English 3

                                                                            English III—2017-2018


Ms. Egan                                                                                             Phone: (860) 870-6818 Ext. 10109

Room 109                                                                                            E-mail:                                                                                                                    

Welcome to English class!


I am delighted to have you in class this semester.  I believe in the potential of every student to meet high expectations and to improve as readers, writers, and thinkers.  This course will be challenging, engaging, and rewarding.  Our study of American literature will enhance our responses to the following essential questions:


  • What is the “American Dream” and to what extent is it attainable for all Americans?
  • Is the “American Dream” a destructive or empowering force or a combination of both?
  • How does an author’s use of literary devices contribute to the overall meaning or purpose of a work?
  • How do people find their place in society?
  • Is it truly possible to live outside of society’s norms?
  • What does it mean to be an American?
  • How do personal journeys shape who we become?


Major Works (Depending on time and availability, we will study works chosen from the following list.)

Elements of Literature: Fifth Course-- Literature of the United States (selections)

The Crucible

The Scarlet Letter

The Great Gatsby

The Catcher in the Rye

A Streetcar Named Desire

Of Mice and Men


Other Major Tasks

Research Projects

Journal and Essay/Paper Writing

MLA Guidelines

Vocabulary Units (weekly)

Grammar Units

Group and Individual Projects

(Other tasks may be added as appropriate)




Quarter Grades:


Formal writing assignments, journals, classwork and participation, homework, quizzes, projects, and presentations will determine your quarter grades.



Semester Grade:

Quarter 1- 40%

Quarter 2 - 40%

Final Exam- 20%