What can you see? Somebody (your teacher) really wants to know. This is one course in which what you see and what you say really matters.

No two people experience books, plays, or community events in exactly the same way, and no two people describe their experiences with the same words. How clearly can you see what is happening before you? How compellingly can you describe what you saw to others? In this course, you will find out.

Great books, short stories, poems and plays convey messages and feelings that make them great. In this course, you will learn how to look for the message. You will learn how to trust your feelings about that message. And you will learn how to express clearly and convincingly what you think. The purpose of this course is to give you the tools to see and hear with real understanding, and to communicate with real conviction.

In many ways this English course is similar to a traditional classroom course, and in some ways it will be different. You will be reading stories, poems, essays, a play, and a novel; you will write essays, poems, a research paper, and a business letter. You'll study grammar and punctuation. So far it sounds a lot like a traditional class.


There are many types of assessments for this course; quizzes and longer tests, the essays you write, your written responses to readings, participation in the course activities and lessons, and your presentations will all be used to determine your final grade. Overall the goals are to have you show your improved skills in the five main areas listed, and when you have done that, you will have successfully completed the course
This course revolves around two central themes: freedom and oppression. All of us are free in some ways, and all oppressed as well. We will come to understand the particularly American expressions of these two ideas. Foundational documents that define our government, and literary exploration about our values, ideals, and actions all are a part of our study.
Students will read and respond to literature and informational materials, and learn writing conventions. Students will practice listening and speaking skills, read British stories, study media literacy, create a job portfolio, look at mythology, read poetry, study the hero’s journey and look at personal codes and beliefs.