In this Language Arts course, we will read literature as an expression of those higher things that make us most human: our emotions, our recognition of the need for a moral order, and our ability to experience the beauty of the human existence. We will discuss theme, symbolism, motif, and which characters we like and which ones we don’t and exactly why. English 11 will focus on reading works created by American writers, including John Steinbeck, Arthur Miller, Zora Neale Hurston, Ernest Hemingway, and others.
We will spend a significant amount of time on honing writing skills. For some of this class we will focus on what people usually picture when they think of writing for the real world: writing a review of a play or a movie, or writing a newspaper article. For most of this class we will focus on writing to be successful in college, the typical 3-5 page essay that your English 101 professor expects.