English Courses

English 1 Honors  (Course 111)

Grade 9

1 Credit                                                                                                                        

Full Year

Prerequisite(s): An inspection of English Language Arts grades, standardized test scores, placement exam and, when applicable, teacher recommendations

English 1 Honors centers on self-discovery: helping students to better understand themselves, others, and their world through the study of literature. Writing, the core of the curriculum, is taught in conjunction with literature. Students explore literature from the classics through modern novels in class, independently, and through research, emphasizing the genres, authors, cultures, and history of each text. Students demonstrate understanding through discussions, presentations, responses, and essays. Through extensive reading and writing, students improve their critical thinking, vocabulary, usage, and grammar.

 

English 1  (Course 107)                                                             

Grade 9

1 Credit                                                                         

Full Year

English 1 centers on self-discovery: helping students to better understand themselves, others, and their world through the study of literature. Students explore literature from the classics through modern novels in class, independently, and through research, emphasizing the genres, authors, cultures, and history of each text. Students demonstrate understanding through discussions, presentations, responses, and essays. Through reading and writing, students improve vocabulary, usage, and grammar. Development and application of critical thinking skills, including reader response, is essential in this course.

 

English 2 Honors  (Course 121)                                   

Grade 10

1 Credit                                                                     

Full Year

Prerequisite(s): Satisfactory completion of English 1 with a 85 average and 90% attendance, satisfactory completion of English 1 Honors with an 80 average and 90% attendance

English 2 Honors centers on the varied conflicts faced by characters in literature and individuals in the world: internal conflicts, cultural conflicts, conflicts with our natural world, and conflicts with technology. Students encounter increasingly sophisticated literature in a variety of genres, further developing their ability to read analytically. Students are expected to read, interact with, and understand, as a class and independently, complete texts and excerpts, poetry, essays, and articles. Students are expected to write frequently, with at least one extended response a week and regular essays. Students should expect extended reading assignments. Each of the units will culminate in one or two performance tasks that require students to demonstrate the learning from the unit, which includes formal essays, research projects, and presentations. Work will continue to support the skills assessed in the PSAT, the SAT, and the new Smarter Balanced Assessments (Connecticut Core Standards), as well as prepare students for an Advanced Placement English course.

 

English 2  (Course 115)                    

Grade 10

1 Credit                                                     

Full Year

Prerequisite(s):  Satisfactory completion of English 1

English 2 centers on the varied conflicts faced by characters in literature and individuals in the world: internal conflicts, cultural conflicts, conflicts with our natural world, and conflicts with technology. Students encounter increasingly sophisticated literature in a variety of genres, further developing their ability to read analytically. Students are expected to read, interact with, and understand, as a class and independently, complete texts and excerpts, poetry, essays, and articles. Students are expected to write frequently, with at least one extended response a week. Each of the units will culminate in one or two performance tasks that require students to demonstrate the learning from the unit, which includes formal essays, research projects, and presentations. Work will continue to support the skills assessed in the PSAT, the SAT, and the new Smarter Balanced Assessments (Connecticut Core Standards).

 

English 3 Honors (Course 127)                         

Grade 11

1 Credit                                             

Full Year

Prerequisite(s): Satisfactory completion of English 2 with a 85 average and 90% attendance, or satisfactory completion of English 2 Honors with an 80 average and 90% attendance

English 3 Honors is a demanding course introducing students to the rich and varied multicultural heritage of American literature with an introduction to similar themes found in world literature. Students read a broad range of works that give voice to diverse perspectives on what it means to be a world a citizen while reconciling the “American Dream.” The study of traditional and contemporary works help students establish a frame of reference for the analysis of American cultural patterns through the lens of some of literature’s most prolific writers.  Students prepare for the SAT and AP or college-level coursework and write their college essay.

 

English 3 (Course 124)      

Grade 11

1 Credit                                       

Full Year

Prerequisite(s): Satisfactory completion of English 2

English 3 introduces students to the rich and varied multicultural heritage of American literature with an introduction to similar themes found in world literature. Students read a broad range of works that give voice to diverse perspectives on being American. The study of traditional and contemporary works help students establish a frame of reference for the analysis of American cultural patterns through the literary voices of some of literature’s most prolific writers.  Students prepare for the SAT and write their college essay.

 

English 4  (Course 130)                                                                                                           

Grade 12

1 Credit           

Full Year

English 4 is a survey of American and world non-fiction and literature. Students read and view texts including essays, novels, poetry, and film to cultivate an appreciation for and deepen their sense of world citizenship. Through reading and writing, students improve thinking skills, vocabulary, usage, and grammar; the course pays particular attention to preparing for the demands of college composition. Students will write for a variety of purposes and audiences including but not limited to the college essay, personal narrative, argument, and synthesis. Students will also prepare for post-secondary life, by receiving support on items such as SAT registration and practice, as well as college applications and essays. Students work collectively and individually to achieve these goals throughout the year.

