English III Literature includes The Great Gatsby and The Crucible, as well as American Romanticism, American Realism, and the works of Edgar Allan Poe, Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Stephen Crane, Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson.  Sorry--no Shakespeare; only American Literature for this year.

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  English III is a vocabulary-intensive, literature-focused course in general language skills, including grammar, composition, and research skills.  The dominant feature of the course is the second-semester research paper, required of all juniors.   
  American Literature serves as a primary focus for the class.  The course has as its primary text Elements of Literature (fifth course):  Essentials of American Literature (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2005).  The text provides vocabulary lists for the regular vocabulary lessons.                                
  Book Reports fall due one each quarter, with due dates announced well in advance.  Reports will follow specific guidelines, with the general goal of moving away from simple plot summary into more skilled literary analysis.   
                                                        
The church of St. Mary Abbott in Kensington--just for fun, because we like pretty pictures.  Photography by Nicolai Studios.