The Kite Runnerby Khaled Hosseini Year Published:
Afghanistan, 1975: Twelve-year-old Amir is desperate to win the local kite-fighting tournament and his loyal friend Hassan promises to help him. But neither of the boys can foresee what will happen to Hassan that afternoon, an event that is to shatter their lives. This is a story that explores the topics of friendship, betrayal, and most importantly: redemption.
Salvage the Bonesby Jesmyn Ward Year Published:
A big-hearted novel about familial love and community against all odds, and a wrenching look at the lonesome, brutal, and restrictive realities of rural poverty, Salvage the Bones is muscled with poetry, revelatory, and real.
The Great Gatsbyby F. Scott Fitzgerald Year Published:
The Great Gatsby, first published in 1925, is the quintessential novel of the Jazz Age. The story of the mysteriously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.
AP LANG - here's what you need to know:
Dear Class of 2024:
I am thrilled to have you in class again (if you remember, our last time together got cut short by a GLOBAL PANDEMIC!) Welcome back.
This is my first time teaching AP Language & Composition in 10 years. I am a little nervous, but a lot excited!
One of the great things about this course is that it offers you dual enrollment - while you are earning high school English credit, you will also be earning 3 hours of college credit through the University of Missouri - St. Louis. Additionally, your score on the AP exam in May could potentially earn you an additional 3 hours of college credit.
While this class will focus primarily on the use of language and rhetoric, we will also read three works of fiction. These studies will build your skills in rhetorical analysis, as well as provide opportunities for literary argument. And at the end of the day, fiction is just fun ;)
Happy reading & writing,