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.

7th 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.  

8th 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.

9th Grade English (honors option available)

A writing-based, fundamentals course designed to equip first-year high school students with the foundational writing, speaking and analysis skills that they will require to move-on as effective communicators in school and in life. Students will study various cultures, conflicts and individuals through literature, discussion and various other forms of media including podcasts, videos, music etc. Through writing a series of personal essays, students will also be encouraged to reflect upon their own life experiences and in a sense, study themselves. In addition to studying a number of classics, including Lord of the Flies, A Separate Peace, The Pearl and Romeo and Juliet, in order to align the the 9th Grade English curriculum with the 9th Grade World Cultures curriculum, a portion of the 9th Grade English curriculum centers around literature from other parts of the world, namely Sierra Leone (A Long Way Gone) and Iran (Persepolis). 

10th 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.

11th Grade English (honors option available)

Focuses on the study of American Literature from the colonial period through the 21st century. As such, students will be reading from a variety of works that focus on the American experience from a multiplicity of perspectives. Students will explore various thematic content as they move chronologically through the selected works. This is a writing intensive course and students will be required to write about the literature they read. Students gain experience writing various types of essays, understanding literary elements and their application to literature, and learning effective research techniques. Further, students prepare for standardized tests by studying vocabulary and grammar.

12th 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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