Honors English is an intensive introduction to literature and writing. In this course, students will read and analyze a variety of literary genres. The emphasis will be on interpreting texts, literally and figuratively, in order to better understand literary technique and style. Students will also consider specific themes, such as the pursuit of justice and the search for identify, that run throughout the course.

This course features extensive work on the development of writing skills. Students will produce a series of analytical essays in which they will explore their interpretations of literature. Through this process, they will work on building and supporting an effective argument. Vocabulary and grammar will be studied in conjunction with these essays.

Because this is an HONORS course, students will be expected to participate fully in class discussions. They will frequently be called upon to lead a small group or a portion of a class. In all assignments and class work, it is expected that students will put in significant effort and time.