NYACK MIDDLE SCHOOL - ENGLISH IN GRADES 6, 7, AND 8
During the middle years, students begin to develop the "Four C's" of 21st century competencies - Critical thinking, Communication, Creativity, and Collaboration - competencies that are critical to success in an increasingly interdependent world. The English curriculum provides a scope and sequence that allows students to develop these competencies within each unit of instruction. The curriculum is common across each grade level and is aligned to the four strands of the Common Core State Standards in ELA and Literacy: Reading, Writing, Language Use, and Speaking and Listening. Students incorporate the use of various forms of technology in a learner-active, technology-infused classroom structure. In this environment, students are provided with a great deal of choice in how they approach their learning, while teachers differentiate instruction in order to meet each student's learning needs and goals. Students acquire and apply close-reading strategies as they develop a foundation of analytical skills required for success on the secondary level. Each unit culminates in a project-based assessment that features the written modes of narration, exposition, or argument. The New York State 3-8 ELA Exam is administered in April of each year. Specific information pertaining to each English course can be found in the Nyack Middle School Program of Studies guide.
NYACK HIGH SCHOOL - ENGLISH IN GRADES 9 AND 10
The curricula in grades 9 and 10 provide students with opportunities to develop not only critical literacy skills outlined in the Common Core State Standards, but also proficiency in the "Four C's" of 21st century competencies: Critical thinking, Communication, Creativity, and Collaboration. Students in grade 9 will take either English 9R or English 9H; students in grade 10 will take either English 10R and 10H. The curriculum is uniform across the grade levels and aligned to the Common Core State Standards in ELA and Literacy for Grades 9-10, regardless of the course level. Differences in the degree of instructional scaffolding, pacing, and workload are what primarily distinguish an H-Level course from an R-Level course, but the thematic content and the CC literacy standards remain the same for all students.
GRADE 9: English-9 courses (both R and H levels) focus on the themes of identity formation and coming of age. Texts include, but are not limited to, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Odyssey, Romeo and Juliet, Speak, Candide, and The Catcher in the Rye. Student-produced writing assignments fall into three categories: narration, exposition, and argument. Students also prepare an annotated bibliography as part of their investigation into an authentic research question, which culminates in the production of a formal research paper.
GRADE 10: English-10 courses (both R and H levels) focus on the theme of the individual within the society. Texts include, but are not limited to, Into the Wild, Night, Lord of the Flies, Othello, Anthem, The Color of Water, and Persepolis. Students build upon the foundation of ninth grade, further developing their writing and language use skills in narrative, expository, and argumentative modes of expression, with greater independence and sophistication.
There are no prerequisites for any English courses offered at Nyack High School. However, we encourage students to have discussions with their parents, counselors, and English teachers, to consider their prior academic performance in English classes, and to assess the degree to which they actually enjoy the study of English Language Arts, prior to enrolling in advanced-level English classes.
There is no standardized New York State ELA exam in grades 9 or 10. Students will take the New York State Common Core English Regents Exam at the end of grade 11.
NYACK HIGH SCHOOL - ENGLISH IN GRADE 11
THE ENGLISH COURSES LISTED BELOW ARE AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS IN GRADE 11.
REGARDLESS OF COURSE, ALL 11th GRADE STUDENTS WILL TAKE THE NEW YORK STATE COMMON CORE ENGLISH REGENTS EXAM IN JUNE.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE EXAM CAN BE FOUND HERE.
- ENGLISH 11R or ENGLISH 11H - English 11R and 11H are full-year courses that differ only in the degree of instructional scaffolding, pacing of the courses, and the workload. Both courses explore "The American Experience" as its central theme, and students must demonstrate proficiency in the Common Core State Standards in ELA and Literacy for grade 11 by the end of the year, which is assessed on the NYS Common Core English Regents exam.
- AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION - This is an advanced College Board® English course that is the equivalent of a college-level rhetoric and composition course. Although Nyack High School has an open-enrollment policy, students should consider their prior performance in English - particularly on written assignments - the degree to which they actually enjoy the study of language, and their readiness to assume the level of commitment required to handle the pace and workload of the course. For more information, visit the AP English Language & Composition Course Description.
- AP ENGLISH LITERATURE & COMPOSITION - Just as the AP Language course is the equivalent of a college-level rhetoric course, the AP English Literature & Composition course is the equivalent of a college-level literature course. When deciding whether or not to enroll in the course, students should carefully consider their prior performance in English, the degree to which they love and enjoy the study of literature and poetry, and their readiness to commit to the workload and pace of the course. For more information, visit the AP English Literature and Composition Course Description.
- SAT PREP AND COLLEGE READINESS - The SAT prep course is an elective that a student would take in addition to, not in lieu of, a full-year English course. This is a one-semester course in which students meet with an English teacher and a Math teacher on alternating days. It is a "Pass/Fail" course that counts for 1/4 English credit and 1/4 Math credit, and is designed specifically for students who wish to improve their SAT scores and, to some extent, their ACT scores. The course has been revised to prepare students for the redesigned SAT which launched in March, 2016.
NYACK HIGH SCHOOL - SENIOR YEAR ENGLISH ELECTIVES
In senior year, students choose from a variety of course electives to accommodate their interests and goals. Students may opt to take one full-year elective OR two half-year (semester) electives.
One-Semester Senior Electives - Students must choose two electives if they do not take one of the AP courses. For a complete listing of senior electives and course descriptions, please see pages 27-30 in the Nyack High School Program of Studies guide.