English Full Year Courses

English 9-11

English 9
1 Credit

This course provides a basis for tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade Regents English courses. English skills are developed through extensive work in vocabulary, grammar and usage, media skills, writing/composition, and research. Literature study is genre-based, and includes the short story, novel, drama, poetry, memoir, and a Shakespearean play.

English 9H
1 Credit

The course parallels the curriculum in English 9; however, more intensive, independent, interpretive, and creative work is expected in all areas of study.

English 10
1 Credit

This course continues to refine and develop work in grammar and usage, vocabulary, writing, and research. Literature study includes the short story, novel, drama, poetry, and essay, including the technical vocabulary necessary for meaningful analysis of each.

English 10H
1 Credit

The course parallels the curriculum in English 10; however, more intensive, independent, interpretive, and creative work is expected in all areas of study.

English 11*
1 Credit

This course is designed to provide a study of American Literature from the Sixteenth Century to the present using notable American authors. Students continue to increase their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Preparation for the ELA Regents Examination is embedded in the curriculum. The English Regents examination is the final exam for the course.

English 11H*
1 Credit

The course parallels the curriculum in English 11; however, more intensive, independent, interpretive, and creative work is expected in all areas of study. Students take the English Regents examination in January as their midterm exam.
*Enrollment in English 11 or 11H may, for those who meet eligibility requirements and choose to enroll through the UHS SUNY Albany program, lead to 3 college credits upon successful completion of this course.

English 11 – Advanced Placement Language and Composition
1 Credit

This course is designed for Honors-level juniors, and it parallels the English 11/11H curriculum in that it is a study of American literature. Students are admitted with teacher recommendation from English 10H and by department chair and administrative approval. In the reading of both fiction and informational texts, emphasis is on becoming skilled readers and writers in a variety of rhetorical contexts and for a variety of rhetorical purposes. Students take the English Regents examination in January as their midterm exam. Students may earn college credit through successful performance on the Advanced Placement Examination in Language and Composition, and they are responsible for the fee associated with this exam.

Humanities Program – 9R, 10H, 11H
1.5 Credit

The Monroe-Woodbury High School Social Studies and English Departments offer an opportunity for interdisciplinary study through the integration of Social Studies and English courses which facilitates in-depth learning and potentially improved academic performance. Students are grouped in one of two grade level cohorts, and experience these classes together in their schedule. The program provides an additional lab type experience on alternate days in the high school cycle. The “conference” period, a smaller class, allows teachers and students increased time to deepen their learning by providing time for writing workshops, writing conferences, research, and integrated projects that enhance the learning opportunities of the courses. For this extra time commitment, students will earn an additional .5 units of credit toward their diploma, in addition to the full credit earned for each subject. Enrollment is limited to 50 students per grade level.

English 12

English 12H Credit (SUNY Orange English 101/102)
1 Credit

This course is designed for seniors who are ready for a rigorous college prep program. The first semester focuses on student practice and mastery of expository and analytical writing skills with informational texts and the second semester continues this practice with literary texts. Literature in this course will incorporate canonical works from the British tradition as well as other contemporary and relevant texts. Students, with a minimum average of 85%, may be recommended by their English 11 teacher, and are admitted upon chairperson and administrative recommendation only.
Students who meet eligibility requirements (85% or better overall GPA as well as 85% or better on the Regents Exam) and who enroll with SUNY Orange may earn 6 college credits through this course. Enrollment in the SUNY Orange courses is not required for participation in 12H.

English 12 – Advanced Placement Literature and Composition
1 Credit

This course is designed for AP-level seniors. Emphasis is on both classic and contemporary works with additional selections from the ancients and works in translation. Topics include drama, novel, short story, and poetry. Students are admitted upon chairperson and administrative recommendation only.
Students may earn college credit through UHS SUNY Albany and/or The Advanced Placement Examination in Literature and Composition. Students are responsible for all course fees and/or for the cost of the AP examination.

English Academic Intervention Services (AIS)

This course is mandated for students who have not demonstrated competency by passing the 8th grade ELA Examination, the 11th grade Comprehensive Regents Examination or are in danger of failing the 11th grade Comprehensive Regents Examination. Students may also be recommended by their English 9 and 10 teachers. The course’s emphasis is on strengthening critical thinking and comprehension skills by having students read closely and write reflectively in all genres with much support from the teacher. Classes are smaller in size to allow for individual instruction. This alternate-day semester course may be taken for the full-year on an alternate-day basis.