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HIGH SCHOOL

English Curriculum

Introduction to Literature/Introduction to Literature Honors

This course is designed to introduce the students to the various literary genres, basic grammar, essential composition skills and techniques, SAT preparation, and several significant works of literature. The student explores long fiction, drama, poetry, non-fiction, and short story. The student learns to analyze what he/she reads, to ask and answer critical-thinking questions, write about issues and ideas in literature, and use context clues to improve reading comprehension. The student practices grammar and composition throughout the year. Grammar objectives are incorporated into all writing assignments so that the student has an immediate context in which to apply what he has learned in theory. Vocabulary workbooks and SAT preparation materials are used to provide extensive student practice and application of skills.

World Literature/World Literature Honors

This course is designed to equip the student to write proficiently and think critically and analytically. The literature includes a mix of genres, time periods, and cultures, including Far East, Ancient Greece, and Rome, Indian and Persian, and others. The student studies ancient works such as the book of Esther, tragedy, modern poetry, various novels and plays and selected non-fiction. The student also studies grammatical structure, rules, and applications, as well as composition techniques, style development and refinement, vocabulary, test-taking skills, and literary terminology.

American Literature/American Literature Honors

The course introduces the student to American literature through a survey of significant literary works from each major time period, beginning with the colonial period and continuing into the mid-20th century. Various types of literature are represented, including novels, drama, short stories, poetry, and non-fiction. Grammar practice and application, style techniques, and general composition strategies are also taught and practiced. The student writes many essays, critiques, and summaries, in addition to a major literary criticism research paper. SAT preparation is also a component of the course.

AP English: Language and Composition

This course introduces the student to logic, rhetoric, analysis, argumentation, and American literature through a survey of significant literary works from each major time period, beginning with the colonial period and continuing into the mid-20th century. Various types of literature are represented, including novels, drama, short stories, poetry, and non-fiction. Literature is discussed and analyzed at a high level, and pertinent terminology is also reinforced. Grammar practice and application, style techniques, and composition strategies are taught and practiced. The student writes many essays, critiques, and timed essays, in addition to a major literary criticism research paper. SAT preparation is also a component of the course.

British Literature/British Literature Honors

This course introduces the student to British literature and tragedy, both Greek and Renaissance, through a survey of significant literary works. Since Greek drama provides the foundation for almost all later forms of literature, the student studies the Aristotelian structure of tragedy and applies it criterion to the Oedipus cycle by Sophocles. Then, beginning with the oldest known Anglo-Saxon epic, Beowulf, the student studies major works and periods of British literature, including the Arthurian legends, various medieval literature, 16th and 19th century English poetry, Renaissance drama, novel, short stories, and selected non-fiction. The honors level of this course follows the same general outline as the standard course, however additional works of literature are added to the curriculum, and the writing expectations and frequency are more demanding. Grammatical structure, rules and application, style techniques, and composition strategies are also taught and practiced. The student writes numerous essays, critiques, and summaries, in addition to a major interdisciplinary research paper. SAT preparation is a component, and the student learns, and applies vocabulary, usage rules and conventions, critical reading and test-taking strategies, and writing skills.

AP English: Literature and Composition

This course is designed to equip students to write proficiently and think critically and analytically. The tangible goal of the course is the successful completion of the international exam given in May of each year; however, the most important goal of the class is to produce excellent thinkers and communicators who will be lifelong learners. The content of the course is not comprised of a set of finite facts; rather it is an exercise in verbal problem-solving, requiring a broad base of knowledge and challenging students to respond at the highest levels of application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. During the course, the student studies some of the finest works of Western literature, including Crime and Punishment, Hamlet, Lear, Heart of Darkness, Faustus, Pride and Prejudice, Inferno, etc. The student also writes extensively at a college level, learns and applies literary techniques and terms, develops test-taking skills, and discerns biblical truth more clearly through what he reads and writes.

Creative Writing

This course is designed to examine the question of what it means to write creatively by providing students the opportunities to develop their literary craft as writers. Students in this course will examine various models of good creative writing and analyze them as writers rather than just readers. Students will then explore and experiment with various genres including short stories, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, screenplays, poetry, and graphic novels to name a few. Through the workshop model, students will write original works, as well as learn to provide positive feedback for their fellow writers in the revision process. Each semester, students’ final pieces will be published as a literary magazine, “The Ink Splotch” showcasing what they learned about what it means to write creatively.      (One semester course)

Communications

This course introduces critical thinking and speaking skills through the detailed study of forensic speaking including extemporaneous speaking, oration, and interpretation of literature and debate. The course emphasizes understanding of various forensic speaking formats while applying reasoning, research, and delivery skills.      (One semester course)