This course will focus on character development through the works of fiction and non-fiction. By the end of this course students will know and be able to develop their own stories through works of short stories, screenplays, and/or TV scripts.

The focus of the course is on in-depth literary analysis of novels, poetry, drama, and the short story. Essay writing will include narration and description but will emphasize literary topics requiring significant independent critical thinking and textual analysis. In addition, students will write a persuasive essay involving research and will learn traditional research skills. Grammar study will include an intensive review of common writing errors and punctuation rules as well as the study of phrases and clauses with a view to style improvement. Vocabulary development and MCAS preparation will be on-going.

Students will study works that will include Sophocles’ Antigone, Wiesel’s Night, Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, and Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar as well as poetry and short nonfiction selections.