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One of the hallmarks of a Mt. Bethel Christian graduate is an ability to communicate with precision and confidence. Regardless of one's field of endeavor, possessing a firm grasp of the English language is key to communicating well. Our upper school course progression builds upon the firm foundations laid in lower and middle school and prepares students to enter college, career and community, ready to communicate persuasively in their conversations and in their writing.

Freshman Year

English 9

Freshman English pushes students to further develop the skills garnered during middle school. Students explore various literary genres with an emphasis on deepening close reading skills. Through literature, students practice finding meaning, identifying tone and mood, and drawing inferences. As readers and writers, students work to paraphrase, summarize, and analyze difficult passages, also employing these skills in an extended poetry project which introduces essential research skills.

English 9 Honors

Honors English 9 covers much of the same material in English 9 but at greater depth and complexity. Additionally, and importantly, honors students are expected to approach their work with greater independence and comptenance.

Sophomore Year

American Literature 

As the new republic of the United States began to define itself culturally, the first half of the nineteenth century gave way to the development of an American literary identity. Writers emerged to create a distinctive American voice. This course will focus on the literature of early-to-mid-nineteenth century America, including, but not limited to, texts of Irving, Hawthorne, Melville, Emerson, Whitman, Poe, and Dickinson. Students will compare and contrast numerous works of poetry and prose while pursuing the corresponding historical developments of the era. In response to their reading and class discussions, students will write a variety of compositions. They will devise their own conclusions about what works are essential to defining a voice in American literature.

American Literature Honors 

The Honors track of American Literature covers much of the same material as the on-level track but at greater depth and complexity. Honors students are expected to approach their work with greater independence and competancy.

Junior Year

British Literature

Over the centuries the British Isles have produced a rich and varied body of literature that has informed and influenced the rest of the reading world. We will read, discuss, compare, contrast, and write about significant works that reflect and respond to the history of England and its powerful role in Europe and beyond. This class provides a broad overview of literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the modern era including the genres of poetry, prose, and drama. Throughout the course, students will read texts closely and create a response to these close readings by writing several analytical papers with a variety of prompts. Students will also complete a research paper during the first semester.

AP English Language 

AP Language and Composition is the study of rhetorical strategy. To that end, students closely analyze many types of writing from personal memoirs to scientific journals. The course offers an opportunity to take a closer look at global and domestic issues and how we as society choose to respond to them.

Senior Year

World Literature

This course studies a broad range of literature from around the world that encompasses everything from Ancient Greece to modern America. Emphasis is on honing our writing skills in preparation for next level in college English.

AP English Literature

AP English Literature is an advanced introduction to the elements of literary study, simultaneously challenging students to read, write and think about literary texts in a sophisticated and intellectually rigorous manner. In addition, during the course of this year, students will make a detailed study of the major works, periods, and movements of the literature written in English from its beginning to the 20th century. Discussions of historical, social and cultural developments will introduce and provide a framework for understanding the literature studied in each period. Students will write summaries and paraphrases and frequent analytical and interpretive essays.