American Studies

An interdisciplinary course combining honors U.S. History and eleventh-grade English, American Studies tracks intersecting threads of history, literature, art, and culture throughout the development of

Voices & Visions of Justice

Envisioning the demands of equitable societies and developing their distinctive, expressive voices as writers and thinkers, ninth graders explore familiar and unfamiliar lives and dilemmas

American Echoes

Carl Sagan once declared, “Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs.” What

American Understandings

We typically come to new understanding through our own experience. And so in this course we will explore the many ways writers across the American

Poetry Now!

In this three-term poetry workshop class, students read and discuss published contemporary poetry with the aim of writing their own meaningful and powerful original poetry.

Classics in Translation

“Muse, tell me of the many-turning man.” So begins Homer’s epic tale about the prevarications and arrivals of Odysseus, the man whose winning way with

New York Stories

Writers have said of New York City that “the present is so powerful…that the past is lost,” but for anyone who has wandered through the

Defining Literary Traditions

Tenth-grade English emphasizes critical reading, focused discussions, and a variety of writing assignments connected to the study of literature derived from the British tradition. Close

American Dreams

The American Dream is a familiar phrase, but what does it mean? Whose dream is it? Is there just one dream for all Americans? How

In the American Grain

What does it mean to write, and to live, in the American grain? When William Carlos Williams sought to answer that question, he looked to

America in Black & White

American writer W.E.B. DuBois once claimed that “the problem of the 20th century [was] the problem of the color-line—the relation of the darker to the

American Voices

In addition to the core texts, Gatsby, Huck Finn, Emerson, Thoreau, Dickinson, we will also use a wide range of American short stories and novels