English 2 / English 2 Honors: Language & Power

Chinua Achebe, the Nigerian novelist and essayist, has voiced his appreciation for the African proverb that states, “Until the lion has its own historian, the story of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” English 2 is a world literature course, with an emphasis on British literature, and the course’s texts help students consider the power of language and storytelling—and how individuals with a voice shape communities and cultures. Students are challenged in both class discussions and in their writing to analyze language at the figurative level, specifically in relation to how words and phrases reveal power or powerlessness. While writing in English 2 begins with a review of the fundamentals of the paragraph, composition progresses to the analytical essay and includes opportunities for personal and creative writing. Students explore a variety of genres, including novels, plays, poetry, short fiction, and graphic novels by authors including Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, Mary Shelley, Zora Neale Hurston, Chinua Achebe, Sophocles, and Shakespeare. Students who place into English 2 Honors are equipped with comparatively advanced skills in literary analysis and a clear commitment to their English coursework, such that they can manage heftier assignments at a swifter pace.