 

English 4  Honors (Course 132)             

Grade 12

1 Credit         

Full Year

English 4 is a survey of American and world non-fiction and literature. Students read and view texts including essays, novels, poetry, and film to cultivate an appreciation for and deepen their sense of world citizenship. Through reading and writing, students improve thinking skills, vocabulary, usage, and grammar; the course pays particular attention to preparing for the demands of college composition, with significant work outside of class. Students will write for a variety of purposes and audiences including but not limited to the college essay, personal narrative, argument, and synthesis. Students will also prepare for post-secondary life, by receiving support on items such as SAT registration and practice, as well as college applications and essays. Students work collectively and individually to achieve these goals throughout the year.

 

Advanced Placement (AP) Literature and Composition  (Course 137)   

Grades 11-12

1 Credit                                                                                                                                          

Full Year

Prerequisites:  Students participating in this course must be in good academic standing with an 85% average in the previous English Course and have a 90% attendance rate or better

AP English Literature and Composition studies how moral, ethical, social, and/or cultural conflicts convey human nature. Students extensively read a great variety of texts for different genres from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to contemporary literature worldwide. They are expected to study two or more novels in depth next to excerpts of prose, drama, satire, and poetry Through apt analysis and in-class discussions students become skilled in determining, interpreting, and analyzing the literary devices and techniques used by the author to convey the overall meaning of the text. The course requires numerous college-level writings in the form of analytical responses and weekly well-crafted essays, some of which will undergo numerous revisions. During the year students practice how to correctly respond to multiple-choice questions and test-taking skills for the AP exam. The course ends with the official College Board AP exam and a creative writing project which is completed soon after the exam.

 

Advanced Placement (AP) Language and Composition  (Course 138)     

Grades 11-12

1 Credit                                                               

Full Year                                                                                                                                   

Prerequisites:  Students participating in this course must be in good academic standing with an 85% average in the previous English Course and have a 90% attendance rate or better

AP English Language and Composition is a university-level course that focuses on prose in a variety of rhetorical contexts. Students become skilled in language as a persuasive tool and the interplay between writer, context, audience, and argument. The AP Language and Composition is a survey course where students will be exposed to a variety of thematic units related to the American Experience. Students will be asked to read and reflect upon the variety of American voices and perspectives. Each unit will contain essential non-fiction readings, while offering additional fiction, musical, film, visual art, and other cultural artifacts – all related to the unit theme. Each unit will contain a suggested paper or small project.  These assignments will usually call on the student to synthesize two or more textual sources or disciplines. The course is rigorous and students will be challenged; students read and write frequently outside of class a great deal while practicing the rhetorical skills they are learning. Students will take the AP exam in May.

 

UCONN English 1010: Seminar in Academic Writing

Grades 11-12

1 Credit                                                                                                                                          

Full Year          

Prerequisites: Students participating in this course must be in good academic standing with an 85% average in the previous English Course, have a 90% attendance rate or better, and a recommendation from their teacher. Students can also choose to complete the self-advocacy process to be considered for the course.

This course is an inquiry-driven academic writing seminar where students enroll as UCONN undergraduates and may earn 4 credits at UCONN and similarly accredited universities across the nation. The course emphasizes instruction in academic writing through interdisciplinary reading. Assignments highlight interpretation, argumentation, and reflection. Revision of formal assignments and instruction on grammar, mechanics and style will also play a role. The A.P. Language and Composition curriculum will be integrated in the course to prepare students for the A.P. exam in May as an alternative route to earning college credit. As a seminar-structured writing course, the instructor will look to curate and oversee cycles of writing and reflection resulting in each student producing 30 pages of revised, college-level prose. Readings assigned in the course will require students to make use of literary texts to generate and support research projects utilizing the UCONN Library databases to extend beyond the occasion of the class texts. This course will ask students to prepare 30% more writing than it’s AP counterpart and seminar content will vary by instructor.

 

UCONN English 1011: Seminar in Writing Through Literature (Course 3290)

Grades 11-12

1 Credit                                                                                                                                          

Full Year

Prerequisites: Students participating in this course must be in good academic standing with an 85% average in the previous English Course, have a 90% attendance rate or better, and a recommendation from their teacher. Students can also choose to complete the self-advocacy process to be considered for the course

This course is an inquiry-driven academic writing seminar where students enroll as UCONN undergraduates and may earn 4 credits at UCONN and similarly accredited universities across the nation. The curriculum is primarily focused on research and academic writing assignments rather than a survey of literary genres; although the A.P. Literature and Composition curriculum will be integrated in the course to prepare students for the A.P. exam in May as an alternative route to earning college credit. As a seminar-structured writing course, the instructor will look to curate and oversee cycles of writing and reflection resulting in each student producing 30 pages of revised, college-level prose. Readings assigned in the course will require students to make use of literary texts to generate and support research projects utilizing the UCONN Library databases to extend beyond the occasion of the class texts. This course will ask to prepare 30% more writing than its AP counterpart and seminar content will vary by instructor.