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The philosophy with which I teach is, in a nutshell, as follows:
Literature not only enriches our lives, it informs our lives. It also gives us insight into and
information about times and places different from our own.
Literature exposes us to pitfalls we humans can avoid; to adventures we can embark on; to
issues of justice and injustice which form the core of humanity—or lack thereof
Literature models how to use and manipulate language to a desired effect`.
Those who write well will get more of what they want out of life.
The critical skills developed in reading and unpacking a range of challenging texts will be
essential in myriad situations in your future.
The skills gained as we work together on the form and content of writing will serve you well
throughout your lives.
Life is far richer and more productive if we follow each impulse to answer the unanswered
question—whenever and wherever it may arise.
Director, Leland and Gray Players
Advisor, L&G Chapter of the National Honor Society
Leader of global travel...in February 2016 to Ireland, Wales and England
Co-founder and Artistic director, Journey East, 1999-2007
Course work in modern methods of grammar instruction at UC/Davis, 2011
Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference; Middlebury College, 2009
MAT English Secondary Education, Brown University, 1994
MA Drama, University of Virginia, 1980
AB English/Theatre, Brown University, 1976
About my courses...
Atlantic Crossing: Beowulf to Dickens (H10220) 1 credit Grade 10, Level 1
After reading the moving--and chilling--British novel, Lord of the Flies, students explore poetry and prose from a variety of periods in the history of British literature. Focusing on "Beowulf," selected Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and Dickens’ Great Expectations, they then extrapolate the historic and literary significance of each, as well as the rich development of the English language from old English to contemporary. Writing assignments and skills-development work focus on figurative language, grammar, organization and style in literary analysis, research, reflective essays, narratives and responses to text. Themes examined include heroism, honor, individuality, and adherence to a moral code.
World Literature from Sophocles to Vonnegut (H10400) 1 credit Grade 12
In this course, the last in the regular four-year English sequence, reading and writing assignments are designed to prepare students for advancement in the workplace and for college-level study. Students read texts by American, British and world authors generating discussion and written analysis of readings for historic and literary merit and in comparison to each other.
Writing assignments focus on figurative language, grammar, organization, and style in literary analysis, in reflective essays (helpful for college applications), and in responses to text. Themes examined in reading such texts as This Boy's Life, Oedipus Rex, Hamlet and Slaughterhouse Five include identity, appearance versus reality, social and political commentary, fate versus free will.
Advanced Placement Literature and Composition (H10505, H10600) 1½ credits, Grade 12. Prerequisite(s): Minimum grade of 85% in English 11-1 or teacher recommendation Advanced Placement English is equivalent to a first-year college English course and is designed to fulfill the requirements of the AP English Course Description of The College Board. The course emphasizes close reading of a broad range of texts, genres, and literary movements as well as the clear and concise writing of both timed --and untimed --analytical essays. AP English is designed for motivated, curious students who have demonstrated their commitment to academics. In May, AP students are required to take the AP exam given by The College Board and they may earn college course credit and/or advanced course status by scoring well on this exam.
Ann C. Landenberger
Leland and Gray Union High School
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