More intensive than English III, Honors English III offers a thorough exploration of American literature. Working at a rigorous pace, students will hone critical writing skills by drafting a variety of essays, including a comprehensive research paper, which will adhere to Modern Language Association guidelines. In addition, honors students will study collegiate-level vocabulary. To sharpen their critical reading skills, students in this course will delve into various works of American literature, such as Self-Reliance, Walden, The Scarlet Letter, The Great Gatsby, Catcher in the Rye, and In Cold Blood. In addition to these works, students will read and study short stories and poems by major American authors and poets such as Edgar Allen Poe, Langston Hughes, Ralph Ellison, and Flannery O’Connor. In conjunction with assigned reading and writing, the honors course emphasizes the study of grammar as the foundation of the English language.