English Language and Literature II is a rigorous course designed to integrate and engage students, ultimately preparing students for the rigors of the AP or Diploma Program. The curriculum includes Aldous Huxley’s dystopian classic Brave New World, Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, and selected poetry and short stories. As the students read and analyze these texts, they make connections to past works and to their own lives; they also learn to trace the development of recurring themes and literary devices that transcend genre, time, and culture. Many of the course’s guiding questions examine the identities and perspectives of narrators and the impact of voice on the themes and writing style.
The course provides a range of opportunities for students to express themselves in oral and written contexts, both creatively and formally. Besides quizzes, tests, and writing assignments, students engage in institutional activities such as the Shakespeare Monologue Competition, the Doris Post Oratory Competition, and the Camerer Personal
Essay Competition. The curriculum is supplemented by regular lessons and assessments on grammar and vocabulary, specifically designed to prepare the students for standardized tests.