Welcome to the Tenafly High School English Department
The Tenafly High School English department seeks to encourage each student to develop his or her capacity to read, to write, to speak, to listen, and, underlying all, to think. English courses provide instruction and experiences in each of these fundamental language-based activities. Course readings are drawn from the literature of several traditions and cultures with the intent of engaging students with a variety of voices. These readings address the recurring questions of human experience and create occasions for writing.
In grades nine through eleven, much of the English curriculum parallels the topical emphases of the social studies program. Field trips to theaters and museums in the metropolitan area may be included in the program.
There is a required summer reading assignment for every course.
Ninth graders take World Literature I CPB, World Literature I CPA, or, if recommended by their eighth grade teacher, World Literature I Honors. The honors course is the correct placement for self-directed students who excel at reading and writing. Students who are not recommended for World Literature I Honors do have the ability to seek placement in subsequent honors level courses.
Tenth graders take World Literature II CPB or World Literature II CPA. Students who earn a recommendation from both their ninth grade English and social studies teachers may enroll in Humanities Honors, the mutual honors offering of the two departments. Ninth grade teachers from both departments meet as a group to reach common decisions about placement in this program.
Eleventh graders take American Literature CPB, American Literature CPA, or, if recommended, Advanced Placement English Language and Composition. In addition to their regular English program, and with the permission of the appropriate administrators, juniors enrolled in the full-year junior course may choose an additional course from the full-year senior electives. Students wishing to graduate early may use such a course, taken in the eleventh grade, to meet their twelfth grade English graduation requirement. Advanced Placement English Language and Composition students are responsible for reading a number of works during the summer preceding their junior year. Students enrolled in this course are required to take the Advanced Placement examination in May of the junior year.
Twelfth graders take Senior English CPB, Senior English CPA, or if recommended, Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition. Students enrolled in the CPA course will select from the range of rigorous and engaging offerings in the registration listing. Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition students are responsible for reading a number of works during the summer preceding their senior year. Students enrolled in this course are required to take the Advanced Placement examination in May of the senior year.
As an outgrowth of their previous writing experiences, all seniors are required to write an extended and researched essay which voices and develops a cohesive commentary on an appropriate topic. This requirement is fulfilled in conjunction with the course work at all levels. Advanced Placement students submit their term essay during the spring semester. Advanced Placement students who are also enrolled in a senior elective are expected to meet the term essay requirement for that elective. These students may consult with both their elective and their Advanced Placement teachers to establish a common basis for their semester essays.
Use of school computers is an integral part of the English program for students in grades 9-12. During class time, students may use classroom Chromebooks to research topics through the Internet, to create presentations, and to draft, revise, and edit their writing. Students are provided space to save their files on the network server. Students have additional access to computers during their IDT or Study Hall periods, as well as before or after school, in various locations throughout the building (e.g. Media Center, Tiger Study Den).