English Department

The English Department teaches integrated and developmental courses in the language arts in which writing, reading, speaking and listening are combined concurrently in class and in assigned work.  English classes are divided according to ability and performance.

Department Chairperson: Ms. Michelle Nice | 732 549 1108 x631

English I (700)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 9th
Prerequisite: Placement determined by the High School Placement Test

The first year class focuses on the basic skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Emphasis is placed on the sentence-with its various patterns-and on the paragraph-with its various developments. An introduction to the genres of literature is also offered. fifteen units of vocabulary are covered.

English I Honors (702)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 9th
Prerequisite: Placement determined by the High School Placement Test

This Honors course is a challenging program of advanced English I skills. Emphasis falls on clear and effective paragraph development. The basic essay form will also be taught. readings are selected from the genres of poetry, nonfiction, fiction, drama and the novel. Fifteen units of vocabulary are covered.

English II (720)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 10th

The sophomore level course focuses on the study of basic skills. Emphasis is on clear and effective paragraph development and on clear and effective essay writing. Reading selections are chosen mainly from traditional American Literature. Thirty units of vocabulary are covered.

English II Honors (722)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 10th
Prerequisites: "B" average in English I Honors and/or department recommendation 

The sophomore honors course offers and intensified study of basic skills. Emphasis is on clear and effective paragraph and essay development, and on the beginnings of the research paper. Reading selections are chosen mainly from traditional American Literature. Thirty units of vocabulary are covered.

English III (730)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 11th

The Junior English program further develops basic skills. Emphasis is focused on the analytic essay. Fundamental research skills are covered, as well as verbal and writing SAT preparation. Reading selections come from the greatest British masterpieces. Thirty units of vocabulary are covered.

English III Honors (732)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 11th
Prerequisites: "B” average or in English II Honors and/or department recommendation

The Junior English program further develops basic skills. Emphasis is focused on the analytic essay. Reading selections are from the British masterpieces. Thirty units of vocabulary are covered, as well as verbal and writing SAT preparation.

English III Shakespeare Option (741)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 11th

This Junior English program further develops basic skills. Emphasis is focused on the analytic essay. Fundamental research skills are covered, as well as verbal/writing SAT preparation. Reading selections come from the greatest British masterpieces, using Shakespeare’s writings as the centerpiece. Thirty units of vocabulary are covered.

English IV World Literature (740)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 12th

The Senior English program continues to work on the basic skills. Emphasis is placed on the analytic essay and on a literature-based research paper. Reading selections come from the various world masterpieces.

World Literature Honors (742)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 12th
Prerequisites: "B" average in English III Honors and/or department recommendation

The course focuses on clear, effective analytical essays and on the research paper. Readings are selected from classics of world literature and world philosophies. College credit is offered for this course through Seton Hall University’s Project Acceleration; see chairperson for details and permission. A literature-based research paper is required.

AP English (745)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 12th
Prerequisites: Only by recommendation from the department chairperson

This course focuses on clear, effective analytic essays and on the research paper. Readings are selected from classics of World Literature. College credit is offered for this class. Weekly papers are assigned; a literature-based research paper is required. Students are also required to take the Advanced Placement exam.