Jane Addams High School

Literature of a Theme: True Crime

This course explores the explosive popularity of the true crime genre and encourages students to read actively with an investigative approach. Students analyze highly engaging narratives to develop fundamental skills in literacy and critical thinking. Additionally, this course places an emphasis on media literacy to help students become socially responsible consumers of information and news.

Featured Texts:

Lost girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker

Hole in my Life by Jack Gantos

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

SERIAL Seasons 1 and 3 by Sara Koenig, produced by This American Life and WBEZ Chicago

Survey of Literature

This course gives students the opportunity to engage with complex fiction and nonfiction texts in preparation for the rigor of collegate level literary analysis. Students produce analytical and creative writing as they continue to develop the crucial communication skills that will serve them in their post-secondary endeavors and beyond.

Featured Texts:

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie

Meghan Coli is a DePaul University graduate. She has a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in English. Her favorite writers include Sara Koenig, Junot Diaz, Augusten Burroughs, and Sherman Alexie.

Contact Information:

(312) 563-1746