•  English Courses
    East Brunswick Public Schools Course Catalog | 2021-2022

    Key: ◘ Dual-Credit Option [D] ◘ Meets NCAA Course Requirements [N]

    Churchill Junior High School Courses


     2010 - English 8
    Grade 8 | Credits: 5

    English 8 provides a comprehensive, in-depth range of language experiences for students in literature and in writing. Students read short and full-length works categorized by literary genre and relate to their own lives and/or other literature that they have read. Writing assignments are based on class reading, instruction and discussion. Students participate in small and large group discussion. They receive significant instruction in reading, writing, research and vocabulary skills. Over the course of the year, students will be expected to complete short mini-research simulations and red independently both in class and at home. This course will prepare students for the state mandated exam, which measures performance relative to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.

     2012 - English 8 H
    Grade 8 | Credits: 5 | Prerequisites will determine placement into course

    English 8 Honors provides instruction and activities at a faster pace and with increased depth. In this course, organized by literary genre, students explore short and full-length works. Students develop skills in literary analysis, especially in recognizing the characteristics of each genre and the effects of those characteristics on the works studied.  Reflecting a variety of writing modes, writing assignments are based on the readings and on students' experiences. Students participate in small and large group discussion. They receive significant instruction in reading, writing, research, and vocabulary skills. Honors students should be self-motivated and driven to set and meet their own deadlines. Over the course of the year, students will be expected to complete several short mini-research simulations and read independently both in class and at home. This course will prepare students for the state mandated exam, which measures performance relative to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.

     2015 - English 9 
    Grade 9 | Credits: 5

    English 9 provides broad experiences for students in writing and in literature. Students read a wide range of short and full-length works, representing a variety of literary genres. They apply their understandings of their reading to personal experiences.  Writing assignments are based on class reading, instruction, and discussion.  Students participate in small and large group discussion.  They receive significant instruction in reading, writing, research, and vocabulary skills. This course will prepare students for the state mandated exam, which measures performance relative to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. Research tasks and independent reading are course requirements. [N]

     2014 - English 9 H 
    Grade 9 | Credits: 5 | Prerequisites will determine placement into course

    English 9 Honors follows the English 8 Honors program, providing instruction at a faster pace and with increased depth. Organized by literary genre, the course explores short and full-length works of literary merit. Students develop skills in literary analysis, especially in recognizing the characteristics of each genre and the effect of those characteristics on the meaning of specific works. Writing assignments are based on the literature and reflect a variety of modes and audience requirements. Students participate in small and large group discussion. They receive significant instruction in reading, writing, research, and vocabulary skills. This course will prepare students for the state mandated exam, which measures performance relative to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. Research tasks and independent reading are course requirements. [N]

     2030 - Reading and Writing Workshop 8
    Grade 8 | Credits: 5

    Placement into this course is determined by standardized test scores, reading and writing assessments, and seventh grade teacher recommendation. Students are provided with opportunities to build basic reading and writing skills. Through systematic and targeted instruction, students learn to read and comprehend text at a deeper level while developing a diverse vocabulary and expressing their ideas clearly in writing. This course will prepare students for the state mandated exam, which measures performance relative to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. Placement into this course is taken in addition to the appropriate level English course and is required for students who do not score at the proficient level on state standardized tests.

     2028 - Reading and Writing Workshop 9
    Grade 9 | Credits: 5 

    This is a course for students who have been recommended by their eighth grade English teacher and have scored partially proficient on the literacy portion of standardized testing as well as secondary criteria. Students are provided with opportunities to build basic reading and writing skills. Through systematic and targeted instruction, students learn to read and comprehend text at a deeper level while developing a diverse vocabulary and expressing their ideas clearly in writing. This course will prepare students for the state mandated exam, which measures performance relative to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. Placement into this course is taken in addition to the appropriate level English course and is required for students who do not score at the proficient level on state standardized tests.


    East Brunswick High School Courses


     1002 - English 10 
    Grade 10 | Credits: 5

    English 10 explores significant works of literature, both fiction and nonfiction, from a thematic perspective. In addition to reading both short and full-length works, students engage in analytic discussion regarding themes and characters within the works and apply their understanding to personal experience, as well as make connections across texts. Frequent analytical, narrative, and synthesis style writing assignments are an important part of this course. This course will prepare students for the state mandated exam, which measures performance relative to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. [N]

     1001 - English 10 H 
    Grade 10 | Credits: 5 | Prerequisites will determine placement into course

    English 10 Honors explores significant works of literature, both fiction and nonfiction, from a thematic perspective. In addition to reading challenging short and full-length works, students engage in detailed discussion regarding the philosophical ideas, themes, and characters within the texts, as well as make connections across texts. They also write interpretive and persuasive pieces based upon the literature and spend a significant amount of time on developing analytical, narrative and synthesis style writing. This course will prepare students for the state mandated exam, which measures performance relative to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. [N]

