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English Department
     At Flushing High School, we mold young adults who recognize and embrace diversity by prioritizing the values of knowledge, self-awareness, compassion and teamwork. Our goal is to foster a secure environment where each student feels connected and important.
 
    Within the English Language Arts classroom, students explore their own perspectives with respect and understanding for alternative viewpoints and ideas. Teachers create such student-centered classrooms by exhibiting awareness of students’ differences in background, levels of preparation, learning styles, interests, and abilities.
 
    Our immediate goal is to prepare students with the academic and life skills necessary for college readiness by providing them with relevant and rigorous instruction. Our longer-term goal is to graduate productive citizens who are all-around prepared to seamlessly transition into the career and social and emotional realms of society.
 
-Ms. Alicanoglu
Assistant Principal of ELA, Fine Arts, and Library
 
 
ELA COURSES
 
FRESHMAN
 9th Grade English OR 9th Grade English Honors
 
SOPMORE
 10th Grade English OR 10th Grade English Honors
 
JUNIOR
 11th Grade English OR 11th Grade English Honors OR AP English Language
 
SENIOR
12th Grade English OR  12th Grade English Honors OR AP Literature and Composition
 
English Electives:
• Journalism – School Newspaper
• Yearbook
 
THE ELA CURRICULUM ANCHOR TEXTS BY GRADE-LEVEL
9th Grade
Fall
“St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves” by Karen Russell (Short Story)
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke (Literary Nonfiction)
Black Swan Green by Mitchell David (Novel excerpt)
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (Play)
Spring
Sugar Changed the World by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos (Literary Nonfiction)
 
10th Grade
Fall
“The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” by Christopher Marlowe (Poem)
“The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd” by Walter Raleigh (Poem)
“Raleigh was Right” by William Carlos Williams (Poem)
“The Palace Thief” by Ethan Canin (Short Story)
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (Novel excerpt)
Friday Night Lights by Harry Gerard Bissinger III (Novel excerpt)
Spring
Argument Writing Unit with Nonfiction Texts
 
11th Grade
Fall
“My Last Duchess” by Robert Browning (Poem)
Hamlet by William Shakespeare (Play)
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf (Literary Nonfiction)
Spring
The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. DuBois (Literary Nonfiction)
“Atlanta Compromise Speech” by Booker T. Washington (Speech)
“From the House of Yemanja” by Audre Lorde (Poem)
An Address by Elizabeth Cady Stanton (Speech)
 
12th Grade
Fall
“Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit” by Leslie Marmon Silko (Literary Nonfiction)
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams (Play)
“A Daily Joy to be Alive” by Jimmy Santiago Baca (Poem)
“The Overcoat” by Nikolai Gogal (Short Story)
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (Novel)
Spring
Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared M. Diamond (Literary Nonfiction)