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ENGLISH

Writing Proficiency and Critical Reasoning

The English Department’s primary mission is to develop writing proficiency and critical reasoning skills for all students. In addition, the program offers students the opportunity to read and analyze literary works and to develop general knowledge and an appreciation of human values, ideas, and experiences expressed in literature.

 

The department provides a foundation in the study of British, American, and World Literature. Genres studied in the curriculum include the epic, romances, drama, the novel, film, and a wide range of poetry from the earliest ballads to free verse. In keeping with the school’s mission as a comprehensive arts and academic college-preparatory school, the English department provides the philosophical framework that shapes the entire humanities department of the school. Students study aesthetic theory, including those expressed in the works of Aristotle, Shakespeare, Wordsworth, DuBois, Hughes, Wright, Hosseini, and others.

ENGLISH DEPARTMENT CURRICULUM

YEAR 1

ENGLISH I


ENGLISH I (HONORS)


ENGLISH I (SUPPORT)

1 CREDIT

YEAR 2

ENGLISH II


ENGLISH II (HONORS)


ENGLISH I (SUPPORT)

1 CREDIT

YEAR 3

ENGLISH III


ENGLISH III (HONORS)


ENGLISH I (SUPPORT)

AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION

1 CREDIT

YEAR 4

ENGLISH IV


ENGLISH IV (HONORS)


ENGLISH I (SUPPORT)

AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION

1 CREDIT

ENGLISH FACULTY

CULLEN SWINSON

Department Chair, English I

LAMARR FUNN

English II

GABRIELLE DUBOSE

DESA & GoGo Music History

ANTHONY VERLICH

English IV

SUZETTE FRANCIS

English III

"Poetry...the impish attempt to paint the color of the wind."

- Maxwell Bondenheim
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