English

The primary goal of the English Department is to help students increase their communicative ability through reading, writing, and discussion of classic and contemporary literature. Organizational skills and research techniques are also emphasized. Students are required to take four years of English.

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Course Offerings:

Introduction to Literature and Language Arts Part I (Grade 7)
This course covers a variety of literary genres, focusing on the elements of fiction through the short story, the novel, and poetry. The course is designed to give students an understanding of how the elements of fiction are used. Grammar, vocabulary and writing instruction will concentrate on developing an understanding of the relationships between words and sentences and how they combine to create meaning.
Introduction to Literature and Language Arts Part II (Grade 8)
This course is a continuation and expansion of the grade seven curriculum. This course will also focus on literary analysis of poetry and Shakespearean tragedy.
Introduction to World and American Literature I
This course explores the epic poems of Homer and American Literature, with units on poetry, the short story, and a novel. Students will focus on thesis statements, supporting analysis, and effective exposition. (Honors Option*)
American Literature II
This course covers American literature chronologically from 1840, including the American Renaissance, transcendentalism, anti-transcendentalism, Romanticism, local-colorists and regionalism, realism, naturalism, modernism, the American novel, the Harlem Renaissance and pluralism. (Honors Option*)
British Literature
This course covers the chronological history of British literature from ancient to modern texts, including epic poetry, lyric poetry, philosophical exposition, the short story and the novel. (Honors* & AP Option)
World Literature
This course covers the chronological history of world literature from ancient to modern texts, including epic poetry, lyric poetry, philosophical exposition, the short story, and the novel. (Honors* & AP Option)
Rhetoric
In this course, students will practice and refine their logic and powers of persuasion through writing essays of argumentation, essays of definition, or other writing process at the teacher’s discretion. (Honors Option)

* Courses can be taken through CUC for college credit.