• English Grad Lab


    Grad Lab is a class dedicated to helping your child achieve academic success and graduation. Students who did not score Proficient on the Keystones in Literature last year are enrolled in this course, a course with plans in place to make certain each student graduates on time with their present class.

    The remediation plan is as follows:

    1. Students will attend Grad Labs instead of their scheduled study halls during 1 – 3 periods per 6-day cycle.

    2. Students who do not have a study hall will be given other options including attending Grad Labs in lieu of an elective or lunch once a 6-day cycle.

    3. Students will receive instruction in small groups from NHS Math, English and Biology teachers on the section(s) of the Keystone Exam on which they did not demonstrate proficiency.

    4. Students will also work individually on computers, as well as receive assistance with their present course work as needed.

    5. Once a student has completed the section(s) in their area of weakness, they will move to a Grad Lab in another content area, if necessary.

    6. Math/English/Biology Grad Labs will begin on Monday, September 18.

    7. Students will retake the Keystone Exam(s) in May.

    8. Students will remain in Grad Labs after the Keystone Exams to receive help with current courses.


    Study Island is a program to prepare students to take the Keystone State Assessments in Literature.



    Study Island Lessons

    PA English Lit Keystone Preparation


    Module 1 and Module 2: Fiction and Non-Fiction Lesson List


    1. Synonyms & Antonyms

    2. Affixes and Roots

    3. Context Clues

    4. Multiple Meaning Words

    5. Connotation and Denotation

    6. Author's Purpose

    7. Author's Technique

    8. Main Idea and Supporting Details

    9. Summarization

    10. Conclusions, Inferences, and Generalizations

    11. Connections Between Texts

    12. Genres

    13. Characters

    14. Setting

    15. Plot

    16. Theme

    17. Tone, Style, and Mood

    18. Point of View

    19. Cultural & Historical Significance

    20. Literary Devices

    21. Structure and Elements of Poetry

    22. Structure and Elements of Drama

    23. Informational Documents

    24. Directions

    25. Text Organization and Graphics

    26. Fact and Opinion

    27. Bias & Propaganda Techniques

    28. Author's Argument