English I (Survey of Literature)
A freshman course that explores literature of many time periods and genres, from Classical Greek drama to modern American fiction. Students will participate in learning activities that will increase their appreciation of great literature, develop their understanding of literary terms and devices, and provide them with the analytical tools that will allow them to create and support their opinions about literary works. Students will learn strategies that invite them to navigate their own journey through the literature. All English I students will create a variety of analytical, narrative, and persuasive works related to the literature studied in class. Literature in English I support the understanding of self and society, encouraging students to recognize similarities and embrace differences of different societies and cultures.
English II (American Literature)
This sophomore English course focuses on the study of American Literature including the historical perspective as well as explorations of individual works for theme, characterization, language and its value as literature. The literary content will range from early American to modern American, from essays to short stories, poetry and novels.
English III – (British Literature)
This course focuses on English literature from the Anglo-Saxon to Modern Periods. The students will write essays, and will plan and write a research paper.
English IV (World Literature)
This course will introduce you to world traditional literature, in translation, from Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, China, Japan, and the Americans. Students will be introduced to the origins of these oldest cultures through the oral and written stories, poems, essays, and plays that have become the defining work of these societies. At the same time students will examine geographical and political contexts from which these texts arose. Students will nurture an appreciation for diversity of human cultures as represented in literature from various parts of the world.
AP English Language and Composition
This course is designed to help students become skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts and to become skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer's purposes, audience expectations, and subjects as well as the way generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing.
The goals of an AP English Language and Composition course are diverse because the college composition course is one of the most varied in the curriculum. The college course provides students with opportunities to write about a variety of subjects and to demonstrate an awareness of audience and purpose. But the overarching objective in most first-year writing courses is to enable students to write effectively and confidently in their college courses across the curriculum and in their professional and personal lives. Therefore, most composition courses emphasize the expository, analytical, and argumentative writing that forms the basis of academic and professional communication, as well as the personal and reflective writing that fosters the ability to write in any context.
In addition, most composition courses teach students that the expository, analytical, and argumentative writing they must do in college is based on reading texts from various disciplines and periods as well as personal experience and observation. Composition courses, therefore, teach students to read primary and secondary sources carefully, to synthesize materials from these texts in their own compositions, and to cite sources using conventions recommended by professional organizations such as the Modern Language Association (MLA), the University of Chicago Press (The Chicago Manual of Style), and the American Psychological Association (APA).
AP English Literature and Composition
This course is designed to engage students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students can deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students consider a work's structure, style, and themes, as well as such smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Reading The course includes intensive study of representative works from various genres and periods, concentrating on works of recognized literary merit. The works chosen invite and gratify rereading. Reading in an AP course is both wide and deep. This reading necessarily builds upon the reading done in previous English courses. These courses include the in-depth reading of texts drawn from multiple genres, periods, and cultures.
In their AP course, students also read works from several genres and periods -- from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century -- but, more importantly, they get to know a few works well. They read deliberately and thoroughly, taking time to understand a work's complexity, to absorb its richness of meaning, and to analyze how that meaning is embodied in literary form. In addition to considering a work's literary artistry, students consider the social and historical values it reflects and embodies. Careful attention to both textual detail and historical context should provide a foundation for interpretation, whatever critical perspectives are brought to bear on the literary works studied.