• Welcome to Freshman English !
    In accordance with the Tenafly High School English department:
     
    Freshman English provides instruction and experiences in each of the following language-based activities: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking! Instruction in language arts also includes viewing, understanding, and using non-textual visual information such as art or film. Both group and independent work will offer students the opportunity to draw inferences, develop vocabulary, and form reasoned opinions.
     
    Course readings introduce students to adult literature and are drawn from world mythology, English literature, and literature from or about Asia and Africa. The idea of the freshman English curriculum involves the sharing of the geographical interest (Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia) of the freshman social studies curriculum. All genres—poetry, drama, fiction and non-fiction are included.
     
    During the first semester we will concentrate on the following:
    Summer Reading
    Vocabulary instruction
    Membean Vocabulary program
    Writing skills
    Reading skills using stories, articles, and Achieve3000
    Analytical, personal, and/or persuasive essays
    Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
    Somehow Tenderness Survives Edited by Hazel Rochman
    Short Stories and articles
    Independent Reading
     
    During the second semester we will concentrate on the following:
    Vocabulary instruction
    Membean Vocabulary program
    Writing skills
    Reading skills using stories, articles, and Achieve3000
    Analytical, personal, and/or persuasive essays
    Chinese Cinderlla by Adeline Yen Mah
    Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    Independent Reading
     
    Writing: We will engage in writing for a variety of purposes and audiences ranging from brief in-class activities to more fully developed writing pieces. Genres we will explore in greater depth include analytical, personal and persuasive essay writing, as well as some creative writing.
     
    Reading:  We will read an assortment of texts together. We will work on developing responses to literature throughout the year. Shared texts are listed above. Students will also engage in independent reading during the course of the semester.
     
    Grammar:   Mechanics of writing and grammar are taught primarily in the context of our larger writing units. Worksheets and quizzes may follow lessons. Lessons range from identifying parts of speech to correcting run-on sentences. 
     
    Vocabulary: We will primary be using the vocabulary program, Membean, in order to learn new vocabulary words. Vocabulary words will also be derived from the freshman vocabulary book as well as from the novels or stories that we are studying.   
     
    Homework: Assignments are written on the chalkboard each day.  Homework earns full credit if it is completed well and done on time. Should students have a question about the HW, they should have the phone number of other students to call.
     
     
    Availability: I am available to work with students after school most days.  
     
    Feel free to contact me if you have a concern, a question or information about your child you think I should know at eschwartz@tenafly.k12.nj.us. My goal is to help all my students grow as readers, writers and thinkers (and have a little fun along the way). The best way to reach me is through email. Sometimes a conversation is better than email, so should you want to talk, please include in your email a number where I can reach you during the day. 
     
     
    Assignments will be posted on Google Classroom.