English

Humanities seminars (10-12)

Instructor: Stacy Barnwell

Course fee: $480 (8 payments of $60)

Printing fee: $20

Grade level: 10th - 12th -- Students must have basic knowledge of writing a thesis-driven essay.

Minimum/maximum enrollment: 4 - 8 students

Books: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, J. R. R. Tolkien
I, Robot, Isaac Asimov, 978-0553382563
Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton, 978-0345538987
Cinder, Marissa Meyer, 978-1250768889
Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro

Required materials: usual school supplies

Course description: Each semester will explore a specific topic. This is an inquiry-based, writing-intensive course. We’ll explore works within their historical and cultural context and consider what lessons, beyond invaluable entertainment, they offer us today. Grades are based on class preparation and participation, biweekly reflection papers (1-2 pp), and term papers.

Fall

LoTR: Wood and iron, warrior and friend

This semester will be centered on Tolkien’s works. We’ll explore how his books reflect the effects of industry on an agrarian society and discuss the ideals of heroism and the cost of war. Our primary readings will be The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but we’ll also read essays, excerpts from other Tolkien works, and a paired play or other book.

Spring

Science fiction, science faction

We’ll look at some common themes explored in science fiction, specifically artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, and class-based societies. We’ll also read telescripts, short stories, essays, and articles. Technology promises to improve lives, but even technological visionaries such as Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking urge caution.


Rhetoric and Composition will return in 2022-23.

Lower Level High School English (9-10)

One spot remaining

Instructor: Stacy Barnwell

Course fee: $400 (8 payments of $50)

Printing fee: $20

Grade level: 9th - 10th

Minimum enrollment: 4 students

Maximum enrollment: 8 students

Texts: Students who took the class last year will have different grammar assignments.

Paragraphs for High School, Don and Jenny Killgallon, 978-0325042534
Booked, Kwame Alexander, 978-1328596307
The Notorious Benedict Arnold, Steve Sheinkin, 978-1250024602
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare – Folger Edition, 978-0743477543
Salt to the Sea, Ruth Sepetys, 978-0142423622
The Odyssey, Homer, trans. Robert Fagles, 978-0-14-026886-7
The Complete Maus, Art Spiegelman, 978-0-679-40641-9
Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury, 978-1-4516-7331-9
Watership Down, Richard Adams, 978-0-7432-7770-9

Required materials: usual school supplies

Course description: In this course, students will read and think about various types of literature, both fiction and non-fiction; many of our readings will be organized thematically, with novels, poetry, and essays sharing a common “big idea.” We will work on crafting sentences and paragraphs to communicate ideas effectively. Students must participate in class discussions and an online class forum; they will have 4-5 hours of weekly homework assignments, two exams, short essays, and two longer essays completed in stages. This course can be repeated; readings will vary.

Upper Level High School English (11-12)

Full

Instructor: Stacy Barnwell

Course fee: $480 (8 payments of $60)

Printing fee: $20

Grade level: 11th - 12th

Minimum/maximum enrollment: 4 - 8 students

Books: Night, Elie Wiesel, 978-0374500016

Kindred, Octavia E. Butler, ‎ ‎ 978-0807083697

Macbeth, William Shakespeare – Folger Edition, 978-0743477109

The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka, 978-1557427663

The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, 9780143105442

The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd, 978-0142001745

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon, 978-1400032716

Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro (This book is currently only available in hardback and export trade; we’re not reading it until 2022.)

The Ocean at the End of Lane, Neil Gaiman, 978-0062459367


Required materials: usual school supplies

Course description: This course will teach students to practice close reading of literature and evidence-based critical analysis. Although we will primarily be reading short stories, novels, and plays, we’ll also study some poetry and non-fiction. Students must participate in class discussions and an online class forum. They should be prepared for a heavy reading schedule and will have at least 4-6 hours of weekly homework assignments, including short essays, two exams, and two longer essays with multiple drafts and peer review.

This course can be repeated; readings will vary.