• ENGLISH

    ENGLISH 9
    English 9 will be following the Common Core Curriculum in preparation for the ELA exam it is comprised of two primary components: literature and composition.  In the literature portion of the course, students will learn to make connections between life and literature while also learning to view ideas from diverse perspectives.  This part of the course also emphasizes reading comprehension and the analysis of literature in four genres: the short story, the novel, drama and poetry.  Major works include The Odyssey, Romeo and Juliet, and The Giver.  The composition portion of the course compliments the literature and emphasizes analytical skills and the writing process, as well as grammar and mechanics.  Students will also be introduced to research and will compose a research paper utilizing the MLA format. This course follows closely with the curriculum of Global Studies 9.


    Grade: 9
    Length: 40 weeks
    Prerequisite: None
    Credit: 1.0
    Level: R 


    ENGLISH 9 HONORS
    This course is intended to challenge the more academically able student and designed for students who exhibit outstanding abilities and skills in English. In addition to skills covered in the regular freshman English course, the content of this course will be accelerated and enriched to provide an extensive study of grammar, vocabulary, composition, and literature.


    Grade: 9
    Length: 40 weeks
    Prerequisite: Criteria listed pg. 16
    Credit: 1.0

    Level: H


    ENGLISH 10
    The main focus of the class is critical thinking skills demonstrated through discussion of literature and in writing (both formally and informally).  Students are reading, writing, thinking, listening and speaking our English skills on a daily basis.   Working with independence in mind, the students start by reading complex text and writing essays with support from the teacher, and slowly meet with success on their own, learning their own strengths and weakness to improve upon.  .   The selections for this course support the curriculum of the global history, to aid in better comprehension of the materials of that two-year course, including the interdisciplinary research project.   Short stories, articles, poetry, and longer works such as The Wave, Animal Farm, and Macbeth make up the syllabus. 

    Grade: 10
    Length: 40 weeks
    Prerequisite: None
    Credit: 1.0
    Level: R


    ENGLISH 10 HONORS
    This course is designed to challenge the more academically able student and designed for students who exhibit outstanding abilities and skills in English. In addition to skills covered in the regular sophomore English course, the content of this course will be accelerated and enriched to provide an extensive study of grammar, vocabulary, composition, and literature.


    Grade: 10
    Length: 40 weeks
    Prerequisite: Criteria listed pg. 16
    Credit: 1.0

    Level: H


    ENGLISH 11
    English 11 is the third of three English courses in the sequence prior to New York State’s English Language Arts Common Core Exam. Heavy emphasis is placed on skills, which are associated with the standards and are measured by the state test: Reading for Information, Reading for Literature, Listening, Speaking, and Writing. Other skills include argumentative writing, text analysis, and reading comprehension. The majority of the course addresses these skills through various unit activities, including working in small and large groups, performing small and large-scale research projects, making individual and group presentations, reading and writing workshops, and small and large group discussion sessions. Literature read during this course includes The Great Gatsby, The Crucible, The Color of Water, and various short stories and poems. Students must also complete and successfully pass an argumentative research assignment using MLA format.


    Grade: 11
    Length: 40 weeks
    Prerequisite: None
    Credit: 1.0
    Level: R


    ENGLISH 11 HONORS/ENGLISH COMPOSITION I (ENG 1510 JCC 3 credits)
    Dual enrollment course earning 1 credit in high school along with 3 credit hours of college level English.

    Fall Semester of English 11 Accelerated fulfills credits for .5 high school credit. Spring Semester of English 11 Accelerated fulfills credits for college level ENG 1510 (College Composition I).

    This is an introductory course of writing in the various rhetorical modes.  The course starts with career and technical writing of applications, resumes, and cover letters. Then students will read works from a specific mode of writing (of several we will work through) and learn to write their own essay in that mode.  The modes are persuasive, expository, narrative/descriptive, procedural, position, comparison/contrast, and cause-effect.  Along with this, students will annotate their readings, peer-edit essays in class, and work through the writing process to obtain a final draft displaying clarity, substance, and analytical thinking in standard written English.  These skills will be utilized in other academic courses, employment and in life.
    Grade: 11
    Length: 40 weeks (20/20)
    Prerequisite: Accuplacer   Score of Level 4 Writing /80 Reading. Final course average previous English course of 85%. Teacher or Administrator Recommendation. Earning 85% on January NYS Common Core ELA Exam is required before continuing to 2nd Semester English 1510.
    Credit: 1.0 (0.5/0.5)
    Level: H/College


    ENGLISH 12
    The English 12 curriculum is comprised of a variety of components to further develop the senior student’s ability to think and to communicate effectively.  These skills are required in other academic courses, employment and life.   The year will begin with a basic technical writing unit in which the students will create a working resume and practice filling out job, college, and scholarship applications.  The Common Core Curriculum will be incorporated to help build student skill levels in the areas of analytical, informational, and argumentative reading, writing, listening and speaking (New York State ELA Standards). In addition, students will be required to a research project and write a full argumentative research paper using MLA format.


