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English

The TAS English Program aims to instruct our students in the art of crafting written and oral responses to literature. Through the study of challenging and thought-provoking works, students learn to appreciate the richness of our literary traditions and to ponder the ethical, personal, and social issues that arise from the literature. As a 1-to-1 laptop school, we also use the newest educational technologies to enhance our students’ learning experiences.

In Grades 9 and 10, students choose between standard level and honors level courses. In Grades 11 and 12, students may select from over 10 electives, including AP, IB, honors, and standard level courses. Although the courses vary in rigor and curriculum, all of our students study works of literary merit from various genres by writers of different cultures, genders, and time periods. Students learn to craft arguments, to analyze the writers’ stylistic choices, and to grapple with the ambiguity and complexity inherent to literature.

Course Offerings 2018-2019

ENGLISH 9 (UENG01)

ENGLISH 9 (UENG01)

Required

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 9

Homework: Moderate

English 9 is designed to generate mature thinking about the short story, novel, drama, poetry and nonfiction, and about the student’s own writing, while investigating the theme of adolescent self-discovery. The journey from innocence to experience forms the basis for English 9 literary selections. Students will work to develop effective study skills, enrich their vocabulary, gain proficiency in grammar, generate probing questions, develop research skills, learn and apply literary terms, and improve their writing. Students will receive a series of in-class and process-driven writing assignments. Also, students will have the opportunity to share their ideas and perceptions through small and large group discussions and through oral presentations. The course work culminates in semester exams in which students analyze the characters and issues that they have encountered in their reading.

Texts may include: Homer/Lombardo, The Odyssey; Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye; Golding, The Lord of the Flies, Cisneros, The House on Mango Street; Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet; short non-fiction narratives; a teacher-selected unit on poetry.

HONORS ENGLISH 9 (UENG01H)

HONORS ENGLISH 9 (UENG01H)

Required

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 9

Homework: Heavy

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation is required.

This course explores the universal theme of the journey from innocence to experience through a study of specific literary genres, namely novels, plays, non-fiction, and poems. Though English 9 and Honors English 9 share an emphasis on skill development, Honors English 9 requires greater mastery in terms of critical reading, thinking and written analysis. Students are expected to demonstrate greater independent initiative when handling texts and when expressing ideas in class discussions as well as in frequent in-class and take-home writing assignments. Reading load and homework expectations in the Honors English 9 course are significantly higher.

Texts studied may include the following: Homer/Lombardo, The Odyssey; Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet; Austen, Northanger Abbey; Cisneros, The House on Mango Street; selection of non-fiction and poetry.

ENGLISH 10 (UENG02)

ENGLISH 10 (UENG02)

Required

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 10

Homework: Moderate

English 10 develops essential critical thinking and language skills. The course is built upon the premise that language has power, and students will analyze how language is used as an effective and powerful tool in three important areas: reading, writing, and speaking. Literature will focus on characters and narrators that are forced to face personal or sociopolitical issues. Students will express their ideas in argument-driven, analytic essays as well as class discussions.

Texts may include: Orwell, Animal Farm; Sophocles, Oedipus Rex; Shakespeare, Macbeth; Douglass, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass; selection of Gothic short stories and poetry.

HONORS ENGLISH 10 (UENG03)

HONORS ENGLISH 10 (UENG03)

Required

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 10

Homework: Heavy

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation is required.

English 10 and Honors English 10 share a common focus on skills and content; however, Honors English 10 requires greater mastery of critical reading, thinking, and writing. Students should demonstrate greater independent initiative when handling texts and when expressing ideas in class discussions as well as in frequent in-class and take-home writing assignments. Reading load and homework expectations in the Honors class are significantly higher. Texts for the Honors English 10 course, organized by genre, explore the extent to which language can be used in powerful ways to persuade us, to move us, and to aid us in instituting social change. As such, Honors English 10 will focus on how language is used as a tool in reading, writing, and speaking. Additional focus on vocabulary and grammar will be instituted within the context of our readings.

Texts may include: Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four; Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist; Sophocles, Oedipus Rex and Antigone; Shakespeare, Macbeth; and Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies.

