• Lenape English Department 


    Mr. Lawrence Strittmatter

    Department Supervisor


    Ms. Andrea Carpenter

    Department Coordinator


    English Department Teachers

  • English Courses at Lenape High School


    *Full-Year Courses*





    English I                                                                                 HON, ACC, CP, MOD 
    English I is taught using the Reading/Writing Workshop model. Half of each week is spent on writing instruction, while the other half is dedicated to the study of literature—short stories, the novel, drama and poetry, as well as non-fiction. Students are introduced to several writing modes, including research. Independent reading is required throughout the year. As students write more extensively, they become more critical readers, and as they read more, they learn to identify and incorporate the tools of master writers.
    English II                                                                    HON, ACC, CP, MOD
    English II is the thematic exploration of American literature through various “voices” exemplified by our writers: voices of conformity and protest, of self-exploration, of disillusionment, and voices facing adversity. In addition, writing skills taught in English I are further refined. Research skills are introduced and students will produce a full-length research paper.
    *AP English Language and Composition                            HON 
    Offered by invitation only to juniors who display special ability in English, this course allows students to write in many forms - narrative, exploratory, expository, and argumentative - on many different subjects from personal experiences to public policies, from imaginative literature to popular culture. Equivalent to a first year college course, students taking this course will be prepared to take the College Board's Advanced Placement test in Language and Composition. Students may receive college credit or advanced standing depending upon their test scores and individual college policy. *Offered as BCC Cap Course.
    English III                                                                               ACC, CP, MOD
    Focuses on philosophical themes (the nature of humanity, authority, societal change, the hero), as portals to strengthening writing, reading and speaking skills. Literature studied includes non-fiction in addition to poetry, drama and fiction from a diverse and global selection of writers. Rhetorical and research skills are emphasized, as are SAT and PARCC preparation. 
    *AP English Literature and Composition                             HON
    Offered by invitation only to seniors who display special ability in English. Equivalent to a first year college English course, students taking this course will be prepared to take the College Board's Advanced Placement Test in Literature and Composition. Students may receive college credit or advanced standing depending upon their test scores and individual college policy. *Offered as RCBC Cap Course.
    English IV                                                                                ACC, CP, MOD 
    Focuses on World Literature and builds on language skills previously developed. Emphasis is on literature as a reflection of the culture that produced it. This course continues to stress writing, critical thinking, and vocabulary. 
    English I, II, III, IV                                                                    PR
    Emphasis is on remediation of weaknesses in reading, writing, and vocabulary development. At all levels, students will develop and learn to apply skills to "real life" situations. Available through the Child Study Team
    Humanities Seminar                                                                 ACC 
    Designed to teach students to develop their ability to see art, listen to music, and read literature. In addition to developing criteria for aesthetic judgment, the course emphasizes evaluation of the historic, social, and philosophical significance of ideas, institutions, and works of human expression. The course will demonstrate the evolution of crucial themes and ideas and relate them to current issues and attitudes. Students will develop skills necessary for communication of ideas to others. Humanities Seminar is a Level 2 academic elective without prerequisite. It will be team taught by a teacher from the English Department and a teacher from the Humanities Department.
    Celebrating Diversity                                                                ACC
    Focuses on the belief that all people have inherent qualities that can be used to make positive contributions to society. Emphasis will be placed on learning and understanding the importance of tolerance and respect for people regardless of culture, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, body image, or disability. Students will read various genres of literature, watch media presentations, participate in class discussions, and complete projects.
    Creative Drama                                                                         ACC 
    Creative Drama focuses on three aspects of theatre - technique, communication, and cultural context. Students will examine movement, expression, characterization, and staging. They will read a number of plays from different time periods and cultures, and they will participate in pantomime, monologues, and scene writing, performance and evaluation.
    Creative Writing                                                                        ACC 
    Designed for students who like to write and wish to learn more about how to express themselves imaginatively in the short story, the poem, and the one-act play. In addition to the study of particular literary devices and techniques, there is much reading and keeping of personal journals as sources of ideas. Students are encouraged to submit their work in contests and in publications. A command of basic writing skills is necessary. 
    Discussion and Debate                                                             ACC 
    Utilizes current issues as a vehicle for the exchange of ideas, attitudes, and beliefs. Discussion of issues is based on logical thinking, research, and proofs. Research, critical thinking, speaking and listening are stressed. Students will learn how to formally debate usinf policy and Lincoln/Douglas formats. Students are taught to weigh evidence, use logical judgment, and arrive at unbiased conclusions. Students prepare collaborative arguments with partners a well as rebuttals against opponents. The components of Mock Trial are taught and enacted within the classroom setting.
    Introduction to College Writing                                               ACC
    Prepares the student for the college-level composition requirement. Each student will create a number of paragraphs and essays of various types based on personally selected and teacher selected topics. Oral presentations may be required. Students in this course must be interested in improving their writing ability.
    Journalistic Writing                                                                   ACC
