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Honors Literature • 209 • Year Long Required of all 12th graders not enrolled in either Senior English Seminar or Honors Writing. Prerequisite: Students may take Honors Literature as their only English class provided they have been recommended to do so by the English department. To be eligible, students must have the recommendation of a teacher based on department expectations for honors-level work, plus an A- average or higher in the previous year’s English class or a B+ average or higher in an honors course. Students new to Lawrence Academy must also submit a graded writing sample from the past year and have permission from the department chair and the instructor. is year-long course focuses on texts from a wide variety of genres and time periods. e requirements for the course are equivalent to a first-year college English course, with students expected to think critically and creatively as they wrestle with ambiguity; to read at a greater depth, volume, and pace; and to write in all forms, using original ideas. e demands in quality and quantity of work are high, and a serious commitment on the student’s part is essential. e course provides intensive instruction in the critical reading of literature and frequent opportunities to analyze literature in writing as well. Both in-class writing and formal literary analysis are the central focus. roughout the year, students investigate topics of their own choosing based on their understanding of their own learning, and in the spring, they develop extensive original analysis on a topic of their choice.

Honors Writing • 210 • Year Long Required of all 12th graders not enrolled in either Senior English Seminar or Honors Literature. Prerequisite: Students may take Honors Writing as their only English class provided they have been recommended to do so by the English department. To be eligible, students must have the recommendation of a teacher based on department expectations for honors-level work, plus an A- average or higher in the previous year’s English class or a B+ average or higher in an honors course. Students new to Lawrence Academy must also submit a graded writing sample from the past year and have permission from the department chair and the instructor. is course explores the possibilities of each student’s writing imagination with an emphasis on two major themes: habits of mind and creative sensibility. e course introduces students to the basic tools of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, and involves daily writing, reading, and analysis. Students participate in workshops, presentations, and discussions. Because this is a process writing course, students are evaluated based on the quality of their thinking and understanding in their latest drafts, revisions, comments in workshops and peer critiques, reading responses, and self-assessment reflections. e year culminates in independent creative work, allowing students to design and implement a project of their own choosing, with particular focus on their ability to set and meet goals, and their understanding and internalizing of the themes of the course: habits of mind and creative sensibility.

Academic Course Guide 2019/2020

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Academic Course Guide, 2019 - 2020  

An annual description of the school year's academic course offerings.

Academic Course Guide, 2019 - 2020  

An annual description of the school year's academic course offerings.