Grade Honors - Level 1 College Prep - Level 2
9 N/A Literature and Writing
10 American Literature Honors American Literature
  • World Literature
    • Courage, Hope & Adversity
    • Reality & Unreality
  • AP Language and Composition
  • World Literature
    • Courage, Hope & Adversity
    • Reality & Unreality
  • AP English (Literature & Composition)
  • Humanities
  • Race, Literature, and Culture
  • Bible as Literature
  • Attitudes Toward War
  • Creative Writing
  • Journalism
  • Literature and Film
  • Process of Communication
  • Writing for Career and College

The placement of courses in this chart is what is typical. See the flow chart at the end of the English section to see all of the options.

Course required for Graduation

DHHS requires 4.5 credits of English for graduation.

English Department Major Aims

In every course offered by the English Department the objectives are as follows:

  • To improve each student's reading, composition, listening, and speaking skills.
  • To foster an appreciation of the printed word and to provide enjoyable reading experiences.
  • To encourage independent, clear, and logical thinking.

The English Department offers courses at two levels:

Honors - Level 1 For students who are exceptionally competent in English language and literature - advanced readers, independent learners, self-motivated learners, self-initiated learners, strong writing skills, consistent class preparation.

College Prep - Level 2 For those students prepared to engage in a rigorous language arts program.

English Department Summer Reading 

Please see your summer reading list for details. The summer reading list can also be found on the web at www.madison.k12.ct.us/summer

English Courses: Grade 9

English Courses: Grade 10

English Courses: Grade 11

English Courses: Grades 11 and 12

In addition to World Literature, juniors seeking to enrich their background or to follow their interests may select English electives from the list of the options available to juniors and seniors.  Placement in these electives will depend upon available space.  For planning purposes, juniors should note that all seniors must take 1.0 English credit during senior year, unless waived by the Principal.

Seniors at Daniel Hand High School typically fulfill graduation requirements in English by taking trimester elective courses.  Before making selections, seniors are advised to read carefully the following stipulations:

  • Seniors are required to take a minimum of one credit in English, but may take additional courses as enrollment allows.
  • Students do not have to take both a writing course and a literature course, since both writing and reading are incorporated into each course.
  • Seniors in Advanced Placement English may, in addition, take English courses to enrich their background or to follow their interests.

English Courses: Grade 12

English Sequence of Courses Grades 9-12

First page of the PDF file: English-FlowChart