An Exploration of Reading and Writing

Critical thinking, imagination, and guided exploration of literary works and genres will comprise the foundation for learning in the Marist English Department. Students will demonstrate a precise understanding of writing as a process involving conception, reflection, support, and revision. Through vocabulary and writing instruction, students will refine and expand their use of language. Students will use discussion as a means of individual expression through which they will raise and critically examine issues pertinent to their intellectual, spiritual, and psychological development.


List of 19 items.

  • English 7 (EN101: Grade 7)

    This three-term course emphasizes basic skills of grammar, paragraph development, vocabulary enrichment, and the study of literature. Students learn to analyze the parts of a sentence and to demonstrate standard grammar usage in their own compositions. The course includes frequent compositions and writing various paragraphs. In the area of literature, students will study the short story, poetry, drama, and several novels, applying the concepts they learn to their own writing. A structured vocabulary program is included as part of this course.
  • English 8 (EN201: Grade 8)

    This three-term course is a continuation of the development of basic skills begun in the seventh grade, including the study of grammar, paragraph development, vocabulary enrichment, and the study of literature. Upon completion of the eighth-grade course, the student should be well-versed in the structure and proper usage of the English language. In addition, reading and interpreting skills are developed through the study of a wide range of literary works. The ability to communicate through both the written and spoken word is stressed. A structured vocabulary program is included as part of this course.
  • English 9 (EN301: Grade 9)

    This three-term course is designed to reinforce concepts learned earlier and advance students’ mastery of these concepts to prepare them for upper-level courses. Genres studies include short stories, novels, drama and poetry. Continued emphasis on vocabulary development, utilization of library skills, composition skill development through the study of structure and technique, and the writing of journal entries, essays, and a research paper are major components of this year’s study.
  • Broadcast Journalism (EN355: Grades 9-12)

    This course offers students the opportunity to collaborate in teams to imagine, plan, implement, and produce news broadcasts and features. Using texts from the profession of broadcasting as a guide, the class will embrace a project-based learning approach that will require students to engage with and demonstrate creativity, technological skill, writing, public speaking, listening, and peer critique. The work in class will be driven by student choice and self-direction. The teacher will act as a coach, reading, watching, and listening to works in progress and providing feedback to students individually and in groups. The term will begin by assessing and learning to use Marist’s broadcasting equipment through small, experimental “workshop” projects and move on as appropriate toward longer and possibly more regular pieces. Willingness to serve as a leader in one of many different capacities for the student broadcast journalism club throughout terms two and three is required.
  • Sports Broadcasting (EN365: Grades 9-12)

    This one-term elective, distinct from Broadcast Journalism, focuses on the particular skills necessary to report and produce sports-related media content effectively. Students will learn to broadcast live sporting events, produce studio shows, and create web content by rotating through a variety experiences. These include researching games, writing scripts, conducting interviews, anchoring on-air, creating graphics, editing hype videos, producing podcasts, and promoting work on various social media platforms.
  • Documentary Cinema (EN450: Grades 11-12)

    This course introduces students to documentary cinema as a unique mode of filmmaking, one that claims a special relationship to reality and truth. Through weekly in-class screenings, readings, and discussion, we will examine a variety of documentary approaches, such as expository, essayistic, observational, and participatory, and debate the artistic and ethical questions of the form.
  • American Literature and Composition (EN401: Grade 10)

    This three-term course integrates the study of literature and the practice of writing. Building on reading and writing skills developed in the ninth grade, students concentrate on style and focused development of essays, including a major research paper. The course identifies and explores aspects of American identity through critical analysis of a wide variety of  literary works incorporating a diversity of genres and voices. Students learn to read closely and critically and begin to incorporate theory and literary criticism in their work. Vocabulary development and outside reading are also components of this course.
  • The American Experiment (EN403: Grade 10)

    This course will use a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to study, read, interpret, and write about American history, literature, and culture. Throughout the term, this English class will meet twice weekly with Mr. Strickland’s American History class. The course will focus on how a variety of texts, including but not limited to primary historical documents, art, literature, music, and film,  are at once products of and participants in their historical setting and in the making of American culture.  In other words, these texts do not simply respond to the world around them but actively shape America. We will also consider literary theory and criticisms as tools for understanding and interpreting literature. To recognize the formation of American culture, we will read texts that exemplify the nation’s cultural, racial, gender, religious, and class diversity. Throughout, we will be guided by the recurring question: What is America?  Along with our interdisciplinary studies, students will study grammar and composition at the level of 10th grade American Literature at Marist.  Students will hone communication and literary analysis skills through frequent writing assessments, both formal and creative, active class participation, oral presentations, graded group discussions, and vocabulary enrichment through the online platform Membean.
  • Introduction to Creative Writing (EN441: Grades 9-12)

    This course is designed to allow students to explore their own writing and published writing in diverse genres, including, but not limited to, poetry, song writing, short fiction, personal narrative, non-fiction, and screen writing. Students will create, share, and critique with empathy and vigor, working in writing workshops, with the instructor, and with the class as a whole. A major goal for the course is to thoughtfully consider what makes writing good, or effective, and to develop and refine personal work.
  • Creative Writing II (EN442: Grades 10-12)

    This course is designed to build upon skills learned in Introduction to Creative Writing. Students will discuss, read, and write in diverse genres, including, but not limited to, poetry, song writing, short fiction, personal narrative, non-fiction, screen writing, and interviewing. Students will create, share, and critique with empathy and vigor, working in writing workshops, with the instructor, and with the class as a whole as they have done in Introduction to Creative Writing. A major goal for the course is to create a portfolio with selected polished works.

