The English curriculum at Hamilton Heights is designed to help students sharpen their communication skills and effectively prepare them for their post-high school choices. Each year, the English curricula is divided into two sections: Writing & Grammar and Literature. Each respective year's curricula is as follows:
English 9: The Writing and Grammar module reviews the eight parts of speech, five basic sentence patterns, usage, and mechanics. Introduce relative pronouns, pronoun reference problems, indicative/imperative mood. Dictionary skills, library skills, study skills, and the writing process are part of the year's work. Literature selections provide students the opportunity to analyze real texts. Writing projects include paragraphs of comparison/contrast and personal experience, a research essay, poetry and devotional writing, a personal response to literature. The Literature module teaches the process of literary analysis that enables the student to interpret and evaluate what they read in light of biblical truth. Readings offer instruction in six literary elements: conflict, character, theme, structure, point of view, and moral tone. Included is an English translation of Rostand's drama Cyrano de Bergerac.
English 10: The Writing and Grammer module teaches the eight parts of speech, verbal phrases, clauses (including noun clauses), usage, and mechanics. Review the five basic sentence patterns. Reference chapters include library skills such as test-taking strategies. Students are lead through the writing process and teach writing strategies such as sentence expansion and reduction, coordination and subordination, and parallelism. Writing projects include persuasive speech, editorial, eyewitness report, research essay, cause-and-effect essay, short story, poetry and metaphor, and webpage design. The Literature module strengthens he student's understanding of literature by focusing on advanced literary concepts. Students will analyze literary selections from several genres and interpret them in light of biblical principles. The Shakespearean drama Romeo and Juliet is included.
English 11: The Writing and Grammar module teaches the eight parts of speech, verbal phrases clauses, usage, and mechanics. Review the seven sentence patterns. Introduce advanced concepts such as tense sequence, perfect verbals, and adverbial nouns. Reference chapters include library skills and study skills. Students are lead through the Writing Process and teach writing strategies such as variety, emphasis, and sentence logic. Writing projects include research paper, literary analysis, folktale, narrative poem, hymn, analytical essay, interview, memoir, analogy, in-class essay, and letter to the editor. The Literature module Introduces the student to more than seventy authors in a study that connects the authors' lives and beliefs as revealed in their writings with the corresponding literary periods. Lessons examine Colonial-Revolutionary, Romantic, Realistic/Naturalistic, and Modern literature and issues such as Darwinism and religious liberalism. Included is the Thornton Wilder play The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden.
English 12: Teaches the eight parts of speech, verbal phrases, clauses, usage, and mechanics. Reviews the seven sentence patterns. Introduces advanced concepts such as tense sequence, perfect verbals, and adverbial nouns. Reference chapters include library skills and study skills. Leads your student through the writing process and teaches writing strategies such as variety, emphasis, and sentence logic. Writing projects include a research paper, a literary analysis, a folktale, a narrative poem, a hymn, an analytical essay, an interview, a memoir, an analogy, and an in-class essay. Discusses cultural issues from eight literary periods in light of Scripture: Old English, Middle English, Tudor, Stuart, Neoclassical, Romantic, Victorian, and Modern. Traces English Christianity from its beginning to the present and studies the Shakespearean drama Macbeth.