Ms. Fynan teaches AP Literature and Composition, Eleventh Grade American Literature, Twelfth Grade British Literature, Creative Writing, Short Story, and Speech at
Annapolis High School.
The AP English Literature and Composition course engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as such smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism and tone.
American Literature takes a walk through America's literary past and its many genres. Great authors, poets, speakers, and explorers fill the pages of the classroom text. Students read, discuss, and analyze poems by Emily Dickinson, stories by Edgar Allen Poe, speeches by Patrick Henry and Abraham Lincoln, and documents such as the Declaration of Independence. The students will write various assignments, focusing on persuasive writing in particular. The students also enjoy novels pertaining to the American Experience.
British Literature focuses on the canon of great works from the British Isles. Chaucer, Shakespeare, Donne, Wordsworth, Johnson, Shelley, Keats, and so on, are featured. It is a literary canon of extraordinary proportions. Students read, discuss, and analyze plays, poems, fiction, and non-fiction. The students will cover a variety of writing styles in their own works, all the while considering how words relate to and influence society. Once through, students will have a plethora of knowledge about history and literature.
Creative Writing is a writing intensive elective course. The class is open to Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors. Students compose poetry, short stories, children's stories, a movie review, and a short play (with performance), along with a variety of other assignments. It is meant for those who enjoy writing, and will not fail to challenge.
Short Story class is a reading intensive class that focuses on short stories and their many genres. Students will read, analyze, discuss, and write short stories. A variety of projects will be completed showcasing the students knowledge and understanding of short stories. It is for those who really enjoy reading!
Speech Communications is a work in progress. The class focuses on communication, both within and without, in a variety of settings and circumstances. Body language, voice, presence, confidence, preparation, listening, and speaking are all covered in terms of how they affect communication. It is a good class for those who are nervous in front of others and need to learn how to communicate effectively and purposefully for a variety of situations.
Aside from teaching, Ms. Fynan enjoys being Mom to her son Teagan, as well as the Sponsor to the group SHEWS (Students Helping End World Suffering).
Ms. Fynan also sponsors Annapolis Haunted Hallways at Hallowe'en each year.
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