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

  1. Why and how do we study language and literature?
  2. How are we affected by texts in various ways?
  3. In what ways is meaning constructed, negotiated, expressed, and interpreted?
  4. How does language use vary amongst text types and amongst literary forms?
  5. How does structure or style of a text affect meaning?
  6. How do texts offer insights and challenges?

Time and Space

  1. How important is cultural or historical context to the production and reception of a text?
  2. How do we approach texts from different time periods and cultures to our own?
  3. To what extent do texts offer insights into another culture?
  4. How does the meaning and impact of a text change over time?
  5. How do texts reflect, represent, or form a part of cultural practices?
  6. How does language represent social distinctions and identities?


  1. How do texts adhere to & deviate from conventions associated with literary forms or text types?
  2. How do conventions and systems of reference evolve over time?
  3. In what ways can diverse texts share points of similarity?
  4. How valid is the notion of a classic text?
  5. How can texts offer multiple perspectives of a single issue, topic, or theme?
  6. In what ways can comparison and interpretation be transformative?