English with Mrs. Garrelts

February 19, 2014


Students in Junior English have been working on their fiction unit recently.  Fictional poetry including "Annabel Lee" and "The Conqueror Worm" as well as the short story, "The Masque of the Red Death" by Edgar Allan Poe rounded out a short selection on American Gothic literature as well as proper fiction analysis.  The class divided up into sections and individual classes are now reading their text selections. 

The Scarlet Letter

English III Honors students are reading The Scarlet Letter.  Chock full of symbolism, motifs, plot twists, and character deception, the story focuses on the lives of four individuals strongly affected by “the black flower [of sin] blossoming.”  Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the tale is a primary example of American Romanticism.   Students will explore symbolism, motifs, theme, dualistic viewpoints, as well as other components of literature.  They are reading the text individually but dissecting the structure and meaning of the text in collaborative and group discussions.

The Crucible

English III students are currently reading The Crucible, a study in characterization and the effects of society on a man’s soul.  Written by Arthur Miller the tale is a retelling of not only the Salem Witch Trials but also McCarthyism.  What happens when an individual is truthful and risks themselves while everyone else is lying for protection?  Students will be reading this play while examining components of literature, drama, characterization, plot, and the concepts of realism.  They are reading the text as a group project and creating a shared Google document to showcase their learning.