English Language + Literature I

This English course is designed to develop the more challenging reading, writing, and critical thinking skills demanded of the High School program. Students read J.D. Salinger’s classic novel The Catcher in The Rye, William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and selected poetry as well as Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha and Fae M. Ng’s Bone, which link directly to the corresponding Social Studies curriculum.

Despite the differences in style, voice and genre, these units share common themes centered on free will, fate, and the evolution of one’s own identity. Class discussions compel students to ponder how cultural, religious, and political contexts affect the development of the individual and of society.
Written assessments include formal essays, personal reflections, persuasive speeches, and various creative pieces. The writing curriculum is enhanced through regular lessons and assessments on grammar, mechanics, and vocabulary.