• ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

     

    ELA

     

    English Language Arts Instruction is guided by curriculum aligned to New York State English Language Standards and is critical in supporting student academic success.

     

    To graduate, students must earn four credits of ELA and one Regents exam credit in English at the commencement-level. The core content sequence is typically English I, English II, English III, and English IV. However, students may choose to take one or two Advanced Placement (AP) courses in English language arts to replace a core course; AP courses may also be taken in addition to the core sequence for elective credit. The International Baccalaureate Language A Literature course (2 credits) may also replace two courses within the core sequence. Elective offerings may vary by school.

     

    Please note:

    • Some classes are unique to a particular program or school.
    • Not every class is offered at every school.
    • Course offerings may change yearly based on student course requests and other factors.

     


  • ELA COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

     

    ENGLISH I

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 9

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks

    EXAMINATION: N/A

    EN01G

    1.0

    English 8

    This course is aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards. The curriculum exposes students to a wide range of genres including short stories, novels, drama, epic poetry, mythology, lyric poetry, and expository text written by diverse authors from ancient times to the present. Selections reflect the changing cultural values of a global society, exploring concepts such as the nature of heroism, personal choices, and relationships among family members. The course also introduces students to elements and techniques central to the study of literature, such as conflict, irony, figurative language, symbolism, characterization, suspense, the conventions of a play, and poetic conventions. Vocabulary instruction is delivered using several strategies: explicit instruction, morphemic analysis, and contextual clues. Students will also receive instruction in several writing frameworks – research, argument, making evidence-based claims about literary technique - to better inform their own writing.

     

    ENGLISH II

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 10

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks

    EXAMINATION: N/A

    EN02G

    1.0

    English I

    The ELA II course is aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards. The curriculum exposes students to a wide range of genres including memoirs, short stories, novels, drama, poetry and expository text written by diverse authors from the Elizabethan Era to the present. Selections reflect the changing cultural values of a global society, exploring concepts such as personal identity, ambition, the nature of heroism, and the effects of the technological boom. The course also introduces students to elements, techniques and conventions central to the study of literature, such as parallel structure, motifs, and iambic pentameter, while reinforcing elements, techniques and conventions taught in ELA I. As in every ELA course, vocabulary instruction is delivered using several strategies: explicit instruction, morphemic analysis, and contextual clues.

     

    ENGLISH III

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 11

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks

    EXAMINATION: Regents Common Core English Examination

    EN03R

    1.0

    English II

    English III is aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards. The curriculum exposes students to a wide range of genres, including short stories, novels, poetry and expository text written by American authors from pre-colonial times to the present. Selections reflect American society, its culture and values, exploring concepts such as the role of religion in society, Transcendentalism, the effects of war on culture and literature, the influence of past and present attitudes on women’s writing, and the ever-changing American identity. The course reinforces students’ understanding of the elements, techniques and conventions central to the study of literature that were taught in ELA I and II. As in every ELA course, vocabulary instruction is delivered using several strategies: explicit instruction, morphemic analysis, and contextual clues. Research methodology and thesis writing are a requisite part of the course, as well as an in-depth analysis of rhetorical techniques.

     

    ENGLISH IV

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 12

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks

    EXAMINATION: N/A

    EN04G

    1.0

    English III,  AP Language and Composition, or AP Literature and Composition

    The ELA IV course is aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards. The curriculum exposes students to a wide range of genres including short stories, novels, drama, epic poetry, mythology, lyric poetry, and expository text written by diverse authors from ancient times to the present. Selections reflect the changing cultural values of a global society, exploring concepts such as the nature of heroism, personal choices, and relationships among family members. The course also introduces students to elements and techniques central to the study of literature, such as conflict, irony, figurative language, symbolism, characterization, suspense, the conventions of a play, and poetic conventions. Vocabulary instruction is delivered using several strategies: explicit instruction, morphemic analysis, and contextual clues. Students will also receive instruction in several writing frameworks – research, argument, making evidence-based claims about literary technique - to better inform their own writing.

     

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 40

    EXAMINATION: AP Exam in English Language and Composition

    LA01P

    1.0

    English II or English III

    The Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition course provides BPS students with the rigors of college level coursework and the potential for college credits. The English Language and Composition course is designed to help students read complex prose texts written in various rhetorical contexts and to write effective prose, moving beyond the five-paragraph essay. Students are encouraged to emphasize content, purpose and audience and to allow this focus to guide the organization of their writing. 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 genre conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing.

