Introduction to Literature is a college-preparatory literature and composition course. Focus works, including novels, short stories, poems, and drama, have been selected for literary quality, interest, and for their place in the historical development of literature. Context readings provide background information about the author, the historical period, and the literary and artistic context of the focus work.
Students will gain an understanding of the development of literature and will practice the skills of close literary analysis through essays, approach papers, and other evaluative writing.
By the end of the course, students will:
- Understand the process of writing, including the use of tools such as a writer’s handbook, dictionary, and thesaurus.
- Have specific understanding of selected representative texts by major authors of the periods studied.
- Have a general understanding of the historical and cultural contexts of the works.
- Be able to analyze literary texts and present thoughtfully developed ideas in writing.
- Demonstrate competence in essay organization, style, and mechanics.
English I is a one year, college-preparatory literature and composition course. Students will read the following:
- Short Stories by Welty, O. Henry, and others
- Around the World in Eighty Daysby Jules Verne
- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
- Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
- Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
- Animal Farm by George Orwell
- The Tempest by William Shakespeare
- Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
Students will need to purchase Introduction to Literature Student Guide and have access to the required texts.