American Literature prompts students to consider what it means to be an American in the 21st century. That concept drives the work of this course and guides students through an examination of literature produced in an ever-changing, ever-expanding country. Through close reading of a variety of American texts, students will explore how we as Americans identify ourselves through a complicated landscape that includes environment, gender, class, race, and community.
Senior English is designed to help students explore the big questions and ideas they feel are most relevant in today’s world. Through close readings of varied literature students will investigate independent topics, engage in multi-genre research, participate in the academic writing process, and create a digital portfolio of critical and creative artifacts that demonstrate their thinking and claims about topics of interest to them. Throughout the year, students will work to develop as writers, thinkers, and speakers, while also gaining an understanding of how to serve as responsible members of society.