Course Length: Full Year
Prerequisite: English 11
This college-prep level course is an exploration of the power of storytelling in establishing both individual and community identity. Through nonfiction retelling of significant cultural events, a community articulates its values and standards. Beginning with the first “nonfiction novel,” Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, students will explore how a factual event becomes the impetus for story-telling. Ensuing works will allow students to investigate how their areas of interest are treated by non-fiction writers. The course will also explore creative nonfiction and memoir. Students will have the opportunity to come to understand and interpret the work of the course writers not only through scholarship and critical analysis but also through imitation and modeling, trying out the strategies and structures of the works being read on projects of the students’ own devising.