• English


    The English Department is committed to engaging students in the examination of literary and informational texts to enhance their reading and writing skills. Students will communicate effectively, think critically, collaborate productively, and solve problems efficiently. All students must pass four years of English in order to graduate from Marlborough High School.

     

    HONORS FRESHMAN ENGLISH

    Through the study of short stories, novels, non-fiction, poetry, and drama, students will increase their understanding of, and appreciation for, literature and reading. Students will improve their writing skills through a process approach to composition. Students will also be introduced to the basic elements of the research paper. Literacy skills will be emphasized to ensure students are prepared to take the MCAS in their sophomore year.

    PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Eighth Grade English

    Full year course: 4 credits

     

    HONORS SOPHOMORE ENGLISH

    This course will stress comprehension as well as basic inference and literary analysis. The course will also continue to improve student writing skills through a more advanced study of grammar and composition which will include the writing of a research paper. Students will also expand their understanding of, and appreciation for, reading and literature. Additional emphasis will be placed on vocabulary development, reading comprehension and the writing skills necessary for success on the MCAS and PSAT.

    PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Freshman English

    Full year course: 4 credits

     

    CP COMMUNICATION AND COMPOSITION

    This full year junior course centers on the fundamentals of rhetoric and composition. Various rhetorical techniques will be explored as well as numerous literary and nonfiction selections, with an emphasis on American texts. Additional emphasis will be placed on word choice/vocabulary development, reading comprehension and the writing skills necessary for future success in college and careers. The course is a productive means of helping students improve their abilities to think, read, and write on progressively more sophisticated levels. Students will be guided through the writing process, from planning and drafting to revision and publication- in both oral and written form. Curriculum will focus on and encourage students in all processes of composition – inventing, drafting, revising, and editing. This course is designed to prepare students for the English 101/102 college course sequence.

    PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Sophomore English

    Full year course: 4 credits

     

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION

    Reading and writing are companion activities that involve students in the creation of thought and meaning – either as readers interpreting a text or as writers constructing one. Students will regularly analyze prose - both fiction and nonfiction - and demonstrate their understanding of rhetoric by writing essays using various rhetorical modes, applying close reading techniques, and displaying mastery of style and grammar. Students will take the AP Language and Composition exam in the spring.

    PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Sophomore English

    Full year course: 4 credits

     

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION

    This AP course will engage students in the careful reading and critical analysis of literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students will deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students will consider a work’s structure, style, and theme. Writing assignments will focus on the critical analysis of literature and will include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays. Students will take the AP English Literature and Composition exam in the spring.

    PREREQUISITE:  Successful completion of Junior English

    Full year course: 4 credits

     

    HONORS WORLD LITERATURE

    COLLEGE PREP WORLD LITERATURE

    This course will introduce students to works of literature which encompass a world view not limited to British or American authors. Students will analyze and evaluate the literary works and will be expected to understand how the themes of such works reflect a global community. An eclectic array of texts read in this course range from the classics of Ancient Greece to more contemporary works. Additional emphasis will be placed on vocabulary development, reading comprehension and writing skills necessary for success on the SAT. Analytical writing in response to literature will also be emphasized throughout the course.

    PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Junior English

    Full year course: 4 credits

     

    HONORS MEDIA LITERACY AND POPULAR CULTURE

    COLLEGE PREP MEDIA LITERACY AND POPULAR CULTURE

    Being an informed, engaged citizen in the 21st century requires us to critically assess all forms of media, including, but not limited to news articles, editorials, blogs, podcasts, film, television. Our world demands that we not simply receive information passively but that we actively interact with various media and participate in the creation of new knowledge. Through critical reading and writing, and by often contrasting visual and multimedia texts with their print counterparts, students will analyze the strategies creators of visual texts use to convey meaning. Students will also be encouraged to create texts in various media and genres.

    In a course centered on media literacy, students will engage with texts that specifically deal with issues that are centered around popular culture.  Students will use various critical lenses to assess the subjectivity and/or objectivity of the the texts.

    PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Junior English

    Full year course: 4 credits

     

    ELECTIVES

    These courses do not replace the yearly English course requirement if taken for two consecutive semesters.

     

    ENGLISH SUPPORT 9, 10, 11/12

    This course is intended to assist students who need additional supports as they develop foundational reading, writing, and speaking and listening skills. The course will offer tutorial support, basic skills review and development, pre-teaching of new concepts along with re-teaching those concepts which students still struggle with. The course is intended to increase students’ understanding of and comfort level with literary and rhetorical concepts by reviewing regularly throughout the year. English Support will be taught in conjunction with the corresponding grade-level English course.

    Semester course: 2 credits

     

    MCAS ENGLISH REVIEW

    This recommended course is designed for those students who are in need of extra preparation for the yearly MCAS testing. It will be taken in addition to a student’s required English course.

    Semester course: 2 credits

     

    INTENSIVE LITERACY SEMINAR

    Designed to help students make at least 2 years of growth in an academic year, this class is an intensive reading intervention course for developing readers, with a focus on word study, comprehension, and fluency. Throughout the course, students will be expected to read widely and often and to use critical thinking skills.

    Full year course: 4 credits