English Literature & Comp.
The course will “deepen students understanding of ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers.” (The College Board, AP® English Course Description) Students in this college-level course read and carefully analyze a broad and challenging range of literature from various time periods, genres, authors, and historical contexts to further expand their awareness of rhetoric and how language works. Students who wish to take the A.P. Exam will be better prepared to do so as a result of having been actively engaged in the class.
Reading and Writing
Major works of study (10-12) and assignments are designed to broaden students’ critical thinking. They will consider the work’s artistry and the social/historical values it reflect/embodies. Students will gain greater understanding through study of literary criticisms in drawing interpretive conclusions about a work’s literary meaning/value. Students will write in-class analytical essays along with research papers and reflective responses to their assignments.
At-home assignments are generated both in class and out-of-class (as longer-term novel units or projects). Students will have homework of varying lengths most evenings and weekends. All work is expected to be completed. Students must be committed to the time and rigor involved in being prepared and successful in this course.