ELA Course Descriptions

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English 9
Guided by the Massachusetts Common Core Curriculum, students will be instructed in Reading and Literature, Language, Writing, and Speaking and Listening. The emphasis in English 9 is developing essential skills for success in high school and on state assessments. The curriculum has been designed to prepare students to be college and career ready. English 9 is the first of a two-year loop, culminating at the end of English 10. There will be deparment selected formative and/or summative assessments in English 9.
English 10
Guided by the Massachusetts Common Core Curriculum, students will be instructed in Reading and Literature, Language, Writing, and Speaking and Listening. The emphasis in English 10 continues to develop essential skills for success in high school and on state examinations. The curriculum has been designed to prepare students to be college and career ready. There will be state and department selected level formative and/or summative assessments in English 10.
English 11
Guided by the Massachusetts Common Core Curriculum, students will be instructed in Reading and Literature, Language, Writing, and Speaking and Listening. English 11 has a focus on American Literature. A central focus in all English 11 courses are assignments that prepare all students for college and career. English 11 is the first of a two-year loop, culminating at the end of English 12. Students will begin the development of course required digital portfolio in English 11.
English 12
Guided by the Massachusetts Common Core Curriculum, students will be instructed in Reading and Literature, Language, Writing, and Speaking and Listening. English 11 has a focus on World Literature. A central curriculum focus is preparing all students for college and career. A college and career ready digital portfolio is required for all students.
Honors English Program
Honors level English is offered at all grade levels. Students are recommended by their previous English teacher for participation in the program. In English 9 and English 10, the program is designed to heighten the level of rigor for students capable of and ready to work at higher level, and at a faster pace. In English 11 and English 12, the program is a 2-year college preparatory loop, culminating toward the end of English 12 with course syllabi and instructional styles that models the college classroom.
Embedded Academics – Career Readiness Projects (CRP)
Two Career Readiness Projects that begin in English 11 are shared with the vocational programs.
CRP-1: Writing and Speaking to Inform
Technical Writing and Informational
Speech with Q&A Students write a technical document and present an informational speech.
CRP-2: Writing and Speaking to Gain Employment
Business Writing (Resume, Cover Letter) and Speaking and Listening in an Interview
Students prepare a resume, cover letter, and practice interview skills.