The English Department at Nonnewaug High School is comprised of full-year freshman and sophomore classes, plus a variety of full-year and semester courses for juniors and seniors. All semester courses are offered both at the honors and college preparation levels. While courses vary in content, focus, and level of difficulty, these skills - literature and language study, writing, critical thinking, listening and reviewing, and collaboration - receive careful attention in every course. As a department, we are committed to providing all of our students with the instruction, support, and opportunities to grow intellectually and convey their voice with skill and purpose. English teachers provide students with extended and individual assistance through teacher-student conferences and state and SAT test preparation.

After completing the required English 9 and English 10 courses, students choose among the semester-long and full-year offerings for a program suitable to their preparation for college or career. To meet district and state requirements, all students must earn four credits in English for graduation.

English Courses

AP SEMINAR 10 -11-12. NEW FOR 2017-2018

1 credit

This course focuses on guiding students to investigate real-world topics of their choosing from multiple perspectives, which often are different or competing. Students will also learn to collect and analyze information with accuracy and precision, develop arguments based on facts and effectively communicate them. Students will examine materials such as news stories, research studies, and literary works so they can craft arguments to support a point of view and communicate them effectively through the use of various media. Students will be assessed through a combination of individual and team projects and presentations as well as through a written exam. The AP Exam is required.

ENGLISH 9 - Language and Literature: Transformations through Words and Images

1 credit 9

Through works of fiction and non-fiction students explore literature’s ability to commemorate historical events and shape social change. Emphasis is placed on the use of rhetorical strategies and literary devices in the analysis of writer’s craft. Students write in a range of formats, including narrative, argumentative, and analytic. The course culminates with a collaborative research project and presentation in which students apply the 21st century skills developed throughout the year. No Prerequisite Required Honors or College Prep

ENGLISH 10- Themes that Transcend American Literature 10

1 credit

Universal themes serve as a thread that weaves together a variety of American works. This year- long course begins with an exploration of bravery under extraordinary circumstances and the study of iconic works that present ideas of The American Dream. Additional texts focus on works that follow the individual’s journey from childhood to maturity. The final unit delves into the richness of the multi-cultural experience brought forth in American literature, allowing students to make their own judgments about American icons. Throughout the year emphasis is placed on literary analysis, argumentation, evaluation, and collaboration. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to analyze both literary and rhetorical devices, take stances on critical issues, and effectively communicate their points with support from multiple sources.Prerequisite: English 9 Honors or College Prep

ENGLISH 11/ENGLISH 12- Contemporary Issues and Modern Arguments in Writing

(formerly Effective Communication in the 21st Century) 11-12

.5 credit

The 21st century offers a range of new ideas and concepts to be explored. Through this course students will gain exposure to argument-driven writing through the analysis of identity, race, economics, education, and entertainment. Students will explore non-fiction texts, prepare and present polished written drafts, and write in various modes. This class will hone student abilities in public speaking and crafting pointed and effective arguments that hinge on the foundations of polished and recursive written and spoken communication. Students will bring unique perspectives to this class in an effort to create a collaborative and goal-oriented writing environment. Prerequisite: English 10 Honors or College Prep

ENGLISH 11/12- Survival and Perseverance in Literature 11-12 .5 credit

This semester-long course prompts students to consider the role of the individual in society. Both fiction and non-fiction texts serve as the guide for identifying and further exploring the ideas of courage, bravery, and personal identity. While analyzing these concepts, students engage in narrative, argumentative, and analytic writing. Students will have the opportunity to choose novels from a master list relating to survival and perseverance and compare the pieces in a literary analysis. Knowledge and skills are showcased in a culminating portfolio of perspectives in which students analyze a major event in history through the analysis of a variety of media including letters, memoirs, images, and songs. Through this performance task, students will evaluate how the experiences of a society reveal a universal theme.Prerequisite: English 10 Honors or College Prep

ENGLISH 11/12- Heroes and Monsters in Literature 11-12

.5 credit

Heroes and monsters are not just limited to the works of science fiction, but can also include contemporary figures in modern day society. In this semester-long course, students explore the characteristics at both extremes. Through the study of literary works and contemporary society, students analyze the choices and consequences inherent in human nature. While exploring these concepts, they engage in narrative and argumentative writing based on both fiction and non-fiction works. As a culminating activity, students will create a multimedia documentary based on prevalent themes within the course. Prerequisite: English 10 Honors or College Prep

ENGLISH 11/12- America’s Voices: Shaping a Nation Through Art, Music, and Literature 11-12

.5 credit

Does art shape or reflect society? Students grapple with this question while studying art, music, and literature from the 20th century including the Jazz Age, Great Depression, and World War Two. Artistic expression is analyzed through the elements and principles of design, author’s craft, and musical composition. For the culmination of the course, students research a post-World War Two decade, taking a stance on the influences of music, art, and literature on society during this time. Throughout the course, students analyze a variety of texts in order to communicate a clear written purpose. Prerequisite: English 10 Honors or College Prep

ENGLISH 11/12- Many Cultures, Many Voices: Multicultural Literature 11-12

NEW FOR 2017-2018!

