Teachers cover grammar, reading and writing. Grammar is taught directly as a skill and as a component of good writing; literature is studied for its own inherent values and as a set of models and topics for good writing.  Students will learn to:

  1. Display a mastery of grammar by correctly identifying parts of speech, parts of a sentence, and clauses 
  2. Correctly use verbs, pronouns, and modifiers, show agreement of subject and verb, as well as agreement of pronoun and antecedent 
  3. Write sentences that are free of fragments and run-ons, and vary in structure and length 
  4. Write well-constructed paragraphs with topic sentences and supporting details, write well developed compositions, which employ the elements of narration
  5. Correctly use capital letters, commas, semi colons, colons, italics, question marks, apostrophes, and other punctuation marks 
  6. Write a research paper, using proper format and outline 
  7. Correctly employ study skills and a note taking system 
  8. Demonstrate an appropriate ability to read selections which include drama, short story, novel, poetry, and nonfiction, as well as classics outside the text 
  9. Demonstrate in reading an ability to find main idea, draw inferences and conclusions, and interpret character 
  10. Demonstrate a mastery of the appropriate vocabulary units
  11. Write five paragraph essays reflecting the highest of the HSPA writing models 



Covers topics such as: 

  1. Define and correctly utilize college preparatory vocabulary 
  2. Write expository essays on related topics that will demonstrate writing development 
  3. Identify and apply poetic literary terms to the study of poetry and the literary terms of drama and story development to the study of plays and novels respectively. 
  4. Write a complete and comprehensive research paper which compares two related areas 
  5. Identify and apply grammar skills in sentences to writing and proofread 
  6. Analyze, evaluate, and comprehend selected readings, both from the text and outside, in areas of author's purpose, main idea, style, mood, and inference 
  7. Identify and analyze the structure of the novel as related to elements of fiction themes in the American texts 




Includes: writing, grammar, and vocabulary within the structure of an American literature program.  Writing will be analytical, critical and creative. Grammar will stress elements that enhance writing such as, sentence structure, use of clauses and
paragraphing. Vocabulary will be culled from literature, a vocabulary workbook, and from lists specifically geared to PSAT and SAT preparation. The literature will be both chronological (from revolutionary to modern) and by genre (short
story, poetry, drama, non-fiction).

Students will learn:

  1. Identify and apply literary terms to specific types of literature 
  2. Determine the influence of American history on the literature of a period 
  3. Determine the influence of movements (Romanticism, Realism, and Naturalism) on particular writers 
  4. Write critical analyses of poems, short stories and drama 
  5. Produce creative works which model particular genres that are studied 
  6. Identify and employ grammatical elements: sentence types, clauses, paragraphing, and dialogue 
  7. Study and use vocabulary drawn from literature, vocabulary book, and lists from PSAT and SAT review books 
  8. Produce a minimum of four written assignments per quarter 
  9. Produce essays adaptable to college applications 
  10. Produce a research paper on a topic in American Literature 



This area includes selected British and World Literature using a historical approach.  Authors such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Dante, Milton, and Tennyson will be studied, along with movements in Renaissance, Elizabethan, Neo classical, Romantic, and Victorian literature. Students will learn:

  1. Compare and contrast the writing styles of different authors within the same theme 
  2. Write critical analyses of selected poems, plays, essays and novels 
  3. Demonstrate the connections between a nation's political, social and cultural history and its literature 
  4. Take the SAT after exposure to expansive vocabulary and practice in the areas of sentence completions, and reading comprehension 
  5. Read and conduct critical analyses of major novelists and playwrights 
  6. Prepare an in depth paper and/or project on a comparative topic 



Teachers expose the students to multiple genres and the conventions of those genres. Students will learn techniques to start the creative process, to avoid writer’s block, to craft stories from their writer’s notebooks, to edit their own work and the
work of others. Students will also:

  1. Master work shopping techniques for peer genres 
  2. Begin a portfolio of different works and genres 

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