     1007 - English 11 
    Grade 11 | Credits: 5

    English 11 explores significant works of literature, both fiction and nonfiction, from a thematic perspective. In addition to reading both short and full-length works, students engage in analytic discussion regarding themes and characters within the works and apply their understanding to personal experience, as well as make connections across texts. Frequent analytical, narrative, and synthesis style writing assignments are an important part of this course. This course will prepare students for the state mandated exam, which measures performance relative to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. Students will also have the opportunity to take the Accuplacer, an online assessment given to college students. [N]

     1006 - English 11 H 
    Grade 11 | Credits: 5 | Prerequisites will determine placement into course

    English 11 Honors explores significant works of literature, both fiction and nonfiction, from a thematic perspective. In addition to reading challenging short and full-length works, students participate in and lead detailed discussion regarding the philosophical ideas, themes, and characters within the texts, as well as make connections across texts. They also write interpretive and persuasive pieces based upon the literature and spend a significant amount of time on developing analytical, narrative, and synthesis style writing. Students prepare for the state mandated exam, which measures performance in relation to the Common Core standards. [N]

     1005 - AP English I: Language and Composition 
    Grade 11 | Credits: 5 | Prerequisites will determine placement into course 

    AP English I (Language and Composition) is a demanding college level course offered to juniors in which students employ an intensive, interpretative, and critical approach to modern and classical literature. Students develop their unique perspectives and writing voices through small and large group discussion, and through a variety of writing tasks. Writing assignments include the analysis of text, structure, and style; reflect all of the rhetorical modes, and incorporate writing for everyday situations. Students are prepared for and encouraged to take the AP Language and Composition Examination in May. There is also a required summer project for this course. [N]

     1012 - English 12 
    Grade 12 | Credits: 5

    English 12 is designed for seniors who wish to pursue a college education or training for other careers. This course emphasizes the skills needed for successful college reading and writing through a series of non-fiction readings and process papers. Students will close read thematic-based college level texts to write a variety of essays: summary and response, critique, analytical, and synthesis. In addition, students enrolled in English 12 will examine literary fiction and have the opportunity to take the Accuplacer, an online assessment given to college students. The course content aligns with Middlesex County College’s ENG-121. In order for EBHS students to be eligible for dual enrollment with MCC to receive 3 college credits for ENG 121 (English Composition I), they must demonstrate competency on a college placement assessment, such as the Accuplacer Writeplacer, NJSLA, SAT, or ACT. [D/N]

     1009 - College Writing H 
    Grade 12 | Credits: 5 | Prerequisites will determine placement into course

    College Writing Honors is a senior year writing intensive course designed to immerse high school students into the expectations and rigor of college writing. During the first semester, students will read, comprehend, analyze, and evaluate multiple nonfiction texts used in Expository Writing 101 at Rutgers University.  Through the process of writing multiple drafts of expository essays, students will develop independent theses that connect and respond to the ideas and information in the texts they read. During the second semester, students will extend their understanding of the college writing process by reading and making connections across thematically linked fiction and nonfiction multimodal texts. Students will continue to learn and develop the skills of clear, correct, effective English by reading essays, longer works of non-fiction prose, and literary criticism. Students will complete a variety of writing projects requiring techniques such as cause and effect, analysis, evaluation, synthesis, argumentation, and persuasion. The course content aligns with Rutgers University’s Expository Writing 101 and Middlesex County College’s Composition I and II. See The Dual-Enrollment Program for College Credit for more information. Please note the College Writing Honors course is currently under review at Rutgers. There is a possibility students may have to choose between Middlesex County College credits and Rutgers University credits. Students and parents will be notified of the decision when the review process at Rutgers is finalized. [N]

     1010 - AP English II: Literature and Composition 
    Grade 12 | Credits: 5 | Prerequisites will determine placement into course

    AP English II (Literature and Composition) is a demanding academic course in which students employ an intensive, interpretive, and critical approach to modern and to classical literature through class and independent reading, through small and large group discussion, and a variety of writing experiences.  Writing assignments include the analysis of text, structure, and style and incorporate writing for formal and informal occasions.  Students are prepared for and encouraged to take the Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition Examination. There is also a required summer project for this course. [N]

    ◘ 1040 - English 12 Support
    Grade 12 | Credits: 5

    The results of standardized testing, Middlesex County College’s English placement criteria, and/or teacher recommendation, serve as the criteria for enrollment in this course. Students will have the same English teacher for both English 12 and English 12 support and will remain in the class for a double period. Emphasis will be placed on helping students overcome any deficiencies or difficulties they may have in meeting the state graduation requirements for English and the learning outcomes for college level English. A review of reading and writing basics using special materials designed to help students improve, specifically material that reinforces the English 12 curriculum, is the focus of the course.


