Wayland Academy’s English program is designed to give students a working knowledge of the tools of the language so they may speak, write, and think effectively. It aims to give them a background of reading that will lead them to look upon literature as a human experience, enable them to read with understanding and enjoyment, and to develop in them a standard of taste and criticism. It seeks to familiarize students with traditionally great literature and with recognized literary types.
For grade 9 students. Introduction to Humanities is a year-long course that illustrates the connections between English and Social studies. Instead of meeting separately for World Civilizations and World Literature, students meet for two class periods in Humanities. The course begins with a study of early humans and understanding the language of “story” before moving through units in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. During these units the literature is informed by its historical context, and the history is informed by the particular culture’s stories. A major focus of the class is the development of writing skills, which culminates in the freshman capstone, a longer research paper. Students are assessed by their performance in class, writing assignments, weekly binder checks, and tests. Honors credit can be earned later in the year.
Analyses of texts and composition (essays). Careful and critical reading and analysis of literature in the four main genres - poetry, novels, plays, and short stories of the American traditions. Prerequisite: English I or ninth grade English equivalent.
This course is for tenth grade students who wish to engage in a more rigorous, extensive English curriculum. Like English 2 College Prep, the course will primarily cover the American Literary Tradition from Puritanism through the Modernist Movement of The Twentieth Century and will cover the four primarily literary genres – poetry, drama, novels, and short stories. This course will also include a greater emphasis on the synthesis of scholarly thought with the class material and a greater sophistication in writing topics and other activities. In preparation for AP Language, which is taken during eleventh grade, students will also have exposure to rhetorical analysis and close readings.
Prerequisite: English I or ninth grade English equivalent and consent of the instructor.
This course is typically for juniors and offers grounding in British literature and shows how this literature was instrumental in both creating the 19th century drive towards colonialism and imposing a mode of behavior within colonial sites. Then, as the multitude of colonies around the world gained their independence after World War II, writers within those prior colonial states began to reflect on how the books they grew up with in school manipulated their view of their culture and its place within the larger world— often in a negative way. Students write in a variety of modes – critical, creative, and personal – to reflect critical thinking. Prerequisite: English II or tenth grade English equivalent.
This class will introduce students to the process and techniques of creative writing. Students will experiment with various types of writing, including the writing of fiction and poetry. Class readings will expose students to various writing styles and provide examples of the successes and strategies of other writers. Class time will be spent discussing the writer’s craft, the assigned readings, and student writing. There will also be opportunity to create new hybrid forms of expression. In the past we have experimented with photoems… poems that have an altered meaning by the introduction of a photograph, or poems that are created by choosing words from an already existing page of text and connecting them with arrows and lines so that the poem is also a kind of map. The class is also responsible for putting together Wayland’s literary magazine, Kaleidoscope.
This course is the equivalent of an introductory college composition course and prepares students for the skills-based multiple choice and essay exam in May. In preparation for that exam and college level scholarship, the course also fosters advanced reading and writing skills. Implementation of the College Board’s AP English course description requires focus on rhetoric: the art of constructing and presenting arguments in speech, writing, images, or hybrids of much that is visual, written, and spoken. These skills allow students to derive their own meaning of other texts and develop their own voice in student writing. The principal rhetorical objectives in student writing are analysis, close reading, argument, synthesis, and informed citizenship. Students write about subjects portrayed in the mostly non-fiction and a few fiction texts. Students must demonstrate an awareness of purpose and audience. Student confidence in their own research and writing capabilities in other academic disciplines emerges with experience in the memoirs, articles, speeches, letters, journal entries, photos, film and other written and visual texts. Student research and subsequent synthesis of many secondary sources grow in complexity as preparation for college. Prerequisite: English department consent.
This course provides the opportunity for students to make connections in literature and thinking across genre and across time. To this end we multi-task multiple works at the same time. The organizing theme for the course is the role of the outsider within society, and how this ambiguous and often pigeonholed figure has been approached through fiction, poetry, and critical theory. The stress is on independent thinking, and gradually the students are weaned off proposed topics for essays. The pace is very fast in the first semester and then tapers off a bit in the second to give students the opportunity to work on their own independent projects (the research paper and the poet presentation), and to solidify their own particular concerns in literature. The course offers students a wide variety of tools that they may or may not (it’s up to them) find helpful in articulating their ideas. Student life experiences provide a very personal way for them to transgress boundaries. Students write numerous critical essays, among other writing projects.Prerequisite: English department consent.
This course is for seniors only and focuses on novels and other literary genres from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Students in this course will develop higher-order thinking skills such as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Through targeted skill-building and practice, students will also become stronger writers across the curriculum. Students drive class discussion and their own research for their senior capstone projects. Prerequisite: English III or eleventh grade English equivalent.