Curriculum

List of 15 items.

  • Grade 7 and 8 English and Language Arts

    The two-year literature driven program seeks to develop orderly, concise expository writing and close reading skills; to promote personal, intellectual and spiritual development; and to build effective study skill practices . The curriculum balances contemporary with traditional reading selections and introduces students to each of the principal literary genres.

    As writers, students move from a SVO pattern to compound, complex and compound-complex sentence structures. In 7th Grade, students apply and reinforce their sentence writing skills on composition assignments that incorporate three of the five styles of writing: summary, narrative and descriptive. In 8th Grade, students add two more styles of writing: expository and persuasive. To help develop clear, cogent and engaging prose, the 7th and 8th Grade 12 curriculum addresses order within a paragraph focusing on chronological order, spatial order, and order of importance and logical order. To this aim, students utilize such pre-writing strategies as the Venn Diagram, Graphic Organizers, Brainstorming and Idea Webs.

    The Grammar Program is a two year program, where new material is introduced in 7th Grade, then reinforced and built upon in 8th Grade. The curriculum addresses the following grammar concepts: Subject-Verb Agreement; Verb Forms and Tenses: Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement; Pronoun Reference and Case; Degree of Modifiers; Positioning of Modifiers; Spelling; Punctuation; and Commonly Confused Words. As readers, students learn close reading skills through guided reading activities, reading-response assignments and Socratic seminars. Students also learn the skills necessary for the acquisition of a larger, active vocabulary; efficient use of a dictionary, recognition of context clues, familiarity with common Latin and Greek roots and affixes, and the methodical study of new words drawn from both vocabulary resources and course texts.

    As active classroom participants, students learn to interpret the readings and articulate their ideas effectively. Through classroom discussion, presentation, dramatizations and debates, students strengthen their speaking skills. Group work builds reciprocal and respectful relationships and teaches students the importance of coming together for a common goal. Students also discover their emerging voices, learn to appreciate and respect the voices of others; and help to strengthen the Sacred Heart community.

    Grades 7 and 8 offer two levels of study, Honors and College Prep. Sacred Heart requires two years of study or its equivalent before students advance to the Upper School.

    Grade 7 Texts Include: A Break with Charity (Rinaldi, A), Farewell to Manzanar (Wakatsuki Houston, J), The Giver (Lowry, Lois), Witness (Hesse, Karen), and Looking Like the Enemy (Matsuda Gruenewald, Mary) .

    Grade 8 Texts Include (but are not limited to): Fahrenheit 451 (Bradbury, Ray), Lord of the Flies (Golding, William), Of Mice and Men (Steinbeck, J.), A Separate Peace (Knowles, J.), Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare).
  • Seminar on Dylan (225)

    Grades 9-12 Elective 

    The primary purpose of this course is to use Bob Dylan’s songs, politics, religious views, and life to examine the literary genres of poetry, biography and essay. Students will analyze the lyrics of Dylan’s songs as poetry to reinforce their understanding of poetic devices and styles. Students will read a variety of essays written about the critical issues surrounding Dylan and his times. Each student will read and critique one of the many biographies on Dylan. In addition to the strong literary component to the course, it is hoped that the course will have a strong interdisciplinary element. Those with artistic talents could develop a portfolio of works based on Dylan’s work. Musically gifted students could do comparative work on particular songs and the many cover versions of that song. Performance, both within and beyond the classroom, will be strongly encouraged. (1/2 credit)
  • Introduction to Literature (Honors: 230, College Prep: 231)

    Grades 9-12

    (Prerequisite: Successful completion of 8th Grade English or its equivalent. 1 Credit)
    Introduction to Literature devotes itself to characters undergoing a rite-of-passage and searching to define themselves within the world they inhabit. Work with novels, an epic, poetry, drama and short fiction as well as supplemental material challenges a student’s analytical, critical and interpretative skills. Expository essays pay strict attention to content and idea development. Grammar usage and mechanics reviewed through conventional study and application. Vocabulary drawn from literature is incorporated into the student’s written work and personal vocabulary. The online vocabulary program Membean is also used. Texts include: To Kill a Mockingbird (Lee), Great Expectations (Dickens), Julius Caesar (Shakespeare), Catcher in the Rye (Salinger), Night (Wiesel), The Theban Plays (Sophocles), The House on Mango Street (Cisneros), ), Persepolis (Satrapi). (1 credit) 
  • World Literature (Honors: 245, College Prep: 244)

