English Department


The English curriculum at Byram Hills is aligned with the New York State Learning Standards for English Language Arts and the Common Core Learning Standards. Students learn to read, write, listen, and speak: for information and understanding, for literary response and expression, for critical analysis and evaluation, and for social interaction. At all grade levels, a mix of classic and contemporary literature is the major component through which students learn the skills associated with close reading. The writing program teaches formal expository essays, as well as many personal and creative writing modes. Each grade level requires a major research project. Effective listening and speaking skills are promoted through lessons that actively involve students in a wide variety of class discussions and oral discourse.


In addition to the standard English curriculum, students may enroll in advanced level courses as upperclassmen. We offer English 11 AP: Language & Composition and English 12AP: Literature & Composition for students who demonstrate sufficient interest and mastery. In addition, seniors have an additional advanced option in the double-period Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Literature. We also offer semester electives in Speech Communication (freshmen only) and Creative Writing (juniors and seniors).


Department Members:

Francine Aber

Catherine Eshoo

Bryan Horn

David Hubbs

Jacqueline Malone

Megan Salomone

Duane Smith, Chairperson

Lisa Squadron

Jaclyn Wagner

Fred Yannantuono

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