English

The English Department strives to provide students with a strong foundation in critical reading, analysis and writing through required courses that address grammar, vocabulary, composition and literature. Elective courses offer an opportunity to study a particular aspect of English, whether writing-based or literature-driven. In all English classes, students regularly use technology for research, writing, and presentations. Four credits are required for graduation.

214engI Introduction to Literary Genres and Basic Composition
GR 9 | QP 4.33 | 1 CREDIT YEAR
This course introduces students to the genres of fiction, non fiction, drama, and poetry. It exposes students to the language of literature and teaches them how to read each genre critically. The course also fosters the development of writing skills, incorporating both critical and creative assignments, and includes grammar and vocabulary components.

217engIH Honors Introduction to Literary Genres and Basic Composition
GR 9 | QP 4.67 | 1 CREDIT YEAR
This course is offered to students who have qualified by their English scores on the entrance test. Like English I, this course introduces students to the genres of fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry; exposes students to the language of literature; and teaches them how to read each genre critically—but it does so in greater depth. The course also fosters the development of writing skills, incorporating both critical and creative assignments, and includes grammar and vocabulary components. Individual assignments/projects complement the material covered in class.
Prerequisite: Student must be invited to enroll in this class based on her performance on the high school entrance exam.

The 2014-2015 academic year marks the only time during which sophomores and juniors will be enrolled in British Literature. Beginning in 2015-2016, American Literature will be taught to juniors.

228engII British Literature
GR 10 | QP 4.33 | 1 CREDIT YEAR
This course examines masterpieces of British literature, surveying works from the Anglo-Saxon period through the twenty-first century. In addition to developing grammar, vocabulary, and PSAT skills, students produce creative works consistent with the materials being studied and papers reflective of their maturing critical skills including an author-based research paper.

229engIIH Honors British Literature
GR 10 | QP 4.67 | 1 CREDIT YEAR
This course examines masterpieces of British literature, surveying works from the Anglo-Saxon period through the twenty-first century. Students must produce an in-depth critical paper on a British author whom they have read and researched. In addition to developing grammar, vocabulary, and PSAT skills, students produce a series of critical essays as well as creative expressions.
Prerequisite: 3.67 in English I
Note: The successful completion of the research paper during sophomore year is required in order to advance to junior year.

All Juniors are required to take 234, 237, or 290.

234engIII British Literature
GR 11 | QP 4.33 | 1 CREDIT YEAR
This course examines masterpieces of British literature, surveying works from the Anglo-Saxon period through the twenty-first century. Writing, grammar, vocabulary and critical discussion skills are stressed. Independent reading assignments and critical essays are completed each quarter, culminating in the production of a 5-6 page research paper which conforms to MLA guidelines required for course credit.
Note: The successful completion of the research paper during junior year is required in order to advance to senior year.

237engIIIH Honors British Literature
GR 11 | QP 4.67 | 1 CREDIT YEAR
This course examines masterpieces of British literature in depth, surveying works from the Anglo-Saxon period through the twenty-first century. Writing, grammar, vocabulary and critical discussion skills are stressed. Extensive reading and research are required as independent reading and critical essays are assigned regularly. To receive course credit, students must produce a 7-8 page well-written research paper.
Prerequisite: 3.67 in Engligh II
Note: The successful completion of the research paper during junior year is required in order to advance to senior year.

All Seniors are required to take 265, 267, 290, or 291.

265wldlit World Literature
GR 12 | QP 4.33 | ½ CREDIT | SEM 1 OR 2
World Literature surveys a selection of short stories, drama, and poetry from around the world, including the Mediterranean, Continental Europe, Africa, the Far East, the Middle East, Latin America. Universal themes such as fantasy and imagination, friendships, love and romance, self-discovery, the individual and society, values and beliefs, war and peace, youth and age are explored. Students write a series of critical essays based on textual readings. The course continues the development of language art skills and vocabulary study of the previous years. Students are required to write an 8-page literature-based research paper following MLA guidelines.