    Grades 9-12

    (Prerequisite: Successful completion of English I or its equivalent. 1 Credit) World Literature examines thematic similarities of literature from around the world. In addition to studying the major literary genres: short fiction, poetry, the novel and drama students, the course looks at the influence of various literary movements as they relate to and inform the development of other movements. Students learn the terminology, history and analysis specific to each genre. Students explore and interpret sophisticated literature through in class discussion and a variety of writing assignments. Student-writers move from review of paragraph structure to mastery of the five-paragraph essay; learn to organize their thoughts and formulate a strong thesis statement; and write clear, correct engaging prose. Formal essays are grounded in the text with primary source quotations. Grammar lessons target punctuation, active and passive voice, modifier usage, commas, semicolons, and parallelism. Vocabulary building comes from the reading and identifies common words found on the SAT. The online vocabulary program Membean is also used. Texts include: Things Fall Apart (Achebe), Siddhartha (Hesse), The Master and Margarita (Bulgakov), In The Time of Butterflies (Alvarez), Medea (Euripides), Apologies Forthcoming (Eberlein), The Wild Sheep Chase Murakami), Tartuffe (Moliere), All Quiet on the Western Front (Remarque), Hamlet (Shakespeare). (1 credit)
  • American Literature (Honors: 250, College Prep: 251)

    Grades 9-12

    (Prerequisite: Successful completion of English II or its equivalent. 1 Credit) American Literature examines the development of an American literary tradition from pre-colonization through the American Renaissance and up to the present. By placing works in context-the time in which they were written, the time about which they were written-students gain an appreciation and understanding of the American experience and growth. Structured writing assignments evaluate students’ critical thinking and develop students’ reading, writing and thinking skills. Twentyfive minute and forty minute timed essays prepare students for the SAT, SATII and AP Language and Composition exams. Specific grammar lessons address common errors found in standardized testing; tense, subject-verb agreement, pronoun agreement, pronoun case and idiom. Vocabulary expansion stems from student reading with students being responsible for new vocabulary found in texts. The online vocabulary program Membean is also used. Honors students as part of the first semester write a documented essay following the Modern Language Association (MLA) format that is evaluated based on content, presentation and methodology. Texts include: The Scarlet Letter (Hawthorne), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Twain), The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald), Song of Solomon (Morrison), The Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck), The Crucible (Miller), The Glass Menagerie (Williams), Ethan Frome (Wharton). (1 credit)
  • Broadcast Journalism (252)

    Grades 9-12 Elective 

    The course is designed for grades 9-12 students with an interest in radio and television broadcasting. Students will be in charge of morning announcements where there will be a student rotation schedule along with a sense of familiarity with all that is announced. This will include sports, human interest, club and after school events, meeting, gatherings and other events of interest to the student body, faculty and administration. Students will learn about writing, editing, speech delivery, music, sound effects and much more about the mass media. Opportunities will exist for additional volunteer work at the WATD Studios, broadcast competition amongst high schools and an on-air presence for television. The course is designed for the serious student who is interested in the media as a subject of interest as well as those who may consider radio and television a career. (1/2 credit)
  • Journalism (253)

    Grades 11-12 Elective 

    provides an introduction to the technique of reporting, layout, and editing for a newspaper. It places emphasis on layout and design, photojournalism, the legal aspects of journalism and advertising. Students must have a working knowledge of word-processing. In addition, students develop writing skills in such journalistic genres as: editorial, and feature, and in-depth stories. (No Prerequisite) (1/2 credit)
  • Newspaper Writing, Editing & Production (254)

    Grade 12 Elective 

    Provides students with a hands-on opportunity to write for, edit, and produce the student newspaper, The Heart Beat. As a corollary to this hands-on experience, students would learn a full range of editing and production skills, including desktop publishing. Although the main focus of this course would be editing and production, students would also be expected to write for The Heart Beat. (Pre-requisite: Journalism or approval of Department Head). (1/2 credit)
  • British Literature (Honors: 290, College Prep: 261)

