English

The Wesleyan English Department teaches students to critically analyze and synthesize ideas.

Through the study of literature, we help students develop cultural literacy, learn to appreciate great works, and respond to texts from a Christian point of view. Through intensive work with writing, vocabulary, and grammar, we show students how to clearly and effectively communicate their ideas.

Grade Standard Honors
9th Grade World Literature and Composition World Literature and Composition Honors
10th Grade American Literature and Composition American Literature and Composition Honors
11th Grade British Literature and Composition

British Literature and Composition Honors

AP Language and Composition*  

12th Grade Senior Seminar

AP English Literature and Composition

AP Language and Composition

*In some rare cases, a student may take AP Language and Composition during his/her junior year in conjunction with Honors British Literature.

 

Course Descriptions

World Literature and Composition

This course is broken into two distinct semesters. The first semester is a composition course. Students will write numerous analytical papers in various academic styles, focusing on crafting the type of thesis-driven essays that will be required of them in high school and college. In order to help students write with excellence, teachers will home in on paragraph writing skills, grammatical correctness, and MLA formatting. The second semester is a literature course which includes the study of novels, plays, stories, and poems from cultures other than our own, both ancient and modern. In connection with the readings, strong emphasis will fall on literary analysis papers. Students will write a research paper in Modern Language Association format. Grammar, vocabulary, usage, and stylistic skills will be integrated with the course as a whole.

Full-Year Course
Standard and Honors Courses Available

American Literature and Composition

In this course, students will study the literature of America from pre-Colonial to contemporary times. Students scrutinize such cultural movements as Transcendentalism, Romanticism, Realism, Modernism, and Postmodernism. In conjunction with the readings, students will write a research paper in Modern Language Association format along with other thesis-driven essays. Writing will focus on employing correct grammar usage and stylistic skills. Vocabulary studies will include strategies for understanding analogies and words in context.

Full-Year Course
Standard and Honors Courses Available

British Literature and Composition

A chronological survey of British literature is the core of this course, covering readings as diverse as Beowulf and Brave New World, while studying the influence of authors like Chaucer, Shakespeare, Pope, and Milton, among others. Marked emphasis is placed on writing skills, critical thinking, grammar, vocabulary, usage, and style. A main requirement of the course is the production of a research paper on some facet of British literature in Modern Language Association format.

Full-Year Course
Standard and Honors Courses Available

Senior Seminar

Intended to be the culminating literature experience for graduating seniors, English Seminar offers students the unique opportunity to read multiple genres from mostly modern and contemporary writers. The goal is to uncover and analyze shared, central literary themes among these works for the purposes of enjoyment in reading, meaningful discourse, and to gain a broader perspective of the world. Some examples of these themes are the ways in which authors use fiction to define sanity and/or “normalcy;” the ways in which writers reveal and discuss the wide-ranging effects of war or personal tragedy; the ways in which writers divulge the effects of isolation or displacement on the human psyche; and an exploration of how writers convey such vital concepts as identity, home, or one’s origin in literature.

Full-Year Course
Standard Level

Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition

This college-level course for seniors delves into a wide range of literary themes, genres, periods, and methods. Because of the given scope and sequence of the course, training in written literary analysis and practice in advanced reading comprehension form its foundation. Evaluation is based primarily on writing performance and critical reading skills, mirroring the format of the AP exam. Since the course is demanding, the standards stringent, and the grading strict, only high-achieving and highly motivated students may apply.

Prerequisite: Must have approval of the department chair.
Full-Year Course

Advanced Placement Language and Composition

This college-level course for seniors requires students to read prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts and genre conventions and to write for diverse purposes. Evaluation is based primarily on the development of each student’s critical literacy, mirroring the format of the AP exam. Since the course is demanding, the standards stringent, and the grading strict, only high-achieving and highly motivated students may apply.

Prerequisite: Must have approval of the department chair.
Full-Year Course


Department Guidelines for AP Course Placement

Students must be recommended by their 11th grade English teacher and must meet certain thresholds based on their PSAT scores and previous English performance.