This course will focus on literature, language, and composition. Our literature spans several centuries, from Shakespeare in the 1600s to Ray Bradbury in the 1950s. Important social issues will be explored in order to provide historical and cultural context to the material. Our discussions will be from a Christian approach, based on careful interpretation of Scripture.
Rhetoric includes the study of communication and the elements of an effective argument through critical analysis and interpretation of complex texts. Reading selections will primarily consist of non-fiction essays, articles, and speeches. Composition involves the craft of writing. You will enhance your writing skills and understanding of each stage of the writing process. Assignments will include expository, analytic, argumentative, and creative compositions as well as a formal research paper.
This course will prepare you to take the national AP Exam in the Spring of 2020. A strong performance on the exam may enable you to earn college credit.
- Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury (summer)
- Non-Fiction Reading Selection (summer)
- The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
- Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
- The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
- Night, Elie Wiesel
- Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare
- Various excerpts by Dickens, Thoreau, Emerson, Whitman, Douglass, Du Bois, and others)
Textbooks & Resources
- The Language of Composition, Third Edition (2018)
- The Elements of Style, Strunk and White
- The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation
- Grammar for Middle School/High School, Killgallon