English

Philosophy

We believe all students should be challenged, regardless of their ability, and smaller class sizes allow for more attention paid to individual needs of students.  Regardless of the specific assignments in the English classes, the curriculum is centered upon and driven by the needs of the students, thus increasing interest and assuring that all students are challenged by their work. This individualization is achieved through a variety of activities such as cooperative learning, authentic experiences, and independent learning activities. 

Course Description

All members of the department consistently juxtapose themes of morality and basic human decency from classic literature to the lives of our students so as to promote the idea that all people, especially those who have the means, must be responsible for and help those who do not have the basic necessities of life.

Required Coursework:

9th Grade
A Raisin in the Sun
Mythology
Romeo and Juliet
White Fang
Lord of the Flies
Animal Farm (for Advanced 9th grade English)
10th Grade
Animal Farm (for General 10th grade English)
A Separate Peace
The Crucible
Julius Caesar
Legends of King Arthur
The Jungle 
11th Grade

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

 

12th Grade

 The Oedipal Trilogy

 Antigone by Anouilh

 Night by Elie Weisel

 Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

 Stranger by Camus

 Other Selections from the Literature Book

 

Elective Course Work:

Introduction to Journalism, Newspaper, Yearbook

Speech, Debate, Forensics

Developmental Reading, Library Science