High School English Courses at Barnstable
Barnstable Academy English classes develop reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Critical reading and writing skills are also developed and emphasized through a variety of reading material.
High School English opens our students to a deeper world literature and writing mechanics. Students will cover literary terminology, vocabulary building, proper grammar usage, and a variety of both fiction and non-fiction texts. The class is designed to cover a broad range of literature for students to investigate an array of genres and reading strategies. Students will gain an in-depth study of both contemporary and classic literature. The purpose of these courses is to assess college readiness as it pertains to reading and writing aptitude and build upon those skills. As students’ progress to upper classmen they will encounter challenging literature and delves into higher-order critical thinking analysis.
The Honors track for English offers a higher level of rigorous coursework available for students in grades 9-12. Students further develop close reading skills necessary for college-level literature, discourse, composition, and presentation. This track serves to challenge and encourage students towards higher-level thinking and evaluative skills.
The Advanced Placement (AP) courses are the most challenging English classes available at the high school level. The class is designed with college-level difficulty and the work is extremely demanding. This course emphasizes the development of skills in critical reading of imaginative and discursive literature. Students receive instruction and test-taking strategies as it pertains to the AP test given in May.
The Advanced Placement (AP) courses are the most challenging English classes available at the high school level. The class is designed with college-level difficulty and the work is extremely demanding. Students become adept at analyzing a writer’s rhetorical purpose and in discussing (orally and in writing) the strategies and devices a writer uses to fulfill that purpose. Students receive instruction and test-taking strategies as it pertains to the AP test given in May.