The English Department at Jonathan Dayton High School seeks to fully engage all students by challenging them with well-chosen pieces of literature, appropriate writing assignments, oral presentations, and media literacy. The English Curriculum is structured to meet the New Jersey Core Curriculum State Standards. Teachers will provide students with opportunities to read with comprehension, think critically, work collaboratively, and communicate effectively.
Each student is required to take four years of English during his/her high school years. In a theme study approach, all students will read several pieces of literature that have a common topic. The philosophy of the department is to develop student mastery in the integrated areas of reading, literature, language, composition, and oral communication. Critical thinking skills and strategies are discussed. Students will receive preparation for State Assessment tests, and the PSAT, ACT, and SAT examinations. They will also be able to register for Advanced Placement Classes or in many of the department elective course offered, such as, Creative Writing, Dramatics, Journalism, and Yearbook.
All incoming 9th grade students will be programmed for both a class in English Literature and a class in Freshmen Writing and Research. The program is designed to provide students with a foundation in all the communication arts, including preparation for all of the Language Arts Literary Sills that will be tested on the New Jersey School Proficiency Assessment. Students will be introduced to the necessary skills and techniques for a research component of the curriculum. This will include: choosing a topic, narrowing the focus, selecting sources, gathering information, organizing ideas, and presenting a final project.
Students will also be required to read two assigned novels during the summer. There will be follow up discussions on the literary works, as well as some formal type of assessment during the first two weeks when students return in September.