2012-13: A Preview

As we expect the BHS community will be taking a much deserved respite from our hectic year, our updates on this page will be on a semi-hiatus until we get close to the next school year. We do, however, wish to relay some of the exciting new developments in the English Department for the upcoming year:

A New Elective
Our Young Adult Fiction class will run for the first time next year

A New Online Vocabulary Text for Freshmen
Starting next year, we will begin to phase out our older vocabulary textbooks in favor of an in-house, custom-made online textbook for our freshmen (available next year) and our sophomores (available the following year).

New Titles in the Classroom
The following books will be new, or renewed next year at BHS; some have never been taught at the school before, some have not been taught recently, and some have never offered as extensively as they have in the past.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Freshmen)
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (Freshmen)
The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (Sophomores)
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein (Sophomores)
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (Juniors)
Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck (Juniors)
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (Juniors)
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (Juniors)
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (Seniors)
[2 more Eastern European titles for our World Literature component for seniors, TBD]
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (Seniors)
Demain by Herman Hesse (AP Literature)
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende (AP Literature)
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (Contemporary Literature)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Young Adult Fiction)
Impulse by Ellen Hopkins (YA Fiction)
Paper Towns by John Green (YA Fiction)
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (YA Fiction)
[One or Two more texts for the YA Fiction elective, TBD]

An Updated BHS Literary Map [UPDATE]
Our Literary Map (in the menu bar above) will be broadened to include some of our new texts, and to provide more points from the texts we have already covered. We explored other sites to completely restart this project, but they proved to either be too limiting or too expensive.

That’s all for now. Have a great summer!

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