The English 3 classes study American Literature from pre-Colonialism to the present. Simultaneously, students practice using grammar correctly in writing and speaking. The final exam will cover Native American creation myths and legends, historical American documents, works of Edgar Allan Poe, literature from the era of Slavery and the Civil War, lyric poetry, and the short story (not necessarily in chronological order). John Steinbeck's novella Of Mice and Men is a favorite of the students. After reading the novella, we watch the film. The American short story is also a popular genre among high school students. We read and analyze a variety of short stories. Finally, drama and poetry complete our studies.
The English 4 class studies British Literature from the 1400's to the 1900's. Additionally, emphasis on the proper use of English in both formal and informal settings prepares students for success in post-high school educational settings or in the workplace. The English 4 final exam will cover the Anglo-Saxon Period and Beowulf, the Medieval period and The Canterbury Tales, the Renaissance and sonnets, and Renaissance drama and Macbeth. Short stories by British authors and poetry from the Elizabethan to modern times complete the course. Additionally, standard usage and composition (specifically narrative and persuasive writing) are assessed.
The exam for both courses is 20% of the grade. Please encourage your child to prepare for the exam. Please contact me through email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone (864-586-7694) if you have questions or concerns.