Junior English Curriculum
The junior program provides a survey
of American literature that introduces the students to the major themes,
topics, authors, and works.
American Literature etext
Great Gatsby --F. Scott Fitzgerald
Catcher in the Rye --J. D. Salinger
Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, The
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain, or
Budd, Herman Melville
of a Salesman --Arthur Miller
An additional novel/play of the teacher’s choice
Stories: “Sinners in the Hands of an
Angry God, ” “The Devil and Tom Walker,” The Minister’s Black Veil,” “The Fall
of the House of Usher,” “The Killers” “A Clean Well-Lighted Place, ” Selections
from Emerson and Thoreau.
Poems Bryant “To a
Waterfowl, ” Dickinson: “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” “I heard a Fly
Buzz” et al. Whitman “Song of My Self” “I Hear America Singing” “When Lilacs
Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d,” Pound “In a Station of the Metro, Williams: “The
Red Wheelbarrow, ”Frost “Mending Wall,” “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,”
Hughes ,“The Negro Speaks of River” “I, too...,” Gwendolyn Brooks “We Real Cool, James Dickey, “The Leap.”
Common Core Readings.
Junior year strengthens, expands, and reinforces the
techniques of analytical writing which the students practiced in freshman and
sophomore years. Students continue formal instruction in the literary essay,
focusing on using the primary texts in their literary analysis. Students sit for the English Language Arts Regents Examination in June of junior year. Throughout the year, students consistently practice reading and writing
in preparation for the exam.
of the words in the vocabulary e-text, Level F. Students are encouraged to be aware of the importance of intensive
vocabulary study for success in reading comprehension on the PSAT and SAT.
of refining the skills which students learned in freshman and sophomore years:
note-taking, outlining, studying, reading comprehension, time management. Junior year stresses the importance of personal academic responsibility for upperclassmen on the brink of college. Juniors sit for the PSAT and SAT. English
teachers are committed to giving juniors the foundation skills and the practice
in reading comprehension, grammar, and essay writing which the students must
use to produce excellent results on the college entrance exams.