English at Pathways Academy of Technology and Design
Pathways Academy of Technology and Design’s English curriculum establishes a foundation for lifelong learning and effective communication. Through a challenging curriculum and our project based learning model, our students will become practiced readers, efficient writers, active listeners, collaborative partners, and articulate speakers. Students learn to respect various points of view while displaying creative, collaborative, and critical thinking skills. Through our discipline, students also have the opportunity to take college level courses through our partnership with Goodwin College and our Advanced Placement (AP) Program. The English core enables our students to participate effectively in a technological, complex, and ever-changing world.
Prerequisite: English I, English II, Literature and Composition I or Goodwin College English 101, and instructor approval
This course focuses on careful and attentive reading, analytical and critical thinking, and fostering a love of imaginative literature. It will include close reading of a selection of fiction, drama, poetry, and critical essays ranging from the 16th to the 21st century with a focus on the concept of ‘selfhood’. This course will be treated as an equivalent to college freshman English; as such, students should expect rigorous work including formal and informal examination. There will be several AP practice tests as the goal of this course is to have each student find success on the AP Examination in May. Seniors will be exposed to a wide-range of readings from all around the world, from several different genres, and ranging over many time periods. Class discussions focused around these texts will emphasize close observation of text (considering style, structure, and themes); social and historical context; and a variety of literary elements like figurative language, imagery, symbolism, tone, and mood.
Sample Texts: Hamlet, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Pride and Prejudice, A Christmas Carol, The Catcher in the Rye, Things Fall Apart, The Handmaid's Tale, Ethan From, Frankenstein, Myths, and How To Read Literature Like a Professor
Freshman students will read and respond to at least four book-length texts (novels, plays, non-fiction) and a variety of other literature, including poetry, short stories, and film. Students will engage in a dynamic classroom environment, with an emphasis on interpretation, connection, and criticism, as well as the mechanics and function of the English language. Students will produce several writing assignments, including persuasive essays, book reviews, and creative works. Students will utilize technology for writing, reading, responding, and researching.
Sample Texts: The House on Mango Street, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Swallowing Stones, Warriors Don't Cry, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, The Pearl, Animal Farm, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
Prerequisite: English 1
Sophomore students will continue their work from English I by continuing to read and respond to at least four book-length texts (novels, plays, non-fiction) and a variety of other literature, including poetry, short stories, and film. Students will engage in a dynamic classroom environment, with an emphasis on interpretation, connection, and criticism, as well as the mechanics and function of the English language. Students will participate in several writing assignments, including persuasive essays, book reviews, and creative works. Students will utilize technology for writing, reading, responding, and researching.
English II's curriculum is aligned with Goodwin College's 098/099 curriculum. If students complete this course with a B+ and a teacher recommendation, they will be enrolled in the Goodwin Scholars Early College program.
Sample texts: To Kill a Mockingbird, Lord of the Flies, Macbeth, Night, Of Mice and Men, Cry, the Beloved Country, Friends, The Giver, Fences
Placement in Honors English I is determined by NWEA MAP Reading scores and previous educational institution's recommendation.
Students enrolled in this course will experience a rich and dynamic environment of classroom collaboration and critical thinking. Students will read several pieces of text in the genres of nonfiction/memoir, fiction, and drama. As they respond to these texts, students will develop their critical thinking and questioning skills, and they will engage in collaborative classroom discussions in order to extend and enrich their thinking and interpretation of text. Working in structured learning circles, students will deepen their understanding of the text and explore meaningful themes and concepts. Students will engage in one independent reading book project. As they utilize the writing process, students will complete six finished pieces of writing in a variety of genres. In addition, students will create a research question and develop an I-Search as the major research assignment for the semester. Students will also work rigorously on grammar, writing techniques and skills, such as MLA citations and format, and vocabulary.
Sample texts: Romeo and Juliet, Fahrenheit 451, The Pearl, Swallowing Stones, Animal Farm, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
Prerequisite: English 1
Placement in Grade 10 honors is determined by NWEA MAP Reading test scores, ninth grade performance, and teacher recommendation.
The volume of work and the pace of learning at the honors level require students with a seriousness of purpose in their commitment to academics. In this course, students read and analyze a variety of literary forms: short story, novel, drama, poetry, and short nonfiction as they develop reading, writing, speaking, listening,and thinking skills – with special emphasis on the skills necessary to succeed on the SAT test and in Goodwin
Students will write in response to literature—in journals, essays, and other writing tasks. Grammar and usage will be taught in the context of the writing process. Vocabulary will be taught through literature. Throughout the course, students will work as a community of learners in which they learn more by learning together. There are opportunities to work both independently and collaboratively.
English II's curriculum is aligned with Goodwin College's 098/099 curriculum. If students complete this course with a B and a teacher recommendation, they will be enrolled in the Goodwin Scholars Early College program.
Sample texts: Of Mice and Men, Cry, the Beloved Country, Lord of the Flies, To Kill a Mockingbird, Antigone, Macbeth, Language and Literature, Black Like Me, Night, Fences
Prerequisite: English II
Junior students will engage in a college-preparatory survey of American Literature, from the colonization of America to the present day. Students will be exposed to a variety of literature from the wide patchwork of our nations’ cultures in genres of all types, from essays, poems and short stories to novels and films. Students will learn the major themes and developments throughout the literature of America and will learn to view the works in their social and historical contexts. Writing proficiency will be maintained and improved through regular, formal, and informal writing assignments. Students will utilize technology for writing, reading, responding and researching, and will receive instruction on SAT reading and writing strategies.
Literature and Composition I's curriculum is aligned with Goodwin College's 098/099 curriculum. If students complete this course with a B+ and a teacher recommendation, they will be enrolled in the Goodwin Scholars Early College program.
Sample Texts/Authors: Emerson, Whitman, Wheatley, Walden, The Catcher in the Rye, Native Son, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Always Running, The Crucible, The Great Gatsby, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, A Raisin in the Sun, Death of a Salesman
Prerequisite: Literature & Composition I
Senior students will be exposed to a wide variety of literature from several cultures and time periods throughout the world, from Ancient Greece to post-colonial Africa. Students will study and analyze a variety of literature and discuss the texts in the historical and social contexts in which they were created. Students will utilize technology for writing, reading, responding and researching. Included in this course are periodic classes where students will become actively involved in the college application process and the completion of their college essay.
Sample texts: Hamlet, Things Fall Apart, The Color of Water, Othello, Oedipus Rex, Perespolis, The Things They Carried, short stories and poetry from Latin America and Asia
This class is designed for students to participate in a skills-based reading course to help improve reading, mechanics, and grammar skills in preparation for the rigors of the Pathways English program. Students will participate in on-grade-level vocabulary, spelling and grammar instruction as well as skills- based direct reading instruction. An emphasis will be placed on self-selected reading and developing habits of highly effective readers.
Prerequisite: B+ or better in English II with a teacher recommendation
This course is designed to develop effective collegiate writing competencies. Students develop deeper understanding of the stages of the writing process, including generating, revising, proofreading, and editing essays. Using a collaborative approach, students will produce essays in various genres with emphasis on rhetorical effectiveness, focusing on organization, thesis, purpose, and audience awareness. The course emphasizes academic inquiry through focused research, including retrieving, interpreting, and synthesizing sources effectively and ethically.
Prerequisite: English 101
This course provides additional composition skill-building. Students are required to write extensively on topics related to various genres of serious literature and are expected to explain and support their ideas in writing. Focus is on learning how to read, interpret and critically analyze literary selections.