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, incorporates 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 based on 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: A student may enroll in this class based on her performance on the high school entrance exam.

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.
Note: The successful completion of the research paper during sophomore year is required in order to advance to junior year. 
 
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.
Prerequisites: 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.

234engIII | American Literature
GR 11        QP 4.33        1 CREDIT         YEAR
This course examines masterpieces of American literature, surveying works from the Pre-Colonial period through the twenty-first century. Writing, grammar, vocabulary and critical discussion skills are stressed. Using these skills, juniors are expected to “Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives; synthesize comments, claims, and evidence made on all sides of an issue; resolve contradictions when possible; and determine what additional information or research is required to deepen the investigation or complete the task.” CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.11-12.1.d Independent reading assignments and critical essays are completed each quarter, culminating in the production of an 7-8 page research paper which conforms to MLA guidelines required for course credit.  To this goal, juniors are expected to “Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.” CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.2  and “Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the task, purpose, and audience; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and overreliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation.” CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.8
Note: The successful completion of the research paper during junior year is required in order to advance to senior year.

237engIIIH | Honors American Literature
GR 11        QP 4.67        1 CREDIT         YEAR
This course examines masterpieces of American literature, surveying works from the Pre-Colonial period through the twenty-first century. Writing, grammar, vocabulary and critical discussion skills are stressed. Using these skills, juniors are expected to “Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives; synthesize comments, claims, and evidence made on all sides of an issue; resolve contradictions when possible; and determine what additional information or research is required to deepen the investigation or complete the task.” CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.11-12.1.d Independent reading assignments and critical essays are completed each quarter, culminating in the production of an 8-10 page, in-depth, critical research paper which conforms to MLA guidelines and cites strong textual evidence from a minimum of 7 sources.  Successful completion of the research paper during junior year is required in order to advance to senior English. To this goal, juniors are expected to “Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.” CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.2  and “Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the task, purpose, and audience; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and overreliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation.” CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.8
Prerequisite:  3.67 in English II
Note: The successful completion of the research paper during junior year is required in order to advance to senior year.

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.

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

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.

248afrilit | African American Literature: Literary Art and Culture
GR 11- 12        QP 4.33        ½ CREDIT         SEM 1 OR 2
This course will explore literary movements within African American history, which were routinely depicted and explored through art and literature. Through discussion, critical reading and writing, literary analysis, and historical context, students will gain a deeper understanding of how literature, societal beliefs, and ideals influence and drive one another. This course will highlight the contributions of men and women of color beginning with the Spirituals through Reconstruction and the Renaissance. It will include the study of novels, essays, song, and poetry, paying particular attention to authors such as Harriet Jacobs, Zora Neale Hurston, and Richard Wright. A major assignment for this course will be to synthesize a literary work written by a person of color with modern issues in order to have a deeper understanding of our society and culture as a whole, including (but not limited to) such issues as faith, justice, relationships, love, grief, privilege, and oppression.

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 will “Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.” CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.5 Students spend a considerable amount of time perfecting these essential skills and the various forms of expository writing.  Students will further “Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the task, purpose, and audience; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and over-reliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation.” CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.8 . 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.

246femlit | Feminine Perspectives in Literature     
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 that 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. Students will be expected to “Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas.” CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.11-12.1.a 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. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.11-12.5 Students are expected to research and present background information for the time periods in addition to reading various texts.  To do this, they will “Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.” Writing assignments, panel discussions and traditional assessment will be included.

247drama | Modern Drama: 20th Century Stage and Screen
GR 11-12        QP 4.33        ½ CREDIT         SEM 1 OR 2
Since the invention of the motion picture, the theater and the cinema have existed symbiotically. This course will examine different movements and periods beginning with the foundational figures of Ibsen and Chekhov. Through in-depth lectures, discussions, screenings, and performance, students will be immersed in ten significant modern plays placed in multiple contexts to enhance appreciation of individual achievement and their wider contributions to the development of modern drama. Students will share in the facilitation of discussions. A major assignment is to select an additional play from the works of such dramatists as O’Neill, Pirandello, Williams, Stoppard, Parks and others, and write a critical analysis relating the play to the contexts of modern cinema developed in the course.

266shkspr | Shakespeare (2018-19)
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.

245myth | Mythology as Literature (2018-19)   
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.

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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