    English Electives


    ◘ 2013 - Heroes, Villains, and Mythology 
    Grade 9 | Credits: 2.5

    Heroes, Villains, and Mythology is a semester English elective course for all students interested in exploring the social, artistic and philosophical implications of world mythology.   Students will learn about the foundations of Greek and Roman myth and the ways in which these myths inform works such as Homer’s Iliad and Virgil’s Aeneid.  Ultimately, students will examine myths from a variety of cultures in order to better understand the relevance of mythology to art as well as contemporary issues concerning justice, identity, the family and war.   Students will complete reading and writing assignments on a daily basis as well as engage in spirited class discussions. All ninth graders are eligible to enroll in this elective. [N]

    ◘ 1021 - Creative Writing 
    Grades 10-12 | Credits: 2.5

    This semester English elective course is designed for students who wish to develop their creative writing abilities through independent practice and frequent individual conferences with the instructor. This course trains students to express themselves through original poems, short stories, and essays, based upon their own experiences and sensory impressions.  Students read and discuss literary models, as well as read and discuss one another's work. Students also have opportunities to publish their work both within and outside of the school context. Ideal candidates for this course are motivated, self- directed learners who are able to complete and submit tasks independently. [N]

    ◘ 1023 – EBHS Publisher’s Workshop
    Grades 10-12 | Credits: 5

    In this innovative, workshop-based elective course, students will collaborate with peers and teachers to find, write, photograph, design and publish stories for the Yearbook and EBHS Bear Hub.  The course will have two teachers; one who focuses on photography & graphic design, and one who focuses on journalistic writing.  Students should be self-motivated, self-directed, high integrity multi-taskers ready to contribute to this energetic, tech-oriented newsroom. 

    ◘ 1023 - EBHS Publisher's Workshop II H
    Grades 11-12 | Credits: 5 | Course prerequisite: Publisher's Workshop

    In Part II of Publisher’s Workshop, students will continue to collaborate with peers and teachers to find, write, photograph, design & publish stories for the Yearbook & EBHS Bear Hub, with a special emphasis on developing workplace leadership skills.  Students will explore higher level concepts involved in publishing including topics like media/photojournalism law, news literacy, story package planning, and how to grow readership. Students will be required to take on a leadership role and delegate journalistic and publishing assignments while also completing editorial review of peer contributions.  Students will continue to hone their chosen specialties within the course and seek to discover their personal writing, photography, and/or graphic design style by presenting a culminating thesis presentation showcasing the growth and development of their chosen specialty. This course will run concurrently with Publisher's Workshop.

    ◘ 1025 - Public Speaking H 
    Grades 10-12 | Credits: 2.5

    This English elective course is designed to help students become more confident speakers and better speech writers. Students will learn to research, organize, write, and present various types of speeches: informative, persuasive, and demonstrative. They will also read, analyze, and deliver memorable speeches from literature and history. At the end of the course, students will understand how to effectively write speeches and how to deliver them using rhetorical techniques. [D/N]

    ◘ 1030 - Sports and Literature 
    Grades 10-12 | Credits: 2.5

    This English elective course will channel the passion that many high school students have for sports and use it to develop them into strong readers (of mainly non-fiction texts) and strong writers (of mainly analytic essays). The broad and complex role of sports in contemporary America provides a common intellectual ground for students of different grades, interests and ability levels. Likewise, they will become better readers through exposure to challenging texts of various lengths and better writers through constant exposure to several of the rhetorical modes (such as narration, definition, comparison and process analysis).

    ◘ 1028 - Shakespeare H 
    Grades 10-12 | Credits: 2.5

    This English elective course is designed for students who have a love of literature and drama, and are fascinated by the works of Shakespeare. The class offers students of different levels an opportunity to read and to discuss Shakespeare’s comedies, histories and romances. No tragedies! The coursework focuses less on literary analysis, and more on the entertainment value of the plays: the ways the plays have been portrayed in film, the history of Shakespearean theater, and student performances. The course requires students to read critically and creatively, write reactions to the texts, and think deeply. Open discussions and active participation are encouraged. [N]

    ◘ 1029 - Philosophy for Teenagers H 
    Grades 10-12 | Credits: 2.5 

    Philosophy for Teenagers Honors is a semester Honors English elective course designed for diligent students interested in reading, writing and thinking about big questions. Students will explore complex topics through units such as Epistemology, Ethics, Free Will and Determinism, and The Meaning of Life. Through readings and class discussions, students will experiment with the basic methods of philosophical inquiry and, ultimately, use these inquiries as a lens through which they examine their own values and assumptions. Students will read selections from the great thinkers as well as selections from other classic and contemporary sources. Students enrolled in this course will be required to complete reading and writing assignments and engage in spirited class discussions on a daily basis.

    ◘ 1042 - SAT Preparation
    Grades 10-12 | Credits: 2.5

    This semester elective course is designed to help students better prepare for both the verbal and math portions of the SAT exam. Students will utilize a combination of in-person and electronic approaches, to experience the format, requirements, and scoring of the exam. They will also learn various test-taking strategies for success on the SAT. The verbal portion of the course will focus on evidence-based reading and writing tasks, as well as the optional essay component. The math portion of this course is designed to teach students how to approach each type of problem. The semester will be divided in half where students will focus on either verbal or math for the first quarter and then switch to the other content for the second quarter. Ideal candidates for this course are motivated, self- directed learners who can independently complete and submit tasks.