English

The English Curriculum at CVA is designed to provide students with fundamental skills in the language arts that will enable them to move fluently into post-secondary education. The department emphasizes a core curriculum of reading, writing and critical thinking with collateral emphasis on the development of vocabulary, grammar and research skills. While the importance of large group discussions is recognized, the small class sizes promote significant, individualized learning opportunities. From 7th Grade through Senior spring, writing is taught in large part, through one-on-one conferences with teachers. In addition to developing strong, healthy writing skills, the primary hope as a department is that the students will move-on as intellectual risk-takers who understand and appreciate the importance of analytical and original thinking. Each English course is supported by the use of technology and thoughtfully designed travel assignments that allow students to meet course objectives without the benefit of in-class instruction when they are away from the classroom for athletic contests and training.

Seventh Grade Humanities


A cross-curricular, English/Social Studies course designed to foster interdisciplinary thinking. Over the course of the year, students will examine the geography and history of various areas throughout the world. Contemporary and classic works of literature along with a few primary sources will be selected and integrated into the historical and geographical discussions. Weaved throughout each unit will be lessons in grammar and vocabulary. In addition, students will hone their writing skills through the revision process and one to one conferencing with the teacher.

Eighth Grade Humanities 


A cross-curricular, English/History/Civics course designed to foster interdisciplinary thinking. Over the course of the year, students will examine various times in the history of the United States with the integration of contemporary and classic works of literature along with primary sources into the classroom discussions. Weaved throughout each unit will be lessons in grammar and vocabulary. In addition, students will hone their writing skills through the revision process and one-to-one conferencing with the teacher.

Ninth Grade English (Honors Option Available)


In 9th grade English students will study works of modern and classic literature from lands near and far, each addressing the literary conflict of Individual vs. Society. Through their study of novels like To Kill A Mockingbird, The Hate U Give, Frankenstein, and The Odyssey as well as Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, students will be challenged to develop as readers, writers, and critical thinkers. The goal of this course will be to move students toward an intellectual sophistication in discourse, composition, and analysis befitting college-level work.

Tenth Grade English (Honors Option Available)


Loosely related to the content of the 10th grade history course: Western Civilization. The goal is for students to learn more in both classes by approaching themes or time periods from multiple perspectives. This course will focus on Western culture and its influence on other cultures. In addition to the analytical skills that students will develop, a major goal of the course is for students to become more comfortable and confident writers by doing a significant amount of writing, and just as importantly, rewriting in class. Works of literature covered include (but is not limited to) Catcher in the Rye, The Crucible, The Bluest Eye, Animal Farm, and Taming of the Shrew.

Eleventh Grade English (Honors Option Available)

 
In 11th grade English, students will track the different portrayals of Nature throughout the history of American literature, from Native American folklore to contemporary writings. Students will examine the characteristics of major American literary movements and the impact of historical events, national ideals, and societal shifts on literature. In their study of American literature, students will read and analyze The Scarlet Letter, Walden, The Great Gatsby, Ethan Frome, and Their Eyes Were Watching God, as well as short stories by Ernest Hemingway, Edgar Allan Poe, and John Muir.The goal of this course will be to move students toward an intellectual sophistication in discourse, composition, and analysis befitting college-level work.

Twelfth Grade English (Honors Option Available)


The study of World Literature. As such students will be reading from a variety of works and authors from around the world. Students will explore various thematic content as they move through the selected works. This is a writing intensive course and students will be required to write about the literature they read. Through reading fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, students write and revise literary analyses, comparative and critical essays, and personal narratives. Topics covered in this course may include (but are not limited to): Dystopias vs Utopias, Contemporary American Literature, Introduction to Literary Theory, The Romantic Period, The Literature of Sport, Maine Writers, and Nature Writers.

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