Areas of Exploration
Students in Language and Literature will explore literary and non-literary texts through three areas of exploration. These explorations are meant to overlap and be integrated into units.
Readers, Writers, & Texts
- Why and how do we study language and literature?
- How are we affected by texts in various ways?
- In what ways is meaning constructed, negotiated, expressed, and interpreted?
- How does language use vary amongst text types and amongst literary forms?
- How does structure or style of a text affect meaning?
- How do texts offer insights and challenges?
Time and Space
- How important is cultural or historical context to the production and reception of a text?
- How do we approach texts from different time periods and cultures to our own?
- To what extent do texts offer insights into another culture?
- How does the meaning and impact of a text change over time?
- How do texts reflect, represent, or form a part of cultural practices?
- How does language represent social distinctions and identities?
- How do texts adhere to & deviate from conventions associated with literary forms or text types?
- How do conventions and systems of reference evolve over time?
- In what ways can diverse texts share points of similarity?
- How valid is the notion of a classic text?
- How can texts offer multiple perspectives of a single issue, topic, or theme?
- In what ways can comparison and interpretation be transformative?