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Assabet Valley

Regional Technical/Vocational School District
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English, Social Studies

Reading and writing . . . communicating in all forms.

 
We do these each and every day, no matter who we are. 
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Highlights

  • Our AP U.S. Government scores are comparable to the national average, while AP U.S. History scores exceed the national average.
  • ELA Electives such as Novel and Film, Sports Literature, Theater and Film, TV, Internet, and You, & He's Just a Teenage Shakespeare  
  • Annual Geography Bee & trips to John F. Kennedy Library & Museum
  • Annual participation in Massachusetts State Government Day @ The State House
  • Past field trips include Washington D.C and New York City, Peabody Essex Museum - Holocaust Forum, Boston Holocaust Remembrance Tower, Lowell American Textile Museum, and Sturbridge Village.

English Language Arts (ELA)

As a department, we strive to make sure our students are able to master these skills so that they are prepared for the future that awaits them after Assabet.

 
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Beyond preparing students for the MCAS and Stanford tests as well as SATs and the Accuplacer, teachers in our department ensure that students have the skills to communicate effectively, think critically, and read thoughtfully.

 
Freshman students…
  • Read mythology, including The Odyssey
  • Study the structure of short stories
  • Analyze poetry
  • Read and perform A Raisin in the Sun
  • Read The House on Mango Street
  • Review grammar concepts   
  • Prepare for the MCAS test
  • Learn basic research techniques
Sophomore students…
  • Read novels, like Fahrenheit 451                        
  • Continue to read and analyze short stories and poetry
  • Read and perform Shakespeare's Julius Caesar
  • Continue to study grammar concepts
  • Prepare for the MCAS test, administered in the spring
  • Learn more advanced research techniques
Junior students…
  • Focus on American Literature
  • Study the history and background of the Salem Witch Trials, often while reading and analyzing The Crucible
  • Read and analyze Native American poetry
  • Read and analyze classic and contemporary American novels, short stories, plays, and poetry
  • Review research techniques; choose a topic and devise a thesis for a research paper; research, using print and non-print sources; follow the MLA rules for proper citation and bibliography format; and write a cohesive, thesis-based research paper of five or more pages
  • Prepare to take the Accuplacer test
  • Have the opportunity to take the AP English Language & Composition course and exam if they meet the prerequisites
Senior students…
  • Focus on World Literature
  • Read dramatic literature such as A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Read and analyze ancient texts such as Beowulf and "The Wanderer"
  • Read and analyze Middle English texts such as The Canterbury Tales, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and King Arthur and Camelot tales
  • Read and perform Shakespearean plays such as Macbeth or Hamlet
  • practice writing college application essays
  • Read and analyze important novels such as Lord of the Flies and A Long Way Gone
  • Have the opportunity to take the AP English Literature & Composition course and exam if they meet the prerequisites
Students who need additional work to reach grade-level reading skills will be enrolled in Reading A, B, or C.
Students who fail to pass the MCAS as sophomores will be expected to attend MCAS English Preparation, held after school.
 
Our department also sponsors a variety of electives as well.
 
Courses
English College Prep 9
English Honors 9
English College Prep 10
English Honors 10
English College Prep 11
English Honors 11
English College Prep 12
English Honors 12
AP Language and Composition 11
AP Literature and Composition 12

Electives (not all electives are offered each year)
Reading A
Reading B
Reading C
Novel and Film
Sports Literature
Theater and Film
TV, Internet, and You
He's Just a Teenage Shakespeare  
SAT Prep
Writing Workshop
Horror Fiction

Social Studies

Our goal as a department is to impress upon students a "connectedness" in the various disciplines called the social studies.

 
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The Social Studies courses required for all students at Assabet Valley are a two-year United States history sequence, world history with a geographical approach, and government and society. We also offer challenging electives for students who wish to pursue social studies in more depth. Through this curriculum, and considering each student's individual needs, students will be prepared to undertake the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, to enter the world of work, and to pursue higher education.
 
With the adoption of a four-year social studies requirement, we envision that the required and elective courses will align with the National Common Core Standards.
 
Courses offered in:
  • U.S. History I
  • Honors U.S. History I
  • U.S. History II
  • Honors U. S. History II
  • Modern World Geopolitics
  • Honors World Geopolitics
  • U.S. History III / Government & Society
  • Honors U.S. History III / Government & Society
  • Honors History of American Architecture
  • AP U.S. History
  • AP US Government & Politics
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Modern World History
  • War in Film
  • Leadership
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Law and Order: Criminal Law
  
Field Trips

Field Trips