Washington Township High School English Department
- Upon entering the high school, ninth graders are given one full marking period of Writing Lab.. This course is part of their regular English course experience and teaches them how to compose a research paper (using the MLA format), as well as the mechanics of the “writing process.” Both of these skills will be extremely helpful to students, both in future English classes and in all other content area courses, which require research and writing. To ensure optimal learning, classes in Writing Lab are half the average size guaranteeing a favorable student to teacher ratio.
- For those students looking ahead to their college experience, we offer two highly challenging courses AP English 11 Language and Composition and AP English 12 Literature and Composition. Students who complete these two courses will be well prepared to take the AP English exam, which potentially allows them credit towards their college English requirements. Enrollment in these courses is limited to those students who excel in their English courses during their Freshmen/Sophomore years and receive the recommendation of their English teachers.
- Students of all abilities and interests have been considered in the design of English courses at the high school. We provide a sequenced offering of courses ranging from those students who will most likely enter the work force upon graduation to students who aspire to the most prestigious universities in the nation. Students may choose from the following array at each of the four high school grade levels: College Prep English (B), College Prep English (A), Honors English, AP English 11, and AP English 12. A number of electives may also be taken for those interested students: Journalism 1, Journalism 2, Journalism 3, Journalism 4, and Creative Writing.
Summer Reading 2017~
The WTHS Summer Reading Program has been in place for well over two decades, but has recently been restructured to ensure optimal student participation and a shift in the purpose and vision for summer reading~to spark student interests and ignite their passion for reading!
- Beginning in 2017, students will self select a book from a list of options and are required to complete a summer reading assignment pertaining to the book(s) they select. Note: The course level which students are enrolled will determine the number of required reading texts (College Prep:1 book, Honors: 2 books, AP11 and AP12: 3 books) These books will then lead as a springboard into some exciting collaborative conversations upon return to school in the fall. Students will be expected to turn in their assignments on the first day of school. Additionally, students will provide a writing sample that pertains to their summer reading. This writing piece will be completed in class and will count as a minor assessment grade that will be calculated along with many other assessments during Marking Period 1. Note: Students will not be required to complete a comprehension test and/or other major assessments pertaining to their summer reading.
- Students in grade 11 are required to pass New Jersey’s state mandated test, entitled the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA), in order to graduate from high school. The English Department takes a special leadership role in preparing students for the Language Arts Literacy (reading and writing) section of the test. All English courses 9 through 11 emphasize the reading comprehension and writing skills necessary to be successful in taking the HSPA. In addition, teachers are inserviced regularly in the format and content of the test, so that they can better address the skills needed for all Washington Township students to succeed.