Lone Pine Literature & Writing

Literature & Writing

At Lone Pine, literature and writing are two important subjects that deserve their own dedicated time every day.  Students have one class period dedicated to writing and a second class period dedicated to literature 4 days per week, and a one-period combined literature and writing class on Wednesdays.


Lit I and Lit II:  Introductory courses in which students master basic writing and literary analysis skills, comparable to middle school literature courses at the top prep schools. In these courses we will (*the following is not an exhaustive list, nor is it representative of the complete curriculum, but meant to give you a sense of the comprehensive nature of our English study at Lone Pine):

  • Establish (and extend beyond) basic writing skills
  • Develop confident proficiency in various genres, forms, purposes, and styles of writing
  • Develop literary analysis skills based upon Socratic Discussion/Inquiry Circles and the Harkness method of Phillips Exeter Academy 
  • Read extensively and often, Mensa for Kids' Excellence in Reading Challenge possibilities and reading selections
  • Learn the basics of the Art of Rhetoric while speaking, listening, writing, inquiring, etc.

Lit III and Lit IV:  These courses, comparable to high school literature courses at the top prep schools, build upon prior skills and raise students to an AP English level**. We can also offer the option of coursework similar to college-level Literature 115, Composition 121, and Composition 122, for those students that are ready to accelerate beyond the AP high school English level. In this course we will (*the following is not an exhaustive list, nor is it representative of the complete curriculum, but meant to give you a sense of the comprehensive nature of our English study at Lone Pine):

  • Continue Socratic Literary Discussion and Analysis skills by reading a diverse selection of both authors and works -both Canon and contemporary
  • Delve into philosophical "critical lenses" to deepen analytical tool sets 
  • Write extensively and often, with voice, style, purpose, clarity, confidence, and power, across various genres
  • Practice the Art of Rhetoric in all its glory!

**Although students that successfully complete LIT II at Lone Pine Prep may very well elect to take (and will undoubtedly perform well on an AP English exam), kindly be aware that LIT II at Lone Pine Prep is NOT an AP class, it IS, however, a class designed specifically for gifted learners. This is a very important distinction, and one that our English Instructor would be happy to discuss with you further at your convenience. At Lone Pine, we do not design our courses just to "teach to the test." 


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