English Department

Upon graduation at FHSA, each Arts graduate will have experienced rigorous and engaging coursework in Language Arts. Culminating in research using scholarly articles in the upper level courses, all students entering Fordham High School for the Arts are enrolled in ELA 9, regardless of level in 8th grade. This course, designed to create a strong foundational toolkit of argumentative writing and text analysis, provides all learners with the opportunity to sit for the CCLS ELA Regents Exam in January of their first year, and June if necessary. By front loading students for Regents success, our course catalog is developed with SAT and college-readiness aligned indicators that promote critical thinking, inquiry, and real-world performance tasks for students to create meaningful outcomes in their vertical progression in Language Arts.

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AP Seminar

AP Seminar is a foundational course that engages students in cross-curricular conversations that explore the complexities of academic and real-world topics and issues by analyzing divergent perspectives. Students learn to investigate a problem or issue, analyze arguments, compare different perspectives, synthesize information from multiple sources, and work alone and in a group to communicate their ideas.

AP Language & Composition

“At the heart of an AP English Language & Composition course is the reading of various texts. Reading facilitates informed citizenship and this increases students’ capacity to enter into consequential conversations with others about meaningful issues. Also contributing to students’ informed citizenship is their ability to gather source materials representing particular conversations and then make their own reasonable and informed contributions to those conversations. Students’ ability to engage with outside sources in their reading, writing, and research is an important measure of their intellectual growth.”

AP Literature & Composition

“An AP English Literature & Composition course engages student in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, themes, as well as such smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone.”

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Invested in theoretical and historical frames of reading, the course takes as its starting point the concepts of social class and engages with literary texts ranging from the early modern period through the Industrial Revolution and into the present moment, when digital technology is dramatically shifting the way we work, live and communicate. Accordingly, as participants in a writing-intensive course, students will respond and engage with texts by writing short and long-form papers as a way of critically and personally engaging with the texts from class. Students in this course will learn to read analytically and, through their writing, demonstrate a critical faculty for understanding how these texts can be vital markers of the ways that social class, and the struggles that come with it, stratify, divide and define us today.

Foreign Language

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