English III seeks to explore the major periods of American literature from the Puritan Era to twentieth century writing, as well as some selected works from world literature. The primary goal of the course is to help students develop and improve their ability to closely read and comprehend difficult texts, to effectively and insightfully write about what they’ve read, and to formulate their own ideas by analyzing and synthesizing the rhetoric, arguments, and stories of others.
Some of the works we will read this year include Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, and Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried. We will also read short stories, articles, poems, and choice novels.
Of particular note is our effort this year to create a positive digital footprint for all students enrolled in the course. To that end, we will be creating websites which will house the vast majority of the writing that we will produce throughout the year. I encourage you to ask you student to share their site with you so you can follow along as they progress.
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