Mrs. Laurie Allari


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AP English

This course follows the curricular requirements outlined by the College Board, which focuses on building the skills necessary for college-level reading and writing, and prepares students for the AP Literature and Composition exam..  Using college level texts, students read a wide variety of literary pieces and literary criticism, with major focus on English literature and minor focus on global literature; they interpret and appraise them intelligently, and articulate their findings in well-supported prose.  Students write two literary criticism essays based on critical reading of multiple sources and academic research of an author and work of their choice.

AP Literature and Composition

Creative Writing 1

Creative Writing is a one-semester elective course where students will explore the craft of creative writing, including poetry, short story, memoir and drama.  Students will cultivate observation, interpretation and expression skills, as well as developing their knowledge and ability to use common literary devices. The students will read literary works critically in order to aid them in their own writing process. Students will learn to use their imagination, senses, memories, the textbook readings and the world around them in order to become inspired.  The focus will be on helping the students develop a unique and personal voice within their writing.

English 2

Students continue their study of literary devices and close reading through study of all genres of world literature.  They focus on writing thesis-driven literary analysis essays and applying their academic research skills to produce a thesis based research paper using MLA format. They continue their study of vocabulary and grammar to prepare for standardized tests and effective written and oral communication.

Speech Communications

This one-semester required course is designed to instill self-confidence through oral presentations. Speech instruction involves two interrelated components: imparting knowledge about speech communication processes and developing students’ skills through active participation in those processes. Students acquire knowledge about speech communication processes and develop effective communication skills through active participation in those processes. Because speech is primarily a skill-development course with emphasis on delivery, voice, and diction, students devote much of the class time to performance activities. Students learn the techniques of academic researching, organization, and delivery of a variety of speeches, some utilizing multimedia.


fireworks"There’s only one story...the one story is aCOURSE GOALS

  • to foster a passion, curiosity, and commitment to learning;
  • to improve one’s ability to write, speak, read, and think critically, closely, and creatively;
  • to establish a thoughtful, respectful, and supportive community for discussion and discovery;
  • to expand one’s understanding of not just the assigned reading but of life more generally;
  • to achieve the difficult balance between being an intellectual and being an adult in progress!;big grin
  • to take risks, to ask questions, to fall down, to get up, to try again.  Keep calm and carry on!

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More Fun Sites to Challenge/Inspire/Inform you:

SAT Question of the Day

SAT Word of the Day

Quote of the Day

This Day in History

Museum of London

The Smithsonian

The Louvre


 Helpful Link for MLA Documentation/Grammar:

Diana Hacker's  Research and Documentation site:


UC Berkeley: A World of Primary Sources and More

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