All full-time students are required to take an English course each semester of attendance and must earn at least 20 credits in English before graduation. In the ninth, tenth, and eleventh grades, there are options that link the study of English with the study of history. These courses must be taken along with their history equivalents.
Students entering grade nine study Of Mice and Men, Romeo and Juliet, selections from The Odyssey, writing skills and vocabulary in each course. In addition, students will read at least one outside reading book per term.
All sophomores complete a unit on Shakespeare, the Bible as literature, Things Fall Apart, and a unit in public speaking during which they prepare and deliver a 4-6 minute speech. In addition, students will read at least one outside reading book per term. All students will be prepared to take the MCAS.
Every junior English course emphasizes reading in American literature to complement American history courses that students also take in grade eleven. Students will complete a major creative writing piece. In addition, students will read at least one outside reading book per term.
All seniors will select a year-long English course on a topic of their choice. All students will complete units on the personal essay and Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet, and write a lengthy persuasive essay that asks them to synthesize the themes of the course.