Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation.
This college level English course is designed to finesse student understanding of composition, authorial intent, rhetorical strategies, and manipulation of language in primarily nonfiction and fiction texts, as well as to prepare students for success on the Advanced Placement exam given in May. Special emphasis on how authors write guides students through an exploration of essays, memoirs, fiction, drama, and literary criticism by historically and culturally diverse authors. Nonfiction texts include works by Twain, Carol Oates, DuBois, Eliot, Stein, Frost, White, McCarthy, James, Welty, Sontag, Hurston, Perelman, Momaday, Ozick, Ehrlich, Bellow, Didion, McCourt, and Krakauer. Fiction and dramatic texts include works by O’Brien, Austen, Beckett, and Woolf. Literary criticism by various authors is discussed. Writing assignments emphasize multiple modes of composition and revision.
Given the amount of reading assigned to students during the school year, students are encouraged to spend the summer reading books of personal interest. Cyber weekend work is assigned for this course.