Junior Curriculum

Junior English Curriculum 


            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, 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


Readings/Short Stories: “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, ” “The Devil and Tom Walker,” The Minister’s Black Veil,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Killers” “A Clean Well-Lighted Place, ” Selections from Emerson and Thoreau.


Poems  Bryant “To a Waterfowl, ” Dickinson: “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” “I heard a Fly Buzz” et al. Whitman “Song of My Self” “I Hear America Singing” “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d,” Pound “In a Station of the Metro, Williams: “The Red Wheelbarrow, ”Frost “Mending Wall,” “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” Hughes ,“The Negro Speaks of River” “I, too...,” Gwendolyn Brooks  “We Real Cool, James Dickey, “The Leap.”

Common Core Readings.




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 English Language Arts Regents Examination in June of junior year. Throughout the year, students consistently practice  reading and writing in preparation for the exam.



Completion of the words in the vocabulary e-text, 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. Juniors sit for the PSAT and SAT. English teachers are committed to giving juniors the foundation skills and the practice in reading comprehension, grammar, and essay writing which the students must use to produce excellent results on the college entrance exams.