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Communication Arts


Ms. Gayle Zeitlin, Assistant Principal
(718)258-9283 ext 2600
In his office, Edward R. Murrow displayed a statement by Henry David Thoreau which said: "It takes two to speak the  truth - one to speak and the other to hear."
This idea represents a common thread in all of the courses listed below. They encompass a wide range of interests and materials, yet they are all centered around a theme of communication.  The improvement of your ability to think critically and communicate effectively through the written and spoken word is the primary aim of this department.

Required Courses
  1. Every student must successfully complete a minimum of eight (8) consecutive semesters of Communications Arts for graduation.
  2. Students who need special help in the improvement of basic skills in reading, writing or speaking may be required to take Academy courses that are linked with Social Studies.
Once students have successfully completed their 9th grade English course, students have the ability to choose different themed courses that speak to their interests. The Communication Arts department has 3 different types of courses:
  1. Literature
  2. Writing
  3. Theater
All of our courses focus on teaching and learning the same skills, but with a different genre focus.

Regents Requirements
All students are required to take and pass the ELA Regents to graduate. All of our 9th, 10th, and 11th grade courses are aligned to the skills necessary to be successful on the ELA Regents. We also provide Regents tutoring every semester and tutoring as needed.

Common Core Skills
All of the courses offered through the English department are aligned to the Next Generation Learning Standards and fulfill the following requirements:
  1. Reading - a balance of literature and informational texts to reflect college- and career-ready expectations.  There is also a greater focus on text complexity and at what level students should be reading.
  2. Writing - a strong emphasis on argument and informative/ explanatory writing, along with an emphasis on writing about sources or using evidence to inform an argument.
  3. Speaking and Listening - a focus on formal and informal talk, which can be done through presentations and group work
The overall purpose of aligning to the NGLS is to give students a set of tools to think critically, evaluate their readings, and formulate cohesive arguments and opinions.
Below are the courses offered in the Communications Arts Department. For a more comprehensive description of each course, please click below:
9th Grade
Introduction to Literature and Composition 
Theater Classics (Screened Theater)


Global Classics (Honors ELA)
10th Grade
Humanities (Honors ELA)
Western World Literature
Human Rights Literature 
Dramatic Lit & Acting 
Art of Writing (Writers Institute) 
Shakespeare (Screened Theater)

11th Grade
AP English Language and Composition
American Literature
Adolescence & Psychology in Literature 
Exploring New York Literature
Poetry (Writers Institute )*

12th Grade
Contemporary Literature
Gender Roles & Identity in Literature 
Memoir, Fiction, & Poetry Writing 
Memoir and Fiction Writing (Writers Institute) 
Literature of the Diaspora 
Directing & Script Analysis 
Manga, Graphic Novel, and Sci-Fi 
Literature & Society 
News Production

Film Studies 
Exploring Social Media
Yearbook 1 (Snrs)* 
Improv & Comedy
Set Construction
Set Painting
Sound & Lighting Design