    Prerequisite: Introduction to Creative Writing (EN441)
  • Yearbook (EN444: Grades 10-12)

    This two or three-term course offers students the opportunity to participate in the complete production of the school yearbook from the concept to the publication. Students are actively involved in planning, graphic design, photography, copy writing, design software usage, proofreading, advertising placement, and business communication. Students receive additional training from professional photographers and publishing company representatives. Leadership opportunities are available as a junior or senior.

    Prerequisite: Permission of the yearbook moderator
  • Journalism (EN448: Grades 9-12)

    Journalism is a term-long course designed to teach students the basic concepts of reporting and non-fiction writing. Students will encounter various article formats and work towards developing their voice using various journalistic writing styles. They will discuss journalistic ethics and think critically about bias in reporting. Voice, tone, syntax, vocabulary, structure, and editing techniques will all be addressed in a writing workshop atmosphere. Students will improve their basic journalism skills ofreporting, writing, interviewing, editing, design and production through the practical experience of writing journalistic stories. This course is meant to prepare students to write for and potentially publish in The Blue and Gold.
    This course is offered in the fall and may be taken only once.
  • Science Fiction (EN468: Grades 11-12)

    This course will consider the intersection between two enduring genres, Science Fiction and Reality. The course is organized around the question: what claims does SF make on the real? We will address the intersection between reality and literature through the lens of speculative fiction and provide students the opportunity to explore nontraditional texts in a critical environment with specific focus on areas of their own interest. The class will be asked to entertain a number of BIG questions to inform our exploration throughout the term. What is the difference between science fiction, sci-fi, and SF? Why do authors portray the future, both in despairing and hopeful ways? How does SF effect change in our current world? Can SF address pressing present issues such as the role of technology in culture, gender/race equality, and climate change? What is the relation between the genre and conceptions of time? Why is SF the enduring and pervasive literary body that it has become? Success in this course will come with consistent and enthusiastic reading and film viewing. In-class discussions, blog posts, multimedia presentations, and critical writing assignments will aid our exploration of the state of SF in current American and World Lit.
  • British Literature and Composition (EN501: Grade 11)

    The British Literature course introduces students to literature that spans from the Elizabethan era to the 20th century. High points include the discussion of Romantic, Victorian, Existential, and Modernist works while encompassing authors throughout the United Kingdom. In addition to studying the literature of these cultures, students will be introduced to important historical background regarding their readings. Through a selection of novels, plays, short stories, poetry, and critical articles, students will develop skills towards interpreting literature through close, analytical reading. All three terms emphasize discussion, presentation of ideas, and writing, including analytical, personal, and research papers.

    AP English Literature and Composition (EN901) could be taken as an alternative.
  • Public Speaking (EN541: Grades 11-12)

    This one-term course aims to improve confidence and speaking ability through practice and observation. Students will give a variety of extemporaneous speeches throughout the term. Students will be required to give introductory, persuasive, informative, impromptu, and narrative speeches.
  • World Literature and Composition (EN601: Grade 12)

    The World Literature and Composition course introduces students to literature written in languages other than English and to literature written in English but which explores cultural traditions other than American, British, or Western European. In addition to studying the literature of a culture, students will be introduced to important historical background and/or current events regarding that culture. Through a selection of novels, memoirs, poetry, and non-fiction, students will focus on a theme and culture cluster each term. All three terms emphasize discussion, presentation, development of student voice, and college-level writing, including analytical and personal essays.

    AP English Language (EN904) could be taken as an alternative.
  • Film & Literature (EN655: Grade 12)

    This one-term course will introduce students to the basics of film aesthetics, including mise en scène, cinematography, editing, narrative form, sound, lighting, and genre. Balancing the focus on technical elements with broader frameworks, this course will also consider various critical, theoretical, ideological, and historical approaches to film studies and to the practice of writing about film. The course analyzes visual language and film style, cinematic codes, and the ways that the motion picture can embody or criticize popular ideas and attitudes. Emphasis is on film analysis, film in relation to the other arts and mass media, films as artifacts, and understanding the ways that films are put together and how they convey meaning. Students will read, write, and research about films, directors, and styles. 
  • AP English Literature and Composition (EN901: Grade 11)

    This is an advanced three-term course in literary analysis and interpretation. The class is conducted as a seminar, with reading and discussion based on dramas, novels, poetry, and Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations. Numerous short in-class essays and longer out-of-class essays are required, with the goal of mastering writing and literary analytical skills necessary for college work in preparation for the AP Exam in May (fee to be announced annually).

    This course fulfills the eleventh grade English graduation requirements. Application and teacher approval required.
  • AP English Language and Composition (EN904: Grade 12)

    This is an advanced three-term course which focuses on close reading and writing from a variety of periods, disciplines, and contexts; texts will include, but are not limited to, fiction, non-fiction, media, and internet sources. Students will become more analytical readers and writers who compose for a variety of purposes and audiences. The course will emphasize expository, analytical, and argumentative writing that forms the basis of academic, professional communication as well as personal and reflective writing. This course will prepare students for college-level writing and analysis and the AP Exam in May (fee to be announced annually).

    This course fulfills the twelfth grade English graduation requirements.

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