Sophomore English is a British literature course designed to develop analytical and persuasive skills and impart the vocabulary necessary for literary analysis. Dangarembga's Nervous Conditions and a survey of post-colonial short stories begin the year’s study. Winter is devoted to epic poetry, and spring to lyric poetry and to drama. Readings include Beowulf, The Canterbury Tales, Romantic poetry, a Shakespeare play, and Fugard's Master Harold and the Boys. Students write analytical and narrative essays, which they generate through a collaborative process that includes multiple drafts, peer editing, and metacritical reflection. They give two a formal presentation of a lyric poem based on their essays, and team teach a class in the Spring. Students memorize and recite a post-colonial poem, “Caedmon’s Hymn,” the School Chapter, the opening lines of The Canterbury Tales, and lyric poetry. Class traditions include Chaucer Day, the Winter’s Tale, and the Sophomore Epistolary Project.