236 English III

2 semesters, 1 credit

Required for juniors not taking 250-251 AP® English Language & Composition

English III focuses on American Literature, a study of American authors from past to present. It takes a comprehensive look at the most notable American authors in the fields of short fiction, novels, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. Critical study includes class discussion, critical reading, and exploring different forms of written expression.


By the completion of this course, students will be able to…

  1. Read and analyze American Literature by examining classical, traditional, modern, and contemporary selections that represent a span of American times, American places, and American insights into the present human condition.
  2. Show an appreciation for authors, their works, and their ideas in accordance with Gospel values.
  3. Summarize the major elements of a piece of literature, compare and contrast the literary movements that fostered the literature, and describe the writer’s individual techniques.
  4. Create their own pieces of literature and present them to the class orally.
  5. Compose a five-paragraph essay.
  6. Conduct research and use it for a variety of assignments.
  7. Employ public speaking and presentation skills.
  8. Locate and use scholarly sources.
  9. Format texts using proper MLA style. 


By the completion of this course, students will know…

  1. The different periods of American literature 
  2. How to read a text and apply a variety of reading strategies


This curriculum last updated on January 27, 2021, by the English Department.