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English Literature

The English Department at CATS Academy offer classes which develop the language and academic skills expected for admission to an American college or university. The department’s team of dedicated, highly trained English teachers offer personalized help and differentiated instruction to fit individual learning needs

English Literature

English Literature electives

English Skills: English Level 1

The English Skills course will introduce you to literary terms and practices, enabling you to succeed in your future study of English Literature. The class builds a foundation for approaching academic writing and the close reading of texts. Texts may include The Giver and Cyrano de Bergerac, as well as fables, folktales, various short stories and poetry from authors such as Neil Gaiman, Richard Connell, Annie Proulx, Ethel Rohan, Raymond Carver, and Shel Silverstein.

Society and the Individual: English Level 1

The course provides freshman students with a comprehensive introduction to academic writing and literary analysis, beginning with a full review of syntax and grammar rules. The literary component of the class examines texts and identifies themes, which address the role of individual responsibility; and how to use literature as a lens through which you may better understand society and your role within the global community. Possible texts may include The Giver, Lord of the Flies, The Catcher in the Rye, and A Streetcar Named Desire.

The Universal in Literature: English Level 2

You will examine universal truths about human nature, found in literature from around the world. The course begins with essential vocabulary and a review of grammatical rules, then progresses to comprehension and textual analysis. Public speaking assignments give you the opportunity to practice your English speaking skills and develop confidence in your ability to engage a crowd of your peers. Texts for this course include Romeo and Juliet, the Odyssey, Things Fall Apart, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Siddhartha, and various short stories and poems. Offered at both College Prep and Honors level. 

Evolution of the American Dream: English Level 3

Through the study of American literature from the colonial era to the present, you will examine what it means to be successful in America and how that definition has evolved over time. You will gain a broad understanding of the nation’s literary history and closely examine several influential American authors and literary movements. Reading focuses on the development of critical thinking and analytical skills. Texts studied in this course may include The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, The Great Gatsby, The Crucible, and a variety of shorter works by authors such as Dickinson, Hemingway, and Faulkner. Offered at both College Prep and Honors level.

British Literature: English Level 4

Through the study of literary texts from the 14th century to the present, you will examine the evolution of literature in English, focusing on the continuities between the past and the present. After successfully completing this course, you will better understand the defining characteristics and principles of major British literary movements. You will identify and analyze the reasons for an author’s choices, the effectiveness of various means of persuasion and understand how critical lenses are employed to interpret texts. Texts studied in this course may include Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Canterbury Tales, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and shorter works by authors such as Keats, Shelley, Blake and Orwell.

Creative Writing

On the Creative Writing course you will read notable poems and stories from the 20th and 21st centuries; in order to learn from great writers’ examples and so we can enter a conversation with the world around us. You learn how to craft poems by learning elements of form, image, voice, line, music, and mystery. Through learning elements of fiction, such as character development, plot arc, conflict and symbolism, you will shape stories that move us, surprise us, and transform our view. Prerequisites: Grade 10 or above; ESL Level 4 or higher. The course is taken over one or two semesters. 

Advanced Placement electives

AP English Language & Composition

The Advanced Placement (AP) course in English Language and Composition will teach you to become a skilled reader of prose and a skilled writer, who composes literature for a variety of purposes. You will develop an awareness of a writer’s purpose, audience expectations and genre conventions. Prerequisites: Returning students: A- or higher in previous Honors British or Honors American Literature; a sample of analytical writing submitted to the English Department Chair; completion of significant summer assignment; approval of the previous instructor. New students: approval of English Department Chair based upon placement test scores and previous English grades.

Faculty

Kelly Tempest
English Department Chair
& Teacher
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Kelly Tempest

English Department Chair
& Teacher

BA, English Literature & Economics, University of Virginia
MA, English literature, SUNY, New Paltz 

Kelly Tempest chairs the English Department. She teaches Grade 12 Honors British Literature and English Skills. Kelly began her teaching career as a composition instructor and has experience teaching ESL both in the US and overseas. Prior to joining CATS she taught at Mohammed V University in Morocco through the Fulbright program. This background gives her the expertise needed to prepare international students for the reading and writing required at college level. Kelly has a BA in English literature and Economics from the University of Virginia and an MA in English literature from SUNY New Paltz.  

