English 9R : 0121 : 40 Weeks : 1 Credit
Students in this course read a variety of literature organized primarily by genre, including autobiography, short story, poetry, drama (Romeo and Juliet), and the novel. The literature is used as a vehicle through which students can gain insight into themselves and perspective on their place in the world at large. Woven through the curriculum are various non-fiction selections which correspond with the fiction. All students are expected to produce personal, creative, and analytical pieces of writing. Formal presentations are required as is a research paper. Students are encouraged to develop and strengthen their ability to read, write, listen and speak for information and understanding, for literary response and expression, for critical analysis and evaluation, and for social interaction as outlined in New York State Standards for English Language Arts.
English 9H (Honors) : 0111 : 40 Weeks : 1 Credit
Students in this course will receive an enriched program in which a variety of literature is read, including autobiography, short story, novel, Shakespearean drama, and poetry. Woven through the curriculum are various non-fiction selections which correspond with the fiction. Active reading and annotation are emphasized as part of literature study to focus on comprehension and inference. The writing requirements for this course are rigorous. All students are expected to produce analytical and interpretive pieces of expository writing in preparation for the English 11 Regents examination. Formal presentations, as well as a research paper, are required as part of the course. Students are encouraged to develop higher level thinking skills and are required to demonstrate these skills in both individual and collaborative efforts.
English 10R : 0221 : 40 Weeks : 1 Credit
The literature taught in English 10R is taken primarily from the Western European tradition. Students read a variety of authors and genres from antiquity through modern day. Students read a mixture of novels and plays. These include selections from Shakespeare, tragedies, poetry and works of non-fiction. A variety of projects as well as group and individual oral presentations are incorporated into the course. This course is designed to continue to prepare students for the requirements of a Regents diploma.
English 10H (Honors) : 0211 : 40 Weeks : 1 Credit
The English 10 Honors course provides a reading and writing program that focuses on higher level thinking skills. Experiences in literature will concentrate on the short story, the novel, drama, poetry, and non-fiction. Various types of writing will be explored such as literacy analysis, essays, and reading responses. Several collaborative and individual activities involving critical thinking skills will be assigned.
English 11R : 0321 : 40 Weeks : 1 Credit
While American Literature represents only one facet of the English 11R program, it is the basis for a number of writing and speaking exercises and is the nucleus of the curriculum. Through a survey of short, literary selections from the major historical eras, the student will be expected to trace the overall development of literary history, as well as to analyze individual authors. Because English 11R concludes in the taking of the New York State Comprehensive Examination, the skills that are necessary for success on that exam are emphasized and are integrated into the study of the content of the course.
English 11H (Honors) : 0311 : 40 Weeks : 1 Credit
Students in English 11H have a strong academic capabilities and work ethic as demonstrated through standardized test scores and teacher recommendations and grade point average. Students in this course will receive an enriched program focusing on works from American literature. A survey of works representative of the major historical eras will be studied intensively, ranging from the earliest Native American traditions to writers of the 21st century. The writing strand will consist of longer works including literary essays, persuasive pieces and special projects to develop critical analysis and communication skills. The number of readings, as well as depth of mastery expected, will be greater than in a traditional 11R program. Since the New York State Regents Examination will be administered at the conclusion of this course, the skills that are necessary for success on that exam will be integrated into the study of the content of the course.
Creative Writing (Non-Fiction) : OSWEGO CRW 208 : 0592 : 20 Weeks : 1/2 Credit
Creative Writing: Non-Fiction will be offered concurrently with SUNY Oswego’s CRW 208: Creative Nonfiction Writing: Introductory. This course introduces students to various modes of nonfiction writing, helps them analyze and evaluate literature in the genre, and provides an environment in which they develop writing in nonfiction modes will introduce students to creative writing techniques for developing plot, setting, character, conflict and resolution. It will focus on the continued discovery and development of the student’s voice. This course will introduce students to genre studies from the perspective of the writer and push them to utilize other writers’ craft to develop their own.
Creative Writing (Fiction) : OSWEGO CRW 206 : 0591 : 20 Weeks : 1/2 Credit
Creative Writing: Fiction will be offered concurrently with SUNY Oswego and their CRW 206 course Fiction Writing: Introductory. This course will be focused on fiction writing with specific emphasis on character study, plot development, plotlines, dialogue, as well as other fiction writing techniques. The course will culminate with the development and publication of students’ original fiction works. This course will focus on the development of narrative fiction and poetry, as well as magazine article writings, short stories and/or technical writing styles. Proofreading and editing skills will be emphasized in order to help students develop as writers. Students will also create a literary publication for distribution throughout the school and the greater community.
Advanced Placement English Literature: 0418 : 40 Weeks : 1 Credit
[English 11H with a minimum 90% average or above and a 90% or higher on the English Regents examination is suggested] Advanced Placement English Literature is a full year course for seniors who are interested in a college level English course experience. The course will provide opportunities to develop strategies for intensive literary analysis of a wide range of traditional and contemporary classics, techniques for inferential reading, and close analysis of texts and strategies for developing and refining the conventions of academic writing. Course reading experiences include a variety of literary genres, such as the novel, drama, poetry, personal, critical and expository essays. The Advanced Placement English Examination in May is mandatory. (A fee will be charged for this AP examination.)
