Description of Skills Taught:
This course is designed to teach college preparatory students how to take a methodical and critical approach to both writing and reading. Students will learn to deconstruct what they read and write, research effectively, make connections between literature and the world around them, understand literary technique, and use such skills in their own writing, whether for informative, persuasive, or narrative purposes. Papers and speeches are required and should demonstrate appropriate use of literary technique. This class will teach the basic grammatical essentials as well as polish previously acquired skills through the student’s own writing and classroom practice. Prepare to write many, many papers.
Description of Literature:
The literature studied in this course will be complex and challenging. We will begin the year reading William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. We will also read the novel In the Time of the Butterflies and study several shorter fiction and nonfiction texts along with a brief study of poetry. We will read, analyze, critique, and evaluate some of the most influential literary works that helped shape the literary canon. In addition to written works, we will also deconstruct multi-media productions.