Upper Merion Area High School

Inspiring Excellence

English
 
 Department Highlights
 
Advanced Placement Courses: The English Department offers AP Language and Composition in the 11th grade and AP Literature and Composition in the 12th grade. The teachers are committed to the highest standards required by the College Board. We encourage any student committed to the AP challenge to sign up. Please see Ms. Rieger's and Mr. Darnell's web pages for course syllabi. 

Keystone Exam Preparation and Remediation:  Students who are either struggling with reading and writing performance tasks or have not scored proficient on the Keystone Literature Exam will develop remediation strategies within their English classes and in Keystone classes. Remediation is centered around the goal of meeting the new Common Core Standards with a strategic focus of improving individual reading and writing skills. Those students who score basic or below basic on the Keystone are enrolled in these classes.

* Keystone Exams:  Keystone Exams are intended to be given at the end of the course for which they are associated.  The three subjects currently scheduled for Keystone Exams are Algebra, Biology, and Literature (associated with our 10th grade English).  Like the preparation for the PSSA, Common Core Standards will be strategically embedded through carefully designed lesson plans, and student data will drive many of the targeted performance goals.

Senior Graduation Project: Each 12th grade student is required to complete a culminating project in order to graduate. The goals of the project are to provide students with choices so he or she can demonstrate strengths; create a valid, equitable, and reliable learning experience for all students; create an opportunity for students to self-direct and reflect on their work; and encourage students to explore a topic of personal interest to promote lifelong learning skills. See Ms. Rieger's webpage for more information. 

Theater Program:  Working in concert with Acting, a Language Arts elective, the high school produces a yearly dramatic play and musical. The quality reputation of our high school productions continues year after year. Any student interest may participate. See Mr. Darnell, Ms. Imhoff, or Ms. Durland for more information. 

Newspaper and Literary Magazine:  Our high school Journalism and Creative Writing classes are responsible for producing a quarterly newspaper and a yearly literary magazine, Venture. These electives are open to all students. Though encouraged, a student does not need to take the electives to participate in the newspaper and Venture activities after school. See Ms. Rieger or Mr. Darnell for more information. 

Pulse/Viking Channel:  Though not immediately associated with the Language Arts program in the high school, PULSE and the Viking Channel provide a number of students with the opportunity to improve speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills. The department also has a Film and Television course, which compliments these extracurricular activities. Open to any interested student. See Mr. Schurtz for more information. 

English as a Second Language:  The Language Arts department shares ESL responsibilities with the World Language department. As the demands of ESL grow, our teachers have been enthusiastically pursuing seminars, courses, and workshops that aid them in improving instruction. Open to students in need of English as a Second Language support. See Ms. Nagy and Ms. Tubiello for more information. 

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