The course will cover American Literature works from and about early Plymouth through the time of the Salem witch trials.  The overarching goal is  the way the literature reflects the historical events. Works will include essay, play, poetic and novel formats. There will be significant focus on the influence of theocracy in those American years. The course will also cover well developed symbols in The Scarlet Letter, and the connections to The Red Scare in The Crucible. We will examine how the term "verge" is relevant to and celebrated in American literature and history like nowhere else. Finally, we will view how significant events in Nathaniel Hawthorne and Arthur Miller's lives influenced the writings of their works.

This course is designed to make students think about the world in which we live today and how that world may develop in the future.  Dystopian Literature gives us an interesting perspective about what may happen if we allow things like technology to expand and language to constrict.  This course will examine questions such as: Does power always necessarily corrupt?  What makes a person reach his/her breaking point and take action?  What dangers lie in technological advancement?  What dangers lie in ideas?  Etc.

This is a freshman English I class that focuses on the development of critical thinking skills through reading, writing, discussing, and engaging in activities across a variety of genres all tied together under the theme of the American Dream.  Students will be given the opportunity to strengthen their grammar and writing skills while critically examining different works that explore the American Dream.

Behind the Mask: A Study of the Superhero

Superman, Batman, Captain America, Wonder Woman and Spiderman… these classic characters are the foundations of the modern superhero. Since their creation, these all-American icons have endured through decades of war, triumph, and scandal, constantly evolving to reflect the country’s changing values in a tumultuous world. From World War I and Vietnam, to Watergate and the tragedy of 9/11, these mythic heroes embody America’s deepest fears and greatest aspirations. In this course, students will study the impact that changing times has had on the evolution of the superhero and explore how this uniquely American mythology developed and where it is headed in the future.