As a result of the language arts experience, an Epiphany School of Global Studies student will be a lifelong learner who is a critical reader and thinker, an effective writer and communicator able to apply what is learned in a meaningful, responsible and honorable way that  contributes to the greater community.

Upper school literature


This course will explore the world through literature. The primary focus in this course will be making connections with literature from all over the globe. We will be surveying a multitude of genres, such as, short stories, poetry, novels, non-fiction essays, music and film. In addition to basic examination of these genres, our class will critique and analyze these works in relation to ourselves, our culture, and our history.

What a TES student will know and be able to do in (Honors) World Literature 1:
  • Course Theme – Shaping Morality
  • Reading – “Romeo & Juliet,” “A Separate Peace,”  “Tartuffe,” “Lord of the Flies,” “Animal Farm,” “Life of Pi,” and “The Odyssey”


Building on concepts learned in World Literature 1, this course will continue to explore important literary contributions from around the world, focusing on the theme “Becoming a Global Citizen.” We will again utilize multiple genres to inform our understanding and to expand and improve our ability to draw connections between ourselves and our global neighbors.

What a TES student will know and be able to do in (Honors) World Literature 2:
  • Course Theme – Becoming a Global Citizen
  • Reading – “Things Fall Apart,” “Antigone,”  “1000 Splendid Suns,” “Othello,” “In the Time of the   Butterflies,” and “Hiroshima”


This course engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. The course theme centers on the concept “Growing in Independence and Leadership” and emphasizes a study of American literature. Like our forefathers, students will investigate thematically how the American identity originated from a spirit of entrepreneurship and intrepidness. Both their writing and their reading will make students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects as well as the way generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to the effectiveness in writing.

What a TES student will know and be able to do in (Honors) American Literature:
  • Course Theme – Growing in Independence & Leadership
  • Reading – “The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” “The Scarlet Letter,” “The Adding Machine,” “The Great   Gatsby,” “Black Elk Speaks,” and Norton Anthology of American Literature


This course is a chronological examination of major works of English Literature with particular emphasis on how the imaginative writing of each historical epoch listed below was affected by social, political, religious and philosophical assumptions of the age. Our attention will be concentrated on nonfiction essays, short stories, plays, novels, and lyric poetry. Students will closely read and learn to carefully analyze and discuss those classic works of literary art from the Middle English period to the 21st century which have an established place in the Western canon.

What a TES student will know and be able to do in (Honors) British Literature:
  • Course Theme – Conquering New Frontiers
  • Reading – “Macbeth,” “Pride & Prejudice,” “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time,” and Norton Anthology of Major British Authors


This course aligns to introductory college-level literary analysis course. The course engages students in the close reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature to deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as its use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Writing assignments include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary works. Students will take the AP exam for this course in May with the potential to earn college credit based on their exam scores.

What a TES student will know and be able to do in AP English Literature:
  • Reading complex imaginative literature (fiction, drama, and poetry) appropriate for college-level study
  • Writing an interpretation of a piece of literature that is based on a careful observation of textual details,   considering style, structure, and themes; the social and historical values it reflects; and such elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone
  • Composing in several forms (e.g., narrative, expository, analytical, and argumentative essay) based on students’ analyses of literary texts
  • Writing that proceeds through several stages of drafts
  • Writing informally, which helps students better understand the texts they are reading