    Grades 9-12

    (Prerequisite: Successful completion of English III or its equivalent. 1 Credit) British Literature offers a chronological survey of English Literature from the Anglo-Saxon era to the present. A reading of Dickens’ novel in serial installments throughout the year provides a distinctive unifying force. Students extend their understanding of expository and critical writing skills. The online vocabulary program Membean is also used. Texts include: A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens), Wuthering Heights (Bronte), Dubliners (Joyce), Macbeth (Shakespeare), 1984 (Orwell ), Waiting for Godot (Becket). One additional book may be selected by the instructor. (1 credit)
  • AP English Literature and Composition (260)

    Grades 9-12

    (Prerequisite: Successful completion of English III Honors or its equivalent and teacher recommendation. 1 Credit) (Taken from apcentral.collegeboard.com website) AP Literature and Composition engages students in 14 becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines and rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations and subjects as well as the way generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing. The online vocabulary program Membean is also used. Texts include: Wuthering Heights (Bronte), Dubliners (Joyce), Antigone (Sophocles), Death of a Salesman (Miller), A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens), Waiting for Godot (Becket), The Road (McCarthy), Macbeth (Shakespeare). One additional book may be selected by the instructor. (1 credit)
  • Cinema (271)

    Grades 11-12 Elective 

    Studies the history of the cinema and uses classic movies to teach students how to view and write about film. In an age dominated by visual entertainment, this course encourages a viewing attitude that is both questioning and critical. (Prerequisite: C average in English and approval of Department Head) (1/2 credit).
  • AP English Language and Composition (275)

    Grades 9-12

    (Prerequisite: Successful completion of English II Honors or its equivalent and teacher recommendation. 1 Credit) AP English Language and Composition fosters student understanding and appreciation of the English language, particularly language used to argue and persuade. The class studies the logic of language, learns new words, reads writing that exemplifies precision and rhetorical force. In the first semester, content and assignments center on understanding and clarifying personal values, and weighing these against accepted societal values. In the second semester, content and assignments explore specific means of persuasion employed in American society. Articulate, deliberate, precise language is encouraged and enforced in writing assignments, oral reports and class discussion. The online vocabulary program Membean is also used. Texts include: Elements of Style (Strunk and White), Hot Words for the SAT, Lincoln’s Greatest Speech (White), The New Yorker, Picnic, Lightning (Collins), The Seagull Reader Essays (Kelly), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Twain), The Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck), The Scarlet Letter (Hawthorne), Ceremony (Silko) One Hundred Great Essays (DiYanni), Everything’s an Argument (Lunsford, Ruszkiewicz and Walters), Everyday Use: Rhetoric at Work in Reading and Writing (Roskelly and Jolliffe), Lincoln’s Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural (White), Getting Personal (Lopate) or In Cold Blood (Capote), Elements of Style (Strunk and White). (1 credit)
  • Shakespeare (277)

    Grades 9-12 Elective 

    (Shakespeare) will examine the three components of the bard’s stagecraft – tragedies, comedies and histories. While there will often be close readings of the texts, the emphasis of this course will be on performance. Students will explore six plays by watching movie adaptations of plays, recorded performances from the Globe Theatre in London, and seeing a live performance. Acting workshops will provide the opportunity to appreciate Shakespeare’s language and understand elements of acting and staging. (No Pre-requisite) (1/2 credit)
  • Creative Writing I (286)

    Grades 9-12 Elective 

    Seminar will introduce four genres of writing: poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction, and ten minute plays. Students will examine authors who employ various styles and techniques, and experiment with these styles in an effort to become confident writers while discovering their own personal style. Class activities such as journal entries, grab bags, photography, and artistic responses, and computer prompts challenge students to become versatile. Students will alternate between utilizing the computer lab to build a writing portfolio, and work shopping written work with an emphasis on revising and editing. (No Prerequisite) (1/2 credit)
  • Creative Writing II (287)

    Grades 10-12 Elective 

    Seminar is an in-depth look at various styles of poetry and fiction, which students will reinterpret through their own writing. Class will alternate between studying various authors, utilizing the computer lab to build a portfolio, and work shopping written work. Genres include political poetry, beat poetry, slam poetry, confessional poetry, surreal fiction, mystery fiction, memoir, and more. Creative Writing II will also offer an examination of publishing and writing as performance art. (Pre-requisite: Creative Writing I and Teacher Recommendation) (1/2 credit) 

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