English Language Arts
MISSION STATEMENT for ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
The study of English Language Arts in the Pittsford Central School District cultivates literate citizens who think critically, write clearly, communicate effectively, and read with understanding and appreciation.
As a result of participating in the PCSD English Language Arts program, through reading, writing, speaking, and listening, graduates will effectively and independently …
comprehend a range of texts and media;
communicate ideas while responding to varying demands;
generate questions and seek answers through critical analysis of text and media;
seek understanding of themselves and others;
embrace lifelong learning and reading for enjoyment;
develop a critical eye and appreciation for the written word.
Welcome to Sutherland English
For us, reading and writing do not merely comprise the tasks of our chosen profession; they are endeavors of passion. They are the foundation upon which we have built a lifetime in the pursuit of knowledge and understanding. We strive to consistently convey this passion to our students and in this way, contribute to society, of course, but more importantly—humanity.The Department—Who are we, what do we teach, what do we do?
Simply "click" on the name of any teacher you wish to email.
"Hover" over any course title for a description.
Matt Davidson is the department chair and teaches English 11R and AP Language and Composition. Mr. Davidson's webpage
Evvy Fanning teaches AP Literature and Composition, English 10R, and English 11R. Ms. Fanning's webpage
Monica Gebell teaches English 9H, 9R, Humanities, Theater Arts, and Contemporary English. She is also the adviser for The Diversity Club. Ms. Gebell's webpage
Nicki Hastings teaches English 9H, English 10R, and Public Speaking. Mrs. Hasting's webpageAmanda Marshall teaches Mass Media, 9R, and 10H. She also advises Sutherland's newspaper, The Lance. Mrs. Marshall's webpage
Victor Northrup teaches English 10R, 11R, 11H, and Public Speaking. He is the adviser for the Chess Club. Mr. Northrup's webpage
Marni Rabinowitz teaches English 9R, 9H, 11R, and 11H.
Brian Shafer teaches Film as Literature, English 11R, Survey of British Literature Honors, and 9R. He advises the Film Club and co-advises Pegasus Literary Magazine. Mr. Shafer's webpage
George Steele teaches Studies in Modern Literature, English 10R, 10H, and Creative Writing. Mr. Steele's webpage
Consistent reading is a key factor in learning in all areas of study, not just English. Furthermore, studies suggest that when we take even two or three months off from reading, our comprehension and analytical skills begin to atrophy. For these reasons, and countless others, we encourage you to engage in active reading over the summer. Reading at least two high quality books over the summer will help to keep your thinking skills sharp and can lea to a more successul transition into the new school year. We do not have any particular titles that we recommend, encourage you to expand your interests a bit when looking for new titles.
SEQUENCE OF ENGLISH COURSES
English 9 Honors
English 10 Honors
English 11 Honors
AP Language and Composition
English 12 Honors: Survey of British Literature
AP Literature and Composition
Ninth graders may register for one unit (one full-year course) of English per academic year.
Tenth graders may register for one and a half units of English per academic year.
Eleventh and twelfth graders may register for two units of English per academic year.
Students in grade 10 may select from the following electives to take in addition to their full-year English classes:
Students in grade 11 may select from the following electives to take in addition to their full-year English classes:
Mass Media and Society
GRADE TWELVE ENGLISH OFFERINGS
Full Year Courses
AP Literature and Composition
English 12 Honors: Survey of British Literature Honors
Single Semester Courses
Students may also select from among the electives listed below. As each is a single-semester course, a student must take two to fulfill his or her senior English requirement. Students may take more than two, but should be enrolled in an English class during both semesters of their senior year.
Studies in Modern Literature
Film as Literature
Mass Media and Society
NEW YORK STATE BOARD OF REGENTS EXAM IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
All students must pass the New York State Regents exam in English Language Arts (Common Core). The three-hour exam is administered at the end of the eleventh grade year. It contains twenty-four multiple-choice questions on readings, one source-based argumentative essay, and a shorter text analysis.
As you build your own library by owning books, you have the opportunity to become an active reader. As a student, it is not always enough to simply read the assigned text and hope for understanding. Annotating a text is an excellent way to practice active reading. This file explains some of the ways to be an active reader.
This file outlines the basic procedure for addressing a violation of the Academic Honesty Agreement. It also provides a description of The Honor Council and its function.
This PowerPoint file takes you through some of the basic points that we like to make to our students regarding the Sutherland High School Academic Honesty Policy. We encourage you to play the presentation and contact any English teacher if you have any questions.
No matter what you choose to study in college or what career path you take, the skills we teach you in your English classes will be vital for your success. Everything that we endeavor to achieve becomes more attainable through effective and meaningful communication. Take a look at this short video to get a sense of the electives we offer. If you have questions, ask any English teacher.