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304 ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH LITERATURE This course for seniors is designed to serve as a bridge between high school and college level English classes. Stu- dents tackle a variety of challenging poems, novels, plays, and essays that span four centuries. Exploration of these works includes reading, written reflection and analysis, and discussion. The AP examination in English Litera- ture comes near the end of the year. Students work on the skills and knowl- edge necessary to perform well on that exam, but the goals of the course ex- tend far beyond a single exam. Active student engagement in all aspects of the course is required. This course has specific requirements for admission and is taken in lieu of English 12.

During the third trimester of 11th and 12th grades, English 11 and English 12 students choose an elective to com- plete the year’s English re- quirement.

Recent 11th/12th grade Eng- lish electives have included:

  • Post-Modern Literature

  • Dystopian Literature

  • Edgar Allen Poe

  • Film as Literature

  • American Literature II

  • Literature of the Self

  • Literature of Enlighten-


Prerequisites: End of year grade of A– or higher in English 11, a minimum score of 550 on SAT Criti- cal Reading, and permission of instructor. (full year/one credit)

316 PUBLIC SPEAKING: In this course students explore a variety of styles and modes of commu- nicating with multiple opportunities for verbal presentation. Students examine the art of public speaking through writing, critical analysis, and work in large and small groups. Students learn ways of overcoming fear, shyness, or insecurities in public speaking through technical and practical means. Source materials for presentations are drawn from the English Department curriculum, and may include poetry and fiction, as well as other subjects of interest. The emphasis is on developing comfort with vocal range, physical stance, and logical and articulate presentation of written work. Students focus on presenting their work with confidence and ownership, while also practicing the art of active listening and con- sideration of others. (Offered each term /one third credit.)

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COLD WAR CULTURE (FALL) This course is an in-depth study of the history, politics and culture of the Cold War. We will trace the roots of the Cold War in WWII up to the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union. We will look particularly closely at the culture of a world split in two. Readings will include history, a John LeCarre spy novel, Lenin, Stalin and American patriotic writing. This class will have one long paper, midterm and final exam.


POSTCOLONIAL STUD- IES (WINTER) Postcolonial Studies explores the political, social, and cul- tural effects of decolonization, focusing on the anti-colonial challenge to western domi- nance. Postcolonialism dis- cusses its importance as an historical condition,and as a means of changing the way we think about the world. Key concepts like the status of aboriginal people, cultural nomadism, Western feminism, the innovative fiction of Gar- cia Marquez and Salman Rush- die, and the postcolonial cities of London, Bombay and Cairo. The work of theorists such as Aimé Césaire, Edward Said, Frantz Fanon, and Gayatri Spivak and the novel A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi Wa Thiong'o will be studied. This class will make extensive use of music, art, style and other cultural forms.

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