English 3 (Honors English 3)


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

This course will require students to read works in many genres of American literature, write various essays, take SAT vocabulary tests, produce semester projects, and complete various other assignments. Students will gain an understanding of the development of American literature and will exercise their English language skills with close literary analysis of many genres and time periods in our history. 

By the end of English III, students will:

  • Possess a broad knowledge of the history and development 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 speech.
  • Demonstrate competence in essay organization, writing style and content, grammar mechanics, and use of SAT vocabulary.

  * Please note, we are using the BJU Press American Literature curriculum this year (as the Apologia curriculum from past years is being discontinued and will no longer be widely available for purchase.)

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