English Language Arts

  • Literature  

     
    ENGLISH I - all levels
    5 Credits, Grade 9
    9th Grade Placement is determined by district placement criteria

    The English I curriculum is designed to meet the varied needs of the students. Freshman year is an important overview of the various genres of literature, including but not limited to poetry, plays, novels, short stories, essays, and speeches. In accordance with the state standards, non-fiction and fiction pieces are incorporated to supplement understanding of how meaning is constructed and conveyed in writing. Freshman year serves as a basis not only for literature, but also for an expected set of skills that will be developed, reinforced, and refined in coming years. By the conclusion of the course, students will have an appreciation for various genres, and will know the grammatical constructs important for composing research projects, as well as MLA format. They will also be exposed to a variety of different types of writing styles, including literary analysis, expository essays, process analysis, compare/ contrast, cause and effect, and persuasive styles. The selected units are designed to inspire, provoke thought, and provide a solid basis upon which students can build in future years. In addition, students will receive guided instruction in class and be able to navigate the literary waters with independence and personal responsibility. They will integrate technology and analyze literature in various ways, all the while noting key ideas present in each unit. Students will acquire necessary skills for success in future years and be able to utilize these skills across the curriculum as they become life-long learners.
    CODE # 010140, 010150
     
    2.5 - 5 Credits, Grade 9
    English I Workshop encourages advancement in skills necessary for college and career readiness. By design, the course will require students to read and analyze diverse, complex texts, and respond in a variety of formats. Special emphasis will be placed on citing textual evidence and establishing habits of close reading across multiple domains. 
    CODE #  01161X, 01162X

    ENGLISH II- all levels
    5 Credits, Grade 10
    Prerequisite: English I
    English II is a one year, five credit course which meets the state standards and satisfies one year of this state’s requirements for four years of English. English II focuses on reading and research of American literature. Units and lessons are planned to encourage discussion and allow for student contribution and evaluative input. By design, students will read both full texts and excerpts of literature options, and juxtapose seminal pieces alongside contemporary texts. They will think and speak critically as well as cite textual evidence and establish habits of close reading. Writing is encouraged through projects, papers, and journal entries. Special emphasis should be placed on writing a comparative analysis within the units between fiction, non-fiction, and multimedia texts. A variety of writing formats requires students to recognize form and purpose in composition. As 21st century citizens, students will be expected to hone skills with mixed media, public speaking, and critical consumption in order to demonstrate proficiency in communication.
    CODE # 010240, 010250

    ENGLISH III - all levels
    5 Credits, Grade 11
    Prerequisite: English II
    The English III curriculum is a course of study focusing on the themes of literature. Five distinct thematic units will offer a variety of reading, writing, speaking, and production experiences relevant to the 21st century learner. The literature selected offers students an opportunity to evaluate full and excerpted texts, indiscriminate of culture and gender. Each unit aligns to the state standards and include Through Course Assessments (TCAs) to monitor learning throughout the year. Special emphasis should be placed on writing comparative analyses between fiction, non-fiction, and multimedia texts.
    CODE # 010340, 010350

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION
    5 Credits, Grades 11 or 12
    Prerequisite: English II or III and departmental recommendation
    This course emphasizes selected writers and literary periods with an emphasis on rhetorical analysis, tone, literary style and figurative language. Students will write papers that integrate their abilities to recognize rhetorical and literary devices, identify and use techniques of style and organization, and analyze an author's purpose.
    CODE # 010355

    ENGLISH IV - ALL LEVELS
    5 Credits, Grade 12
    Prerequisite: English III

    English IV is a five-credit course which meets the state standards and satisfies five credits of this state’s requirements for twenty credits of English. English IV focuses on reading and research. Units and lessons are planned to encourage discussion and allow for student contribution and evaluative input. By design, students will read both full texts and excerpts of literature options, and juxtapose seminal pieces alongside contemporary texts. They will think and speak critically as well as cite textual evidence, establish habits of close reading, and utilize literary theories to effectively communicate in the written arena. The curriculum will focus not only on reading and writing, but also on speaking and listening. Students will be encouraged to use research to support self-generated theses through a capstone project. They will create multimedia presentations which they will present and defend in a collegial setting. Students will work both independently and collaboratively on projects and activities. CODE # 010440, 010450

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH LITERATURE & COMPOSITION
    5 Credits, Grades 11 or 12
    Prerequisite: English II or III and departmental recommendation
    This course engages students in higher level reading and critical analysis of selected literary texts. Structure, style, and themes will be explored. Students will write analytical essays under timed test-taking conditions that integrate their abilities to recognize syntax, diction, tone, and figurative language.
    CODE # 010455
     
