Welcome to the Pre-AP Language and Literature website. The objective of this course is to prepare students for high school Pre-AP and AP English courses. We will read a variety of novels, plays, short stories and poetry throughout the year and while reading, learn to make important sociological and cultural connections. The world today is constantly changing, and the information available on a daily basis to students is daunting. In many ways, our society is evolving at a faster rate than ever before. However, historically every society in every turbulent time has felt the same way! Literature allows the reader to glimpse into the "real" history of our civilization. Unlike textbooks, our novels, poetry, and short fiction have always reflected the mood of the populace as well as the fears, hopes, and changing needs of a society. Authors tap into the collective feelings of their reading public, and in doing so, illuminate that time for readers in the future. Through reading both contemporary and classic literature, the Pre-AP student can learn how societal cycles repeat, and also learn to recognize global themes that still resonate today.
The list below details the novels we will attempt to get through this school year. As you read these novels at home, we will discuss them in class and I will supplement the novels with thematically related short stories and poems.
Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar
Anthem by Ayn Rand
Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
Tristan & Iseult translated by J. Bedier
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Sunflower by Simon Weisenthal
In addition to your literary studies, you will engage in multiple writing exercises, including essays, articles, summaries, bibliographies, research papers, and poetry. Our warmups will consist of grammar and writing mini-lessons, when time allows.
Though the work is rigorous, the discussion intense, and the homework daunting, the class is always flexible, fun, and interesting. Please feel free to contact me with any concerns you have with the course!