English I Honors
English I Honors focuses on preparing serious, motivated students for AP English as well as future college English classes. Students entering should be interested in pursuing the Advanced Placement path in English which will culminate in taking the College Board AP English and Literature exam senior year.
What is the AP?
The Advanced Placement ProgramŽ is a cooperative educational endeavor between secondary schools and colleges and universities. Since its inception in 1955, the Program has provided motivated high school students with the opportunity to take college-level courses in a high school setting. Students who participate in the Program not only gain college-level skills, but in many cases they also earn college credit while they are still in high school.
Why take Honors English?
In order to perform to the rigorous standards held by the College Board, students must read and write fluently, analytically, and with specific focus. Through the Honors/Pre-AP program students are given the opportunity to build the necessary skills over four years of study.
Conceptually, Pre-AP is based on important
premises. The most important of which is the expectation that all students can perform at rigorous
academic levels. This expectation is reflected in curriculum and instruction in
that students are consistently being challenged to expand their knowledge and
skills to the next level.
Is Honors so different?
Students in Honors English will read more and write more than students in other English classes. Our class will move at a faster pace, and students entering Honors should have a solid understanding of English grammar and be able to apply this knowledge independently in their writing. Therefore, we will not be engaging in grammatical study covering topics which have been covered since first grade!
Students should also exhibit excellent reading comprehension skills, as independent reading is stressed, and literature is studied with an emphasis on analytical thinking.
Students in Honors English need to be prepared to make a daily commitment to their English study. YES, we will have homework on a daily basis.
For more information about the curriculum, please see our class syllabus.
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