Topics by Year:

Ninth Grade Topics with Selected Readings

Read and analyze the structure of short stories: The Most Dangerous Game, The Gift of the Magi
Read and identify and analyze themes in novels: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, To Kill a Mockingbird
Read and analyze the structure of Shakespearean drama: Romeo and Juliet
Read and analyze poetry
Review grammar concepts
Build vocabulary
Write responses to open response questions
Plan, draft, revise and write compositions

Tenth Grade

Read and analyze short stories and poetry: Shirley Jackson and Edgar Allen Poe required authors
Read and analyze novels Of Mice and Men
Read and analyze the structure of drama: Twelve Angry Men, Julius Caesar
Study grammar concepts
Build vocabulary
Write responses to open response questions
Plan, draft, revise and write compositions
Prepare for the MCAS test given in March

 

Eleventh Grade

The Study of British Literature
Read and analyze epic poetry: Beowulf
Readand analyze Middle English texts: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Canterbury Tales
Read and analyze Shakespearean drama: Macbeth
Read and analyze gothic fiction: Frankenstein
Read and analyze poetry: Selected authors – Byron, Browning, Yeats, Keats, Kipling, Donne
Write responses to open response questions
Plan, draft, revise and write compositions

Twelfth Grade

The Study of American Literature
Read and analyze short stories: Selected authors - O’Henry, Hawthorne, Steinbeck, Hemingway, Twain
Read and analyze novels: Selected Novels - The Great Gatsby, The Catcher in the Rye, The Color Purple, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest: Choose 2
Read and analyze drama: Our Townor The Crucible
Read and analyze Shakespearean drama: Hamlet
Senior Project: review research techniques, choose a topic and devise a thesis for a research paper, research, using print and non-print sources, follow the MLA rules for proper citation and bibliography format, write a cohesive, thesis-based research paper of eight or more pages, and create and present a PowerPoint Presentation

Electives: Journalism, ELA MCAS Prep

English Grading Policy: Standard level

Homework: 15%
Classwork: 30%
Quizzes: 20%
Test and Projects: 35%

English Grading Policy: Honors Level

Homework: 20%
Classwork: 20%
Quizzes: 20%
Test and Projects: 40%


Summer Reading List

Choose one book from the list for your grade and be prepared to complete a writing assignment about the book during the first week of school. Happy reading!

Ninth Grade

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants – Ann Brashares
For One More Day – Mitch Albom
The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan
Esperanza Rising – Pam Munoz Ryan
The Bluest Eyes – Toni Morrison
Never Cry Wolf – Farley Mowat
Death Be Not Proud – John Gunther
Light in the Forrest – Conrad Richter
The Sea Wolf – Jack London

Tenth Grade

Tears of a Tiger – Sharon M. Draper
Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes
The Road of the Dead – Kevin Brooks
Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul – Jack Cornfield
Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom
The Pearl – John Steinbeck
Touching Spirit Bear – Ben Mikaelsen
The Bluest Eyes – Toni Morrison

Eleventh Grade

The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson
The Road – Cormac McCarthy
Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer
Into Thin Air – Jon Krakauer
Feed – M.T. Anderson
One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
Copper Sun – Sharon M. Draper
The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith

 

Twelfth Grade

A Farwell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway
Native Son – Richard Wright
My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult
Nineteen Minutes – Jodi Picoult
Fast Food Nation – Eric Schlosser
And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time – Mark Haddon
A Lesson before Dying - Ernest Gaines
Dracula – Bram Stoker

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