English Department


Our goal is to assist students as they become college-bound students who can independently comprehend a variety of literature, think critically, and write both analytically and creatively to meet the demands of both college and the work place.


• grammar

• language usage

• sentence structure

• vocabulary

• sentence, paragraph, and essay writing

• editing & revision techniques

• junior & senior year SAT & ACT prep

• Writing assignments include but are not limited to: expository and persuasive essays, narratives, short stories, poetry, research papers, literary analysis, literature response, journals, and other creative writing projects.


• Junior High years: Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan; Wonder by R.J.Palacio

• Freshman Year: The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien; The Pearl by John Steinbeck; Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare; Selections from The Odyssey by Homer.

• Sophomore Year: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee; Frankenstein by Mary Shelley; A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare.

• Junior Year: (American Literature) The Crucible by Arthur Miller; Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser; Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck; Our Town by Thornton Wilder.

• Senior Year: (British Literature with supplements of World Literature) Lord of the Flies by William Golding; The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini; Macbeth by William Shakespeare

• Honors Literature (A) – With permission from faculty: Beowulf; Peace Like a River by Leif
Enger; The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka; A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens; Othello by William Shakespeare

• Honors Literature (B) – With permission from faculty: Lord of the Flies by William Golding; The Plague by Albert Camus; The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde; Oedipus Rex by Sophocles; Medea by Euripedes; Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Various other opportunities for poetry, short stories, and independent reading are woven into each course.


Impressions! is a literary art magazine published at the end of the school year. All students enrolled in Art and English may submit artwork, poetry, or other forms of creative writing. The pieces published in Impressions! reflect the high quality of work LHS students achieve inside and outside of the classroom.

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