St. Francis Prep English Department
Common Core Complements to the Curriculum
***FDR’s 1st Inaugural Address: "Nothing to Fear But Fear itself"
James Thurber "How to Name a Dog"
***Wiesel, Elie. "Hope, Despair and Memory."
"Security" E.B. White
***The Odyssey, all selections in textbook + "The Lotus Eaters," "Learning to Walk Alone," and "Medusa."
"Vindication of the Rights of Women" Mary Wollenstonecraft
Orwell, George. "Politics and the English Language."
***Auden, Wystan Hugh. "Musée des Beaux Arts." coupled with readings in "Icarus and
Daedalus," Edith Hamilton’s Mythology, and Bruehgel’s "The Fall of Icarus."
*** "Of Studies" Francis Bacon
Dryden "Preface" to Fables Ancient and Modern
Victorian Prose: Carlyle’s excerpt from, The French Revolution, or Ruskin’s excerpt from Modern Painters with the Turner’s "The Slave Ship."
***Virginia Woolf excerpt from A Room of One’s Own
***John Smith. from General History and/or William Bradford from Plymouth Plantation
Journal of Madam Knight, Sarah Kemble Knight
William Byrd, History of the Dividing Line
The Interesting Narrative of the Life Olaudah Equiano
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Readings from American Revolution: Henry , Paine, Jefferson, deCrevecouer
Henry, Patrick. "Speech to the Second Virginia Convention."Washington, George. "Farewell Address."***Lincoln, Abraham. "Gettysburg Address."
Frederick Douglass/Harriet Jacobs
***Thoreau, Walden excerpts; E.B. White’s Walden
***Emerson, "The American Scholar," "Self-Reliance," "Nature"
*** "Tragedy and the Common Man" Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller’s HUAC testimony/ Salem Witch Trials Transcripts
F. Scott Fitzgerald's letter to Hemingway advising revisions of The Sun Also Rises
Death in the Afternoon, Ernest Hemingway
Langston Hughes's testimony before HUAC
Hofstadter, Richard. "Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth."
Research: Students will be instructed in the techniques of researching literary criticism tailored to the specific curriculum of each full-year and semester course. Students will learn how critical analysis complements their own reading and understanding of the text. Students also will learn how to use literary criticism in their own writing.