English Philosophy

The English Department of Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School encourages the students to understand the developmental process needed to understand the process and relationship between reading comprehension and writing while using their analytical skills and techniques for English and the students use in other subject areas. Our philosophy is to guide the students to elevate their appreciation and understanding of the subject.

We strive to see our students are given enough learning skills for their college foundation, as well as to complete their college requirements in the program of the student’s choice, which will serve as a basis for all of life’s endeavors when leaving Monsignor McClancy Memorial H.S.

English Objectives

  • Wide-ranging vocabulary used with denotative accuracy and connotative resourcefulness
  • A variety of sentence structures, including appropriate use of subordinate and coordinate constructions
  • A logical organization, enhanced by specific techniques of coherence such as repetition, transitions, and emphasis
  • A balance of generalization with specific illustrative detail
  • An effective use of rhetoric, including controlling tone, maintaining a consistent voice, and achieving emphasis through parallelism and antithesis
  • Engage students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature.
  • Deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers.
  • Critique a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as such smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone.


Grade 9

  • English I
  • Honors English I

Grade 10

  • English II
  • Honors English II


  • Poetry & Shakespeare’s Work

Grade 11

  • English III*
  • AP English*

Grade 12

  • English IV
  • Honors English IV (College Credit)

*Students will take the New York State Regents Exam in English/Language Arts