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ENG 105-106: Introduction to Literature


Course Description

The Freshman Introduction to Literature Course immerses students in engaging conversations about some of the greatest stories ever expressed in the English language, from authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien, Homer, and William Shakespeare. This discussion-based class is intended to strengthen students’ communication skills, especially in the areas of writing, grammar, and vocabulary.
Course Goals:

Students will increase their ability to identify and interpret the elements of fiction, focusing on setting, theme, plot, conflict, and character development. Students will develop their vocabulary through the study of Greek and Latin Roots, the building blocks of the English language.

Most importantly, through their reading, study, discussion, and writing, students will grow in their mastery of language to express truths, to share ideas, and to move, persuade, and delight others.

Required Texts

Tolkien, J. R. R. The Two Towers: the Lord Of The Rings. Ballantine Books, 1973.
Tolkien, J. R. R. The Return of the King: Being the Third Part of the The Lord of the Rings. Ballantine Books, 1994.
Shakespeare, William, et al. The Tragedy of Macbeth. Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2013.
Homer, et al. The Odyssey. Penguin, 2001.


School: High School

Department: English

Length: Full Year


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