English Electives

  • Mr. Spahn
    303-467-5363 ext. 7294



    Creative Writing

    This course will develop students' imagination and encourage them to look at the world through the eyes of a writer. As such, the course will run as a writing workshop. This means students will spend lots of time in class writing, sharing their writing with individuals or the whole class, conferencing with others about their writing, responding to the writing of others, revising, and studying the moves of writers they admire. This also means that the focus of most of the written work will be the student's decision. The teacher will challenge the students with writing exercises to push and develop their imagination, but in the end, what you write will be largely up to each student. A writing workshop also means that student success depends on active engagement in their own work. Students need to dive in and work hard.

    Fantasy Literature

    This fantasy elective will explore classical and modern fantasy writing and visual media. Classical fantasy usually deals with romantic ideals of good and evil. The characters are often pure of heart one way or the other.  As an example of that idea, the class will use J.R.R Tolkien’s novels, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings as our text.  We will investigate Tolkien’s use of myth and language in creating his imaginary world of Middle Earth.  In addition to reading selections from the novels, students will also watch portions of the film adaptations of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.  Parent permission will be required as both of the films are PG-13.

    Book Club

    Calling all readers!  This class will allow students to choose and read various fiction and non-fiction texts throughout the trimester.  Students will be in complete control of the material they choose to read and will only need to have each text approved by the teacher.  While reading, the students will complete various in class responses to the text, as well as engage in small group and whole group discussions of what they are reading.  This class is a great option for students who love to read.