discuss the relationship between historic periods and the literature of their time. Students must take the ELA Common Core Regents Exam in June.

NCAA Approved 

0115 AP English Language and Composition (1 Credit - Advance Placement)

Prerequisite: A final grade of 85 or better in English 10H and an 85 or better on the ELA Common Core Regents Exam or a final grade of 90 or better in English 10R and teacher recommendation.  Completion of a summer assignment is required.

Following the College Board’s suggested curriculum designed to parallel college-level English courses, this AP English Language and Composition course will expose students to prose written in a variety of literary periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts throughout American history. The goal of this course is to understand and appreciate American literary thought.  Special attention will be paid to the development of the cultural history of American society.  This course emphasizes the interaction of authorial purpose, intended audience, and the subject at hand, and through them, students learn to develop stylistic flexibility as they write compositions covering a variety of subjects that are intended for various purposes.  Students taking this course must take the Advanced Placement examination in May (fee required). Colleges may grant credit to students performing successfully on this test. The syllabus for this course has been approved by the College Board's Advanced Placement audit.      

NCAA Approved 


12th Grade Program

Seniors should select one full-year course.

0114 AP English Literature and Composition (1 Credit - Advanced Placement)

Prerequisite: A final grade of 85 or better in AP English Language and Composition or 90 or better in English 11R and 85 or better on the ELA Common Core Regents Exam. Completion of summer assignment is required.

Following the College Board’s suggested curriculum designed to parallel college-level English courses, this AP English Literature and Composition course enables students to develop critical standards for evaluating literature. Students study the language, character, action, and theme in works of recognized literary merit; enrich their understanding of connotation, metaphor, irony, syntax, and tone; and write compositions of their own (including literary analysis, exposition, argument, creative, and college application writing.)  All students will complete a college application essay. Students taking this course must take the Advanced Placement examination in May (fee required). Colleges may grant credit to students performing successfully on this test. The syllabus for this course has been approved by the College Board's Advanced Placement audit.      

NCAA Approved 

0120 Journalism (1 Credit)

This course teaches students communications skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking – concentrating on “real world” applications – a general survey of different newspaper and magazine styles. A study will be made of journalistic views on contemporary problems and ideas. The focus will be on the production of a school newspaper in form and content. Practical experience in newspaper writing and television news will be included in the course. Word processing and computer graphic skills will be taught and executed in the practical application of school related information. This course requires extra work beyond class time. All students will complete a college application essay.

NCAA Approved 

0126 Broadcast Journalism (1 Credit)

Prerequisite: A grade of 85 or better on the ELA Regents Exam.

This course focuses on the application of written and oral communication skills through a variety of formal and informal experiences. The course is performance based and emphasizes effective inter-personal and team-building skills. This course is an in-depth, practical application of media as our contemporary communicator. This combined English/Communications course includes hands-on production projects that will focus on the writing and production of local news stories, events and documentaries. A study will be made of journalistic views on contemporary problems and ideas. Excellences in writing, computer and communication skills are necessary to successfully complete this course. This course requires extra work beyond class. All students will complete a college application essay. 

0135 College Transition (1 Credit)

This course is designed for seniors and builds upon previous writing skills, reinforcing the logic and critical-thinking skills that accompany good writing. This course emphasizes word choice, usage, and writing mechanics, which provide continued and advanced instruction in writing for a variety of purposes and audiences. Students will also be prepared for post-secondary life. This course will provide an opportunity for students to engage in inquiry-oriented learning through the study of non-fiction, fiction, contemporary issues, and the media. By focusing on the fundamentals of communication, both written and spoken, critical listening and thinking, public speaking, persuasion, and debate, students will express their understanding of the ideas, needs and values common to all human beings. All students will complete a college application essay.

NCAA Approved 

0129 Facing History and Ourselves (1 Credit)

Prerequisite:  Must be taken concurrently with the social studies course Facing History and Ourselves (0236). 

Facing History and Ourselves uses the methods of the humanities – inquiry, analysis and interpretation to promote the knowledge, values, and skills needed to preserve and protect democracy. Through a rigorous examination of literature, eyewitness accounts, film, visual arts, historians’ interpretations, and historical documents, students gain insight into the conditions that lead to collective violence and genocide. By looking at events such as the Holocaust, students come to understand that most events in history are the result of choices made by countless individuals and groups. All students will complete a college application essay.

