CHAIR: MICHAEL DOUGHERTY, M.A. ’93
CHAIR: CHRISTIAN PATRAGNONI, M.A.
CHRISTOPHER DESIMONE, M.A. MEREDITH MORGAN, M.A. SCOTT MULLEN, M.A. ’99
SUSAN COOK, M.S.ED. JOSEPH COYLE, M.A. JOSEPH GRIFFIN, M.A. KEVIN KEARNEY, M.A. ’06
JONATHAN POHLIG, M.A. ’02 ANNE PRIMICK, M.A.
Latin I-III, Honors Latin I-II, Honors Latin II/Greek I, AP Latin
English I-IV, Honors English I-II, AP English III, AP English IV
ELECTIVES Ancient Comedy, Ancient Tragedy, Classical Mythology and Archaeology, Honors Greek II-III, Latin IV, Honors Latin IV, Rome: From Augustus to Constantine, Rome: From Romulus to Caesar
LESLIE MCKINLEY, M.A. CHRIS RUPERTUS, M.A. KATHLEEN SULLIVAN, M.S.ED. ANDREW WHELAN, M.S.
ELECTIVES 20th Century African-American Literature, Censorship in Literature, Literature and Film, Literature of Northern Ireland, Personal Writing, Public Speaking, Shakespeare
This upper-level elective is intended for students who have enjoyed their exposure to Classical Studies but want to explore more of the history and culture rather than the language. Started in the 1970s by legendary Prep teacher Dr. Henry Bender ’63, the course is now taught by department chair Michael Dougherty ’93 and is tailored each year to the interests of the students. “It’s a survey of the gods and goddesses in the classical pantheon,” says Dougherty, “but we are still able to go in a different direction each time the course is offered. It’s more literary focused but we are able to add some aspects depending on the students. Some years we focus more on art, other years we have read the Iliad. There is flexibility with the course to give students a good base in the material while also pursuing other aspects of mythology.” For Dougherty, this elective is different from much of the department’s offerings. “Our Classics courses are very heavily focused on the language acquisition,” he says. “This is a chance for students who may want to supplement that or change their focus but still use their Classics roots.”
CENSORSHIP & LITERATURE
English teacher Joe Coyle is considered by many to be one of the toughest teachers in the school. So how come this senior elective course fills immediately? “Every year, I start by telling the students that you didn’t come here for easy,” says Coyle. “Easy doesn’t teach us anything.” The “Censorship” class is anything but easy. Students are challenged by reading and annotating a book every three weeks; with each work comes a comprehension test, extensive in-class discussion and an exhaustive essay at the end. “My goal is to develop a love of reading,” says Coyle. “I’m a male teacher of male students so I choose ‘guy’ books. In some ways, it may seem like I’m conning them into it but honestly, the messages of the books we read are so meaningful. The books we read teach life lessons.” Over the years, the class evolved. Early on, Coyle chose books from the American Library Association’s list of books that had been banned over the years. Since then, Coyle has changed the works to include those that challenge students’ view of the world, including Fight Club, Trainspotting and Requiem for a Dream as well as a focus on the HBO series, The Wire, which is based on the books The Corner and Homicide by David Simon. “I tell the students that you should never read anything without grabbing something out of it that can affect your life,” says Coyle.
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