English
  • The English Department courses develop the students’ ability to read, write, speak and think critically and introspectively. By examining and responding to various genres, students deepen their insights about human nature, society and themselves (e.g. drama, poetry, novels, short stories, and non-fiction).

    Syosset High School English Department supports reading practices that allow students to... 

    • Think, write, speak, and listen to understand 
    • Read often and widely from a range of global and diverse texts
    • Read for multiple purposes, including for learning and for pleasure
    • Self-select texts based on interest
    • Persevere through challenging, complex texts
    • Enrich personal language, background knowledge, and vocabulary through reading and communicating with others
    • Monitor comprehension and apply reading strategies flexibly • make connections (to self, other texts, ideas, cultures, eras, etc.) 


    The English Department also encourages writing practices that allow students to...

    • Think, read, speak, and listen to support writing
    • Write often and widely in a variety of formats, using print and digital resources and tools
    • Write for multiple purposes, including for learning and for pleasure
    • Persevere through challenging writing tasks
    • Enrich personal language, background knowledge, and vocabulary through writing and communicating with others
    • Experiment and play with language
    • Analyze mentor texts to enhance writing
    • Strengthen writing by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach


    NYS Next Generation English Language Arts Learning Standards

    A Parent's Guide to the NYS Next Generation Learning Standards
     

    SENIOR REQUIREMENTS: Seniors may fulfill their fourth year English requirement by enrolling in either: 

    A. AP English Literature, AP Language, Project Advance English (year courses), or Critical Analysis of Cultural Contexts OR
    B. Two electives 

    ELECTIVES: Students may elect to take additional semester courses providing that prerequisites are met. Ninth, tenth and eleventh graders may take English electives, but they cannot apply these courses toward their twelfth grade English requirement unless students have been accepted for early graduation before taking these courses. 

    OBTAINING A VALID HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA REQUIRES THAT NEW YORK STATE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS PASS THE NEW YORK STATE COMMON CORE REGENTS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS.

English Course Pathway

Department: English

Course Number: 1110

Course Title: ENGLISH 9 HONORS

Details: Year, 1 Credit, 1 Period, This course fulfills the 9th grade English Requirement.

Grades: 9

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Description: In English 9 Honors students study advanced-level world classics and nonfiction texts from diverse perspectives, as evidenced in authors’ use of language. Already highly-competent 9 Honors students’ writing skills are further enhanced through instruction in formal writing such as literary analysis, argumentation, research, as well as creative and personal forms. Click here to read full course description

Department: English

Course Number: 1120

Course Title: ENGLISH 9 ENRICHED

Details: Year, 1 Credit, 1 Period, This course fulfills the 9th grade English Requirement.

Grades: 9

Prerequisites: Successful completion of English 8

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Description: In English 9 Enriched students are exposed to a sampling of literature from various cultures. Analysis of literature focuses on authors’ use of language to create meaning in both fiction and nonfiction texts. Listening and speaking skills are fostered through a host of instructional activities. Click here to read full course description

Department: English

Course Number: 1100

Course Title: ENGLISH 9 ACADEMIC LITERACY - ALT.

Details: Year, 0.5 Credit, 1 Period, Alternate Day

Grades: 9

Prerequisites: 9th grade students identified as needing to strengthen skills in English Language Arts

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Description: Academic Literacy provides targeted intervention to 9th grade students to improve reading comprehension and academic writing skills. Teachers address the needs of individual students through instruction that emphasizes skills and strategies to improve reading literature and non-fiction. Instruction also supports analytical writing and reinforces comprehension of academic vocabulary.

Department: English

Course Number: 1210

Course Title: ENGLISH 10 HONORS

Details: Year, 1 Credit, 1 Period, This course fulfills the 10th grade English Requirement.

Grades: 10

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Description: The English 10 Honors course is designed to extend and reinforce the analytical and language skills students mastered at the end of ninth grade and to encourage them to use these skills in increasingly independent ways. Literature study includes works of British fiction and nonfiction and other relevant texts that address development of the self and the self’s connection to the world. Click here to read full course description

Department: English

Course Number: 1220

Course Title: ENGLISH 10 ENRICHED

Details: Year, 1 Credit, 1 Period, This course fulfills the 10th grade English Requirement.

Grades: 10

Prerequisites: Successful completion of English 9

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Description: In English 10 Enriched, students study various genres of literature that focus on the development of self and the relationship between the self and the world. Analysis of literature focuses on how and why literary and rhetorical features are used to create meaning in both fiction and nonfiction texts. Click here to read full course description