NCAA Approved 

Suffolk Excelsior Program (Honors)

The Excelsior Program allows students to earn college credits recorded on an official Suffolk transcript. College credits earned with a reported grade of "C" or better are accepted by a wide range of colleges/universities throughout the country, with general acceptance within State University of New York (SUNY) institutions. Acceptance of credit for college level course work is under the domain of the individual college /university for their specific course credit transfer and equivalency policies. Suffolk County Community College will accept all credits earned successfully through the Excelsior Program. Tuition fee of $159 for three credits is payable to Suffolk in September. 

0131 Developmental Writing/Advanced Writing (1 Credit - HONORS)

Prerequisite: A grade of 85 or better on the ELA Common Core Regents Exam. All students must successfully complete the required summer assignment.

This course offers students the opportunity to develop and improve their technique and individual style in poetry, short story, drama, essays and other forms of prose. The emphasis of the course is on writing; however, students may study exemplary representations and authors to obtain a fuller appreciation of the form and craft. This course will cover several expressive forms, including screenwriting and play-writing. All students will complete a college application essay.  

NCAA Approved     

  

The following courses are adapted to provide for student needs and
accommodations as specified in an Individual Education Plan (IEP)

Prerequisites: IEP, Current Teacher Approval, Department Chairperson/Supervisor Approval

0155 English 9R (1 Credit)

Prerequisite: Completion of Grade 8 English. Students must also request Humanities (0160).

This course is designed for students who are now required to demonstrate reading, writing, speaking and listening skills on the 11th grade ELA Common Core Regents Exam. Areas of study include the writing process, literary analysis and interpretation, intensive instruction in the conventions of the English language, note taking skills, and research as prescribed by the ELA standards of the New York State Department of Education.

NCAA Approved 

0152 English 10R - Humanities Block (1½ Credit)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Grade 9 English. Students must also request Global History (0251Z) Humanities Block

This course is designed for students to investigate the elements of global literary works. Learning focuses on genre, with increased attention to understanding elements that enhance appreciation of short stories, nonfiction, epics, legends, drama, poetry, and novels. Students are required to read all assigned materials, participate in class discussions and group work, and compose written and oral reports. Student writing will be expository or analytical in nature. Quizzes, quarterly exams and final exams will be administered. A research project is an integral part of this class.      

NCAA Approved            
                   

 0153 English 11R (1 Credit)

Prerequisite: English 10

This course has two major goals: to prepare students to demonstrate proficiency in the skills tested by the ELA Common Core Regents Exam, and to understand and appreciate American literary thought. Special attention will be paid to the development of the cultural history of American society. Students will research important historical events and compose reports, both written and oral, which will discuss the relationship between history and literature. Other essays will be expository or analytical in nature. Homework, quizzes and exams will be administered.  Students must take the ELA Common Core Regents Exam in June.

NCAA Approved 

0154 English 12R (1 Credit)

Prerequisite: English 11

This course is designed to further develop basic English skills. Students will continue working in the areas of reading comprehension, grammar, composition and speech. Regents skills will be reviewed for those students who need to pass the state requirements necessary for graduation. Through various novels and short stories, literary skills will be emphasized.

NCAA Approved 

0169 Instructional Support           0159 Resource

Students are assigned to Instructional Support/Resource based on recommendations from the CSE. This program is designed as a highly specialized and individualized program. 

0160 Humanities (1 Credit)

Prerequisite: Students must request English 9R (0155)

Students will develop thinking, reading and writing skills through study of the seven social sciences. This course will integrate both classical English literature, as well as historical references to develop essay-writing skills, reading ability and an awareness of a wide variety of sociological issues.

Grade Taught: 9  

0159F Intensive Reading

This course is designed to target students' needs in the areas of reading, including decoding, comprehension, fluency and vocabulary. Students participate in research based instructional methods. Instruction utilized formative assessment and daily progress monitoring to create an individualized program based on needs determined by CSE.

 

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