English

Chairperson:  Mrs. Joan Mangan

Introduction to literature

Introduction to Literature is a study of selected authors and writings from ancient through contemporary times.  Through reading and analysis, class discussions, and related writing assignments students will explore major literary genres, literary terms and techniques, and themes and writing styles; students will examine authors’ lives and related historical information. The formal study of vocabulary and grammar is part of the course.  Students will develop and present expository, analytical, persuasive, and creative writing assignments.  Students will prepare and present oral presentations.  The goal of the course is to help students develop into better readers, writers, and speakers.

Honors Introduction to Literature

The honors course offers the freshman program in greater depth and will include additional readings and require more advanced analysis and independent work on the part of the students.

American Literature

American Literature focuses on the chronological study of American authors and writings from colonial through contemporary times.  Through reading and analysis, class discussions, and related writing assignments students will explore the unique works of major writers and periods of American literature, specific literary genres, and various themes and writing styles; they will explore the lives of authors and historical influences on their works.  They will read, write, discuss, think, and make connections to previously studied works.  The study of vocabulary and grammar will continue, and students will develop and present expository, analytical, persuasive, and creative writing assignments.

Honors American Literature

The honors course offers the sophomores additional readings and writing assignments as well as more sophisticated literary analysis.  Students will continue to learn research methods and will produce a required paper.  Prerequisite: a high grade in an earlier literature course and the approval of the teacher.

British Literature

This junior course is a survey of British literature arranged chronologically, beginning with Anglo-Saxon selections and continuing through contemporary writings.  The course emphasizes the further development of critical thinking and communication skills.  Students will explore the unique works of major writers and movements in British literature, specific literary genres, and various themes and writing styles; they will explore the historical backgrounds of authors’ lives and the influences on their works.  Vocabulary exercises and grammar enrichment will be a part of the course.  Students will produce a required junior research paper.

Honors British Literature

The honors course offers the juniors additional readings and more sophisticated writing assignments and in-depth literary analysis.  A research paper is required.  Prerequisite: a high grade in a previous honors literature course and approval of the teacher.

World Literature

World Literature is a study of selected world authors and the writings they have produced from ancient through contemporary times.  Through reading and analysis, class discussions, and related writing assignments students will explore complex, unique themes and writing styles; they will examine the backgrounds of world authors and the historical time periods in which they lived and wrote.  They will read, write, discuss, think, and make connections among the works they are studying.  Vocabulary, grammar, and writing instruction will also be emphasized.  Students will produce a required senior research paper.

Honors World Literature

The honors course offers the seniors a more in-depth study of the relationship between reading and writing.  Students will complete additional readings and independent assignments; they will produce a senior research paper.  Prerequisite: a high grade in a previous honors literature class.

World Literature – From Text to Film

This course will focus on the relationship between literature and film by focusing on important literary works, fiction and non-fiction, and relevant films.  Students will read, discuss, and analyze literature, and they will also view critically the films made from that literature.  Students will be introduced to film form, style, and techniques and the literary and historic aspects of the works studied.  Works studied will include novels, short stories, drama, and poetry.  The writing of analytical essays, the formal study of vocabulary, and the completion of the required senior research paper will be included in the course.

Advanced Placement Literature and Composition

AP English is a full-year course offered to seniors.  This elective course will focus on the ever-evolving canon of world literature while emphasizing representative British and American authors from the 16th century through contemporary times.  Readings, along with corresponding historical and cultural perspectives, will be examined, discussed, and analyzed.  Arranged with a multi-genre emphasis, the course will include thematic units as well.  Students will be required to read a wide variety of literature and respond to it through discussion and in writing.  They will be engaged in much independent study and preparation for the AP exam, which they are required to take.  Students will be given opportunities for analytical, expository, argumentative, and creative writing, oral presentations, and ongoing vocabulary and grammar instruction and development.  Practice and preparation for the AP test will be incorporated into the course syllabus.  This intense course challenges students to read, understand, appreciate, analyze, and evaluate complex literature and to write in an effective style that exhibits mastery of language.  Prerequisite: 93 or above in both Honors British Literature and Honors American Literature and department chair approval.

Multimedia Journalism

This course is an English elective/communications course open to students in grades 10, 11, and 12. The course includes topics in the development of journalism both traditional print and evolving web versions.  Using design software and available web programs, students will collaborate on the production of an online newspaper containing stories, photos, art, short films, surveys, and more. They will plan, report, interview, write, and edit stories and oversee the production process of the newspaper.