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English Department

Graduation Requirements
Serra students must complete four credits of English in four years (eight semester courses).
A senior research paper project must be submitted in order to graduate.

Instructors

                        Mrs. Diane Gambassi                 Mr. Robert Rozanski                Mr. Michael Palcsey                Ms. Kaitlyn Becker   
                                                                       Chair
                        412-751-ext. 309                   412-751-2021 ext. 315            412-751-2021 ext. 318     412-751-2021 ext. 305
                       gambassid@serrahs.org            rozanskir@serrahs.org           palcseym@serrahs.org             beckerk@serrahs.org
                                                                      Mr. Rozanski's Website                                                      

Course Offerings

Grade 

Level 1 

Level 3 

Level 5 

Literature 1 (fall)
Grammar/Essay (spring)

Literature 1 (fall)
Grammar/Essay (spring) 

Literature 1 (fall)
Grammar/Essay (spring) 

10 

American Literature (fall)
Novel (spring) 

American Literature (fall)
Novel (spring) 

American Literature (fall)
Novel (spring) 

11 

Early British Literature (fall)
Late British Literature (spring) 

 Early British Literature (fall)
Late British Literature (spring)

 Early British Literature (fall)
Late British Literature (spring)

12 

English Composition* (fall)
Contemporary World Authors (spring) 

College Composition* (fall)
Modern Poetry (spring)

Creative Writing* (fall)
Tragedy* (spring)

*Denotes classes that are available for "College in High School" credit
*All Senior Levels will take at least one semester of a College in High School course.

Organizations & Activities
Thespian Society: Honors cast and crew of spring musical
Quill & Scroll: English Honor Society
Yearbook Club: Students compile photos to create Serra’s yearbook


Academic Competitions
Essay Contest: National Council of Teachers of English annual writing competition for juniors
Essay Contest: Ayn Rand Society’s annual writing competition for sophomore readers of the novel Anthem
Essay Contest: Olive Garden’s annual writing competition for sophomore readers
Essay Contest: Creative Communications Anthology open to juniors and seniors