This course builds the critical skills of literary analysis and writing while reflecting on a variety of literary genres. Students will investigate why the same stories are told over and over again, eventually becoming codified into genres which reveal how society functions and how individuals (both consciously and unconsciously) participate in it. To do so, the course will focus on the close reading of novels, short stories, and plays. Students will also be introduced to college-level critical analysis, a process which includes unraveling the meaning of themes within texts and organizing ideas into coherent essays and research papers. The goal for all students to is to be prepared for college level work. These challenges include a responsibility for themselves and their work, represented by timeliness, clarity, and professionalism, as well as character consciousness that is defined by their ability to contribute, communicate, and build relationships within their existing social spheres while simultaneously pushing themselves into new areas of interest and influence.
This course provides academic support to students enrolled in the ASP program.