English 12: British Literature and Composition: Students will study fiction and non-fiction works with a British and Irish emphasis.  In the first semester we will read Charles Dicken's novel, Great Expectations focusing on theme and literary technique and style.  Writing projects will include character description, the personal essay, and the college admissions essay.  Second semester we will study Shakespear's Macbeth, the British Romantic poets, and Aldous Huxley's dystopian novel, Brave New World.  Writing projects will include the narrative essay, a research paper, and a "This I Believe" essay.  In both semesters we will read a number of contemporary non-fiction essays.  Our primary text will be The Language of Literature.