The first quarter will focus primarily on the importance of controlling one's own narrative.
It is imperative that students understand how indispensible it is to ensure that the messages they present are received and understood in the way that they intend.
English 12 students will hone their writing skills as they work on presenting themselves through:
- A college essay
- A resume
- A cover letter
- An "elevator pitch"
- A post-secondary communication (professional email/correspondance with a professor)
In addition to this focus on writing, the students will also begin their study of their first novel, The Stranger by Albert Camus, and the literary concept of Existentialism.
The first quarter will focus primarily on the history of the language and early texts.
The students will learn the origins of the English language and tools to extrapolate meaning and information pertaining to the culture and historical context of a literary text. There will be a focus on the Hero's Journey and heroic archetypes as well as an introduction to parody and satire through the study of:
- Selections from The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
- Plato's "The Allegory of the Cave"
English 10 students will hone their writing skills as they work on presenting their analyses with a focus on thesis expression and introduction composition.