English Department Contact List

Lapham, James
English Teacher
Wolf, Jesse
English Teacher

ENGLISH I

Students read, write, analyze, and respond to a variety of literary genres (including short stories, novels, epics, poetry, drama, and literary nonfiction). Classwork will focus on analyzing literature, critical thinking, research, grammar, and language skills in a plethora of ways (including – but not limited to—research papers, sentence deconstruction, group-work, Socratic discussion, ACT growth analysis, and guided /independent reading).

ENGLISH II

 Students read, write, analyze, and respond to a variety of literary genres (including short stories, novels, epics, poetry, drama, and literary nonfiction). Classwork will focus on analyzing literature, critical thinking, research, grammar, and language skills in a plethora of ways (including – but not limited to—research papers, sentence deconstruction, group-work, Socratic discussion, ACT growth analysis, and guided /independent reading).

Prerequisite: English I

ENGLISH III

 This course stresses continued reading improvement, development of vocabulary skills, grammar review, and the skills needed for effective writing in academic and vocational situations. Literature focuses on world cultures, world famous authors and critical analysis of their works. At this level, reading will include a study of Shakespearean literature as well as reading and evaluating influential U.S. documents.

Prerequisite: English II

ENGLISH IV

This course provides in-depth application of all communication skills and completes the global perspective initiated in English II Honors. Students study representative pieces of European literature as unique reflections of the European experience in order to understand influential U.S. historical documents, contemporary issues, and texts influenced by European philosophy or action. Students read at least one Shakespearean play. At this level, students refine research and library skills to prepare themselves for postsecondary education.

Prerequisite: English III

CREATIVE WRITING I & II

This course is open to students who are self-disciplined, highly motivated, gifted in self-expression, and eager to read. The students explore new and exciting short stories, plays, poems, and novellas for their global perspectives and issues. Students will write to acquire meaning, to analyze U.S. historical documents to establish connections to contemporary issues, as well as to establish style, voice and purpose in communication. At least one Shakespearean play should be included.