• Lenape English Department
    Mr. Lawrence Strittmatter
    Assistant Principal
    English Supervisor

    Ms. Andrea Carpenter


    English Department Teachers


    Ms. Sarah Allen

    Mrs. Jacqueline Donaldson

    Ms. Nicole Mustaccio

    Mr. Joseph Archible

    Mr. Luis German

    Mrs. Eileen Smith

    Mr. William Bausch

    Mrs. Melinda Heppard

    Mr. Dan Sullivan

    Mrs. Elizabeth Boucher

    Mr. Jeremy Knoll

    Mr. Matthew Tavares


    Mrs. Pamela Busarello

    Mr. Andre Lopez


    Mrs. Catherine Wichelman

    Ms. Andrea Carpenter




    English Courses at Lenape High School


    *Full-Year Courses*



    English I (Honors)

    Offered by invitation only to students earning an A in 8th grade English or an A in both reading and writing. It concentrates on literature, writing, grammar, and usage. Various literary genre are sampled. Library skills are stressed in order to introduce students to the research format as they present papers, debates, and speeches.


    English I (Accelerated)

    Offered to students planning to continue formal education after high school. It concentrates on writing, focusing on elements of grammar and usage as needed. Vocabulary development is also included. Various literary models are sampled and reading skills are emphasized. Oral presentations are included.


    English I (College Prep)

    Enables the student to analyze and evaluate literature, non-fiction and non-textual material. Each student will also be able to communicate his/her ideas in a clear, focused, logically developed manner using vocabulary and mechanics appropriate for the work of both oral and written formats.


    English I (Modified)

    Remedial course designed for students who greatly need to improve their reading, writing, and thinking skills. Literature and other readings for this course are selected specifically for students who need to improve their reading skills, such as comprehension and vocabulary. Developing basic writing skills is emphasized as students respond to literature and their own experiences. Building student confidence in ones abilities to read, write, think and organize is also developed throughout the year.


    English II (Honors)

    Focuses on American Literature: short stories, poems, plays, essays, and novels with continuous emphasis on reading, writing, and critical analysis. Level 1 is offered by invitation only to those students who display special language ability and have earned the grade of A in English I, Level 2, or the grade of A or B in English I, Level 1.


    English II (Accelerated)

    Designed to introduce the student to the serious study of American Literature. The literary basis for the course consists of the four genres: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama. The authors studied in this curriculum of American Literature include those from the colonial period and extend through the twentieth century. Additional study will involve composition, research, speaking, vocabulary, and discussion.


    English II (College Prep)

    Continues emphasis on the development of writing skills and applications of these skills in various writing genres. It focuses on American literature short stories, poems, plays, essays and novels, with emphasis on reading, writing, and vocabulary.


    English II (Modified)

    A sophomore corrective/remedial reading and writing class designed to continue the studies undertaken in English I, Level 4, and to help students improve language arts skills. Efforts will be made to teach students needed improvement in reading and writing for appreciation, knowledge, and everyday language needs. Efforts to utilize available area resources and multi-media materials are directed to broaden the students background of experience.


    English III/ A.P. Composition and Language (Honors)

    Focuses on British literature: short stories, poems, plays, essays, and novels with continuous emphasis on reading, writing, and critical analysis. The authors studied in this curriculum include those from the Anglo-Saxon period and extend throughout the twentieth century. Study will involve lecture, composition, research, speaking, vocabulary, special projects, SAT preparation work, individual and group work, multi-ethnic and both gender material, multi-media material and discussion. Level One is offered by invitation only to those students who display special language ability and have earned the grade of A in English II (Accelerated), or the grade of A or B in English II (Honors).


    English III (Accelerated)

    Focuses on British literature: short stories, poems, plays, essays, and novels, stressing all the language skills in reading and writing as well as critical thinking and listening. The authors studied in this course range from the Anglo-Saxon to modern, twentieth century. The work in this course will involve lecture, composition, research, oral presentations, vocabulary, SAT preparation, HSPA preparation, and special projects.


