Welcome to Language Arts Department

  • The English courses in grades 9-12 are designed to increase each student's skills in the use of written and oral language. They are also designed to encourage open and clear communication, and foster reading for comprehension, information, and enjoyment. Each course requires homework and student participation in class discussions. In addition, the program is constructed to give students the opportunity to succeed in a wide variety of learning experiences including writing poetry, delivering speeches, and reading literature.

    The correct use of the English language is taught in all English classes. Grammar study is conducted with student writing as a primary resource for instruction. Specific exercises are also used to highlight a particular problem or mistake in usage.

    Reading and Writing Center

    Students who need help with writing can find it on Mondays in room 101 at the new Writing Center. 2;10 to 3:10!!!

    “Reading for Understanding” is available from 2:10 – 3:10 on Wednesdays.

    Make appointments with Mrs. Longworth in room 313!


    Mrs. Nicholas teaches Freshmen.  The following are her core focuses:

    *"The Most Dangerous Game"

    *"The Birds"

    *"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"

    *Romeo and Juliet


    *Shakespearean Sonnets

    *The Odyssey

    *To Kill a Mockingbird

    *Expository Writing

    *Creative Writing

    *Public Speaking

    Mr. Hartranft aka "Mr. H" teaches Freshmen and Freshmen Honors.  The following are his core focuses:

    * Romeo and Juliet

    * The House on Mango Street

    * The Odyssey

    * To Kill a Mockingbird

    * Expository Writing

    * Critical Reading

    * Public Speaking


    Mrs. Longworth teaches Sophomore Honors, Regular English, and ELD.  Her core focuses are:


    * Short Stories

    * And Then There Were None

    * Things Fall Apart

    * The Tragedy of Julius Caesar

    * Poetry

    * Research

    * Expository Writing

    * Critical Reading

    Mr. Wallace teaches Sophomore English and AVID.  His core focuses are:


    * Short Stories

    * Things Fall Apart

    * The Tragedy of Julius Caesar

    * Poetry

    * Research

    * Expository Writing

    * Critical Reading


    Mr. Wear teaches Juniors and AP Language.  His literature selection includes:

    *The Crucible

    *The Scarlet Letter

    *Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    *The Jungle

    *The Catcher in the Rye

    *The Great Gatsby

    *Of Mice and Men

    *Death of a Salesman

    *A Raisin in the Sun

    *The Glass Menagerie

    *Tuesdays with Morrie

    *Critical Reading

    *Critical Writing


    Mrs. Erlanger teaches AP Literature, Senior English, and AVID.  Her core focuses include:

    Lord of the Flies,


    Into the Wild,

    The Hobbit


    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,

    The Importance of Being Earnest,

    A Doll's House,

    Crime and Punishment,

    Wuthering Heights,

    Daisy Miller,


    Writing (formal, timed writes, quick writes, journals, creative writing, research)

    Senior Portfolio/ Carpe Diem