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English Department

Mr. Carey's Bio

Mr. Carey was born and raised in San Francisco. He attended catholic schools for the early part of his education: St. Elizabeth grammar school and Sacred Heart High School. After attending Skyline Junior College for two years and earning his Associate Arts degree in journalism, he moved on to Carroll College in Helena, Montana for his degree in English. After working for a dozen years doing jobs in the business world, he went to Notre Dame de Namur in Belmont to earn his teaching credential. Mr. Carey taught for a year at Capuchino High in San Bruno before he was hired here at Half Moon Bay High in 1998. Mr. Carey earned his MFA (Master's Degree) in 2016.

Over the years, Mr. Carey has taught many different subjects, including 9th, 11th and 12th grade English and sophomores World History. He has been involved in many aspects of campus life: has been the emcee for the homecoming Giant relay for the last 19 years, coached girls basketball at the high school for 14 years, and has spent several years on the faculty senate and the leadership committee.

Courses

English I                   (0107)

  • Year long course – 10 credits
  • Grades eligible: 9 (normally), 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisites:
    • None
  • Graduation requirement: English
  • UC/CSU A-G requirement: ‘B’ (English)

Students will carefully evaluate poetry, novels, plays, non-fiction, and short stories. Also, they will gain and utilize technology skills in conjunction with the curriculum. The focus of this course is building students’ skills as critical thinkers, readers and writers.

Ultimately, students will be provided with a foundation of English skills preparing them for further high school and post secondary studies. 

 

English I – Advanced      (0106)

  • Year long course – 10 credits
  • Grades eligible: 9
  • Prerequisites:
    • Current English teacher approval
    • Grade of ‘A’ in English
  • Graduation requirement:  English
  • UC/CSU A-G requirement: ‘B’ (English)

The advanced strand is for students who like the extra challenge and/or who are interested in enrolling in Advanced English II during the 10th grade year. While covering the same coursework as the English I class, it will require additional coursework that is more rigorous and demanding. Students will be expected to perform a greater volume of work, move at a faster pace, and to engage in more analytical thinking.

 

English II              (0122)

World Literature

  • Year long course – 10 credits
  • Grades eligible: 10 (normally), 11, 12
  • Prerequisites:
    • None
  • Graduation requirement: English
  • UC/CSU A-G requirement: ‘B’ (English)

This course is designed to introduce students to world literature. The emphasis will be on classical literature and other texts that correspond to World History and Civilization curriculum in the Social Studies Department. An emphasis will be placed on expository writing, vocabulary building, grammar, and public speaking.

 

English II - Advanced     (0121)

World Literature

  • Year long course – 10 credits
  • Grades eligible: 10
  • Prerequisites:
    • Departmental approval based on meeting the following requirements:
    • Fall semester grade: at least 85% in Advanced English I or at least 90% in college prep English I
    • Score of 5 or 6 on departmental writing assessment
    • Current teacher recommendation
  • Graduation requirement: English
  • UC/CSU A-G requirement: ‘B’ (English)

This course is for students who would like the extra challenge and/or who are interested in enrolling in AP English Language and Composition during the 11th grade year. While covering the same curriculum as the English II class, it will require additional coursework that is more rigorous and demanding. Students will be expected to perform a greater volume of work, move at a faster pace, and to engage in more analytical thinking.

 

English III            (0132)

American Literature and Composition

  • Year long course – 10 credits
  • Grades eligible:  11 (normally), 12
  • Prerequisites:
    • None
  • Graduation requirement: English
  • UC/CSU A-G requirement: ‘B’ (English)

This course is designed to introduce students to cultural and literary developments in United States from the pre- colonial period through the twentieth-century. This will involve the study of major developments in poetry, short stories, plays, and novels. Continued emphasis will be placed upon composition, vocabulary development, public speaking, and research skills. This course will begin to prepare students for the SAT.

 

AP English Language and Composition   (0148)

  • Year long course – 10 credits
  • Grades eligible: 11
  • Prerequisites:
    • Departmental approval based on meeting the following requirements:
    • Fall semester grade: at least 85% in Advanced English II or at least 90% in college prep English II
    • Score of 5 or 6 on departmental writing assessment
    • Current teacher recommendation
  • Graduation requirement English
  • UC/CSU A-G requirement: ‘B’ (English)

This course requires students to practice writing and revising prose that informs and persuades effectively, based on a study of classical and modern rhetorical principles. Students will read a wide variety of prose styles from many disciplines and historical periods to cultivate a strong understanding of audience and purpose.  Students will read primary and secondary sources carefully, learn to synthesize material from these texts in their own compositions, and to cite sources using conventions recommended by professional organizations such as the Modern Language Association (MLA) and the University of Chicago Press (The Chicago Manual of Style). This course is designed to prepare students for the AP English Language and Composition exam and to provide a college level academic experience.

 

English IV – ERWC         (0144)

Expository Reading and Writing

  • Year long course – 10 credits
  • Grades eligible: 12
  • Prerequisites:
    • None
  • Graduation requirement: English
  • UC/CSU A-G requirement: ‘B’ (English)

The Expository Reading and Writing Course is developed with the goal of preparing entering freshmen for college- level English. Course assignments emphasize the in- depth study of literary, expository, analytical, and argumentative reading and writing. The course is composed of a sequence of integrated reading and writing experiences, beginning with pre-reading activities, moving into reading and post-reading activities, and continuing through informal and formal writing assignments. In addition to the ERWC modules, the course will require students to complete a Senior Exit Project and study socio-political themes in literature from British and multi-cultural sources, with an emphasis on the 20th century.

 

AP English Literature and Composition                  (0147)

  • Year long course – 10 credits
  • Grades eligible: 12
  • Prerequisites:
    • Departmental approval based on meeting the following requirements:
      • Fall semester grade: at least 85% in AP Language and Composition or at least 90% in college prep English III
      • Score of 5 or 6 on departmental writing assessment
      • Current teacher recommendation
  • Graduation requirement: English
  • UC/CSU A-G requirement: ‘B’ (English)

 

This is a class of interacting with challenging works of literature. Entering students should have a desire to engage with novels and poetry through class discussions and analytical writing. Entering students should also have strong analytical writing skills. The coursework focuses on close readings and in-depth analysis of work ranging from Greek drama and Shakespeare to George Orwell and Albert Camus. Participation in class and group discussions is essential. Assignments help students develop a personal voice in their writing. Summer assignments are an essential part of first quarter work and grades. This course is designed to prepare students for the AP English Literature and Composition exam and to provide a college level academic experience. Students who earn a passing grade on the Advanced Placement exam are eligible for college credit.

 

Early College English 105 (0143)

  • Year long course – 10 credits
  • Grades eligible: 12
  • Prerequisites:
    • Departmental approval based on meeting the following requirements:
      • Fall semester grade: at least 85% in AP Language and Composition or college prep English III
      • Score of 5 or 6 on departmental writing assessment
      • Current teacher recommendation
  • Graduation requirement: English
  • Tentatively offered for spring 2018
  • UC/CSU A-G requirement: ‘B’ (English)

The first semester of this course follows the same curriculum from our traditional English IV ERWC (see description above). We are tentatively looking to offer Early College English 105 during the spring semester.
This course offers intensive college reading and writing based on the study of primarily nonfiction materials. Students write a minimum of 8,000 words; writing emphasizes expository forms.

 

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Updated 2017-18 Planning Guide

 

Emcee Giant relay
Emcee Giant relay
With graduating seniors
With graduating seniors
Coaching
Coaching