Coming of Age through Literature

While focusing on the theme of Coming of Age, students find meaning in their world through literature. Major texts include a Shakespearean tragedy, a Greek epic, and works by Karen Hesse, John Steinbeck, Sandra Cisneros, and Octavia Butler. These anchor texts are accompanied by short stories, poems, nonfiction and informational texts to enhance the understanding of literature. Students gain familiarity with the literary devices writers use and the voices they create. Grammar and vocabulary exercises play a significant and important role in the course. Students demonstrate their understanding through writing assignments and creative projects.