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  • The Cheltenham High School English curriculum aligns to the Pennsylvania Core Standards for Language Arts, offers a multicultural literary lens of study, and ensures that students know and understand the elements of reading, writing, speaking, listening, researching, and questioning. The dynamics of class incorporate individual tasks, small group interactions, and whole-class lessons that will prepare students for lifelong learning. Cheltenham High School English teachers meet students where they are and inspire students’ social, emotional, and cognitive growth through a variety of meaningful and engaging lessons.

    Reading List Summer 2019 

    Supply List

    AP Lang Summer Reading Template

    AP Lang Summer Reading Assignment  

    AP Lit Summer Assignment

    Analytical Writing Rubric

    A Peek At Some Of Our Current Classroom Projects


    Dr. Aaron Bruce Challenges CHS Freshman Seminar Students to $1000 Global Citizenship Essay Contest

    On Friday, February 9, Dr. Aaron Bruce met with Cheltenham High School's Freshman Seminar students and captivated their interests in Global Citizenship. To maintain the energy and intrigue sparked by his conversation, Dr. Bruce challenged the freshmen to compose an extensive essay with citations that captured their knowledge and understanding of what it means to be a Global Citizen in the 21st century. 
     
    The students embraced the challenge and submitted their essays to Dr. Bruce for his review. Dr. Bruce and Ms. La Torre are proud to announce the winners of the 2018 Global Citizenship Essay Contest.


    winners of the 2018 Global Citizenship Essay Contest.

     

    Department Mission

    Our mission is to foster a learning experience that empowers students to:

    • Construct meaningful writings that promote civic engagement, reflective and critical thinking, and creative expression
    • Craft informative, argumentative, and narrative compositions using the domains of focus, content, organization, style, and conventions  
    • Debate issues and generate innovative and purposeful solutions
    • Analyze a range of literary works, extricate text-based evidence, and establish informed and defensible arguments
    • Speak and listen effectively in order to challenge, question, entertain, inspire, and inform
    • Create original works through  film, print, music, and technology
    • Read through multiple perspectives, heightening students’ empathy and local, national, and global awareness
    • Generate meaningful connections between course content and real-world experiences
    • Define and use their voice and exercise choice
    • Employ technology to advance their thinking, challenge convention, and explore writing and utilize technology to share work, collaborate, and inform

    We offer the following AP courses

    • AP Language and Composition, 11th grade
    • AP Literature and Composition, 12th grade

    The Panther Writing Center

    AP Language and Composition students, along with English Teachers and Arcadia University Candidates, provide individualized assistance to all levels of writers who visit the Cheltenham High School Writing Center. During their peer-tutoring sessions in the Panther Writing Center, AP Language and Composition students fulfill course requirements.  AP students’ collaborative writing experience with peers reinforces goals of the AP Language and Composition curriculum, providing AP students with opportunities to offer valuable critiques while acquiring greater insight into the writing process and their own compositions. Through the dedication and expertise of AP peer tutors, English Teachers, and Arcadia University Candidates, the Panther Writing Center empowers writers with the skills, strategies, feedback, and audience that they need to define their voice and to write across the curriculum.

    The Panther Writing Center is located in Room 144. Stop by to receive writing assistance. If you are unable to visit the Panther Writing Center, participate in our online writing consultations via chspantherwc@cheltenham.org

    Follow us on Twitter: @chswritingcentr

     

Contact Information

Kristin Keiser
English Chair
Phone: 215-517-3700
Ishbara Acosta
English Teacher
Phone: 215-517-3700
Ruth Boyd-Galezewski
English Teacher
Phone: 215-517-3700
Maria Canela
English Teacher
Phone: 215-517-3700
Craig Carracappa
Digital Media Teacher
Phone: 215-517-3700
Angelique Cupit
English Teacher
Phone: 215-517-3700
Lyndie Dubbs
English Teacher
Phone: 215-517-3700
Megan Hogan
English Teacher
Phone: 215-517-3700
Charles Jun
English Teacher
Phone: 215-517-3700
Molly Lazer
English Teacher
Phone: 215-517-3700
Abby Manser
English Teacher
Phone: 215-517-3700
Chris Manser
English Teacher
Phone: 215-517-3700
Michelle Matrisciano
English Teacher
Phone: 215-517-3700
Ashley McAliley
English Teacher
Phone: 215-517-3700
Brian Smith
English Teacher
Phone: 215-517-3700
Avril Somerville
English Teacher
Phone: 215-517-3700
Rob Wilman
English Teacher
Phone: 215-517-3700