In this 11th grade course, students develop the ability to read great works of literature closely, actively, and imaginatively. They study not only what a text means but also how to appreciate the beauty of the written word. Students practice several types of writing, often in response to what they have read. Although they receive direct instruction in narrative, descriptive, and creative modes of expression, the majority of written work focuses on developing the skills of argument, literary analysis, and synthesis. Students also write and deliver a declamation to a live audience. The great works of literature include but are not limited to: The Great Gatsby, Macbeth, The Things They Carried, and The Crucible.