English

Mercy Vocational High School students complete four years of English language study to graduate. 

The development of these skills is the basis of everything we do.  Proper communication is critical to a successful life after high school.  Regardless of vocational choice, good communication skills are critical in the workplace.

The English Department understands that no single instructional method works for all students, so we utilize a variety of approaches and resources to ensure the success of every student.  We recognize the different learning styles of our students and, in conjunction with vocational classes, we are well equipped to develop the multiple intelligences of every student to his or her potential.

In each year of academic study, effort is made to connect literature and writing with the students’ own lives as well as with their various shops. Original and adapted texts are incorporated throughout the four years of study so that all students may share their literature experiences.

Our curriculum is developed from many sources, including the Common Core State Standards Initiative, the National Council of Teachers of English, and experienced faculty.  Each year of study focuses on a different aspect of literature:

  • Grade 9 studies the various Genres of Literature including short stories (fiction and nonfiction), novels, poetry, dramas, and epics.  This course of study exposes freshmen to the different aspects of literature and provides a solid foundation in literature, which will be further explored and enriched in subsequent years.   
  • Grade 10 studies World Literature that originates in nations other than the United States.  This course of study exposes sophomores to historically and culturally significant literature from Ancient Greece and Rome, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
  • Grade 11 studies American Literature that represents many of the historical periods of the United States from the colonial period through the twentieth century.  This course is designed to explore the historical and cultural developments of the United States through these literary works.
  • Grade 12 studies British Literature that originates in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.  This course explores many of the major periods of British literature between the Anglo-Saxon period and the twentieth century.  British Literature is the foundation for American Literature and, therefore, an entire course is designed to study the historical and cultural developments of the United Kingdom through literary works.

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The curriculum of the English Department promotes the following skills:

  • Writing and Thinking
  • Listening and Speaking
  • Reading and Vocabulary

The development of these skills is the basis of everything we do.  Proper communication is critical to a successful life after high school.  Regardless of vocational choice, good communication skills are critical in the workplace.