.5 credit

Multicultural Literature focuses primarily on the works of diverse authors, poets, and speakers. Issues and concerns of the world that surrounds us provide the cultural background for the study of current authors from all walks of life. The students will continue to develop reading skills in order to comprehend, interpret, and evaluate a variety of popular print and non-print texts including novels, short stories, poetry, speeches, non-fiction texts, graphic novels, and other visual media. Genres covered are fiction (fantasy, science fiction, drama) and non-fiction (memoirs, journalism, essays). Thematic focuses are diversity, identity, ethics, and society.

ENGLISH 11/12- Sports Literature and Research 11-12 NEW FOR 2017-2018!

.5 credit

This course will use sports as a lens to explore, discuss, research, evaluate, and reflect upon the athletic world as an integral aspect of society and culture. Students will be asked to suspend beliefs of sports as solely a form of entertainment, and instead critically think about how and why sports can be used as a way to examine a particular society or culture. The course will begin with an introduction to sports journalism and how this genre has become a fundamental way to critically analyze the impact of sports on society. The students will then engage in social and cultural issues and how these issues are reflected and represented in sports.

Seminar in Academic Writing

1 credit / UConn 1010

In this seminar, students use writing as a way to engage in academic inquiry and ongoing critical conversations. Over the year, students will develop sustained writing projects--critical writing that fosters discussion, challenges thinking, and proposes new knowledge. As people with specific intellectual interests and curiosities, students are responsible for the direction of the discussion and writing. Students will also be interacting with their peers in a variety of ways. Students will work through the texts in divergent ways, developing their thinking through the exploratory and recursive nature of writing. Because writing is not a practice that can be severed from purposeful exchange, writing projects will be grounded in year-long inquiry of a fairly specific topic. However, the course is designed, above all, to provide students with opportunities for practicing and reflecting on your work as an academic writer. Course readings feature expository, analytical, personal, and argumentative texts from a variety of authors and historical contexts. Students examine and work with essays, letters, speeches, images, imaginative literature, and documentaries. The culmination of this course is for students to take the Advanced Placement exam in English Language and Composition. Students who enroll in the UCONN Early College Experience credits will complete assignments that are specific to the UCONN English department standards. This course is open to juniors and seniors. Level selection is determined through a consultation with counselors, teachers, parents and students.

Possible Career Links: Psychology, Medicine, Education, Law, Theater, Advertising and Marketing, Computer Science, Translation, Sociology, Engineering, Finance, and Anthropology.Prerequisite: English 10 Advanced Placement / UConn ECE


1 credit / UConn 1011

Poetry, prose, and the visual arts define human expression. This course provides students exposure to college-level rigor and instruction through a variety of academic writing forms as well as analysis of a variety of mediums. Students will gain valuable experience in developing purposeful, argument-driven, evidence-based academic writing that utilizes peer involvement, instructor feedback, and analysis through literature. Students will further develop skills in understanding the choices writers make and the effects of those choices through careful revision and reflection. This course will offer insightful analysis of poetry, prose, and visual art as a means of academic discourse. Texts in this course will range from 18th century British poetry to the contemporary American Novel. This course is open to senior students looking to further develop close analytical writing skills and hone inquiry based research in the realm of English literature. The culmination of this course is for students to take the Advanced Placement exam in English Literature and Composition. Students who enroll in the UCONN Early College Experience credits will complete assignments that are specific to the UCONN English department standards. This course is open to seniors. Level selection is determined through a consultation with counselors, teachers, parents and students.

Possible Career Links: Psychology, Medicine, Education, Law, Theater, Advertising and Marketing, Computer Science, Translation, Sociology, Curation, and Architecture. Prerequisite: English 11[1] [2] [3] [AJ4] Advanced Placement / UConn ECE


.5 credit

Creative Writing is a course designed to afford students the opportunity to develop their writing skills across a range of genres. Students will read literary samples that will serve as samples of the kind of writing the students will produce; these include one act plays/screenplays, poetry, short stories, and personal narratives. Students will share their work regularly with their peers while developing their skills in peer and self-editing. The class will produce a magazine of Creative Writing with contributions from each student. Students will also select a culminating work from the semester to be submitted for publication. No Prerequisite Required College Prep


1 credit (meets .5 technology requirement for graduation)

Students will learn different types of journalistic writing, including news, sports, editorials, features, and arts and will explore the history of journalism and journalistic ethics. Students will write, design, and produce the school newspaper. No Prerequisite Required College Prep