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English Core

English 1 E1

This course introduces the freshmen theme of the universal human experience through an examination of classic and modern literature. It examines man’s basic drive to impose structure on the world by examining primary works ranging from the Bible and world mythology to Homer. This course serves as the foundation for the required reading of "The Odyssey" and "Haroun and the Sea of Stories".

English 2 E2

English 2 continues to concern itself with the theme of the universal human experience begun in English 1. Students will begin an analysis of the forms that “order” can take. Using Sophocles, Shakespeare and Achebe and selections of modern poetry as vehicles for their examination, students arrive at conclusions regarding man’s ability to deal with nature, the state, other men and the self within. To highlight the interdisciplinary theme of the school, students will read Chinese and Indian short stories as well as Mishima’s book, "The Sound of Waves", "Things Fall Apart", "Antigone" and "Julius Caesar".

English 3 E3

In English 3, the theme the Human Paradox: Man the Creator, Man the Destroyer is introduced. Students explore a theme through the study of such diverse works as “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” "A Tale of Two Citie", or "Great Expectations", "Night", and selected short stories and poetry. Students prepare individual reports on related works of their choice.

English 4 E4

English 4 continues the exploration of man’s dual nature through a study of works such as "Go Tell It On the Mountain", "Lord of the Flies", "The Taming of the Shrew", "Pygmalion", "Twelfth Night" and selected short stories and poetry. Students are encouraged t pursue individual reading projects. Public speaking is emphasized through the assignment of speeches and dramatic readings.

English 5 E5

This course deals with major themes of the American experience, spanning the early republic through the nineteenth century. The work of seminal authors reflecting American ideals, imagination, and attitude will be the source of discussion and writing. In addition, intensive vocabulary study and preparation of autobiographies for the college application will be emphasized. Literature includes: Readings from colonial literature: essays, poems and documents- Bradstreet, Thoreau, Emerson and Franklin. Novels include "The Scarlet Letter", "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn".

English 6 E6

This course is devoted to the developing American dream and the establishment of attitudes unique to the twentieth century. Students will read a variety of modern genres by American authors of several ethnic heritages. In addition, essay writing and research will continue. The course will conclude with the English Regents Examination. Readings include American short stories, "Ethan Frome", "Spoon River Anthology" or "Winesburg Ohio", "The Great Gatsby" or "Ragtime", "Song of Solomon", "The Glass Menagerie", "The Crucible" or "Death of a Salesman".

Humanities Seminar E7HU

The Humanities Seminar is required of all seniors and is an interdisciplinary course which is taught by a high school teacher, a college professor and a college student. The format is discussion based upon literature assigned to read. These works include selections from The Bible (I Samuel, II Samuel, I Kings, The Gospel According to Matthew), Sophocles (Oedipus Rex), Plato (Apology, Crito, Euthyphro), Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Machiavelli (The Prince), and Shakespeare (Richard II, Othello and Macbeth). Grades are based upon participation in discussion, periodic reviews of journal entrees, three five page papers, and an in-class essay.

Humanities Seminar E8HU

This course is also required of all seniors and the format and student evaluation are the same as Humanities Seminar E7HU. Works read this semester include Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Voltaire’s Candide, Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, Dostoevsky’s “Grand Inquisitor” (from his novel The Brothers Karamazov), Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, Marx’s The Communist Manifesto, Freud’s Civilization and its Discontents, Orwell’s Politics of the English Language, Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, and a poetry unit which includes works by Donne, Shakespeare, Goldsmith, Wordsworth, and other English Romantics, T.S. Eliot, and other contemporary poets.

Writing Process EWWP

This course is designed to help students write more effectively through the study of word processing techniques. This class enters about a “hands on” approach to learning. Required ninth grade course. Text: "The Catcher in the Rye".

Linguistics EELG

Linguistics explores the world of language and words. Students investigate the history of the English language, the process of word evolution and word coinage, and improve their vocabulary through the study of prefixes, roots and suffixes. Required ninth grade course. Text: "Beowulf".