• Freshman English Placement

    What is the difference between A Freshman and Freshman English?

    Note - Frosh A students have REQUIRED summer reading, while Frosh I students do not have this requirement.



    Advanced Freshman


    Qualities of the Student (entering Freshman year)

    1. Appreciation for language

    2. Ability to use the written word in a well-organized and articulate manner with proper capitalization and punctuation

    3. Ability to think and read critically. Can understand nuance.

    4. Ability to see larger ideas and world-perspectives; to bring original and creative thinking to class discussions and assignments

    5.  Ability to be an active class participant

    6.  Ability to be an effective member in a comparative group setting

    7. Ability to work independently and take initiative

    8. Ability to be self-motivated

    1. Ability to comprehend challenging text  

    2. Emerging sense of initiative

    3. Willingness to participate in various types of discussion  

    4. Ability to complete homework to the best of their ability

    5. A self-advocate who asks questions for clarity

    6. Ability to express ideas cohesively in writing using conventional grammar standards



    Unit Titles

    Unit 1: Punctuation and Grammar

    Unit 2: Theme using To Kill a Mockingbird

    Unit 3:  Literary Devices in Poetry and Text

    Unit 4: Characterization using The Picture of Dorian Gray

    Unit 5: Persuasion in writing, media, and advertising

    Unit 6: Research Informative Texts

    Unit 7: Creating & Performing

    Unit 8: Scripts as Literature

    Unit 9: Original Shakespearean Drama



    Unit 1: Fundamentals of Literature using short stories & narratives

    Unit 2: The Journey using excerpts of The Odyssey

    Unit 3: Self Image using The Bean Trees or A Separate Peace or Similar Text

    Unit 4: Family and Community

    Unit 5: Choice and Consequence using Romeo & Juliet  

    Unit 6: Justice for All using To Kill a Mockingbird

    Summative Assessments

    • Personal Narrative
    • Thematic Argumentative Essay
    • Poem Analysis & Emulation
    • Characterization Essay
    • Persuasion Project and Fallacy Essay
    • Problem / Solution Research Essay
    • Creating & Performing an Original Script
    • OSD Script & Performance
    • Personal Narrative
    • Informative Presentation (compare & contrast)
    • Thematic Argumentative Essay
    • Problem / Solution Essay
    • Informative Research Presentation
    • Cumulative Argumentative Essay


    Major Texts

    • Summer Reading: The Bean Trees
    • Short Stories: “The Scarlet Ibis”, “Walter Mitty”, “The Waltz”, “The Cask…”
    • Various Poems
    • To Kill a Mockingbird
    • The Picture of Dorian Gray
    • Bless the Beast and Children (Flex Unit)
    • Oedipus the King
    • Romeo and Juliet
    • Raisin in the Sun
    • Short Stories: “Bearskin”, “Thank You, M’am”, “The Lottery”, “Shame”, “America and I”
    • The Odyssey by Homer in Elements of Lit. Textbook & The Odyssey by Hamilton in Packet
    • A Separate Peace by John Knowles or The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver  
    • Various Informational Texts and Articles
    • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
    • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee