English

Nardin's renowned English curriculum encompasses composition, literary analysis, surveys of classic American and British literature, and critical reading of representative modern and world literature.

Our faculty skillfully guides students to become insightful readers, rational thinkers, articulate speakers, and coherent and skilled writers.

English 9

An exposure course to literary genres: the short story, poem, play, novel, memoir, myth, fairy tale, and film; an investigation of the meaning of “text” and approaches to understanding, analyzing, internalizing and evaluating literary elements and devices in a text; a thorough review of grammar for improvement of writing style and speaking; a development and mastery of expository writing, with the student progressing from the 350-word paragraph to the four paragraph essay. Vocabulary development. Emphasis on critical and thoughtful reading, and nurturing of creative writing. Summer reading requirement: 3 novels. 1 year, level 1.

English 9H

Although English 9 Honors covers essentially the same material as English 9 and follows a similar chronology, it differs from English 9 in depth, both quantitatively and qualitatively. Placement determined by scores on entrance examination. Honor students are expected to maintain an 88% average. Summer reading requirement: 4 novels. 1 year, level 3.

English 10

A thematic study of American literature exploring the essay, short fiction, poetry, drama, and the novel, from the Puritan era through the twentieth century; further writing and vocabulary development. Summer reading requirement: 3 novels. 1 year, level 1.

English 10H

Offered to advanced sophomores: An exploration of the power of voice particularly the female voice through literature by and about women. Extensive writing includes real world writing experiences. Strong writing skills mandatory, and an 88% English 9 H average or a 95% English 9 average are suggested. To qualify for English 10 H, it is recommended that a student also be eligible for Global II H. Summer reading requirement: 3 novels. 1 year, level 3.

English 11

A chronological study of British literature, from the Anglo-Saxon period to contemporary times. Extensive writing and vocabulary development. Regents Exam required. Summer reading requirement: 3 novels. 1 year, level 1.

AP English Language and Composition

Because of the level of difficulty, this course is recommended to advanced juniors who demonstrate strong reading and writing skills and have maintained a 90% English 10H or a 95% English 10 average. This course combines highlights of British Literature with English Language and Composition, which focuses on rhetorical techniques found primarily in nonfiction. This course involves extensive reading, writing and vocabulary development. $94.00 AP exam fee required. AP exam required. Summer assignment: 3 novels, nonfiction excerpts, and written responses. 1 yr., level 4.

English 12

Required of all non-AP seniors. Advanced analysis of world literature including drama, poetry, the novel, and short fiction.. Extensive writing and vocabulary development. Summer reading requirement: 3 novels, and 2 responses. 1 year, level 1.

AP English Literature and Composition

Because of the level of difficulty, the course is recommended for those qualified seniors who have strong writing skills and have maintained a 90% AP English Language & Compositions average or a 95% English 11 average. Intensive study of various genres requiring extensive timed-writing analysis, frequent critical essays and quarterly 1200-1400 word essays. AP students will be taking most class tests during their free periods. $94.00, AP exam fee required. Summer assignment: 3 novels, 3 response; 1 essay. 1 year, level 4.

Creative Writing

Topics include elements of writing with an emphasis on short story and poetic forms. There will be no tests or exams; however, the course is writing-intensive, with daily in-class writing assignments. All work is maintained in a classroom portfolio. Additionally, students are required to submit 2 pieces of writing to Rare Patterns, the school’s literary magazine. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. 1 semester, 4 days/cycle, alpha, level 1.

Journalism

This course, open to sophomores, juniors and seniors, presents an introduction to journalism. Topics explored include the history of journalism, writing style and techniques, interviewing process, writing reviews, features and news stories, as well as a look at broadcast journalism. Students are encouraged to submit articles to Kaleidoscope. 1 semester, 4 days/cycle, level 1.

Public Speaking

In this course students will learn the secrets to becoming an engaging and confident public speaker. Students will examine memorable speeches - from Emma Watson to Oprah Winfrey, David Foster Wallace to John F. Kennedy - and identify the techniques used to convey, connect, and persuade. Students will also present impromptu and rehearsed speeches on the topics of their choice and practice communicating effectively with various audiences. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. 1 semester, 4 days/cycle, alpha, level 1.