Gwynedd Mercy Academy instructs students in a comprehensive, developmental composition curriculum. Based on the principles of correct grammar and usage skills, as well as continuing advancement in vocabulary, the program encourages students to write in a clear, effective, and meaningful manner. Research is an integral part of writing; each year, therefore, students expand their understanding of how to use current research tools including electronic resources such as contemporary library catalogues, Internet sites, and relevant computer software.
The English Department realizes that reading supports and enhances vocabulary and writing skills. Summer reading, therefore, is an integral part of the curriculum for all four years.
- To remain in Honors English, students should be able to maintain a 91 avg.
- To enter the Honors English course from a College Prep course, students must maintain a 95 avg.
- To remain in AP English, students should be able to maintain a 91 avg.
- To enter the AP English course from an Honors course, students must maintain a 95 avg.
- To enter the AP English course from a College Prep course, students must maintain a 97 avg.
Note: In addition to the above standards for entry into each upper-level course, students must also demonstrate strong class contribution.
- English 9 - Raise Your Voice: Finding and Developing Personal Voice
- Honors English 9 - Raise Your Voice: Finding and Developing Personal Voice
- English 10 - Fantastic Texts and How to Read Them
- Honors English 10 - Fantastic Texts and How to Read Them
- Honors English 11 - Irish Literary Renaissance & From Book to Film
- College Prep English 11 - Xenophobia in Literature; or, "The Other"
- AP English 11 - AP English Language and Composition
- English 11/12 - Three Great Novels and a Play
- English 12 - Memoirs and Creative Non-Fiction
- Honors English 12 - Detective Fiction and True Crime Narrative
- AP English 12 - AP Literature and Composition