English 3 (Honors)


English 3 is a two-semester course designed to build skills, knowledge, and understanding through studying the core American literature components of novels, plays, poetry, short stories, essays, and articles. This course is appropriate for high school juniors and seniors and will prepare students to advance to higher levels in both high school and college. English 3 will help students continue to build expertise in the use of grammar, SAT vocabulary, reading and writing skills, MLA style requirements, and the ability to think critically.

This course will require students to read and analyze important texts in the American literature canon, write various essays, take unit exams, conduct independent research for a term research paper, take SAT vocabulary tests, present semester projects, and complete various other assignments. Students will gain an understanding of the development of American literature in the context of both our nation’s history and global literary and cultural movements. Students will hone their English language skills with close literary analysis of many genres and periods in our history, thinking critically about major themes in light of biblical truth.

By the end of English III, students will:

  • Possess a broad knowledge of the development and context of American literature.
  • Have an excellent understanding of selected representative texts by major authors of the periods studied.
  • Have a general understanding of the historical and cultural context of the works.
  • Be able to analyze literary texts and present thoughtfully developed ideas in writing and class presentations.
  • Demonstrate competence in essay organization, writing style and content, grammar mechanics, MLA format, and use of SAT vocabulary.

Instructor: Emily Young  young.em@gmail.com

TEXTS: American Literature Student Text (3rd ed.) (ISBN 978-1-64626-466-7)

                        American Literature Tests (3rd ed.) (ISBN – 978-1-60682-735-2)

                        Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

                        The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

                        To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

                        A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry