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The Art of Visual Storytelling

This course introduces students to a unique genre of literature: the graphic novel. After mastering the basic terms for graphic novel composition, the students will dive into contemporary works and analyze how the combination of art and words impacts the structure of text. We will also examine the validity of the graphic novel format and determine whether or not it is appropriate for sensitive subject matter such as The Holocaust. Finally, students will explore the development of the superhero stories and discover how other literary genres have an large impact on superhero narratives.

American Classics H

This course for students who want an advanced program in English uses the works of major American writers such as Fitzgerald, Steinbeck, Morrison, and Tan as the source of studying composition and literature as well as American thought, culture, and values. As a required course, it includes a particular emphasis on instruction in reading and writing. Enrollment in this course requires meeting prerequisites of performance and the recommendation of a former or current Gunn English teacher; this allows students to earn “weighted” grading.

American Literature

This course for students in the general English program uses the works of important American writers such as Fitzgerald, Steinbeck, Morrison, and Tan as the focus for studying the composition and literature as well as American thought and values. Because it is a required course, it includes a particular emphasis on instruction in reading and writing. One semester of this course or American Classics H is required.

Literary Style

This course introduces students in an advanced English program to the writer’s options in literary genres such as drama, memoir, short story, novel, and poetry. Because it is a required course, the works of writers such as Shakespeare, Golding, and Angelou provide the resources for particular emphasis on instruction in reading and literature, writing and composition. One semester of this course or Writer’s Voice is required.

Writers Voice

This course introduces students in a general English program to the writer’s choices for communicating a message through the variety of literary types: a Shakespearean drama, a memoir, short stories, poetry, and a novel. Because it is a required course, the works provide the resources for particular emphasis on instruction in reading and literature, writing and composition. One semester of this course or Literary Style is required.

Contemporary Heritage

This course is for students who want an advanced program in high school English and uses the work of both modern writers such as Harper Lee, Khaled Hosseini, Charles Dickens, and Julia Alvarez to explore the sources of contemporary trends and thought in literature and composition. Because this is a required course, it includes particular emphasis on instruction in reading and writing. One semester of this course or Contemporary Writers is required.

Contemporary Writers

This course is for students who want a general program in high school English and uses the works and ideas of modern writers such as Harper Lee, Khaled Hosseini, Charles Dickens, and Julia Alvarez as the focus for studying literature and composition at the high school level. Because it is a required course, it includes particular emphasis on instruction in reading and writing. One semester of this course or Contemporary Heritage is required.

Nanotechnology 10

This course will introduce upper-division high school students to the key ideas of nanoscale science with an emphasis on applications of topics from physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and environmental science. Key concepts will be explored in an integrated discussion-lab setting as opposed to a strict lecture-based format. These concepts will include exploring the myths and realities of nanotechnology, self-assembly, nanomagnets, scanning probe microscopy, nano-engineered fabrics and memory wires, biomimicry, and nano-medicine.

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