    Grade: 12
    Length: 40 weeks
    Prerequisite: None
    Credit: 1.0
    Level: R


    ENGLISH COMPOSITION II (ENG 1530 JCC 3 credits)/WRITING about LITERATURE (ENG 1540 JCC 3 credits)
    Dual enrollment course earning 1 credit in high school along with 6 credit hours of college level English.


    Fall Semester of English 12 Accelerated fulfills credits for college level ENG 1530 (College Composition II).
    After reading works in varied writing styles, students will learn to write various types of essays (persuasive, expository, narrative/descriptive, procedural, position, comparison/contrast, and cause effect) with precision, clarity, substance, and logic as well as develop critical thinking and writing skills that are required in other academic courses, employment, and in life. Students will also conduct full college-level research and write a research paper using MLA format on the information gathered. A short speech will also be a requirement of this course. Successful completion of the semester earns ½ high school credit as well as 3 JCC college English credits. The selected text is the Norton Reader (13th Ed.), along with other supplemental texts.

    Spring Semester of English 12 Accelerated fulfills credits for college level ENG 1540 (Writing about Literature)
    Students will experience a variety of literary genres (novels, poetry, drama and short stories) from several cultures and times, and then demonstrate perceptive reading and analysis of the literature through writing, class discussions and exams. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the use of literary terms and techniques in the genres. In addition, each student will create and present a short speech on a literary topic as part of the course. Students will also conduct full college-level research and write a research paper using MLA format on the information gathered. A short speech will also be a requirement of this course. Successful completion of the semester earns ½ high school credit as well as 3 JCC college English credits. Texts are varied for this course, and will be provided digitally in all cases, and in print for many as well.

    Grade: 12
    Length: 40 weeks (20/20)
    Prerequisite: GPA of 3.0 (B) in English 11 Adv. or score of Level 7 on the
    Accuplacer essay, Teacher or Administrator recommendation.
    Credit: 1.0 (0.5/0.5)
    Level: College


    COLD WAR EVENTS
    Students will dissect Billy Joel’s famous song We didn’t start the fire, which covers Cold War events from the 1950’s through the 1980’s. This half -year course will use a multi-media approach to cover political figures, international crises, pop culture, music and literature from the Cold War period.


    Grade: 10, 11, 12

    Length: 20 weeks
    Prerequisite: passed Global Studies 9 and English 9, and possession of a school- issued electronic device.
    Credit: .5 credit for ELA or history
    Level: G


    CREATIVE ETHNOGRAPHY
    Are you a people-watcher?  Do you ever just wonder about people?  Why do people act the way that they do?  Why do humans--despite all being human--act differently and have different values in different places (such as in two different countries or in person versus online)? If you have considered any of the questions listed above, this course is the one for you.  Hone your people-watching skills with us.  Learn about new, far-away places and analyze the old and familiar in a new light.  This course is an anthropology-based English course.  This means that we will approach reading and writing skills through the study of people and culture.  While you may find some of the usual reading and writing from English classes, you will find that this course has more hands-on studies, including designing your own project to study people.


    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Length: 20 weeks
    Prerequisite: none
    Credit: .5
    Level: G


    MYSTERIES – PERCEPTION, DECEPTION, AND MISCONCEPTION
    This half-year course is designed to develop logical and critical thinking skills through research and analysis of various authors, true crimes, forensics, independent reading, observation, and public speaking.  Students will finish the course by presenting their own mystery that they have written during the semester. 


    Grade: 10, 11, 12

    Length: 20 weeks
    Prerequisite: none
    Credit: .5
    Level: G


    TOLKIEN STUDIES
    J.R.R. Tolkien is one of the most influential writers of the 20th and 21st century. He is credited for the creation of modern Fantasy literature. This course takes an analytical approach to the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. We will read and analyze The Silmarillion, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. We will also read and discuss the scholarly work of Tom Shippey, who provides an in-depth critical view of Tolkien’s work. This course will include an analytical research based writing assignment of at least 750 words and a project requiring the students to create something inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien. Some examples include: A Middle Earth Botany Guide, A journal written by one of the characters, a 3D printed elfish, hobbit, dwarfish, entish, or orkish artifact, a Book on how to be a wizard, a map of Middle Earth, etc.


    Grade: 11, 12
    Length: 20 weeks
    Prerequisite: English 10 and Global History
    Credit: .5
    Level: G


    WORLD WAR II: UNBROKEN
    Join Mrs. Eaton and Mrs. Roesser for a half year course where we’ll dive into a thorough examination of Laura Hillenbrand’s World War II-era novel Unbroken. Students will have an opportunity to build on their previous knowledge of World War II through the eyes of Louis Zamperini, a veteran with local connections and an epic tale of heroic survival. Weekly grades will focus on vocabulary, writing prompts, and in-class discussions. A final project will utilize components of the novel in conjunction with text-to-self and text-to-world connections of everyday heroism and sacrifice.