AMERICAN LITERATURE (UENG04)

AMERICAN LITERATURE (UENG04)

Elective

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 11-12

Homework: Moderate

Students will apply the reading and writing skills developed in the first two years of the English program to a representative study of American literature. The course syllabus will emphasize works that have earned a place in the literary tradition of the United States, while also including more recent writers whose works are expanding and redefining the American literary tradition. Instruction will be designed to help students respond to increasingly complex and challenging literary experiences. The composition component of the curriculum will include practice in a wide range of writing modes. Work in practical grammar, style, and vocabulary development will continue.

Texts may include: Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby; Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire; O’Brien, The Things They Carried; Walker, The Color Purple; Otsuka, When the Emperor Was Divine; ed. Oates, The Oxford Book of American Short Stories.

HONORS AMERICAN LITERATURE (UENG04H)

HONORS AMERICAN LITERATURE (UENG04H)

Elective

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 11-12

Homework: Heavy

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation is required.

Honors American Literature will require a rigorous study of a representative sample of American literature with an emphasis on developing students’ critical reading and analytical writing skills. Students are expected to demonstrate independent initiative when handling texts and when expressing ideas in class discussions as well as in frequent in-class and take-home writing assignments. Reading load and homework expectations in the Honors class are significantly higher. The course syllabus will reflect works that have earned a place in the literary tradition of the United States, while also including more recent writers whose works are expanding and redefining the American literary tradition. Instruction will be designed to help students respond to increasingly complex and challenging literary experiences. The composition component of the curriculum will include practice in a wide range of writing modes. Work in practical grammar, style, and vocabulary development will continue. Teacher recommendation is required.

Texts may include: Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby; Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God; O’Brien, The Things They Carried; Silko, Ceremony; Otsuka, When the Emperor Was Divine; Coates, Between the World and Me; ed. Oates, The Oxford Book of American Short Stories; selections of poetry provided by the instructor.

WORLD LITERATURE (UENG05)

WORLD LITERATURE (UENG05)

Elective

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 11-12

Homework: Moderate

World Literature explores the interplay of class, gender, and race across cultures and time. Through the study of great works of Western and non- Western literature, students will gain greater perspective on their unique place within this rapidly globalizing world. This class promotes an understanding of the works in their cultural/historical contexts as well as the enduring values that unite humanity. This course is designed to challenge students are critical readers, writers, and thinkers.

Texts may include: Euripides, Medea; Su, Raise the Red Lantern; Esquivel, Like Water for Chocolate; Shakespeare, Othello; and selected essays, poems and short stories.

HONORS SEMINAR IN COMPARATIVE LITERATURE (UENG06H)

HONORS SEMINAR IN COMPARATIVE LITERATURE (UENG06H)

Elective

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 11 only

Homework: Heavy

Prerequisite: Teacher approval is required.

This seminar is for juniors who have a passion for literature and literary study and who want the challenge of a university-level course with university-level expectations. See AP English Literature and Composition for the course description; juniors will be placed with the AP students (seniors) but will not be expected to take the AP exam. This class is for mature readers with open minds. Students in this course receive honors credit.

JOURNALISM 1: THE BLUE & GOLD (UENG 71)
HONORS JOURNALISM 2: THE BLUE & GOLD (UENG 72H)
HONORS JOURNALISM 3: THE BLUE & GOLD (UENG 73H)
HONORS JOURNALISM 4: THE BLUE & GOLD (UENG 74H)

JOURNALISM 1: THE BLUE & GOLD (UENG 71)
HONORS JOURNALISM 2: THE BLUE & GOLD (UENG 72H)
HONORS JOURNALISM 3: THE BLUE & GOLD (UENG 73H)
HONORS JOURNALISM 4: THE BLUE & GOLD (UENG 74H)

Elective

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 9-12

Homework: Heavy

Prerequisite: None for Honors Journalism I. Subsequent courses to be taken in sequence.

Honors Journalism is primarily a production course. Students may take the course in multiple years. The majority of class time is spent creating the award-winning school newspaper, the Blue and Gold. Students are expected to work independently and in small groups on all stages of newspaper production. Ability to work as part of a team, to show initiative and leadership, to manage time effectively and to meet deadlines are important skills for students taking this course. The Blue and Gold editorial responsibilities are given to students who show exemplary expertise, commitment, and leadership. Students and parents should be aware that students who take this course are expected to spend extra time at school; students must devote several evenings each month to the production of the award-winning Blue and Gold.

