The freshman year Literature I course is designed to introduce students to high quality literature of multiple genres, hone writing skills to mastery, and analyze issues presented in literature using these mastered writing skills. This is an application-focused class; students will work through different types of literature and subsequently master these types of writing. High proficiency in persuasive, expository, prose/poetry, and narrative style writing will be required.
This course is one whose primary goal is introducing students to a variety of World Literature. Through this content and these experiences, students will become stronger readers, writers, speakers, and thinkers. Students will achieve these goals through:
- Reading a variety of World Literature works such as short stories, novels, plays and poetry.
- Learning the proper usage and mechanics of grammar.
- Writing in a variety of forms for an assortment of audiences and reasons.
- Participating in a variety of individual and group projects
“We are wiser than we know.” — R.W. Emerson
American Literature at CHA is devoted to the study of the democratic and diverse voices that have constituted our country’s letters and poetry. From the marginalized literature of women and Native Americans to the jazzy prose of the Harlem Reniassance; from Emerson’s transcendental ‘Self Reliance’ to Whitman’s epic songs of celebration to Dylan’s vocalization of his generation and changin’ times; from witch trials in Salem to the Gothic tales of Hawthorne and Poe to the grotesque tales of Faulkner, O’Conner and the Coen brother’s South; from Thoreau’s staunch disobedience to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s dreams and Malcolm X’s nightmares. These are just some of the voices students will be exposed to. Akin to college literature courses, student assessment is heavily based on essays and examinations. In the tradition of American literature, the purpose of this course is to inspire free-thinking, independent, socially conscious, and democratic individuals within the body of Christ.
Speech, Logic, and Debate
The junior year Speech, Logic, and Debate course will integrate public speaking techniques, formal and informal logic, and argumentation and debate. Students will become more comfortable with speaking to large groups, improve their abilities to argue effectively, develop critical thinking skills, and hone their interviewing skills. Students will engage their Christian worldview as well as practice critical consumption and manipulation of information.
Students will learn different types of effective public speaking and execute speeches in front of an audience. In addition, debate, logic, media communication, persuasion, and interpersonal skills will be discussed and applied through different writing assignments, projects, and relevant classroom work.This class is designed to insure that students leave Chicago Hope Academy with the ability to interview well, speak correctly and concisely, and persuade upon the foundation of sound logic. These skills prove, time and time again, to be essential in today’s society, both in seeking a fulfilling career and in daily life.
“Do not go gentle into that good night
Rage, rage against the dying of the light”
At CHA, our study of British Literature adheres to the suggestion of the Welsh poet above. It is with exuberance that we confront texts as old as the English language (Beowulf) all the way up through the recent poetry of English innovators like Thom Yorke. From then English Reniassance and William Shakespeare and his adolescent tragedies (Romeo & Juliet and Hamlet) through gothic stories written by adolescents (Frankenstein penned by 18-year-old Mary Shelly) and the groundbreaking work of their parents (Mary Shelly’s mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Women, the first book on women’s sufferage).
We descend with Milton’s Paradise Lost, sing William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience, sail with Coolridge’s Ancient Mariner, and travel to Huxley’s futuristic but eerily familiar Brave New World. Moreover, we’ll spend time on European literature that emerged from the hysteria and horror of World Wars I and II, including Elie Wiesel’s Night and war poets such as Siegfried Sassoon. In the manner of college literature courses, British Literature will emphasize essay-writing (including a research paper) and exams. Like all CHA courses, British Literature is designed to aid in students development as Christians by becoming more sensitive readers to our neighbors voices from across the Atlantic. The course seeks to strengthen each student’s faith and raise each students empathy with the beauty and tragedy of British literature.
College writing is designed to help students become strong, confident writers who can express their ideas clearly. Students will exercise critical thinking and research skills as they learn the writing processes for a variety of writing styles. The course will assist with college preparations by focusing on students’ personal statements, ACT practice essays, and a senior Capstone paper.