    English III (College Prep)

    Stresses a wide variety of skills. These include reading a variety of fiction and non-fiction works, writing essays, critiques and various creative exercises, and presenting and reacting to various oral assignments.


    English III (Modified)

    Modified course designed for students who need to improve their reading,

    writing, and thinking skills. Literature and other readings for this course are selected specifically for students to practice their skills, such as reading, comprehension and vocabulary. Emphasis on development of basic writing skills is a focus of this course. Students also have the opportunity to respond to literature based on their own experiences. Building student confidence in the ability to read, write, think and organize ideas and materials is also developed throughout the year.


    English IV/ Advanced Placement English/Literature and Composition(Honors)

    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 Boards Advanced Placement Test in Literature/ Composition. Students may receive college credit or advanced standing depending upon their test scores and individual college policy.


    English IV(Accelerated)

    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 and critical thinking.


    English IV (College Prep)

    Continues emphasis on the development of writing skills. Various literary works are employed to improve reading skills. Vocabulary development is also stressed.


    English IV (Modified)

    Remediates basic skills in reading and writing.


    English I, II, III, IV (P.R.)

    Available for students in need of individual or small group instruction, with Child Study Team approval. 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.


    Humanities Seminar (Accelerated)

    In this age of specialization and almost limitless access to knowledge, it is crucial for students to develop the ability to evaluate the relationships between ideas, assimilate new points of view and recognize how specific disciplines lead to specific conclusions. Equally important is the need to have a strong intellectual foundation in a number of disciplines. It is not enough to access information; one must develop the skills necessary to make responsible decisions and take appropriate actions based on that information. This course is 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 communicating ideas to others. Humanities Seminar is a Level 2 academic elective without prerequisite. It will be team-taught by teachers from the English and Humanities Department.


    Individual Studies I (P.R.)

    Designed for students in need of individualized and small group instruction in the area of study skills. Areas of study include note taking, outlining, using a textbook, test taking skills, organization, listening skills and following directions. This course is open to classified students who are recommended by the Child Study Team. These students will also receive support in their academic classes.


    Individual Studies II (P.R.)

    Concentrates on the area of careers by exploring career possibilities in light of students interests, abilities, values, and goals. Job-seeking skills such as interviewing and resume writing are addressed as well as reading in the content areas and vocabulary-building. This course is open to classified students who are recommended by the Child Study Team. These students will also receive support in their academic classes.


    Individual Studies III (P.R.)

    Designed to meet the needs of the classified student who has plans to pursue a program of study after high school. Students will explore various areas that will make their transition from high school more meaningful and successful, while meeting their individual needs. This course will focus on self - advocacy and improving the skills involved in memorizing, studying, writing, and test taking. There will be additional focus on goal setting, time organization, planning for study after high school, and improving interpersonal skills. This course is offered to serious classified juniors and seniors who are recommended by the Child Study Team and previous Individual Studies instructors.


    Communication/Language (P.R.)

    Available for students in need of individualized or small group instructions, with Child Study Team approval. Intense remediation is provided in the areas of expressive and receptive communication skills, word analysis and recognition, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and writing skills.


    Reading (P.R.)

    A second year of reading instruction designed for students who read significantly below grade level. The Child Study Team (CST) recommends students.


    *Semesterized Courses*


    American Short Stories (Accelerated)

    Traces growth and development of the short story in America from the early days of Poe, Irving, and Hawthorne to the present time. In addition to class and outside readings and library research, original short stories may be required.


    Creative Drama (Accelerated)

    Introduces the basic techniques of acting, including role preparation, stage control, voice and body control, and sensory awareness. Students will participate in role playing, pantomime, improvisation, and production of one-act plays and scenes from plays. Students read plays, write them, and do research into the history of dramatic forms.


    Creative Drama (College Prep)

    As above with greater emphasis on the basic skills.


    Creative Writing (Accelerated)

    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 & Debate (Accelerated)

    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. Critical thinking and listening are stressed. In formal debate, students learn to persuade others to their point of view through evidence, argument, and appeal. Students are taught to weigh evidence, use logical judgment, and arrive at unbiased conclusions.


