August Martin High School
SMITH, GILLIAN, PRINCIPAL
156-10 BAISLEY BOULEVARD, QUEENS, NY 11434Phone: 718-528-2920
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to the English Department!
Assistant Principal, English and Communication Arts
offered by the English Department reflect our commitment to an integrated program in the Language Arts, which tightly adheres
to our City and State standards in the English Language Arts Curriculum.
It is our duty to enhance our students listening, critical thinking,
speaking, reading and writing skills in a context that sensitizes them to the need
for developing proficiency with language. We provide a curriculum that
addresses the needs of our students through collaborative learning
techniques as prescribed by the Chancellor's Handbook for Balanced Literacy.
Developing our students literacy skills is our main objective,
students progress through the four-year English curriculum.
The course of studies prepares our students for the Comprehensive English
Exam, the SAT and College Now under the aegis of York College. We
want to send our graduates to college or into the work force
necessary skills to succeed in our highly competitive world.
We also offer Advanced Placement English this is an intensive
level course that aims to instruct students in the art of
writing and literature appreciation. The course follows the requirements set by the
The 9th grade
curriculum has been revamped by the Department of
Education to reflect and highlight literacy. Ninth grade
students who score a 2 or less on their ELA 8th Grade Assessment test will have a
double period of English and follow the Ramp-Up Program. This program
will enable students to become more fluent readers and writers
independent, cooperative, and whole group instruction.
Those 9th grade students who score a 3 or better on the 8th Grade ELA exam
will have a single period of English based on the Balanced Literacy Model.
This course themes are the same as the E3H/E4H. Students
will write their own narratives and responses to literature. Students will
continue to be familiarized with the four parts of the English Regents exam
that they will take at the end of their junior year. This course strengthens
students listening and writing skills. Students writing abilities will
be constantly crutinized and accessed to meet state and city standards for
English Language Arts, and to continually build skills to meet the
Regents requirement the following year.
This course tackles the themes of rites of passage and
man's fight for
survival. Within this context, the course provides a wide
array of short
stories, novels, plays and poems. The literature is
represents literary works from around the world. The writing
component is intensive and builds upon the essential skills of process
writing, and more specifically, expository and creative writing. This is the
precursor to the ELA Regents class next year.
Like the 5H/6H class, this is a Regents preparatory course
where students will read American novels and continue to develop their
proficiency in writing skills and general test-taking skills. Writing about a
controlling idea and a critical lens will be stressed. It is an intensive
reading and writing course that will lead to the successful passing of the Regents
This is an Honors Regents course in which American
Literature is the
focus. Students will be preparing for the English
Comprehensive Regents Exam in June, a requirement for graduation. Reading American
classics and writing about the literature, largely comprises this course.
Vocabulary study, the study of literary terms and reading comprehension
are important topics of the course. Students will be required to write a
thesis paper on an American author and two of his works. There is continuous
preparation for the ELA Regents in June.
This senior level English class offers different topics
each year, but writing still remains the focal point. The senior essay is discussed
and written this term, as well as a research paper. The fall term's focus is
the literature of mystery where students get to explore the themes and devices
employed by famous mystery writers. The spring term's focus is on
public speaking and communications.
This honors class focuses on comparative literature
genres. Students will write their senior essays as well as a
literary research paper. This course seeks to broaden students knowledge of
classical and contemporary literature with emphasis on literary style and
The Advanced Placement Course offers students the
opportunity to read a comprehensive selection of works by British and American
authors from many time periods and genres. Students will be expected
to critically interpret and analyze texts read in class and to apply evaluative
and critical processes to independently read texts.