12R Critical Reading, Writing & Thinking :0593: 40 Weeks: 1 Credit
Eligibility: Seniors may take this course to fulfill their fourth year English requirement.
This senior elective presents a broad spectrum of reading, writing, and speaking activities with an eye to preparing high school seniors for the demands of college, the military, technical or business school, industry, and other rigorous postsecondary environments. Course literature consists of many pieces of fiction and nonfiction. The first month of the course is devoted to personal narrative, culminating in students writing their college admissions essays—essays easily adaptable to other post-graduation situations. Frequent writing is required. Extensive mid-term and final projects are used in place of mid-term and final exams.
Freshman Composition and Literature I (OCC ENG 103) : 0212: 20 Weeks : 3 OCC Credits
Prerequisite: Onondaga Community College placement test or 500 or better on the Verbal portion of the SAT.
Emphasizing the recursive nature of writing and the process of revision, this course teaches students the skills and processes necessary for writing and revising college-level academic prose. Various aspects of writing, including invention/pre-writing, composing, revision, and editing/proofreading will be taught. Critical readings of various nonfiction texts may be used to develop understanding of rhetorical conventions and genres. Composing in and for electronic environments, as well as their conventions, will also be taught. Student that are unsuccessful in the first semester will be dropped from the class. This could affect financial aid or acceptance in to college. If a student wishes to drop this class it must be within the first 5 days of class, otherwise it will be listed on the high school transcript as a withdraw.
Freshman Composition and Literature II (OCC ENG 104): 20 Weeks : 3 OCC Credits
Prerequisite: ENG 103
Teaches students to comprehend, respond to and use the ideas of others in their own writing. Skills such as analytic and critical reading and writing, summarizing, and paraphrasing are developed through the study of literature. Term paper form will also be taught. If a student wishes to drop this class it must be within the first 5 days of class, otherwise it will be listed on the high school transcript as a withdraw. This could affect financial aid or acceptance in to college.
Subject options for OCC ENG 104 include:
OCC ENG 104: British Literature : 0433 : 20 Weeks : 1/2 Credit
The course in British Literature covers the seven major periods of recorded British history: the Middle Ages, the medieval period, the Renaissance, the 18th Century, the Romantic Age, the Victorian Age, and the Twentieth Century, and the distinct literature written by the prominent authors of each time period. The literature will be presented and discussed in terms of genre and the techniques and strategies used by authors in specific movements or schools of thought in order to trace the development of British literature through the past fifteen centuries. Students are expected to complete close readings of the texts, participate in small and large group discussions, contribute to formal presentations, and write critical analysis essays in which they draw informed conclusions about the texts, authors, and time periods.
OCC ENG 104: Mythology : 0425 : 20 Weeks : 1/2 Credit
In this course, we will study mythologies and cultures from around the world. We will also reflect on how our knowledge of mythology helps us understand our lives. We begin the year by exploring how myths use narrative structure to convey serious messages. We then study various theorists’ views of heroism and write an essay evaluating the traits of a hero. After reading some of the classic epics from Greek mythology, The Iliad and The Odyssey, we will also hone our skills in argumentative writing. Next, we will research and read about myths from various regions of the world. In the final marking period, we will focus on the impact of ancient mythology on today’s world.
OCC ENG 104: Stage and Screen : 0438 : 20 Weeks : 1/2 Credit
This course offers students the chance to read wonderful plays, both classical and contemporary. Students will have the opportunity to attend student matinee performances at Syracuse Stage and will be offered opportunities to attend evening performances there and at other venues in CNY. Film versions of many dramatic offerings will also be explored and compared to stage counterparts when appropriate. A new feature of the course is classroom participation in the spring or fall drama club production. Students in Stage and Screen will learn about and be responsible for the production elements of the drama club offering. In Stage and Screen, students’ understanding of and connection to the literature they read will be evaluated through the frequent use of reading logs. Other kinds of writing, including analytical essays and critical reviews, will be taught.
OCC ENG 104: Contemporary Literature : 0429: 20 Weeks : 1/2 Credit
The course is for students who would enjoy studying contemporary literature as a vehicle to explore and discuss the world we live in. The literature selected for this course is written by, written about, or expected to appeal to young adults. Many of the selections are recent novels/memoirs taken from best sellers lists. Using a thematic approach we explore such topics as individuality, relationships, and search for self and family. In addition to the formal and informal analytical writing, there will be a focus on creative writing. Students will be given the opportunity to write original works of various genres, including memoir, poetry, and vignettes.
OCC ENG 104: Literary Analysis : 0413: 20 Weeks : 1/2 Credit
PIG/ECO/LIT is a two-period, co-curricular, team-taught course designed to help students understand and nurture what it means to be a citizen in a Democracy through the use of literature, writing, discussion, and media. It combines current government issues and concepts of citizenship and economic principles with analytical reading of classical authors as well as argumentative writing. This course is specifically designed to get students involved in their own learning and in the process of government. Students become active members of the class while simultaneously becoming familiar with writing techniques and styles to improve individual skill level. PIG/ ECO/LIT studies literature spanning the classical work of Plato to today’s most influential authors, such as Frank McCourt, Neal Postman, Tim O’Brien and George Will. This course will help students understand the connection between literature and the socioeconomic and socio-historic context in which they were written and assist them in developing opinions on the issues explored. Topics discussed include communication, governments, citizenship, finances, media, and current issues.