For the most part, both junior and senior English classes strtess the communicative arts of reading and writing. Here at BHS, we can sum it up like this:
American literature (from the colonial to the postmodern eras) is the focus of the junior level. British litreature (studied thematically, or by topic) is the focus of the senior level. Much of the focus in American literature has to do with how the writing was a product of, or influenced by, political and social movements. This leads to interesting studies of things that, at first, may not seem so interesting -- such as an analysis of "The Declaration of Independence" and conclusions that can be drawn about America becoming a superpower at the end of World War II. On the senior level, British literature is explored through variouos topics that incluide love, philosophy, politics, and power. Shakespeare's "Macbeth" is a study of what happens when one is so hungry for power that one will do anything. You may think you hate Shakespeare, but I'm sure you will like "Macbeth."
Persuasion is really the key writitng focus of junior and senior year, on both the honors and regular class levels. Most of the writing projects in all these classes will be done with that in mind. For seniors, this means the senhior research paper and many writiting activities related to it; for juiniors, these are shorter essays and a shorter research paper. For those of you who get tired of constantly trying to persuade, there is good news. Writing in the narrative (story) style is also a focus of the junior and senior year. All juniors will learn to write a narrative that features the elements of plot, characterization and the placement of dialogue; the senior narrative is a year-end writing assignment that constitutes a personal reflection of the student's time hear at BHS.
Many other things are learned and reinforced at the junior and senior level in English class, including recognizing and having the ability to develop communications skills, cooperative learning, and studying about the various ways in which the media affects our lives. Remember to come into class witha willingness to learn something, and always ask questions if you have them.