The first semester of 12th grade English focuses on the study of tragedy. The second semester explores the theme of destiny in literature. The aim of this course is to ensure that students are prepared to succeed in college level English courses. They analyze challenging texts, engage in discussions and debates and write multiple analytical essays, each demanding the creation of a complex thesis and the support of textual evidence.
Analytical essay on the conflict between moral law and state law in Antigone
Analytical essay exploring who is to blame for the death of Desdemona in Othello
Final exam covering all the texts. Requires identification and analysis of significant quotations and theme-based questions
Scene performance. At the end of the semester, students form groups which each select a scene from one of the plays we have read that they feel is important. Students collaborate to fully analyze the scene, write a director’s vision for the scene, create blocking and perform it for the class.
"Is Tita a positive female character" essay on Like Water for Chocolate
After reading a college level book on their own, students then lead an analytical discussion with an adult who has read the same book
Debate on who is the most tragic tragic hero
Roundtable in which each student must present and defend the work from the semester to an adult member of the school community
Modern adaptation of Antigone. Students are asked to create a scene that incorporates the central themes and conflicts of Antigone
Students work with actors from the Shakespeare society to study Othello as actors.