Double Discovery Center


Educating Children of Promise since 1965


English Language Arts

The majority of students take various English Language Arts courses throughout High School as the general topics do not change but rather go more in-depth and encourage better understanding.

The resources below include a link to the specific detailed concepts summarized on this page and a link to previous Regents exams, to give a tutor a better idea of the type of questions a student will be expected to answer. Model Writing Samples based on the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts are also provided below, displaying the expected level of writing for students in each grade.

Comprehensive English


- Absorb & Discern Important Information
- Draw Logical Conclusions
Reading Prose
- Distinguish in Fiction: Plot; Conflict; Time; Point of View; Setting; Characters; Theme
- Distinguish in Nonfiction: Purpose; Organization; Tone
Reading Poetry- Distinguish Structure & Language
- Formulating an Argument
- Writing Informative/Explanatory Texts
- Writing Narratives
Grammar & Usage, Punctuation, and Vocabulary & Spelling
- Parts of Speech & Sentence Structure
- Punctuation
- Spelling

More Resources
Specific Comprehensive English Concepts
Sample Comprehensive EnglishRegents


Formulating an Argument
- Introduce Develop a Claim through Evidence Supporting the Claim & Acknowledging Possible Counterarguments
- Organize & Write Cohesively through Key Words, Phrases, & Clauses that keep the Reader Aware of the Initial Claim
- Maintain a Formal Style & Objective Tone
- Reinstate the Argument & Position Taken in the Conclusion
Informative/Explanatory Texts
- Introduce & Develop a Topic
- Utilize Language Relevant to the Topic such as Metaphors, Similes, & Analogies that Manage the Complexity of the Topic for the Audience
- Maintain a Formal Style & Objective Tone
- Conclude by Articulating the Implications or the Significance of the Topic
- Hook & Engage the Reader through the Introduction of a Problem or Purpose
- Use Techniques such as Dialogue, Pacing, Description, Reflection, & Multiple Plot Lines to Develop Experiences, Events & Characters
- Utilize Mystery, Suspense, Growth or Resolution to Develop a Tone
- Remain Aware of the Audience
Responding to Literature- Draw Connections Between Life & Literary Works

More Resources
Writing Samples