Bio: Ms. Allen has taught AP English Literature and English III/ IV at Western Guilford High School for 7 years. She graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in English Literature and concentrations in African American Studies and Creative Writing. Ms. Allen completed a Master's degree in Humanities at the University of Chicago. She loves supporting juniors and seniors as they transition to become independent learners who are ready to succeed at the collegiate level. Ms. Allen is passionate about reading and works diligently to help her students fall in love with literature. Ms. Allen enjoys service learning and serves as the National Honor Society Advisor. For the past four summers, Ms. Allen has also taught philosophy at Governor's School East at Meredith College.
Course Description for AP English Literature:
AP English Literature is a college–level course in which students are expected to read and carefully analyze poetry, fiction, and drama from the 16th Century through the contemporary period. Students will understand the themes and values that informed novels and plays written during the Elizabethan, Romantic, Victorian, Modern, and contemporary literary periods. This course will provide students with the intellectual challenges and workload consistent with a typical introductory undergraduate English Literature course. Through close reading, students will examine the ways in which writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. Students will analyze a work’s structure, style, and themes with emphasis on the writer’s use of diction, imagery, syntax, and tone within these works.
Course Description for Honors English III:
Honors English III is designed for highly motivated students who desire an engaging class that will prepare them for higher education. The main objectives of this course are to develop students’ critical thinking and writing skills, prepare students to meet the rigor of college entrance exams, and help students explore the ways in which American authors have imagined the central themes of freedom, democracy, and equality through literature. We will study different genres of literature starting from Puritan and Colonial times and reading up to the contemporary moment. Our literary investigations will require students to approach the texts with a sense of maturity and a commitment to understanding multiple historical contexts. My goal is to ensure that the students not only leave my class ready to move on to the next level of education, but also leave with a plethora of cultural and life lessons.