The English Department at La Salle strives to inspire each student to develop a lifelong love of reading and to become a critical thinker and a skilled communicator. Students engage the full range of literature, from the culture and theater of the ancient Greeks to the philosophy and issues of contemporary times. The men and women in the English Department possess diverse points of view and wide-ranging interests and areas of academic expertise, from classic philosophies to modern crime fiction, from Renaissance classics to twenty-first century issues, but each is dedicated to sharing a passion for reading with a critical eye and writing with precision and authenticity.
“A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.” - Neil Gaiman, an English author
Our students learn close reading skills and develop an aesthetic appreciation of significant literature of various genres. Understanding the structural principles of literature, drama, and poetry is crucial to the development of organizational skills in composition, and the writing of both short informal pieces and longer formal essays further students’ critical analyses of the works. Our students grow into confident writers through a comprehensive editing process and targeted feedback from their teachers.
Class discussion and student presentations advance the understanding of the works, improve students’ communication skills, and enhance their analytical thinking. We help create well-rounded students who are capable of understanding and applying what they learn in class to other disciplines and to the outside world. Our students’ skills build upon one another each year, resulting in well-prepared, confident learners who are ready for the rigor of college courses and who have the skills necessary to excel at the university level – a “dream” come true.
- Introduction to Literature and Composition (Freshman Required)
- Introduction to Literature and Composition (Y) - (Freshman Required)
- Introduction to Literature and Composition Honors (Freshman Required)
- American Literature and Composition (Sophomore Required)
- American Literature and Composition Honors (Sophomore Required)
- Rhetoric and British Literature (Junior Required)
- Advanced Placement English Language and Composition (Junior Elective)
- World Literature and Expository Writing (Senior Required)
- Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition (Senior Elective)
- Creative Writing I (Junior / Senior Elective)
- Creative Writing II (Senior Elective)
- American Crime Fiction (Junior/Senior Elective)
- Harlem Renaissance (Junior / Senior Elective)
- Classic and Renaissance Literature (Junior / Senior Elective)
- Baseball in Literature (Junior / Senior Elective)
- Public Speaking (Sophomore, Junior, Senior Elective)
- Advanced Public Speaking: Interpretation, Rhetoric, and Argumentation (Junior / Senior Elective)