    Course: 10, 11, 12
    Length: 20 weeks
    Prerequisites: Passing 9th grade history and ELA
    Credit: .5 credit for ELA or history
    Level: G


    PUBLIC SPEAKING (CMM 1610 JCC 3 credits)
    Surveys show that more people are afraid of public speaking than dying. This course will introduce students to various aspects of public speaking required to help them succeed in their academic and collegiate lives as well as how to handle speaking to large and small groups in their places of employment and social lives. Students will watch speeches and analyze the good and not so good aspects of each. In addition, students will learn how their behavior and physical movements, or lack thereof, will determine the success of their speech and performance. Students will have their choice of topics as they explore various speech types, including how to speak on Pet Peeves, Personal Idols, Impromptu, and Values, Morals, and Ethics. Students will also learn how to increase eye contact, voice volume, and inflection, as well as how to properly include quotes, grabbers, and conclusions. Students will continuously give speeches in class to increase their comfortable-ness in presenting in front of their peers and will not only have their speeches analyzed and critiqued but will also have the opportunity to provide feedback to their classmates.


    Grade: 11, 12
    Length: 20 weeks
    Prerequisite: Accuplacer reading score of 80+
    Level: College


    PRINT JOURNALISM
    The primary objective of the class is to create a quality high school yearbook.  Students will learn how to organize a yearbook, write copy, work with the yearbook publishers, and tackle yearbook financing.  Students will be responsible for gathering digital photographs for specific yearbook spreads as well.  This entire course is based on meeting deadlines.  Late work is not acceptable, because it slows production and will affect yearbook financing.  The secondary objective of the class is to publish The Warrior in The Salamanca Press.  Students will be introduced to newspaper journalism.  Emphasis will be on the development of reporting, interviewing, and writing for print.  Students will be responsible for proofing, editing, and creating a layout for their written work. 


    Grade: 12 (11 with recommendation from English teachers)
    Length: 40 weeks
    Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation
    Credit: 1.0
    Level: G


    PRINT JOURNALISM II
    The primary objective of the class remains the same, creating a quality high school yearbook.  These students will become peer instructors, leading first year staff on how to organize a yearbook, write copy, work with the yearbook publishers, and tackle yearbook financing.  Students are still responsible for gathering digital photographs for specific yearbook spreads as well, but will be expected to utilize Photoshop for better final pictures. 

    The secondary objective of the class still is to publish The Warrior in The Salamanca Press.  Journalism II students will become leaders in newspaper journalism.  Emphasis will be on a higher level of reporting, interviewing, and writing for print.  Students will be responsible for proofing, editing, and creating a layout for their written work. 
    Journalism II students will be highly considered for editors of both the newspaper and yearbook productions.

    Grade: 12

    Length: 20 weeks
    Prerequisite: Print Journalism, Teacher Recommendation
    Credit: 0.5
    Level: G


    INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA PRODUCTION
    This will be a half-year course that places an emphasis on development, structure, organization, and function of communications in society.  Students will be introduced to techniques and terminology of media productions.  Students will learn basic production technique used to communicate visual images and sound.  Topics such as lighting, video composition, sound, editing may be covered.  The class is only an introduction to the operation and function of digital equipment.

    This class is geared towards sophomores; however, juniors and seniors may take it as well. 
    Grade: 10, 11, 12
    Length: 20 weeks
    Prerequisite: None
    Credit: 0.5
    Level: G


    TELEVISION PRODUCTION I
    Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of audio and video electronic media production.  The course will cover terminology and technique, with an emphasis on the function and operation of digital equipment.  The basic skills of television studio production will be covered.  Electronic field production will be introduced, including portable camera operation, lighting, scripting, and video editing.  Morning announcements and Warrior Vision productions are a required element of the course.

    Grade: 11, 12
    Length: 40 weeks
    Prerequisite: Intro to Communications & Media Production preferred, not required
    Credit: 1.0
    Level: G


    TELEVISION PRODUCTION AND DIRECTION II
    This advanced studio production course builds upon the basic studio and field production techniques covered in Television Production I.  Additional production skills, concepts, techniques, and aesthetic analysis will be required for multi-camera productions.  Through producing, writing, and directing a variety of programs, students will apply production theories and concepts within a digital production environment.  Morning announcements and Warrior Vision productions are a required element of this course as well. 

    Grade: 11, 12
    Length: 40 weeks
    Prerequisite: Television Production I
    Credit: 1.0
    Level: G


    TELEVISION PRODUCTION AND DIRECTION III - INDEPENDENT STUDY ONLY
    This advanced studio production course builds upon the basic studio and field production techniques covered in Television Production II.  Additional production skills, concepts, techniques, will be covered, especially the use of after effects.  Students will produce, write, and direct an original program as their culminating final project. Students will apply production theories and be expected to work collaboratively with a crew that they assign for this project.  Morning announcements and Warrior Vision productions are still a required element of this course as well. 


    Grade: As determined by Instructor
    Length: 40 weeks
    Prerequisite: TV I & TV II
    Credit: 1.0
    Level: G


    POST PRODUCTION EDITING - INDEPENDENT STUDY ONLY
    Grade: As determined by Instructor

    Length: 40 weeks
    Prerequisite: Intro to Communication Media Production, TV I & TV II
    Credit: 1.0
    Level: G