Students study the basics of grammar and composition, mastering the fundamentals of sentence structure to paragraph-level. Students will engage in group readings, as well as Socratic discussions of classic novels, including Adam of the Road, Old Yeller, The Secret Garden, Alice in Wonderland, The Book of Three and a Wrinkle in Time.
This course provides a strong foundation in basic reading, writing, speaking, and listening, with attention given to the writing process, genre, style, audience and standard written English. Themes such as heroism and justice are encountered in Greek myths, and in stories such as Shane, The Hobbit, Little Women, The Miracle Worker, Treasure Island and The Tempest.
A continuation of the seventh grade literature and composition course, with emphasis on writing coherent paragraphs and well-organized longer essays, particularly the five paragraph essay form. Literature studied includes Beowulf, The Chosen, The Call of the Wild, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Christmas Carol, The Lord of the Flies and Macbeth.
A study and analysis of the major American poets and lyrical voice of the colonial period through 1960. Focuses primarily on writing in iambic pentameter. Exercises include readings, seminar discussions, individual instruction and critiques in practicum-based setting. The format of this course also combines lectures on historical and technical aspects of poetry, as well as student recitations/presentations.
Covers British poetry from Shakespeare and Spenser to Wordsworth and Dylan Thomas. Revolving topics in the study of language, tone and structure of poetry at the advanced level. Designed to acquaint students with the complexities of poetic constructions, specifically iambs, trochees, spondees, anapests and dactyls. Combines lectures on historical and technical aspects of poetry, seminar discussions of great poems, individual instruction in writing poetry and student recitations/presentations. Students will write original poetry, with emphasis on sonnets in iambic pentameter