Introduction to Literature Courses

Introduction to Literature – Grade 9
Course Credit:1
Duration:Full Year

This course introduces students to elements of literature and the major Western literary genres: epic and lyric poetry, the short story, the novel, and drama. The four major language components are reading, writing, thinking, and speaking. Students will be asked to read with their heads and their hearts; subjective and objective responses to literature can only enrich each other. This philosophy engenders a two-pronged approach: reading appreciation and rigorous analysis and skill building. Students will develop a literary tool kit: an understanding about how each genre works, its elements, and some of its major works. Analytical essay writing will form a major component of the course.

Reading selections may include:
Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck A Separate Peace, Knowles
Lord of The Flies, Golding
Ethan Frome, Wharton
Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare
Animal Farm, Orwell
The Odyssey, selected chapters
Selected short stories


Introduction to Literature – Honors (Grade 9)
Course Credit:1
Duration:Full Year

This course introduces students to elements of literature and the major Western literary genres: epic and lyric poetry, the short story, the novel, and drama. The four major language components are reading, writing, thinking, and speaking. Students will be asked to read with their heads and their hearts; subjective and objective responses to literature can only enrich each other. This philosophy engenders a two-pronged approach: reading appreciation and rigorous analysis and skill building. Students will develop a literary tool kit: an understanding about how each genre works, its elements, and some of its major works. Analytical essay writing will form a major component of the course. This course will be an intensified version of the college prep section. Students will have more challenging tests, assignments and expectation levels. More independent work will also be required of these students.

Reading selections may include:
A Separate Peace, Knowles
Siddhartha, Hesse
The Odyssey, Homer
Romeo & Juliet and Shakespeare
Great Expectations, Dickens
Lord of The Flies, Golding
Ethan Frome, Wharton



English Department