In these college-preparatory paced courses students will develop new perspectives through interpreting literature, expanding vocabulary, and writing creatively. Students will enhance their writing skills by examining point of view, character development, figurative language, and audience. Students will read functional informational and literary texts from different periods, cultures, and genres and speak in functional, information, and literary situations for various purposes and audiences.

Literature and Composition

Units of Study:

  • The Holocaust
  • Dropping of the Atomic Bomb
  • Creative Writing with a Purpose
  • Rhetoric and Power
  • Formal Writing
  • Choices and Consequences
  • Classic Authors through Time

Art Projects:

  • Circle Graph - Students are given a list of groups and are asked to decide how much blame each party deserves for what happened in the Holocaust. Their opinions are graphed in a circle graph and color-coded.
  • Multigenre Paper - Students incorporate a variety of writing styles and literary devices to tell one coherent story.
  • Juliet's Scrapbook - Students retell the events of Romeo and Juliet through scrap book pages in the perspective of Juliet.
  • Author/Character Posters - For Short stories or Shakespearean plays, students create posters to either give a timeline of the life of an author, or give personality traits, and beliefs and values of characters. 
  • Graphic Timeline - When studying World War II, students create a timeline of events for characters from the book Hiroshima, using images and descriptions of the events.

American Literature

Units of Study:

  • The Salem Witch Trials
  • Censure in Society
  • Formal Research Writing
  • Consequences of Vengeance
  • Creative Writing with a Purpose
  • True Friendship

Art Projects:

  • Alphabet Book - When studying The Scarlet Letter, students must find a word for every letter of the alphabet to represent some aspect presented in the book, then explain the significance of the word and use an artistic representation.
  • Character Presentation - Students are assigned a character from the Salem Witch Trials and will compare the true life of the person with the way they're portrayed in The Crucible. Visual aids and interactive activities are required.
  • Research Presentation - After writing a formal research paper, students will present their findings through an oral presentation with a visual aid.
  • Multigenre Paper - Students incorporate a variety of writing styles and literary devices to tell one coherent story.
  • Character Posters - Students create posters to give personality traits, and beliefs and values of characters using evidence from the text for support. They must also have an artistic representation of the character.
  • Steinbeck Brochure - Students will create an informative brochure covering Steinbeck's life in a concise way with explanation and pictures
  • Movie Poster - For Of Mice and Men, students will choose 6 major characters and decide on a modern-day Hollywood cast to play the parts in "their" movie. Students create a movie poster and explain why the movie stars are fitting for the roles.

British Literature

Units of Study:

  • Creative Writing with a Purpose
  • College Preparation
  • The Fallen Hero
  • Lessons from Pilgrims
  • The Consequences of Pride
  • Societal Issues and Solutions

Art Projects:

  • Multigenre Paper - Students incorporate a variety of writing styles and literary devices to tell one coherent story.
  • Mosaic - Students create a mosaic representing some aspect of the first battle of Beowulf, where Beowulf fights Grendel.
  • Mural - Students create a class mural representing some aspect of the second battle of Beowulf, where Beowulf fights Grendel's Mother.
  • Sculpture - Students create a soap carving representing some aspect of the final battle of Beowulf, where Beowulf loses his life fighting the dragon.
  • Coat of Arms - Like clans of the past, students will create a Coat of Arms representing themselves by using symbols to represent who they are.
  • Pilgrim Presentation and Booklet - Students are assigned a pilgrim from The Canterbury Tales and will create a booklet consisting of a character analysis, artistic rendering, etc. Students will also create a presentation informing students of their pilgrim and their Tale.
  • Character Posters - Students create posters to give personality traits, and beliefs and values of characters using evidence from the text for support. They must also have an artistic representation of the character.
  • Text to Text Presentation - While studying Macbeth, student find a variety of texts where a situation of theme connects to the story or a character in the play. This can be a movie clip, a song, an article, a book, or any other text. Students share the text with the class and explain how it relates to Macbeth.
  • Research Presentation - After writing a formal research paper, students will present their findings through an oral presentation.