English I Pre-AP
This college-preparatory course requires students to perform extensive reading of nonfiction as well as well-known classics. Students will learn to write timed analytical papers designed to enable students to use elements of language effectively. Students continue an intensive study of vocabulary and learn the essential steps of the research process.
English II Pre-AP
Prerequisite: English I
This college-preparatory course deepens students’ understanding of analyzing literature, composition and communication and requires them to perform extensive reading of nonfiction and well-known classics. Students will advance their skills by writing in-class timed analytical papers related to literature and rhetoric Students continue an intensive study of vocabulary and are required to write a literary-based research paper.
AP English III: Language and Composition
Prerequisite: English II
This college level course offers students an in-depth study of rhetoric, focusing on specific purposes and targeted audiences. Intense vocabulary study is designed to prepare students for reading sophisticated texts and writing papers. A research paper on a literary topic is required, and students are expected to take the Language and Composition AP exam. The course requires students to perform extensive reading of nonfiction and well-known classics. Students will advance their skills by writing in-class timed analytical papers related to rhetorical analysis and argumentation. They are also required to write a literary-based paper.
AP English IV: Literature and Composition
Prerequisite: English III
In this course, study of literature focuses on abilities to develop analogical imagination. Students are introduced to a study that ultimately will require them to analyze and synthesize how writers in multiple texts develop complex moral, ethical and philosophical themes. Students will also develop their abilities to perceive and critique writers’ motives, stances and credibility. Students will advance their skills in writing with precision, economy and grace. Emphasis is placed especially on the recursive nature of the writing process, as students will be expected to turn in multiple drafts of a composition. Successful completion of a research paper is a course requirement. Students will also develop their skills in advanced media and production.
Grades: 11 and 12
This elective course allows students to study the craft of poetry and read some of the best major poets as mentors for their own writing. Concentrating on the composition of poetry, students complete the course by producing a chapbook of their own poetic work. The class will create the annual Yavneh literary journal and oversee presentation of the Fall Arts Night and the Spring Literary Café. The class can be repeated for credit.