267wldlitH Honors World Literature
GR 12 | QP 4.67 | ½ CREDIT | SEM 1 OR 2
Honors World Literature surveys a selection of short stories, drama, and poetry from around the world, including the Mediterranean, Continental Europe, Africa, the Far East, the Middle East, Latin America. Universal themes such as identity, faith, heroism, and alienation are explored. In addition to writing short critical papers, students are required to do considerable research culminating in a 10
page research paper. Vocabulary and Grammar study continue.
Prerequisite: 3.67 in English III

290langAP AP English Language & Composition (Advanced Placement)
GR 11 | QP 5.0 | 1 CREDIT YEAR
Designed for students with a firm foundation in writing, this course prepares students for college writing courses by emphasizing the complex literacy of reading, writing, thinking, and speaking. Students will be introduced to the specific requirements and rigorous standards of academic writing, including essay format, voice, and organizational strategies. Students are expected to assume an active role in the reading and writing process, which regularly includes roundtable discussion, peer editing, and frequent revision. Students produce and revise essays throughout the year and, at the end of the course, create a portfolio of their work. AP exam fee applies.
Prerequisites: 4.0 in English II A writing sample will be submitted and evaluated after the course registration period for final departmental approval.

29llitAP AP English Literature (Advanced Placement)
GR 12 | QP 5.0 | 1 CREDIT YEAR
This course concentrates on comparative studies of famous pieces of literature which share theme, plot and/or other characteristics. Selections are chosen from different cultures, eras, and perspectives, and are discussed according to various schools of critical thought. The writing component includes genre studies, literary analyses and a 12-15-page research paper. Each student participates in panel presentations of selected major works. AP exam fee applies.
Prerequisite: 4.0 in 290 or English III

245myth Mythology as Literature

GR 11-12 | QP 4.33 | ½ CREDIT | SEM 1 OR 2
Ancient Mythology forms the core around which much of Western art, literature, and music revolve. The topic of mythology will be approached by way of exploring universal themes and archetypes. By focusing on Classical Mythology, students will investigate the connections between myths of that time period, and those of contemporary cultures in a fascinating variety. Creative writing, formal writing, and critical panel discussion skills are stressed, in addition to root-based vocabulary development. Students write 3-4 page expository essays and research multicultural myths.

246femlit Feminine Perspectives in Literature (2015-2016)
GR 11-12 | QP 4.33 | ½ CREDIT | SEM 1 OR 2
This course focuses on the ways in which women have used their voices and written words to speak about their own lives and times. Focusing on coming-of-age literature and other works that speak directly to women’s conditions, the curriculum features a survey of internationally-recognized female writers and their works. In addition, poetry and essays from diverse regions and time periods will be used. Students will determine how women have been viewed in society and evaluate changes in perception over time in these images as well as analysis of the changing political and social roles of women. Writing assignments, panel discussions and traditional assessment will be included.

266shkspr Shakespeare (2015-2016)
GR 12 | QP 4.33 | ½ CREDIT | SEM 1 OR 2
This elective course provides students with the skills to both analyze and perform Shakespearean text. This unique approach is taught from both literary and theatrical perspectives. Students will read four of Shakespeare’s plays representing his comedies, tragedies, histories, and romances. For each play, students examine the historical and social context while researching literary criticism. They will write short analysis papers for each play. In addition, students will engage in performing monologues and scenes, studying vocabulary, completing writing assignments, and formal assessments.

286writsem Writing Seminar
GR 11-12 | QP 4.33 | ½ CREDIT | SEM 1 OR 2
This course focuses on practicing and perfecting the elements of the writing craft. Designed for students who have experienced discomfort in writing, Writing Seminar aims at teaching these students to master overall coherence in essay writing. This course emphasizes editing skills, unity, and the writing of reasonably correct prose. Students spend a considerable amount of time perfecting these essential skills while perfecting the various forms of expository writing. By the end of this course, each student should be able to recognize and evaluate the various writing techniques of exemplary writers and be more confident about her own unique writing style.

 

This course examines masterpieces of British literature, surveying works from the Anglo-Saxon period through the twenty-first century. In addition to developing grammar, vocabulary, and PSAT skills, students produce creative works consistent with the materials being studied and papers reflective of their maturing critical skills including an author-based research paper.

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