I've been tasked with creating an English 12 class and I'm looking for some pointers. This will be taught in a block for one quarter for a half credit. Most of the students won't be attending a four year university (those students usually take the AP Lang or Lit course). I'm trying to figure out an appropriate amount of reading and texts to cover so that the course is still helping prepare them for a possible two year/tech school set up without overwhelming them to the point they do nothing. Right now I'm leaning toward Fahrenheit 451, Our Town, A Streetcar Named Desire and a novel of their choice for the big reading assignments, with additional articles and poems to be decided. This means students will be expected to read about 15-20 pages and write something related to the text each day. Appropriate? Too much? Too little? Any other suggestions or pointers for an upper-level course? I've spent the last 7 years teaching freshman.