Course descriptions as written in the Perth Amboy Curriculum Course Guide
English 3 College Prep (CP)/Honors(H)
The English 3 College Prep(CP) and Honors (H) curriculum is designed to help students become college and career ready. To do this, students must grapple with works of exceptional craft and thought whose range extends across genres, cultures, and centuries. Through wide and deep reading of literature and literary nonfiction of steadily increasing sophistication, students gain a reservoir of literary and cultural knowledge, references, and images; the ability to evaluate intricate arguments; and the capacity to surmount the challenges posed by complex texts. Furthermore, to build a foundation for college and career readiness, students need to learn to use writing as a way of offering and supporting opinions, demonstrating understanding of the subjects they are studying, and conveying real and imagined experiences and events. They learn to appreciate that a key purpose of writing is to communicate clearly to an external, sometimes unfamiliar audience, and they begin to adapt the form and content of their writing to accomplish a particular task and purpose. They develop the capacity to build knowledge on a subject through research projects and to respond analytically to literary and informational sources. To meet these goals, students must devote significant time and effort to writing, producing numerous pieces over short and extended time frames throughout the year.
The purpose of this course is to improve competency in language arts and mathematical skills. Students will review and extend their language arts skills in reading fiction and non-fiction as well as writing narrative, informative and argumentative essays. Students will review and extend their mathematical, cognitive, and analytical skills in arithmetic, algebra, and geometry. Students enrolled in this course will be exposed to questions and answers seen on State and National Standardized Tests as well as suggestions on how to improve their score. Emphasis will be placed on extensive practice using strategies to solve problems modeled after those frequently tested on State and college admission tests. Test-taking techniques and strategies will be covered thoroughly in this course so students will gain confidence that they will achieve their highest score possible when they take these assessments. Students will also prepare a portfolio of work that will be reviewed by the State in case the students test scores do not meet the State graduation requirements.