English

Philosophy
Literature enables us to share common human experiences, to identify and empathize or challenge others’ viewpoints, and to reason with a world that is not always rational.  Critical reading, writing, and speaking require an effective knowledge of language. Understanding what others have said or written and expressing oneself powerfully and accurately are keys, not only to higher academic achievement, but also to personal fulfillment.


English Department Faculty:

Mrs. Catherine Porter, Department Chair
Mr. Brendan Berls
Dr. Jeffrey Bond
Mrs. Jo-Ann Higgs
Mrs. Susan Occhicone
Ms. Ashley Rhodes
Mrs. Christina Rodriguez
Mrs. Katherine Stehr
Mrs. Dorothy Thayer
Mrs. Catherine Valente
Mr. Brian Vohden
Ms. Joan Walter


ENG 8 Eighth Grade Literature

The eighth grade Literature course is twofold. To familiarize the students with the different genres of writing they will use an anthology-based presentation of: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, informational text, myths, legends, and folktales. Familiarity with the elements of a story will enable the students to analyze written work based on plot and conflict, character analysis, setting and mood, style, voice, and tone.

The second component of the course is Vocabulary. It is anticipated that the student will infuse the words studied into their daily work. Debates, book talks, and video evaluations enhance the course work.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 8
Prerequisite: None. Enrollment based on placement testing.


ENG 8H-L Honors Eighth Grade Literature

Like the regular level course, the eighth grade Honors Literature course is twofold.   To familiarize the students with the different genres of writing they will use an anthology-based presentation of: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, informational text, myths, legends, and folktales. At the Honors level, coursework will be supplemented with studies of full-length novels as well, and independent reading will be emphasized. Familiarity with the elements of a story will enable the students to analyze written work based on plot and conflict, character analysis, setting and mood, style, voice and tone.

The second component of the course is Vocabulary.  Honors level students will study more advanced word lists. It is anticipated that the student will infuse the words studied into their daily work. Debates, book talks, and video evaluations enhance the course work.  

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 8
Prerequisite: None. Enrollment based on placement testing.


ENG 8-W Writing Skills

This course offers a wide variety of writing experiences, including paragraphs, essays, creative writing, and research. Students receive instruction in grammar, structure, usage, and mechanics. The goals are to empower students to express themselves through written communication, prepare them to write and speak with confidence, and give them skills to write in a manner that is clear, concise, and grammatically correct.

Students learn and apply the qualities of good writing: ideas, organization, word choice, voice, sentence fluency, and conventions, and understand the foundations and applications of the writing process: 

prewriting, drafting, revising/editing, proofreading, publishing/presenting.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 8
Prerequisite: Enrollment based on placement testing


ENG 8H-W Writing Skills

This course offers a wide variety of writing experiences at the Honors level, including essays, creative writing, and research. Students receive instruction in advanced grammar, structure, usage, and mechanics. The goals are to empower students to express themselves through written communication, prepare them to write and speak with confidence, and give them skills to write in a manner that is clear, concise, and grammatically correct.

Students learn and apply the qualities of good writing: ideas, organization, word choice, voice, sentence fluency, and conventions, and understand the foundations and applications of the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising/editing, proofreading, publishing/presenting.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 8
Prerequisite: Enrollment based on placement testing.


ST SK-8 Eighth Grade Study Skills

The objective of the Study Skills course is to assist students in developing organizational and time management skills, study strategies, test preparation methods, critical reading approaches, command of various writing styles, and effective technology methods to optimize academic research.  Students will focus on the application of these skills in order to strengthen their performance in all subject areas.

Credit: 2
Open to Grades: 8
Prerequisite: None, course runs concurrently with Physical Education (3 days Physical Education/2 days Study Skills).


ENG 101 English I

English I pairs the study of grammar, vocabulary, composition, and public speaking with various literary genres, such as autobiographies, biographies, essays, short stories, dramas, novels, and poetry. Students also learn proper research skills, including how to effectively and accurately support an argument using secondary sources and MLA format.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 9
Prerequisite: Enrollment based on placement testing


ENG 101-INT Language/Literature for ESL I

Students will be introduced to a wide array of literature, from short stories and poetry to drama and novels. Students will also focus on rigorous development of essential grammar and writing skills.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 9
Prerequisite: None


ENG 102 Honors English I

Honors English I is designed for students with advanced reading comprehension and writing skills. The course surveys major literary genres and requires analysis and evaluation of selected short stories, myths, poems, and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth. Students also study Greek and Latin vocabulary roots, public speaking, and proper research skills, including how to effectively and accurately support an argument using secondary sources and MLA format. By year’s end, students should be able to write clear, effective, and structurally accurate essays.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 9
Prerequisite: Pope John 8th graders must have a 93 average in BOTH English and Writing Skills to proceed to Honors English I. Students entering Pope John as 9th graders must take a placement test.


