Welcome to Mr. Sullivan's Honors English III Digital Notebook

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Course Description: Honors English III is specially designed for students who revel in reading quickly with a high degree of comprehension, whose analytical writing is already advanced, and who exhibit insatiable curiosity about literature. While it is not officially an AP course, students are prepared for and are expected to take the English Literature and Composition AP Exam in May. In addition, the course continues work done on vocabulary in the freshman and sophomore years using Jerome Shostak’s Vocabulary Workshop series. Quizzes and cumulative tests are given in the question format of the SAT and AP. Students write papers throughout the year on topics of an interpretive and analytical nature.

The major emphasis of the course surveys American literature. Honors English III students are expected to move through this survey rapidly and more thoroughly than their peers in the standard level. Major titles in this section include: The Scarlet Letter, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, My Antonia, The Awakening, The Age of Innocence, The Sun Also Rises and The Great Gatsby. Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman is also contextualized within an intensive examination of the dramatic tradition. Plays examined in this also unit include: Macbeth, Hamlet, and Dr. Faustus. This survey course further reflects upon the lyric tradition in the spring term as a way to hone analytical skills for the spring AP Exam. America’s two great poets, Whitman and Dickinson, are located in the lyric tradition with other major poets, such as William Shakespeare and John Donne. During this focus, each student produces a major critical research paper on the work of a poet of his or her own choosing.

Prerequisite: permission of the department chair or academic dean.