Department Resources: English

Junior Curriculum

Junior English Curriculum

Literature

            The junior program provides a survey of American literature that introduces the students to the major themes, topics, authors, and works.

            Textbook:  Pearson American Literature etext

            The Great Gatsby --F. Scott Fitzgerald

            The Catcher in the Rye --J. D. Salinger

            The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne or The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain, or

            Billy Budd, Herman Melville

            Death of a Salesman --Arthur Miller

An additional novel/play of the teacher’s choice

Common Core Readings.

Writing

Junior year strengthens, expands, and reinforces the techniques of analytical writing which the students practiced in freshman and sophomore years. Students continue formal instruction in the literary essay, focusing on using the primary texts in their literary analysis.  Students sit for the Common Core English Regents Examination in June of junior year.  Throughout the year, students consistently practice writing in  preparation for the Regents exam.

The class of 2018 will sit for the PSAT and SAT.  English teachers are committed to giving juniors the foundation skills  in vocabularly and reading comprehension which the students must use to produce excellent results on the college entrance exams. 

Vocabulary

Completion of the words in the Sadlier vocabulary etext, Level F.  Students are encouraged to be aware of the importance of intensive vocabulary study for success in reading comprehension on the PSAT and SAT.

Study Skills

Emphasis of refining the skills which students learned in freshman and sophomore years: note-taking, outlining, studying, reading comprehension, time management.  Junior year stresses the importance of personal academic responsibility for upperclassmen on the brink of college.