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Horseheads high School
English Language Arts


Horseheads High School will be a safe, trusting, and collaborative environment that develops lifelong, self-directed learners. We believe that all students can learn and gain accomplishment in a technologically advanced global society. Our mission is to ensure that all graduates will have the skills and knowledge to achieve success in a progressive society.

The English Department is committed to the district's mission and dedicated to implementing the following New York State learning standards in our ongoing efforts to maximize student success.


Standard 1: Language for Information and Understanding

Students will listen, speak, read, and write for information and understanding. As listeners and readers, students will collect data, facts, and ideas; discover relationships, concepts, and generalizations; and use knowledge generated from oral, written, and electronically produced texts. As speakers and writers, they will use oral and written language that follows the accepted conventions of the English language to acquire, interpret, apply, and transmit information.


Standard 2: Language for Literary Response and Expression

Students will read and listen to oral, written, and electronically produced texts and performances from American and world literature; relate texts and performances to their own lives; and develop an understanding of the diverse social, historical, and cultural dimensions the texts and performances represent. As speakers and writers, students will use oral and written language that follows the accepted conventions of the English language for self-expression and artistic creation.


Standard 3: Language for Critical Analysis and Evaluation

Students will listen, speak, read, and write for critical analysis and evaluation. As listeners and readers, students will analyze experiences, ideas, information, and issues presented by others using a variety of established criteria. As speakers and writers, they will use oral and written language that follows the accepted conventions of the English language to present, from a variety of perspectives, their opinions and judgments on experiences, ideas, information and issues.


Standard 4: Language for Social Interaction

Students will listen, speak, read, and write for social interaction. Students will use oral and written language that follows the accepted conventions of the English language for effective social communication with a wide variety of people. As readers and listeners, they will use the social communications of others to enrich their understanding of people and their views.


Teachers: Beth Bell, Adam Brechner, Will Cain, Julian Dalton, Kyle Fuller, Michael Hamula, William Hynes, Deborah Kisloski, Sierra Luongo, Carolyn Rennie, Darby Thompson

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