English

The Power of Words

The power of words to enchant and to enlighten influences and guides the goals of the English Department. Students are engaged in the development of skills as well as the appreciation of ideas.

In every course, we expect students to move closer to achieving the following goals:

  • Become life long readers who find that reading is a joy
  • Learning the elements of literary analysis
  • Develop and expand vocabulary knowledge
  • Sharpen reasoning skills
  • Learn to approach writing as a process
  • Discover an authentic voice in writing
  • Participate confidently in discourse
  • Use critical and supplemental materials appropriately

English Curriculum

GRADE NINE

Ancient World Literature

GRADE TEN

British and World Literature

GRADE ELEVEN

American Literature 
Honors American Literature 
Creative Writing

GRADE TWELVE

Advanced Literature and Composition: Telling Stories—Narrative by Design
Advanced Language and Composition: Language in the World—Making Words Matter 
Creative Writing 
Modern American Literature 
Science Fiction: Utopias and Dystopias
Truth and Fiction

In addition, many high school students elect to enroll in independent studies/special topics to further pursue concepts related to literature and writing. Sample independent studies/special topic courses include Novel Writing, Modern Absurdism, Donne & Milton, Jane Austen, Dystopian Fiction, Writers of the Beat Generation, David Foster Wallace, Modern Poetry, and much more.

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