“There is no single way to read well, though there is a prime reason why we should read. Information is endlessly available to us; where shall wisdom be found?”
– Dr. Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the Humanities (Yale University)
English, from prose to poetry, is a fascinating field of study; one that has portrayed, influenced, and affected the evolution of human beings for centuries. Yet, is English still relevant in this age of technology?
The novelist Don DeLillo once described America as a place where "fictions proliferate." Considering recent political debacles, this theory seems remarkably accurate. A rare gift to progeny, great literature remains relevant.
Regardless of a person's biases for particular ideas or behaviors, all people are impacted by language. Words have arguably been the determining factor in transforming societies to civilizations, and the latter to empires. In a sense, battles of the mind and heart have been of comparable significance to those of the body. Accordingly, individuals adept at reading, writing, listening, and speaking have altered the course of history and re-conceived man’s awareness of human nature and existence.
Mediums (voices, stone, papers, screens)—even forms (myths, poems, essays, novels, short stories) evolve. Yet, thinkers—writers—maintain efficacy. Those who can shrewdly compare and contrast, analyze and evaluate, deconstruct and create their own positions wield a rare faculty coveted by an envious majority. The written word transcends time and place—it is immortal.
Via close readings of canonical works from Greek, English, and American epochs in juxtaposition with engaging 21st century texts, students in Mr. Gfeller’s English I and III course assess, augment, and actualize their lingual capacities via a journey of self-discovery and reconsideration of their moment in time. The transferable skills, intimate knowledge, and ephemeral wisdom possible is the means and the end.
Robbie Gfeller ('Mr. G')
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Fall 2018 Schedule
Period 2: English III Honors
Period 3: English I CP (Career and College Preparatory)
Period 4: English I CP
Spring 2019 Schedule
Period 2: English I CP
Period 3: English III Honors
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