English 1: Introduction to Literary Studies

As students begin to navigate Stevenson’s Pebble Beach campus, they will investigate the relationship between identity and place through the reading and writing they encounter in English 1. This seminar-style course exposes students to a variety of genres, perspectives and voices that form a foundation for the work they will engage in throughout their time in the English classroom. While written efforts focus on literary analysis, students also explore their narrative and creative voice, acquiring competence in grammar and an enriched vocabulary in the process. Students also learn the skills of engaging in class discussions, as they practice articulating their ideas and listening and responding to their peers. We begin the year with short reading and writing endeavors as we build foundational skills, and we move to longer assignments in the spring semester. Our readings include contemporary essays, short works of fiction, poetry, drama, and either a novel or a memoir.