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Jackson, Ms. Patricia

Welcome Central York Panthers!

(Photo: Ms. Patricia A Jackson aboard Skip the Crowd)


Ms. Jackson is a 20-year veteran of teaching at the secondary with 12 years of urban-education experience. A believer in the Socratic Method of teaching, it is her professional commitment not to teach for the purpose of indoctrination, but to inspire what potential already lies within each child. 

An accomplished equestrian, she competes in Dressage and Hunter shows year round.  She is an active member of the United States Equestrian Federation and the United States Hunter/Jumper Association.  Along with her equestrian pursuits, she is also a published, professional author of science fiction in the Star Wars universe, including the well-known short stories "The Final Exit", its sequel "Uhl Eharl Khoenig", and the book "Black Sands of Socorro."

Course Offerings

English IV-World Literature

In this senior-level course, students begin their journey with an exploration of origin myths from the Native Americans and classic British folktales, cultural traditions from ancient Japanese and Chinese literature, African Dilemma tales and songs, as well as the revered stories of Greek and Roman mythology.

Students will then venture into the mysterious world of the famous Italian poet Dante Alighieri and his epic masterpiece, The Inferno.  The course concludes with the ever thought-provoking style of Brazilian author, Paulo Coelho, and his world-renown novel The Alchemist.

Class discussion, participation in online forums, in-depth essay writing, and hands-on projects such as film production are essential components for success in the course.  Mindful attention to the event calendar, active listening and participation, and time-management are also essential to maintaining a passing grade.

English III-American Literature

Students will venture into the realm of traditional American Literature, delving into the rich literary tradition of Native American folklore, the search for humanity in slave narratives by Fredrick Douglass and Olaudah Equiano, and then follow the quest for civil rights with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X.

The quest for freedom will include an examination of our founding fathers, who wrote the Declaration of Independence, and men like Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, who would define what it means to be an American.  This study will continue with the modern satirical skills of Kurt Vonnegut, Woody Allen, and other master wordsmiths, such as William Faulkner and Flanery O'Connor.  Students will also explore the darker side of human nature with writers Nathaniel Hawthorne, Washington Irving, and Edgar Allan Poe, bridging the generations with the insights of filmmakers like M. Night Shyamalan.

The course will include a study of poetic form, including the epic and the villanelle, while giving voice to each student's own personal style poetry writing, whether that be rap, spoken word, or traditional verse. Class participation in discussion is key to comprehension, leading to in-depth essay writing, and critical literary analysis of selected texts. Several projects will be required throughout the semester, including a horror film or story.


Students, many teachers will be using Schoology this year.  You are responsible for frequently checking the course page for the agenda, the calendar, assignments, study tools, and due dates.  Most assignments will be turned into your Google Drive folder, but all discussions will be blogged on Schoology.  To access your Language Arts classes, please pay careful attention to your period and use the correct code to access your Schoology Course. 

Parents, please feel free to join your student and follow their progress on Schoology setting up your account on Schoology.com.  One code should grant you access to all course that your student is enrolled in at the high school.  By joining, you will have access to the class calendar, assignments, due dates, as well as study tools such as presentations and rubrics.  If you are interested in having a private access code, please contact Ms. Jackson ([email protected]).


Contact Information


717-846-6789 (Ext. 1360)


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