Curricular Changes Underway at BHS

Two of our four years of core English classes at BHS are undergoing the first stage of a significant overhaul, where we are reshaping the requirements and options for what books are taught during what years at BHS. The book lists attached to our courses have been updated (CLICK HERE to navigate to our core course book lists), but are somewhat in limbo, as we will be rolling out our new requirements over the next three years. And our initial plan is just a starting point – we will continue to introduce more teacher options in the following years. But the biggest changes to our courses are in our sophomore and senior years, where we have already begun the following:

SOPHOMORE YEAR – Introduction to Literature II

New Mandatory Texts (optional this year, mandatory next year)
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (which may be supplemented by more of Kafka’s short stories)
The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
EITHER Life of Pi by Yann Martel OR The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

SENIOR YEAR – British Literature

New Mandatory Texts (to be introduced as optional next year, mandatory in the following year)
A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift – This essay will be included in our self-printed textbook next year
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
EITHER 1984 by George Orwell OR The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (for CP II)

New Optional Texts
Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

We are excited to bring these classics into more of our students’ experiences at BHS.

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