English Literature Courses

English Literature – Grade 12
Course Credit:1
Duration:Full Year

This course traces the development of the English language, history, and literature. Theme, ideas and literary devices are analyzed through formal critical essays and informal journal entries. Students are encouraged to actively engage in the material being studied through classroom discussion, a large component of the course.

Reading selections may include:
Sir Gawain, Unknown
A Shakespearean play
Shakespeare’s sonnets
Jane Eyre, Bronte
The Importance of Being Ernest &
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Wilde
A Clockwork Orange, Burgess
The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer
Loneliness of The Long Distance Runner, Sillito
Brave New World, Huxley
Dracula, Stoker
Silas Marner, Eliot
Selected poetry, prose from each literary period


English Literature – Honors (Grade 12)
Course Credit:1
Duration:Full Year

This course traces the development of the English language, history, and literature. Theme, ideas and literary devices are analyzed through formal critical essays and informal journal entries. Students are encouraged to actively engage in the material being studied through classroom discussion, a large component of the course. Independent quarterly projects complement the course curriculum.

Reading selections may include:
The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer
King Lear, Shakespeare
Shakespeare’s sonnets
Brave New World, Huxley
1984, Orwell
Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Hardy
Heart of Darkness, Conrad
Candide, Voltaire
The Importance of Being Ernest, Wilde
A Clockwork Orange, Burgess
Selected poetry, prose from each literary period


Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition Course
Course Credit:1
Duration:Full Year

This rigorous course is designed for seniors who enjoy the challenge of heavy reading, active literary analysis and frequent writing. Following guidelines developed by the College Board, students will work with materials and methods similar to those encountered at the introductory college level. Poetry, fiction and non-fiction reading selections from the 16th century to the present dominate.

Students completing this course and scoring well on the standardized College Board Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition examination may be granted advanced placement status at their college/university.

Reading selections may include:
Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense
The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer
Othello & King Lear, Shakespeare
Obasan, Kogawa
Cat’s Cradle & Slaughterhouse-Five, Vonnegut
One Day in The Life of Ivan Denisovich, Solzhenitsyn
Madame Bovary, Flaubert
Heart of Darkness, Conrad
The Plague, Camus
Pride & Prejudice, Austen
1984, Orwell
Brave New World, Huxley
Candide, Voltaire
Dubliners, Joyce
Crime and Punishment, Dostoevsky
A Clockwork Orange, Burgess



English Department