Unknown, Emily Asher, Rebecca Wildman, Sandra Matthews, Shawn Jacob, Jason Goodson, Kurt Klynen
This course develops students’ capacities for critical thinking and writing and builds awareness of how meaning is constructed in works of great, predominantly American literature. Students complete either the yearlong Advanced Placement Language and Composition (with departmental approval) or English 11. The main goals of the course are to study the ways in which authors have captured and shaped America’s national identity over the past four centuries; to nurture students enjoyment and comprehension of literature; and to provide them with the skills they need to be confident, empowered readers and writers ready to work at the college level. Students develop their written voices in a variety of genres, and instructors emphasize writing as a process. Course texts include William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, the essays of Emerson and Thoreau, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, and Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, as well as a diverse selection of American poetry and short fiction.