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Advanced Literature

suggested for grades 10th-12th

Intro to
AMERICAN LITERATURE

 

 

We are surrounded by references to great literature, whether or not we recognize it. By interacting with these works, we not only better understand our world, but we build critical thinking skills and empathy for those around us. In Intro to American Literature, we will survey the greatest works of American fiction, providing special focus on literature that has shaped our cultural consciousness like The Scarlet Letter and The Great Gatsby. Students will be encouraged to interact with the texts on a variety of levels, such as literature analysis, character sketches, creative responses, and close readings. Please see the attached syllabus for a reading list.

American
Literature II

 

 

 

If you only have a few pages to share your voice, you make each word count. American
history is filled with writers of remarkable talent, and countless have turned their pens to brilliant short fiction and essays. In this course, we’ll explore the great American poets, essayists, and short story writers. Students will be encouraged to read and respond critically
—and have fun!

 

Prerequisite: Intro to American Literature or equivalent experience. This course will dwell less on American history than Intro to American Literature, instead focusing on individual
texts, but will provide contextual reminders where necessary.

 

This course may be taken before or after American Literature III: The Novel & The Stage.

american
literature iii

 

 

 

For centuries, writers have strived for their “great American novel.” In this course, we’ll delve into 
several of the country’s strongest works of long fiction, exploring novels and stageplays by Wharton, Cather, and other greats. Students will be encouraged to both read and respond
critically (while having fun!).


Prerequisite: Intro to American Literature or equivalent experience. This course will dwell less on American history than Intro to American Literature, instead focusing on individual
texts, but will provide contextual reminders where necessary.


This course may be taken after or before American Literature II: Short Fiction & Essays.
 

While works are assigned, substitutions may be made if arranged in advance.

faith & literature

 

 

 

Throughout the centuries, Christians have applied themselves to a wealth of creative outlets —the visual arts, music, and certainly, literary writing. In this course, students will explore
some of the greatest faith-based works from Lewis to Hugo, exploring fiction, poetry, and hymns. Students will be encouraged to reflect on the works, exercise critical thinking, apply Biblical insight, and even respond creatively to their own comfort level.

 

Prerequisite:
Learning through Literature (Growing Literature) or equivalent literary analysis experience recommended, but not required.

intro to SHAKESPEARE

 

 

 

The rockstar of his day, he wrote sitcoms, tragedies, teen romances, and history serials. He invented words, challenged conventions, and turned the entertainment world upside down—that’s right, we are talking about William Shakespeare. Throughout this course, you will be introduced to Shakespeare’s stage and language, receive an overview of early modern England, and interact with three plays. Assignments will include formal literary analysis papers as well as pieces intentionally crafted to improve comprehension. No prior experience with Shakespeare is necessary.

intro to british literature

 

 

 

AVAILABLE FALL 2020.

British literature holds the history of the English language, traced from the rhythms of Anglo-Saxon storytelling to the vivid poets of World War I. In this course, we’ll see language and history unfold as we delve into one era of British literature per week. While the majority of literature we’ll cover for this course will be English, we’ll also look at Scottish, Irish, and Welsh texts. Students will be encouraged to read thoughtfully, respond critically—interacting with the texts through analysis, close-readings, and creative responses—and, of course, have fun!

Please see the attached syllabus for a reading list. More details can be provided upon inquiry. While we will learn basic British history to better grasp our texts, the focus will be on literary study.