2024 HS204 Summer Friday Class

Friday 7:30 -9:00 PM ( 6/28/2024- 09/6/2024) ( No class on 7/5)

Class Outline and Expectations
In this course students will be introduced to literature from a variety of genres: a modern tragedy play, epic poem, social novel, autobiography, and historical fiction. Additionally, students will develop short story writing, critical analysis, and literary analysis skills for the Scholastic Competition. The first half of the course will focus on creative writing instruction, while the latter half will focus on academic writing (critical and literary analysis). Each week I will provide materials (generally in a PPT) posted to the Slides and Resources folder to guide students in completing their homework.  Students will write 1 full piece (short story or essay) every two weeks, but will have other supporting assignments (plans). Writing assignments are due 48 hours before class. Additionally, each week, students must answer 1+ short book questions to help facilitate our in-class discussions. These responses will be due any time before class. While individual grades won’t be lowered due to late submissions, their final grade may be lowered if late work becomes a pattern. Each student will receive a letter grade (A/B/C/D) on each assignment and a final grade. Individual assignments and final grades will be determined according to the guidelines below.

Book List
  1. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  2. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  3. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan  
  4. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  5. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

Optional Extra Reading
  1. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  2. Twelfth Night by Williams Shakespeare.
  3. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller 
  4. The Odyssey by Homer
  5. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe 

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