    NB: Institutions of higher education may grant college credit to students who earn a passing score on the AP exam that is offered at the end of this course.

     

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 40

    EXAMINATION: AP Exam in English Literature and Composition

    LI04P

    1.0

    English II, English III

    The Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature and Composition course provides BPS students with the rigors of college level coursework and the potential for college credits. The Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition course is designed to engage students in the careful reading and critical analysis of literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students can deepen their understanding of the way’s writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students should consider a work's structure, style, and themes, as well as such smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone.  

    NB: Institutions of higher education may grant college credit to students who earn a passing score on the AP exam that is offered at the end of this course.

     

    INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB) ENGLISH A: LITERATURE HL

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 11, 12

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks (this is a two-year course)

    OFFERED: City Honors School #195

    EXAMINATION: IB assessments in English A: Literature HL

    EN03I

    1.0

    AP Language and Composition

    EN041

    1.0

    IB Literature (Jr)

    The English A: literature course explores the various manifestations of literature as a particularly powerful mode of writing across cultures and throughout history. The course aims at developing an understanding of factors that contribute to the production and reception of literature—the creativity of writers and readers, the nature of their interaction with their respective contexts and with literary tradition, the ways in which language can give rise to meaning and/or effect, and the performative and transformative potential of literary creation and response. Through close analysis of a range of literary texts in a number of literary forms and from different times and places, students consider their own interpretations as well as the critical perspectives of others, to explore how such positions are shaped by cultural belief systems and to negotiate meanings for texts.

    Note: Institutions of higher education may grant college credit to students who earn a passing score on the IB assessments in this course.

     

    SEMINAR IN ENGLISH

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 9, 10, 11, 12

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks

    EXAMINATION: N/A

    SE01G

    0.0

    N/A

    Students in need of strategic intervention are enrolled in a benchmark ELA course with one Academic Intervention Service (AIS) lab period. During the Lab period, students receive instruction designed to build fluency and decoding skills, help students transfer these skills to content area reading (informational text), help students answer literal and inferential questions to increase comprehension, and improve students’ ability to write coherent multi-paragraph answers. In cases where students need extra preparation for the Regents assessment, teachers use item analyses to design lessons targeting specific areas of deficiency.

     

    AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE*

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 12

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks

    OFFERED: Frederick Law Olmsted #156, International Preparatory School #198, Burgard High School #301, Research Laboratory High School for Bioinformatics & Life Sciences #366

    EXAMINATION: N/A

    AL05GC

    1.0

    NA

    A survey of Black literature in America and the African Diaspora from the Harlem Renaissance to the present. The course will focus on the influence of the Harlem Renaissance on North American religious traditions, social movements, and historical events.

    *Students who enroll in the dual credit program and successfully pass this course will be awarded three college credits from Erie Community College.

     

    URBAN POETRY IN AMERICA*                   

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 12

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks

    OFFERED: Math, Science & Technology Preparatory School #197

    EXAMINATION: N/A

    US05GC

    0.5

    NA

    MST Redesign Plan Course Only - Partnership with Arizona State College.

    This course will consider American poets whose themes, forms, and voices have given expression to visions of the city since 1850. Beginning with Walt Whitman, the great poet of nineteenth-century New York, we will explore the diverse and ever-changing environment of the modern city—from Chicago to Washington, DC, from San Francisco to Detroit—through the eyes of such poets as Carl Sandburg, Emma Lazarus, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Langston Hughes, Marianne Moore, Frank O’Hara, Gwendolyn Brooks, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Hayden, and Robert Pinsky, as well as contemporary hip hop and spoken word artists. 

     

    *Students who enroll in the dual credit program and successfully pass this course will be awarded three college credits from Arizona State College.

     

    COLLEGE COMPOSITION

    Course Code

    Credit

    Prerequisite

    GRADE: 11, 12

    LENGTH: 40 Weeks

    OFFERED: South Park High School #206, Hutchinson Central Technical High School #304

    EXAMINATION: N/A

    CC04G

    1.0

    None

    The College Composition Course is a dual credit course with SUNY Erie and is part of the SMART Scholars and P-TECH CTE programs. The course integrates the English Language Arts IV (12th grade) standards with EN100 - Composition 1: Rhetorical Strategies. Additionally, it blends composition and literature into a cohesive whole as students write critical and comparative analyses of selected literature, continuing to develop their language arts skills. Typically, students primarily write multi-paragraph essays, but they may also write one or more major research papers.