Prerequisites: Honors English 9, Honors English 10, AP English Language and Composition
This class may be offered in a blended format.
This course is designed to engage students in careful reading and critical analysis of literary works written originally in English from a variety of cultures and eras. The primary focus, however, will be on literature from British and American authors from the sixteenth century to contemporary times. The course will include intensive study of representative works from various genres and eras with attention to both the literary artistry and the social and historical values these works reflect. Students will be encouraged to develop close reading skills which include attention to the following elements: the experience of literature, the interpretation of literature, and the evaluation of literature. Writing will also be an essential component of the course with assignments focusing on the critical analysis of literature, but also including a variety of expository, analytical, and argumentative essays. The instruction will include attention to developing and organizing ideas in clear, coherent, and persuasive language with much focus on nurturing stylistic maturity and sophistication. Students entering this course should possess a firm grasp of standard English grammar, as our concentration on language use will be designed to enhance student ability to use these grammatical conventions appropriately to develop stylistic maturity. Timed writing assignments will also be assigned in preparation for the AP exam. Students registering for this course should be prepared for collegiate-level assignments and homework.