English

Knox English classes give students the opportunity to read widely, think deeply, and communicate clearly. In every English classroom, you will find our students actively engaged in writing responses to a text, as well as vigorously discussing the nuances of what they read in terms of literary elements and personal connections. It is here that students learn how to listen respectfully to different opinions, as well as to express their own perspectives with clarity and logic. Throughout all Knox English courses, students are taught to support their written and spoken arguments with convincing evidence. The development of a strong and disciplined mind is the best way we can prepare our students for the rigors of college as well as the challenges they will face beyond higher education.



English Courses

(010) English I, H(012) (9) - World Literature
The English I curriculum exposes students to a survey of world literature and the historical backgrounds that frame each reading. Through the analysis of fiction and nonfiction texts, poetry and plays, as well as through grammar exercises and writing prompts, students develop a deeper understanding of how to convey their ideas both orally and through the written word. The course provides students with opportunities to improve their written communication skills, develop critical thinking skills through reading and writing, and learn the proper mechanics for research-based writing in preparation for college academics.

(013) English II, H(014) (10) - American Literature
English II focuses on literature from American authors that focus on key events from American History. Poems, plays, essays, and novels directly correspond with lessons they learned in history previously and will continue to learn in their future History classes. The course encourages students to draw connections between fiction and history. Through the analysis of these texts and through grammar exercises and writing prompts, students develop a deeper understanding of how to convey their ideas both orally and through the written word. The course provides students with opportunities to improve their written communication skills, develop critical thinking skills through reading and writing, and learn the proper mechanics for research-based writing in preparation for college academics.

(015) English III, H(016) (11) - Survey of Non-Fiction Texts
The 11th grade English curriculum introduces students to non-fiction literature and analyze the literature in both oral and written form. Through the analysis of fiction and nonfiction texts, poetry and plays, as well as through grammar exercises and writing prompts, students develop a deeper understanding of how to convey their ideas both orally and through the written word. The course provides students with opportunities to improve their written communication skills, develop critical thinking skills through reading and writing, and learn the proper mechanics for research-based writing in preparation for college academics.

(017) English IV, H (020) (12) - College Prep Literary Analysis
The English IV curriculum exposes students to a survey of literature to prepare them for their college experience. Through the analysis of fiction and nonfiction texts, poetry and plays, as well as through grammar exercises and writing prompts, students develop a deeper understanding of how to convey their ideas both orally and through the written word. The course provides students with opportunities to improve their written communication skills, develop critical thinking skills through reading and writing, and learn the proper mechanics for research-based writing in preparation for college academics.




English Electives

(052) Introduction to Journalism Through Documentary Photography (10-12)
This course will expose students to the works of many great documentary photographers and photojournalists. In this class, the students will create a documentary project of their own start to finish that will distill down, a fraction of the world in motion, to a set of images that convey an exposure or strong message. Students will tell creative, well-researched, carefully crafted, true stories about people, about places and how they relate to a pressing issue. The process of physically making images and writing about those images is powerful and revealing in a variety of contexts and settings. By teaching literacy through photography, students will become both more artistic, better writers and, will learn how images can be used to stimulate conversations about social issues and become agents of change.

(085) Survey of College Freshman Texts (12-PG)
This course will allow students to explore fiction and non-fiction texts that they may encounter in a freshman-level college curriculum in English or Literature. Emphasis will be placed on reading and interpreting the works and creating compelling, written arguments on a prominent theme in the selected literature for the course. The drafting and revising process will also be stressed to prepare students for the rigors of college writing.

(081) *AP English Literature and Composition (11-12)
AP English Literature and Composition focuses on intensive reading and analysis of literature. Students are expected to understand how authors use language to provide meaning to the audience. Throughout the course, students master literary elements such as diction, figurative language, imagery, tone, theme and symbolism. AP Literature and Composition also incorporates advanced writing that focuses on critical analysis of texts. The goal of writing in AP Literature and Composition is to master the skills of interpreting college-level texts and writing clear and concise explanations and analyses of such texts.

