York Community High School

Composition, Literature, & Film

Grade 12 / Full Year Course - 2.0 credits

Prerequisite:  Students must have earned credit for English 11 orAdvanced Placement Language and Composition


Composition, Literature, and Film is designed to prepare students for college level study of thematic issues as reflected in literature and film.  In this course, students have the opportunity to extend their skills in reading and writing while developing knowledge of cinematic studies and other media.  Moreover, they also explore the relationships between literature, composition, and film and the ways in which they communicate, reflect, influence, or challenge cultural values in a society.


Film does NOT replace literature in CLF, but to supplement course readings, students examine  thematically-related clips from early films like Metropolis, classic cinema such as Sunset Boulevard and Citizen Kane, and a contemporary  film/novel pairing, such as Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are (in conjunction with Eggers’ The Wild Things).  To aid in interpretation of fiction and film, the course will also include analysis of  techniques writers and filmmakers use to convey their ideas, as well as written, nonfiction excerpts of major film theory and criticism.


Comp, Lit, & Film Teachers

Shackleton, Jennifer (630) 617-2400 ex.7122 English Teacher jshackleton@elmhurst205.org