ENG 200 Writing Skills II

This course is designed for the student who needs further enrichment in basic language skills, particularly communication skills, reading comprehension, and writing.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 10
Prerequisite: None


ENG 201 English II

English II offers a survey of American literature, including autobiographies, biographies, essays, short stories, dramas, novels, and poetry. Students also study grammar, vocabulary, public speaking, and the fundamentals of writing clear, effective, and structurally accurate essays. The course also reinforces proper research skills, including how to effectively and accurately support an argument using secondary sources and MLA format.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 10
Prerequisite: English I


ENG 201-INT Language/Literature for ESL II

Students will further their study of literature with more advanced texts from the traditional canon. They will develop more advanced grammar and writing skills as well as compose a formal MLA research paper.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 10
Prerequisite: None


ENG 202 Honors English II

English II offers qualified students an accelerated survey of American literature, including essays, short stories, dramas, novels, and poetry. Students will hone not only their critical reading, writing, and public speaking skills, but also their ability to effectively and accurately support an argument using secondary sources and MLA format.  Honors English II stresses the development of critical thinking skills, reading comprehension and analysis, and coherent and logical expression of written and spoken ideas.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 10
Prerequisite: Final Grade of 85 in Honors English I or 93 in English I


ENG 300 Writing Skills III

This course is designed for the student who needs further enrichment in basic language skills, particularly communication skills, reading comprehension, and writing.Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 11
Prerequisite: None


ENG 301 English III

English III offers a survey of British literature, including essays, short stories, dramas, novels, and poetry. Students also study grammar, vocabulary, public speaking, and the fundamentals of writing clear, effective, and structurally accurate essays. The course also reinforces proper research skills, including how to effectively and accurately support an argument using secondary sources and MLA format.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 11
Prerequisite: Final grade of 70 in English II


ENG 302 Honors English III

Honors English III offers qualified students an accelerated survey of British literature, including essays, short stories, dramas, novels, and poetry.  Students will hone not only their critical reading, writing, and public speaking skills, but also their ability to effectively and accurately support an argument using secondary sources and MLA format. Honors English III stresses the development of critical thinking skills, reading comprehension and analysis, and coherent and logical expression of written and spoken ideas.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 11
Prerequisite: Final grade of 85 in Honors English II, or 93 or in English II


ENG 304 Creative Writing

Students will participate in a  multi-genre introduction to the craft of creative writing. In the context of a variety of genres, students will examine literary conventions as well as the writing techniques and tools essential to effective writing and editing.  Students will produce a yearly literary magazine spotlighting Pope John’s talented writers.  This publication will be created by the students and include cross-curricular work from the art department. Publishing, marketing, layout, and distribution will be additional focuses of the course.  

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: 85 or above in prior English class.


ENG 400 Writing Skills IV

This course is designed for the student who needs further enrichment in basic language skills, particularly communication skills, reading comprehension, and writing.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 12
Prerequisite: None


ENG 401 English IV

English IV offers an overview of World Literature, often pairing an ancient text from a particular region with a modern one, for example the Persian epic The Shahname with The Kite Runner. Works studied include essays, short stories, dramas, novels, and poetry from ancient to modern times. Students also study grammar, vocabulary, public speaking, and the fundamentals of writing clear, effective, and structurally accurate essays. The course also reinforces proper research skills, including how to effectively and accurately support an argument using secondary sources and MLA format.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 12
Prerequisite: Final grade of 70 in English III


ENG 402 Honors English IV

Honors English IV offers qualified students an accelerated survey of World Literature, often pairing an ancient text from a particular region with a modern one, for example the Persian epic The Shahname with The Kite Runner. Works studied include essays, short stories, dramas, novels, and poetry from ancient to modern times. Students also study grammar, vocabulary, public speaking, and proper research skills, including how to effectively and accurately support an argument using secondary sources and MLA format. Honors English IV stresses the development of critical thinking skills, reading comprehension and analysis, and coherent, logical, and structurally accurate essays.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 12
Prerequisite: Final grade of 85 in Honors English III or 93 in English III


ENG 410 Journalism

Journalism focuses on journalism, graphic design, photography, editing, and marketing skills. Students will produce the Pope John yearbook as well as online journalism content.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 10,11,12
Prerequisite: 85 or above in prior English class and a writing sample.


ENG 501-11 Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition

This course is structured according to the guidelines of the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board. At the conclusion of the course, all students sit for the Advanced Placement examination in English Literature and Composition. A course in literary interpretation, AP Literature and Compo sition offers an intense study of the various genres in literature: poetry, drama, the short story, the novel and the essay. Through critical essays and class discussion, students consider the work’s structure, style, theme(s) as well as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism and tone.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 11
Prerequisite: Final grade of 85 in Honors English II or 93 in English II. 
Students in English II must take a placement test.


ENG 502-12 AP English Language and Composition

The AP English Language and Composition course teaches students to recognize and analyze a variety of rhetorical contexts and to write skillfully for multiple purposes and audiences.  At the conclusion of the course, all students write for the Advanced Placement Test in English Language and Composition. The course emphasizes the expository, analytical, and argumentative writing practiced by academics and other professionals as well as personal and reflective writing. Students will read primary and secondary sources carefully, synthesize materials from these texts in their own compositions, and cite sources using the Modern Language Association (MLA) conventions.

Credit: 5
Open to Grades: 12
Prerequisite: Final grade of 85 in AP Literature and Composition or 85 in Honors English III or 93 in English III. Students in English III must take a placement test.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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