(018) *AP English Language and Composition (11-12)
AP English Language and Composition is an intense reading and writing program with an emphasis on rhetoric and how language is used in a variety of texts from multiple time periods. Complex writing assignments will encourage students to develop their abilities to write various modes of essays at a collegiate level. The course is predominantly based on non-fiction texts, visuals and other sources including, but not limited to: pictures, films, music and advertisements. This course is designed to develop and build upon complex practices, and does not include the teaching of foundational skills. At the completion of this course, students are expected to have developed the following: effective use and understanding of rhetoric thorough understanding of AP Language vocabulary, effective writing skills, ability to analyze various sources for information, proper incorporation of sources in writing (attribution), and analytical reading skills.

*AP courses are offered based on student interest, enrollment and instructor availability and are subject to change at the discretion of Administration.


Writing Courses

(083) Academic Writing (9-10)
This course focuses on MLA skills including preparing a works-cited page and incorporating in-text citations. Students practice and master the necessary skills to write a proper academic paper on dynamic topics. Practice includes analytical essays, response papers and research papers. This course prepares students to start thinking outside of the five-paragraph model and begin writing more advanced essays that require higher level thinking and the examination of outside sources.

(075) College Writing and Presentation (11-12)
This course is designed to prepare students for the rigors of college writing. Students continue to work with MLA format and are introduced to APA format. Students learn to enhance their writing skills by focusing on format and development of details. A writing workshop-style of teaching is used, requiring students to complete multiple steps including peer and self-edits. This course prepares students for public speaking and presentations that will be expected of them in college, and encourages students to overcome public speaking anxiety and develop strong delivery skills.

(076) Graduate Capstone Project (12-PG)
This course is designed to develop college-level writing skills with a focus on research. Students will learn to be aware of the perspectives of others and use those perspectives to examine their own insights on strong topics. They will practice making intentional choices while learning to defend and justify their logic while connecting ideas and concepts across disciplines. Students will choose and explore a topic, issue, or idea of individual interest while designing a year-long study to answer a research question in 5,000 words or more.

(084) Graduate Seminar (12-PG)
Graduate Seminar is designed to allow PG students an opportunity to explore a wide variety of personal and academic topics that will assist them in their future academic and professional careers. Some topics include: test taking and college preparatory skills, collegiate learning strategies, time and stress management skills, ethics, conflict resolution, and mindfulness will be explored through real-world simulations and in-class exercises. Upon completion of this class, students will be prepared to enter their respective colleges and universities with an increased level of confidence in their organizational, academic, and life-management skills.

(087) The Art of Publication (9-12)
This is an online-based, credit-bearing class that meets once per week during community period club time. Students in this course are responsible for creating and designing The Knox School’s three publications: Roseleaves (yearbook), Scribblers (literary magazine) and Honeybee Chronicle (campus newspaper). Each student will be responsible for a portion of each publication by a set deadline and will be strictly supervised until all publications are sent to the printer in May.



Honors English Designation (9-12)
Students who are interested in further challenging themselves and earning Honors credit may enroll in an English course with Honors Designation. The assignments demand deeper academic work and additional readings related to the material within the course curriculum. Students must maintain a grade of 85% or above to remain in Honors.

Our Faculty

Caitlyn Adams

Caitlyn Adams

Titles: ESL and Academic Research & Writing Teacher
Karyn Cernera-Bush

Karyn Cernera-Bush

Titles: Director of Marketing & Communications, Teacher
Jennifer Christensen

Jennifer Christensen

Titles: English Teacher, Equestrian Trainer/Instructor
Donna Pergola

Donna Pergola

Titles: Chair, English Department, English Teacher, Director of College Counseling
Taylor Peucker

Taylor Peucker

Titles: English Teacher