    Introduction to College Writing (Accelerated)

    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.


    Journalism (College Prep)

    Concerns itself with both the writing of the news and the organization, management, and operation of newspapers. The course covers advertising, photo-journalism, and printing as they evolved.


    Journalistic Writing (Accelerated)

    Shows how to locate and write news stories. Different kinds of news articles, styles, and newspaper formats are studied. Students read and critically evaluate stories in newspapers. Much class time is used to write news, editorials, and features.


    Literature of the Holocaust (Accelerated)

    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 (Accelerated)

    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 medias influence on daily lives. They investigate techniques used to sway individual decisions, and they also evaluate how public and individual opinions are formed.


    Mass Media (College Prep)

    As above with greater emphasis on the basic skills.


    Musical Theater (Accelerated)

    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 (Accelerated)

    Concentrates on mythology, focusing on reading, writing, speaking, and interpreting literary materials. Library skills are stressed; vocabulary development is enhanced. Various world mythologies are sampled.


    Mythology (College Prep)

    Closely replicates the level 2 Mythology course. It will include primarily classical mythology with a focus on creation myths, heroes, lovers, and related stories. Some attention may be given to ways in which those stories influence our current culture. Some myths from Native American, Nordic, and African cultures may be included. This will differ from level 2 in the amount and level of readings; instead of a formal research paper, a research project will be required.


    Poetry (Accelerated)

    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 (Accelerated)

    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 (Accelerated)

    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.


    Science Fiction (Accelerated)

    Focuses on fiction based on some imagined development of science or some fantastical idea. The course includes readings about the future and the effects of technology in terms of their social and psychological possibilities. Science fiction provides a forum for discussion (verbal and written) of social problems, ecological concerns, overpopulation, mind manipulation, biological engineering, etc.


    Science Fiction (College Prep)

    As above with greater emphasis on the basic skills.


    Seminar in Ideas (Accelerated)

    For students who are self-motivated and intellectually alert. It requires much individual initiative and effort. Students will argue, discuss, and evaluate religion, philosophy, culture, psychology, education and social problems.


    Shakespeare (Accelerated)

    Why is Shakespeare the worlds 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 (College Prep)

    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.


    Strategies for Success in High School and Life

    Designed primarily as an elective for freshmen, although any student in any grade may take it. Designed to foster appreciation for cultural diversity and individualism as well as teach study skills at an early stage to be applied throughout high school and higher learning. Taught by English and History departments. Credits will not count toward English or History requirements for graduation.


    Vocabulary Enrichment (Accelerated)

    Suited for serious college-bound juniors and seniors who seek to improve their reading comprehension and writing skills through word study. Special emphasis is placed on word origin, research, and the application of new vocabulary while reading both fiction and non-fiction. Supplemental readings are integral to the course.


    Women in Literature (Accelerated)

    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. These guidelines not only determine whether or not a student is placed in the program, but at which level he/she will be receiving instruction.

    The district believes that the development of the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing is contingent upon the assimilation of LEP students into American society. Therefore, the course aims to teach English by helping students assimilate into our culture while encouraging them to respect and continue their home traditions, customs, and language.


    ESL I

    ESL I is an introduction to the phonetic and grammatical construction of the English language. All act, ivities are centered around improving listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills. E, mphasis is on students becoming communicative and able to function in everyday situations. If it is det, ermined 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

    ESL II builds on knowledge acquired either in ESL I or background experience. It will introduce new grammar based on students needs. Techniques will be practiced to improve reading comprehension, speaking skills through directed conversation, listening skills through audio materials, and writing short paragraphs. Cultural information will be dispensed and discussed.



    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. High level grammar points are practiced as well as challenging listening and speaking exercises. Much emphasis is placed on writing and some literature is read. Some work is completed for TOEFL preparation as the need arises. Final exiting from the program will be individually based using tools recommended by state requirements.