Concord's English Language Arts curriculum is designed to prepare students for success in college and careers. The four year sequential program, fully aligned with state standards, includes writing, reading, listening, speaking, and critical thinking. Electives in communication, publication, and creative writing supplement the required courses. Throughout the program, students learn to explore great ideas in literature, to think independently, to write with purpose, and to develop a sense of aesthetics.
English 9 is an intensive course in literary genres and composition aligned to Common Core Standards. Students develop reading skills by reading a variety of literary and non-literary texts including novels, short stories, essays,poetry, and drama. Students also write in a variety of modes including informative, argumentative, and expressive. Students work towards improving sentence structure and variety while developing style and voice. In addition, students will be introduced to how to write a synthesis essay. English 9 includes a review of basic grammar concepts, and students are expected to employ proper grammar and punctuation in all written work. All English 9 students will complete a comprehensive research project with MLA Citations.
English 10 builds upon the 9th grade curriculum with the Common Core Standards. The major areas of focus in this course will be reading literary and informative texts, speaking and listening, and language conventions. A special emphasis will be placed on writing arguments to support claims, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence. We will complete the debate research project in the fourth marking period.
English 11 prepares students for the study of literature in college through a careful study of American Literature. Students are exposed to the major writers and themes of the American tradition through novels, short stories, essays, speeches, poetry, and drama. In addition, students will study an array of non-fiction from a variety of media. They will also write several synthesis essays. All juniors complete a major research paper using the MLA style sheet.
Advanced Placement English Language and Composition (Grade 11) follows the prescribed College Board Advanced Placement Program. In addition to completing the writing requirements, students engage in perspective reading and critical analysis of challenging and recognized works of literature. Students who elect this course will be prepared for the Advanced Placement Examination in English Language & Composition.
English 12 prepares students for the study of literature in college through a careful study of World Literature and a strong emphasis on writing skills. Students are exposed to the major writers and literary themes through close analysis of novels, short stories, essays, speeches, poetry, and drama. Public speaking and presentation strategies are emphasized. Students complete a number of APA cited research papers throughout the year.
Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition (Grade 12) follows the prescribed College Board Advanced Placement Program. Students in this course must demonstrate a mastery of previous English skills. In addition to completing the writing requirements, students engage in perspective reading and critical analysis of challenging and recognized works of literature. Students who elect this course will be prepared for the Advanced Placement Literature Examination.