    2.5 credits, Grades 11 - 12
    Prerequisite: English II, Dual Enrollment on-site requirements
    English 121 is an introductory writing course where students compose and revise narrative and expository essays and prepare for the study of literature by using writing to analyze texts. Through a writers’ workshop approach, students explore the writing process, respond to a variety of texts and learn to communicate their ideas effectively and confidently in writing. When taken in conjunction with BCC ENGL 155, fulfills English IV requirement.
    CODE # 01150X
    2.5 credits, Grades 11 - 12
    Prerequisite: English II, Dual Enrollment on-site requirements
    Students will read and discuss short stories drawn from the literature of many cultures and countries. They will analyze the stories for the theme, form, relationship to their own lives and reflection of various cultures. The relevance of these short stories for the modern reader will be examined. When taken in conjunction with BCC ENGL 121, fulfills English IV requirement.
    CODE # 01151X

    ENGLISH FOR LANGUAGE LEARNERS (ELL)
    5 Credits, Grades 9 - 12
    (Offered only at Colts Neck High School)
    This specialized program is designed to assist students whose native language is other than English and have demonstrated a lack of proficiency in English as measured by a standardized assessment instrument. Students are placed into four levels of ELL instruction based upon entry test scores and multiple criteria.
    Level 1 CODE # 012000
    Level 2 CODE # 012100
    Level 3 CODE # 012200
    Level 4 CODE # 012300

    ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS-ENGLISH I-IV
    5 Credits, Grades 9 - 12
    (Offered only at Colts Neck High School)
    This course, designed for students whose native language is other than English, provides language arts and literature instruction with an emphasis on reading and writing in English. Students enrolled in ELL (see above) also take this course as a second period each day for English class credit.
    English I CODE # 012410
    English II CODE # 012420
    English III CODE # 012430
    English IV CODE # 012440

    ENGLISH I- IV TRANSITIONAL
    5 Credits, Grades 9 - 12
    (Offered only at Colts Neck High School)
    Placement determined by department recommendation
    Transitional English is designed for students who are in Advanced ELL or have recently exited the English Language Learner program. The purpose of the course is to help students transition from basic English acquisition to a level satisfactory to meet state standards.
    Transitional English I CODE # 013000
    Transitional English II CODE # 013100
    Transitional English III CODE # 013200
    Transitional English IV CODE # 013300


    ELECTIVES

    CREATIVE WRITING
    2.5 Credits, Grades 10 - 12
    This course emphasizes the development of skills in the creation and study of prose, drama, and poetry in an intensive workshop setting. Students are required to write in a variety of genres and to demonstrate a facility for giving and receiving constructive criticism. Students will demonstrate a better understanding of, and facility with, the revision and rewriting process through mastery of editing skills, including peer-editing. CODE # 01090X

    ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING
    2.5 Credits, Grades 10 - 12
    Prerequisite: Creative Writing
    Advanced Creative Writing builds upon the knowledge and skills learned in Creative Writing and allow students to develop works according to their own interests and strengths. Students will cultivate their own personal writing style through intensive study of a genre of their choice. This course includes the opportunity for submission of work(s) to various appropriate contests and publications. CODE # 01091X
     
    DRAMA
    2.5 Credits, Grades 9 - 12
    Students develop communication skills while exploring theater history and dramatic forms in an intensive work- shop. Students are required to participate in a variety of theatrical exercises to develop an understanding and appreciation of the body and voice as acting tools. Students develop an understanding of character analysis through the preparation of monologues and scenes, and demonstrate a familiarity with technical theater and the aspects of theatrical/film careers. CODE # 01070X

    ADVANCED DRAMA
    2.5 Credits, Grades 9 - 12
    Prerequisite: Drama
    This course expands the knowledge, skills, and experience of the student actor. Students have the opportunity to present live theater performances; perform in improvisational comedy, and research careers in theater. Students write, direct, and perform in original pieces. CODE # 01080X 
     
    HUMANITIES
    2.5 Credits, Grades 10-12
    This course explores the relationships between art, music, literature, drama, and history. Students will not only be able to describe the importance of these relationships to the development of a culture, but will also develop a deep appreciation for artistic and intellectual expressions of culture around the world and across time. Research projects will provide excellent preparation for college-level study of humanities subjects. CODE # 01044X

    JOURNALISM
    5 Credits, Grades 10 - 12
    Students learn the technical aspects of layout, design, and other key elements of journalism in this survey course. Students will explore various forms of multi-media journalism, such as blogging, broadcasting, editorial, and column writing. CODE # 011300