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Honors Composition & Literature

Course: 511

Grade Level:
Course Length:
Full Year
1 Credit
  • 8th Grade English with 93 average
  • Departmental Approval
  • Acceptable score on a written essay

Course Description:

The honors course begins with the assumption of a greater fluidity with writing and a greater aptitude for reading comprehension and textual analysis. From there, the class focuses on consistently building vocabulary to enhance the more challenging reading and analytical writing that will spring from the study of many different literary genres. The literary emphasis will be on ancient literature, yet will include works from the Renaissance, the Victorian era, and the 20th century as well. Students are required to complete summer reading and an accompanying assignment prior to the start of school.

Textbook/Class Resources:

It is essential to obtain these particular editions:

9781319182694, Hacker, The Bedford Handbook: Eleventh ed., Bedford St. Martin’s, 2020
(The Bedford Handbook will be used throughout the year, and subsequent years, for many purposes.
The eleventh edition is absolutely essential for classroom use.)

or 9781319361082, Hacker, The Bedford Handbook with 2020 APA Update: Eleventh ed., Bedford St. Martin’s, 2020

9780156027649, Sophocles, translated  by Fitts and Fitzgerald, Oedipus Cycle of Sophocles,, Harcourt, c1939, c1977, [2002] (required for summer reading, as well)

9781586174392, Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet: Ignatius Critical ed., Ignatius Press, 2011

9780743253970, Knowles, A Separate Peace, Scribner, 2003

9781586174262 Dickens, Great Expectations, Ignatius Critical ed., Ignatius Press, 2010