English 12 College Prep
This course provides students with challenging reading, writing and thinking experiences. The design, materials, and approaches for this course enable students to establish a mindset that anticipates the intellectual sophistication necessary for success beyond high school. Students receive instruction and practice in the workshop model. Students will analyze literature from diverse authors. In order to develop writing skills, students will focus on literary analysis, narrative and persuasive writing techniques. Students will be required to write a research paper reinforcing MLA format. Students will analyze the study of literary genres such as the memoir, existentialism, drama, and nonfictional works of literature as they develop their critical thinking skills in a culminating project.
Current Unit: Memoir Book Club. Students will individually read a memoir of their choice to identify particular types of literary devices and inform their personal narrative/college application essay.
AP Literature and Composition
The AP English Literature and Composition course focuses on reading, analyzing, and writing about imaginative literature (fiction, poetry, drama) from various periods. Students engage in close reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature to deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as its use of figurative language, imagery, and symbolism. Writing assignments include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary works. All students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses are required to take the Advanced Placement Examinations in May (see Policy 2429 & Program of Studies page 5).
Current Unit: Introducing Short Fiction.