Pathfinder Tech

English Language Arts (ELA)

COURSES AVAILABLE AT EACH GRADE LEVEL

Grade 9

  • CP English 9
  • Honors English 9
  • Resource English 9

Grade 10

  • CP English 10
  • Honors English 10
  • Resource English 10

Grade 11

  • CP English 11
  • Resource English 11
  • AP Language and Composition

Grade 12

  • CP English 12
  • Resource English 12
  • Creative Writing
  • Resource English 11
  • AP Literature

English Language Arts (ELA)

Our English Department uses Common Core State Standards for English/Language Arts. All English courses provide the necessary preparation to achieve proficiency in all areas of the English Language Arts and build the foundation necessary to be successful on the MCAS test as well successful for college and career readiness.

The English Department offers a variety of courses to meet the needs of all learners and adequately prepares them for their post-secondary plans.

Our literature study emphasizes content interpretation and analysis through both oral and written communication while building vocabulary skills and increasing the student’s lexicon.
Our writing process will consist of drafting, revising and editing to produce final copy material. MCAS modeled writing assignments will be completed throughout the year. Students will read a combination of short stories, articles, poetry, novels, and plays. Additionally, students will focus on close reading, analytical writing, and language skills.

 

NOTEWORTHY projects
  • 9th: Survival, Coming of Age, and Prejudice
  • 10th: Duality of Man/Good v. Evil, Formation of Identity, Power and Leadership
  • 11th: Exploration and Exploitation, Construction of Individual and Society, Freedom
  • 12th: Reality and Perception, Human Nature and the Influence of Society, Functional/Dysfunctional Society
GRADUATION & MCAS REQUIREMENTS
  • Must pass  (65% or higher) 4 years of English 
  • Must pass English MCAS with a minimum score of 220
  • In order to earn John & Abigail Adams Scholarship, students must earn a proficient or advanced score on English MCAS
THIS PROGRAM RELIES HEAVILY ON THE FOLLOWING ACADEMIC SKILLS and/or DISCIPLINES
  • Reading Literature and Informational Text
  • Writing (formal and informal)
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Language (i.e, grammar conventions, literary devices)
  • Critical Thinking and Analysis

BENEFITS IN CAREER PLACEMENTS THAT RELY ON SKILLS IN THE SUBJECT AREA

Many career opportunities rely on the skills taught in English Language Arts. Being proficient in ELA contributes to the success of all post-secondary academic pursuits as well as successful career readiness including professionalism. Verbal and written communication skills enhance interpersonal skills such as thoughtfulness and compassion for our graduates entering the workforce.

Pathfinder provides a robust program of essential academic coursework to ensure students’ readiness upon graduation to pursue an array of career pathways, as well as prepare students to be successful, independent members of society. Beyond core offerings in English, mathematics, science, and social studies, Pathfinder students may also elect accounting, health and wellness, and foreign language options. In addition to traditional college and career readiness driven academic courses, students may engage in Honors, Advanced Placement, and Dual Enrollment opportunities.

Pathfinder offers a wide range of vocational technical programs. We have expanded our offerings to include 15 unique programs. These exciting programs give students a competitive advantage both in college and in the workforce. Our programs are designed to help students create and follow pathways to a career of their choice.  Pursue your passion and enjoy your education!

The Cooperative Education Program at Pathfinder is an optional experience for seniors and juniors (second half of the school year) having a minimum 1,000 hours in their technical area. Through a cooperative arrangement between the school and employer, the student will receive job placement related to their technical area of study during their “shop week” with wages paid by the employer. To be eligible, a student must have the recommendation of their technical program teachers, meet the required grade, attendance, and discipline standards. The student must also have their OSHA 10-hour card. Some technical areas may require additional certifications prior to entering the program.

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