British Literature

British Literature

Grade: Advanced 11th or 12th Grade

Instructor: Risherrah Teti

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Monthly Cost: $28

Materials Fee: $40.00 (Includes MLA Handbook, Guidelines, Handouts, In-Class Activities)

Required Texts: British Literature (Glencoe) Student Edition ISBN: 13: 978-007877817, ISBN: 10:0078779812 $34.01 currently on Amazon (NOT a PRIME product order well in advance of start of class) Other Required Texts: (via purchased hardcopy, library loan, or kindle)

Prerequisite: Must have completed prior 3 literature levels.

Important Information: This is a college-prep literature class; therefore, it is essential students keep up with their readings and will be required to keep a reading journal. Included elements of this class will cover British Literary Legends and their works, historical discussions, group class discussions, essay and paper writing using MLA format, grammar usage reminders, and fun classroom activities.

Grading guidelines for this class are as follows:

Daily Class Room Participation, & Reading Journals: 30% Essays and Writing Assignments: 35% Quizzes and Tests: 20% Final Project/Paper: 15% Total: 100%


Unit One: Anglo-Saxon and Medieval: Bravery, Dignity, & Unity Time Period A.D. 449-1485 !5 Weeks: Works: Beowulf (Epic) Bede (History) The Canterbury Tales (Poetry) Morte d’ Arthur (Romance) “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” (Poetry) John Garder’s Grendel excerpt (Epic) Excerpts from Gilgamesh (Epic)

Unit Two: Renaissance: Celebrating Humanity Time Period 1485-1625

5 Weeks: Works: Various Sonnets from W.Shakespeare, P.Sidney, and E. Spenser (Poetry) Excerpts from The King James Bible (Scripture) Excerpts from The Tyndale Bible (New Testament Scripture) “Speech Before Her Troops” (Speech) “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” (Pastoral Lyric) “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd” (Pastoral Lyric) The Tragedy of MacBeth (Drama) A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Comedy) Hamlet (Film Study)

Unit Three: 17th-18th Centuries: A Turbulent Time Time Period 1625-1798 !5 Weeks: Works: Various poems from J. Donne, B. Johnson, A. Marvell, & J. Milton (Poetry) “Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God” (Sermon) Excerpts from Paradise Lost (Epic) Excerpts from The Pilgrim’s Progress (Allegory) “A Modest Proposal” (Essay/Satire) “An Essay on Man” (Poetry) Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (Novel) Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Novel) The Hound of the Baskervilles (Film Study)

Unit Four: Romanticism: Rebels & Dreamers Time Period 1798-1832 !5 Weeks: Works: Various poems from W. Blake, R. Burns, J. Baille, W. Wordsworth, and L. Byron (Poetry) “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” (Poetry) Frankenstein (Film Study) “Speech in Favor of Reform” & “Speech Against Reform” (Speech/ Debate) “On Making an Agreeable Marriage” (Letter) Pride and Prejudice (Film Study) Persuasion by Jane Austen (Novel) Jude The Obscure by Thomas Hardy (Novel)

Unit Five: Victorian Period: Progress & Decline Time Period 1833-1901 !5 Weeks: Works: Various poems from A.L. Tennyson, R. Browning, E. Browning, M. Arnold, R. Kipling, and E. Bronte (Poetry) Excerpt from Hard Times (Novel Excerpt) Jane Eyre (Film Study) Wuthering Heights (Novel) Great Expecations (Novel) Murder on the Orient Express (Film Study)

Unit 6: Modern and Post-Modern: Time of Rapid Change Time Period 1901-Present 5 Weeks: Works: Various poems from W.B. Yeats, T.S. Eliot, S. Heaney, D. Thomas, and others (Poetry) “The Lady in the Looking Glass: A Reflection” (Short Story) “Shakespeare’s Sister” (Nonfiction) “The Lagoon” (Short Story) “Araby” (Short Story) “The Rocking-Horse Winner” (Short Story) “Wartime Speech” (Speech) “Come and Go” (Drama) Animal Farm by George Orwell (Novel) The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (Film Study) The Lord of the Rings (Fellowship of the Ring) by JRR Tolkien (Film Study)

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