Sophomore English

For Students in grade 10 (Required)

Prerequisites: English 121 (H) requires a B- or higher in English 111 (H) or teacher recommendation; English 122 (CP) requires completion of a Freshman English course.

Sophomore English continues to emphasize written expression with the expectation that students will reach a greater level of sophistication in their expository, critical, and narrative writing. Along with detailed attention to the writing process, students learn the skills involved in writing a documented essay and prepare for the English Language Arts portion of the MCAS test. Technology serves as a tool in this course to develop writing and presentation skills, and to explore thematic issues in the course readings. The literature component of the sophomore year features American works in all major genres, centered on the unifying theme of the Individual Identity versus Society.

Core texts are The Catcher in the Rye, The Great Gatsby, Song of Solomon, and excerpts from Walden; other works may include Ethan Frome, Summer, The Bean Trees, The Turn of the Screw, A Streetcar Named Desire, Death of a Salesman,  The Crucible, The Kite Runner, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, A Gathering of Old Men, and other works of fiction and nonfiction.

Placement in Sophomore English for both current and incoming CCHS students is based on the following prerequisites: Sophomore Honors requires a B- or higher in Freshman Honors or teacher recommendation.  Sophomore CP requires completion of a Freshman English course

If a students is new to CCHS, the department also strongly recommends that he or she complete the following self-evaluation assessments: