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pieces of European literature as unique reflections of the European experience in order to understand influential U.S. historical documents, contemporary issues, and texts influenced by European philosophy or action.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

This course is an introduction to the art of creative writing. Class participants will write and revise pieces in a number of genres including personal essays, short stories, poetry, plays, and we will also be dabbling in emerging alternative genres. The central focus of the class will be on various processes for creating, using mentor texts as inspiration and models, and learning from providing and listening to feedback. Most important, however, will be learning to engage in a supportive creative community that empowers individual curiosity, and artistic risk taking.  

 

COMPARATIVE MEDIA STUDIES


This course introduces students to the art of reading media. Students learn a framework for interpreting media so they see all types of consumable media as readable text and see the relationship between fiction narratives, film & interactive media. The course investigates the narrative structure of film & interactive media, and how cinematic elements combine with literary elements to produce moving pictures as literature. Students will examine the main elements of cinematic language, and identify the distinguishing characteristics of major media genres. The evolution of specific genres (for example western, comedy, sci-fi, film noir) is examined as a record of how the stories a culture tells about itself reflect as well as shape that society.