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Advanced English

Challenge Yourself With Beekman's Advanced English Curriculum

This class is by invitation only (students must be recommended by an English teacher or the headmaster). It is assumed that a student can easily write a standard essay and has completed at least two lengthy research papers in previous English courses. The workload can be great; homework is usually assigned every day and on weekends. Students who do not perform up to class standards may be transferred into an easier, yet still challenging English IV course. Students are graded on pop quizzes and homework assignments, tests, papers, and participation, which is expected of all students, regardless of whether English is their first language.

Our reading covers a wide cultural swath and may include the following: Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles (U.S.); Cities of Salt by A. Munif (Saudi Arabia); Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya (India); Wine and Astonishment by Earl Lovelace (Trinidad); As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (U.S.); Gilgi: One of Us by Irmgard Keun (Germany); “The Long Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot (U.K.); and The Waiting Years by Fumiko Enchi (Japan), as well as Shakespeare, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and an assortment of short stories and non-fiction.

In this class we also write a variety of papers, from a personal essay to papers defending points of view on controversial issues to a 13-page research paper using scholarly sources.

The year culminates in a unit on truth in imagery. Photographs are examined through the lens of Susan Sontag's On Photography and the philosophical writings of Vilem Flusser. We also study the woodcut novels of Lynd Ward, and we view John Berger's magnificent documentary on art, Ways of Seeing.

We are welcoming students to class this fall either via a hybrid in-person/online learning model in NYC or via fully remote, synchronous online classes. 

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