    Journalistic writing will show students how to write and evaluate different types of journalism, making them more conscious consumers of news, while also teaching a foundation of skills and forms used in journalistic writing. Topics will vary from world news to school events, politics to sports. Students will learn how to evaluate news sources, identify the manipulation of facts within news writing, and evaluate bias in news reporting by examining news reports from print, online, and television sources. Students will also learn to write for both print and television news. The class relies heavily upon projects as a resource for both learning and applying newly acquired knowledge. Journalistic writing is designed not only for the aspiring journalist, but also the discerning viewer. 
    Literature of the Holocaust                                                      ACC 
    Educates students about the period of time called the Holocaust from 1933 to 1945. Students will get an overview of the time period and will read personal accounts in a variety of genre. Fiction as well as non-fiction will be included. Students will also work on projects, see videos, participate in class discussions, and write essays and reports. Emphasis will be placed on learning to accept others and tolerance of different cultures in order to eliminate future genocides. 
    Mass Media                                                                                ACC
    Probes the nature of communication: why people need to communicate and how they do it. Students examine newspapers, magazines, radio, television programs, and film to assess the media's influence on daily lives. They investigate techniques used to sway individual decisions, and also evaluate how public and individual opinions are formed. 
    Musical Theater                                                                        ACC 
    Explores the purposes and creators of musicals. The course involves many individual readings, written research, and possible field trips. Students may write and perform in their own musicals. Form as an indicator of social changes is studied. Musicals ranging from the past to the present are analyzed in regard to type, intent, and structure. 
    Mythology                                                                                  ACC 
    Concentrates on various world mythologies demonstrating universal archetypes and themes and how they connect to each other and to modern society. These themes are reviewed and discussed through various readings as well as writing assignments, speaking assignments, and projects. Works will include worldwide multi-cultural, and classical creation and hero myths. 
    Poetry                                                                                        ACC 
    Includes many forms of poetry: narrative, descriptive, sonnet, ode, limerick, riddle, etc. Students interpret poems orally and in writing. The writing of original poems may be required. 
    Public Speaking                                                                       ACC
    Helps students acquire confidence and poise before an audience. Emphasis is on organization, structure, research, and delivery of speeches. Techniques for effective speaking are stressed. Students are encouraged to develop original thoughts into effective public messages. 
    SAT Prep                                                                                  ACC
    Prepares students for the verbal and math sections of the SAT. Nine weeks will be spent on verbal and nine weeks on math. The critical reading, writing, vocabulary, and logical reasoning skills needed on the SAT will be addressed. Specific test-taking strategies for the SAT will also be presented. Completing this course is in no way a guarantee of desired results on the SAT. Open to second semester sophomores, all juniors, and first semester seniors. Credits will not count toward English or Math requirements for graduation. Students will be graded on a pass/fail basis. Students will complete a portfolio of practice tests, work samples, and skill sets which will be assessed by the instructor using a pre-established rubric. This is a pass/fail course. 
    Science Fiction                                                                        ACC, CP
    Fiction based on scientific developments or futuristic possibilities with a strong look at the “what if.” The course explores concepts such as the rise of dystopian societies, the effects of technology on civilization, as well as aliens, time travel and even the zombie apocalypse. This course will encourage students to apply the theories, concepts and themes of science fiction in order to better understand the present, as well as to grasp both the possibilities and the pitfalls of the future.
    Seminar in Ideas                                                                     ACC 
    This course gives students the opportunity to discuss, argue and evaluate issues in philosophy, culture, religion, psychology, and education, in literature, film, and other media. Topics frequently studied include war, animal rights, and the role and value of art in society.
    Shakespeare                                                                            ACC
    Why is Shakespeare the world's most popular playwright? This course attempts to answer that question by reading, discussing, and writing about his plays: their themes, conflicts, and characters. Background reading and written critical analyses are required. Research and films are used to get the "feel" of Shakespeare. 
    Sports Literature                                                                     CP
    Continues to build English skills by using stories about athletic competition and sports figures. Reading selections will include short stories, newspaper and magazine articles, and biography. This course is currently under revision. 
    Women in Literature                                                            ACC
    Examines writing by and about women. Selections are taken from British and American literature and represent all genre. A variety of critical approaches will be used. Students will be expected to respond both orally and in writing to the reading selections assigned. 
    English as a Second Language (ESL)
    The three year program of study presented by the Lenape District is designed to meet the needs of all students whose first language is not English and who qualify as limited English proficient according to state guidelines. 
    ESL I 
    An introduction to the phonetic and grammatical construction of the English language. All activities are centered around improving listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills. Emphasis is on students becoming communicative and able to function in everyday situations. If it is determined that the student needs two periods of English a day, 10 credits can be obtained by taking ESL I as a high intensity course. 
    ESL II 
    Builds on knowledge acquired either in ESL I or background experience. Techniques will be practiced to improve reading comprehension, speaking skills through directed conversation, listening skills through audio materials, and writing short paragraphs. 
    ESL III 
    Advanced ESL addresses the needs of those students who are competent enough in English to excel at high content level courses but have not passed state guidelines to be exited from ESL. Much emphasis is placed on writing and some literature is read. Final exiting from the program will be individually based using tools recommended by state requirements.