Required Texts: Kovach and Rosenstiel, The Elements of Journalism

AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION (UENG13)

AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION (UENG13)

Elective

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 11-12

Homework: Heavy

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation is required.

In this course students will have the opportunity to engage in a close study of a variety of non-fiction and fiction. Students in AP English Language will become critical readers and skilled writers who are able to identify and explicate the rhetorical devices and purposes through which selected texts are written. One of the many goals of this college-level course is to prepare students to write effectively and compellingly about topics across all disciplines, a practice in which they will regularly engage, in both the university and professional contexts. This course prepares students for the AP Language and Composition Exam taken in May.

Texts may include: Thoreau, Walden and selected essays and speeches.

IBHL ENGLISH YEAR ONE (UENG14) YEAR TWO (UENG24)

IBHL ENGLISH

YEAR ONE (UENG14)

YEAR TWO (UENG24)

Elective

Duration: 2 years

Credit: 2

Grade: 11-12

Homework: Heavy

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation is required.

IBHL English is primarily a rigorous pre-university course in literature. It is designed for students who intend to pursue a course of studies at university that places a heavy emphasis on critical reading and analytical writing. As the International Baccalaureate Organization notes, the study of literature "enables an exploration of one of the more enduring fields of human creativity and artistic ingenuity, and provides immense opportunities for encouraging independent, original, critical and clear thinking. It also promotes a healthy respect for the imagination and a perceptive approach to the understanding and interpretation of literary works. The discussion of literature is itself an art which requires the clear expression of ideas both orally and in writing. The Language A1 program encourages students to see literary works as products of art and their authors as craftsmen whose methods of production can be analyzed in a variety of ways and on a number of levels. This is achieved through the emphasis placed on exploring the means used by different authors to convey their subjects in the works studied. It is further reinforced by the comparative framework emphasized for the study of these works in all parts of the program. The flexibility of the program allows teachers to choose challenging works from their own sources to suit the particular needs and interests of their students." During the course of two years, students will be assessed in a variety of written and oral formats.

Texts may include: Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest; Garcia Marquez, Chronicle of a Death Foretold; O’ Neill; Long Day’s Journey into Night; Schlink, The Reader; Dillard, Teaching a Stone to Talk; and selected poems by Emily Dickinson and other poets.

IBSL ENGLISH LITERATURE 2 (UENG25)

Elective

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grades: 12

Homework: Heavy

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation is required.
(This is the second year of a two year course and only open to students who have already completed IBSL English Literature 1. Beginning with the class of 2020 it will be replaced by IBSL English Language & Literature.)

IBSL English Literature is primarily a pre-university course in literature. It is designed to prepare students for demanding college courses where a proficiency in critical reading and analytical writing is essential. It is also appropriate for students “whose formal study of literature [may] not continue beyond this level,” exposing them to literary works that they may not have the opportunity to study otherwise. The International Baccalaureate Organization notes that “the Language A1 program is a literature course studied in the ‘first language’ of the student or the language in which the student is most competent.” Therefore, students are expected to demonstrate a high level of proficiency in English. Unlike the HL program where 15 works are studied, SL students will read 11 major works. They will be required to do one World Literature essay rather than the two required at Higher Level. As the IBO notes, “the Language A1 program encourages students to see literary works as products of art and their authors as craftsmen whose methods of production can be analyzed in a variety of ways and on a number of levels. This is achieved through the emphasis placed on exploring the means used by different authors to convey their subjects in the works studied. It is further reinforced by the comparative framework emphasized for the study of these works in all parts of the program. The flexibility of the program allows teachers to choose challenging works from their own sources to suit the particular needs and interests of their students.” During the course of two years, students in the SL program will be assessed in a variety of written and oral formats.


Texts may include: Lahiri, The Namesake; Achebe, Things Fall Apart; Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day; Dorfman, Death and the Maiden; Voltaire, Candide; Shakespeare, Hamlet; Dickinson, Selected Poems and Commentaries; Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest; Miller, Death of a Salesman; Wilson, The Piano Lesson.

AP ENGLISH LITERATURE & COMPOSITION (UENG23)

AP ENGLISH LITERATURE & COMPOSITION (UENG23)

Elective

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 12

Homework: Heavy

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation is required.

