• Ms. E. CeceliaMs. Elizabeth Cecelia

    English Teacher




    I am a graduate of Duquesne University (B.S. Education, M.A. English). I began teaching at Upper St. Clair high school in 2001. I teach the AP Literature & Composition and AP Language & Composition courses, and I also teach Honors English 11.

    Phone: (412) 833-1600 ext. 2536 Email: ececelia@uscsd.k12.pa.us

    Courses Taught:

    The Advanced Placement English course is designed for academically superior students in English. The course prepares students for the AP English Literature and Language Tests administered in May. Students may, upon the satisfactory completion of the AP test, receive college credit for this course; therefore, it represents a college level course. It requires high level reading and writing skills, critical analysis, and abstract thinking skills. The students examine, in depth, genres of literature. Students also work on the mastery of research skills and argumentative skills. Critical analysis is the writing staple of the course. A participating student should have high reading and writing scores as demonstrated by standardized tests. The student should welcome intellectual challenge. These topics and skills are presented in a year long course. Literature skills are addressed in the fall, and Language skills are addressed in the spring.

    Honors English 11 involves a comprehensive study of American Literature from Puritanism to the present. The reading selections are organized chronologically and are representative examples of six intellectual movements. The emphasis is not only on historic development but also on emerging themes. The course promotes writing, vocabulary development, language, discussion, and study skills. Intensive work in composition emphasizes exposition, narration, description, and persuasion. An extensive vocabulary program includes specific units as well as contextual vocabulary taken from the literature. The vocabulary program, grammar exercises, and timed writings are designed for SAT and PSSA preparation. The continuing development of effective research skills culminates in a major critical research paper. The students will also deliver a persuasive speech.

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