146 SENIOR ENGLISH I: CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES
This course is intended for students with average reading and writing skills. This course examines cultural themes in American Literature to enhance students‘ awareness and appreciation of the multi-ethnic nature of the American culture. Students will engage in close reading, discussion, analysis, and interpretation of texts written by individuals from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Students will also write essays that examine cultural themes including ethnic identity, cultural assimilation, generational conflict, and prejudice.
147 SENIOR ENGLISH II: SOCIAL ISSUES
This course is intended for students with average reading and writing skills. The course is designed to increase the analytical writing skills of students through an investigation of current social issues including, but not limited to, cloning, assisted suicide, genetic testing, intellectual property (piracy), cyber crimes, gay marriage, gambling, and social security reform. Students will compose argumentative and persuasive essays in order to prepare for written expression beyond high school.
148 SENIOR ENGLISH III: SPECULATIVE LITERATURE
This course is intended for students with average reading and writing skills. This course is meant to cover a span of fantasy fiction, science fiction, epic fantasy, ghost stories, horror stories, folk stories, fairy tales, magic realism, and modern myth-making. This literature will be studied in terms of its historic, social, and literary contexts. In addition, the literature will be explored in terms of the influences that created them and how the literature achieves its effects. Students will complete several literary analysis essays that examine the human equation and ideological thought.
149 SENIOR ENGLISH IV: CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE
This course is intended for students with average reading and writing skills. Students will read a variety of literature written primarily after 1950 that reflects the literary response to the contemporary society. In their study, students will focus on authors, themes, concerns of the times, structures, and techniques that have influenced the development of contemporary literature. The bulk of selections are novels, complemented by plays, poems, and short stories. Regular essay assignments will focus intensely on literary analysis.
This course is intended for students with above average reading and writing skills. It is designed to help students use language arts skills to evaluate historical and contemporary issues. Students will evaluate and use a variety of reading materials, analyze the World Literature, and evaluate the effect of language and genre on purpose and meaning, and apply ideas in literature to real-life issues. Students will also use technology to produce written documents based on personal experience and research. Finally, students will participate in oral presentations and evaluate various literary media. Students will receive vocabulary workbooks, which accompanies the course.145 ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH
This course is intended for college-bound students with above average reading and writing skills who plan to take the Advanced Placement Exam in English Literature & Composition. It is designed to help students develop the language arts skills equivalent to a freshman college course. Students will develop their reading and writing vocabularies while analyzing and evaluating a wide range of literary classics of various genre. Students will write numerous in-depth, impromptu literary analyses as well as other compositions using research and technology. The student may take the examination in Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition given in the spring by Educational Testing Services. Students will receive an AP workbook, which accompanies the course.