This course is a university-level seminar that explores important themes in literature in an inter-textual context. Reading, critical thinking, seminar discussion, and writing are the essential elements of the course. The class is for mature readers with open minds. In May, all students will take the AP English Literature and Composition Exam.

Tentative reading list: Allende, Of Love and Shadows; Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court; Plath, The Collected Poems; Nabokov, Pnin; Kafka, The Trial; Borges, Ficciones; Proust, In Search of Lost Time: Swann’s Way, Vol. 1; García Márquez, Chronicle of a Death Foretold; Cervantes, Don Quixote; Greene, Monsignor Quixote; Durrenmatt, The Visit.

EXPOSITORY WRITING 1 (UENG31)

EXPOSITORY WRITING 1 (UENG31)

Offered in Semester 1 only

EXPOSITORY WRITING 2 (UENG32)

EXPOSITORY WRITING 2 (UENG32)

Offered in Semester 2 only

EXPOSITORY WRITING 3 (UENG33)

EXPOSITORY WRITING 3 (UENG33)

Offered in Semester 1 only

EXPOSITORY WRITING 4 (UENG34)

EXPOSITORY WRITING 4 (UENG34)

Offered in Semester 2 only

Elective

Duration: 1 semester

Credit: 0.5

Grade: 9-12

Homework: None

Prerequisite: None for Expository Writing I.

Subsequent courses to be taken in sequence.

Expository Writing 1, 2, 3, and 4 provide students with differentiated writing instruction that supplements the work done in the standard English curriculum. Students in any grade and with any level of mastery may take Expository Writing 1. Students must follow the Expository Writing sequence and may not take courses out of order. This course has no assigned homework; all work is done in class. Using a writing workshop model, each class focuses on individual production of written work and begins with a directed lesson on an aspect of writing, revision, the writing process or the project at hand. Writing projects vary in length and explore range of genres, from memoir and short reviews on different topics to longer research-based reports and expository essays as well as creative fiction. Students spend most classes writing on topics of their own choosing and conferring individually with the teacher. Advanced writers may concentrate on creative writing. Students may choose to take the course for a grade or on a Pass/Fail basis.

SCIENCE FICTION (UENG51)

SCIENCE FICTION (UENG51)

Elective

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 11-12

Homework: Moderate

For decades, Science Fiction was a genre of literature dismissed, regarded as a pulp genre, ranked among the romance novels and western adventure books of American literature. Now, this nearly two hundred year old genre as come into its own as a genre of writing worthy of serious examination, evaluation, and literary criticism. Our course deals with Science Fiction as literature, examining the dominant themes and motifs of the genre, such as apocalypse, evolution, technology, theology, social unrest, and human nature and origins. The texts range from some of the earliest of science fiction writings to some of the most recent and modern, examining how the themes treated in each work relate to the perennial concerns of literature and philosophy. The course is reading heavy, but also includes a hearty curriculum of writing instruction and literary analysis. Please note, this is Science Fiction as opposed to Fantasy (think of technology and The Matrix, rather than unicorns and Lord of the Rings). Though there will be more texts, here is a sampling of five of the works that will be included in the course:

Texts may include: Heinlein, Double Star; Shelley, Frankenstein; Butler, Kindred; Leguin, The Word for World is Forest; many short stories distributed in class.

HONORS WORLD LITERATURE (UENG05H)

HONORS WORLD LITERATURE (UENG05H)

Elective

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 11-12

Homework: Heavy

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation is required.

Honors World Literature requires a rigorous study of the literary, cultural, and human significance of selected great works of classical Western and non-Western literary traditions, as well as a greater mastery of critical reading, thinking, and writing. Students should demonstrate greater independent initiative when handling texts and when expressing ideas in class discussions as well as in frequent in-class and take-home writing assignments. Reading load and homework expectations in the Honors class are significantly higher. The works studied in the course will be examined through the lens of different literary theories. An important goal of the class is to promote an understanding of the works in their cultural/ historical contexts and to reveal the enduring human values which unite the different literary traditions.

Texts may include: Sin-Leqi-Unninni, Gilgamesh; Virgil, Aeneid; Heaney, Beowulf (trans.); Cervantes, Don Quixote; Achebe, Things Fall Apart; Euripides, Medea; Ibsen, A Doll’s House; Narayan, The Guide; Marquez, Chronicle of a Death Foretold; She, Rickshaw Boy; and selected essays, poems and short stories.

