Literature and Film

Course Number: 141

Open To:
Grade 12

Course Length:
Semester; 5 Units

UC/CSU Approved: English “B” Requirement. This course does not meet NCAA requirements. Satisfies one semester of the English graduation requirement.

Course Description:
Literature and Film is a semester-long survey course focusing on building and strengthening close reading and analytical skills through the use of various literary texts and films of different genres. The goals for this class include improved writing habits as well as extensive practice writing in various media (formal, digital, creative, Prezi), stronger close reading strategies, proper implementation of academic vocabulary in discussions, increased ability to reflect on writing, increased confidence and preparedness during oral presentations accompanied by strong visual aids, and curiosity about literature and film’s roles in modern society. While this class is meant to provide the opportunity to learn and grow academically, it also asks students to become more culturally and socially aware of man in society. Learning objectives are rooted in the Common Core standards for the state of California.

Textbook/Class Resources:
Textbook selections will be determined by instructor each semester and will be selected from the following options:

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
ISBN# 978-1594631931

In addition to The Kite Runner, textbook selections will be determined by the instructor each semester and will be selected from the following options:

  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson ISBN# 978-0812984965
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd ISBN# 978-0142001745
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer ISBN# 978-0618711659

Additional texts will be provided in PDF format by instructor.

Summer Reading Texts are by grade level and are posted in May.

Level of Difficulty:
Very Difficult

Estimated Homework Per Class:
30 minutes
30-60 minutes
60-90 minutes