Danielle Brown
English Teacher
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Danielle Brown

English Teacher

BA, English Adolescence Education, SUNY New Paltz
MA, English Literature,

As an English Literature teacher at CATS Academy Boston, Danielle passes on her passion for literature to students every day. She teaches Grade 11 Honors American Literature and Grade 12 British Literature. She is also a part-time dorm parent. Before coming to CATS, Danielle graduated as valedictorian from SUNY New Paltz, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in English Adolescence Education and a minor in Psychology. She went on to work in a wide-variety of education-related jobs such as college-level Composition Instructor, Writing Assistant for business undergraduates and graduates, content writer and researcher, and Communications and Data Coordinator for WISE Services while pursuing her Masters in English Literature. Her diverse experiences at the secondary and post-secondary level have prepared her to work with domestic and international students today.

Cheryl Gardner
English Literature Teacher
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Cheryl Gardner

English Literature Teacher

BA, English Literature, Stonehill College
MA, English Literature, Boston College

Prior to joining CATS Academy, Cheryl Gardner worked as a private tutor at The Fluency Factory in Cohasset, Massachusetts, specializing in literature, composition and test preparation. Before her role as a private tutor Cheryl taught Literature and Composition at Boston College. Cheryl has over twenty years’ experience as an educator, working with students to improve their comprehension and ability to respond to complex texts. Cheryl received her BA in English Literature from Stonehill College and her MA in English Literature from Boston College.

Mallory Karlicek
English Literature Teacher
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Mallory Karlicek

English Literature Teacher

MA, English, Northern Arizona University
BS, Secondary Education English & Spanish

Mallory is an English literature teacher, working hard to foster students’ communication and critical thinking skills to prepare them for university. Prior to joining CATS Academy and moving to Boston, she taught multiple levels of English at Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix, AZ. Mallory has a BS in Secondary Education English and a minor in Spanish from Northern Arizona University. Inspired by her love of literature and desire to become the most effective teacher possible, she returned to NAU to earn a Master’s Degree in English.

Sarah Lutz
English Literature Teacher
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Sarah Lutz

English Literature Teacher

BA, Theater, Pennsylvania State University
MAT, English Education, Boston University

Through the English Skills and World Literature courses, Sarah supports students as they explore important themes in literature, building their reading and writing skills and helping them master the intricacies of the English language. Prior to joining CATS, Sarah completed her Masters of Arts in Teaching with a dual license in English and ESL. She worked at Fenway High School, Boston, teaching 12th grade Humanities and 11th grade Advisory. Sarah received her BA in Theatre with honors from Pennsylvania State University, and her MAT in English Education from Boston University.

James O’Brien
Test Preparation &
English Teacher
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James O’Brien

Test Preparation &
English Teacher

BA, English Literature, Middlebury College

James O’Brien holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in English Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing from Middlebury College. Before returning to his home state of Massachusetts, James worked in both finance and test preparation in San Francisco, California. After working as an English teacher and Assistant Director of Communications at his high school alma mater, St. Sebastian’s, James joined CATS Academy in 2013. James teaches Test Prep, English Literature, and Creative Writing at CATS. He also coaches the boys varsity basketball team.

Jennifer Park
English Literature Teacher
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Jennifer Park

English Literature Teacher

BA, English, Rollins College
MEd, Teaching & Learning, Harvard Graduate School of Education
MA, Theater Production, Central Washington University
MEd, International Counseling, Lehigh University

Jennifer Park teaches English Literature. She has extensive experience teaching English overseas at international schools. In addition, she has taught Theater Arts and has worked as a High School counselor. She comes to CATS Academy most recently from the International Community School of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Before that, she taught English Literature and Theater in The United Arab Emirates, Japan, Peru, The Philippines and Malawi.