HONORS CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE (UENG54H)

HONORS CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE (UENG54H)

Elective

Duration: 1 year

Credit: 1

Grade: 11-12

Homework: Heavy

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation is required.

Honors Contemporary Literature will require a rigorous study of a range of contemporary works (20th and 21st c.), from modern novels, poetry and plays to contemporary essays, memoirs and creative non-fiction, with an emphasis on developing critical reading, analytical writing, and discussion skills. We will consider works of fiction and non-fiction that challenge the norms of traditional form and structure, and that challenge societal and ideological norms. We will examine the texts from multiple viewpoints, examining the works not only for themes, narratives, and style, but also through application of a variety of critical literary and social science theories. A central focus will be to examine how these works attempt to decipher who we are today, and to look at how authors address the current zeitgeist through their texts. This will be a non-traditional literature class, in that we will move away from primarily literary analysis to contextual consideration and expository self-reflection. Students can expect to do some light cultural research and read some literary criticism. Class will be conducted primarily through daily Socratic seminar-based discussion, and weekly analytical and reflective writing tasks. Reading load and homework considerations in the Honors class are significantly higher, and teacher recommendation is required.

Texts may include works by: Malcolm Gladwell, Joan Didion, Annie Dillard, Truman Capote, Denise Levertov, Carol Ann Duffy, Rainer Maria Rilke, John Hersey, Frank McCourt, David Foster Wallace, Michael Chabon, David Sedaris, Jon Krakauer, Jared Diamond, Thomas Friedman, Samuel Beckett, Harvey Pekar, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

HONORS WRITING WORKSHOP & SEMINAR 1 (UENG 61H)
WRITING WORKSHOP & SEMINAR 1 (UENG 61)

Elective

Duration: Full year

Credit: 1

Grade: 9-12

Homework: Moderate

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation is required for Honors.
(Homework for those taking the Honors option is Heavy.)

In this course, students will be immersed in a rigorous workshop where they are
required to produce and revise writing, with the intent of submitting the works that they create to competitions, publications, and literary journals. This course is designed for students who already engage in a regular writing process in any genre and can demonstrate a passion for creative writing with their own creative work. As members of a college level workshop, students will develop both the skills and sensitivity necessary to give/receive feedback to/from their peers, and hold each other accountable to shared progress in the process of sustained revisions. Through these discussions, our goal is to first identify and subsequently refine our own habits that shape our choices and abilities as writers. This class will encourage students to see literary works as products of art and their authors as crafters whose methods of production can be analyzed in a variety of contexts and purposes. Assessments will include: the creation of a portfolio of work, a critical essay in which students must conduct research (on authors, their manifestos, literary theory) to support their own writing practices, and regular self-reflections.

IBSL ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LITERATURE 1 (UENG16)
LITERATURE & MEDIA STUDIES 1 (UENG160)
IBSL ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LITERATURE 2 (UENG26)
LITERATURE & MEDIA STUDIES 2 (UENG260)

Elective

Duration: 2 years

Credit: 2

Grades: 11 & 12

Homework: Moderate

Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation is required for students taking the IBSL option only. No prerequisite for students taking Literature & Media Studies.

(IBSL option available to IB diploma candidates only, who will proceed
to IBSL English Language & Literature 2 (UENG 26) in 2019-2020. Homework for those taking the IBSL option is Heavy. This is the first year of a two-year course; beginning with the class of 2020 it will be replacing IBSL English Literature.)

This course aims to develop skills of textual analysis of both literary and non-literary texts. Students will be encouraged to question the meaning generated by language and texts, based on both content and context. The course will examine ways in which authors use formal elements to create meaning in a text combined with an exploration of how that meaning is affected by reading practices that are culturally defined and by the circumstances of production and reception. Students will write and create presentations in response to texts both analytically and creatively. Helping students to focus closely on the language of studied texts and to become aware of the role of wider context in shaping meaning is central to the course. The study of literature in translation from other cultures is especially important to IB Diploma Program students because it contributes to a global perspective. In addition to traditional works of literature, texts will be taken from a variety of sources, genres and media.

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