English 12 (British Literature)

2018-2019 Syllabus

English 12 is a yearlong required course that will enable students to become skilled readers of a wide range of literature, including prose, poetry, and short stories. Students are expected to read and respond to a variety of literature, independently, in group discussion and in writing. All facets of language arts - listening, speaking, reading, writing will be covered. The study of language in use – grammar, mechanics, sentence structure, and usage will be incorporated in this yearlong course as well. 

Rules/expectations/cell phone policy:

Be respectful to your self, peers, and teacher.
Cellphones are to be used as educational tools only and should not be visible during instructional time.
No earbuds.
Be on time for class.  Students with four tardies will be referred to Mr. Edwards.

1st offense will result in a student conference.
2nd offense will result in a parent conference.
3rd offense will result in an office referral. 

Course of Study 

Ballads: “Get Up and Bar the Door,”
“Lord Randall,” 
Poetry: “Wife’s Lament” or “Frederico’s Falcon” 
“The Prologue” to The Canterbury Tales 
“The Pardoner’s Tale” 
“The Wife of Bath’s Tale”
“Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”
Anglo-Saxon Excavation article
“Women in Anglo-Saxon Literature” article 
“Wife’s Lament”
“Chivalry and Courtly Love” 
“Chivalry and Courtly Love: Ideal, but Unreal” 

Life in Elizabethan and Jacobean England, pgs. 249-250 
Edmund Spenser’s Sonnets, pgs. 253-256
Sir Philip Sidney’s Sonnets, pgs. 257-261
Shakespeare’s sonnets, pgs. 272-280
Contemporary Connection: William Shakespeare: To Be or Not to Be…a Rocker,”pg. 247
“The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” by Christopher Marlowe, pgs. 255-256 
“The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd” by Sir Walter Raleigh, pgs. 268-269
The King James Bible and English Literature article
Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible
Women in Shakespeare’s plays article 
The Tragedy Of Macbeth by William Shakespeare 

Restoration Period 
“A Modest Proposal”
Satire in 18th century British Society article
Journal of the Plague Year (Daniel Defoe) 
John Milton or Dante Alighieri 
Carpe Diem quotes
Mid Term Exam

Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" 
Romantic poets: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, William Blake, Percy Bysshe Shelley, George Byron, John Keats
Nonfiction Reading: How Movies Can Help
Romanticism and Revolution
The creepy tale that launched gothic literature
Discovering Literature: Romantics and Victorians
Women and Anonymity in the Romantic period
William Blake: Blake’s Two Chimney Sweepers 
Romanticism and the Child: Inventing Innocence
The Role of Children: Chimney Sweeps
Child Labor Facts
The Byronic Hero: Immortals and Vampires and Ghosts, Oh My!: Byronic Heroes in Popular Culture article 

And Then There Were None pp. 570)
Brave New World pp. 870
“Growing up in Colonial Jamaica” pp. 955-956 (green text)
Poets: Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robert Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, A.E. Housman Queen Victoria biography
Charles Dickens biography
Charles Dickens
A Point of View: Why Charles Dickens Endures
Poverty and Families in the Victorian Era
Gender Roles in the 19th century
Victorian Etiquette
Jane Eyre’s Education
Role of education in Jane Eyre
19th Century Education and impact on the novel (Jane Eyre)
Charles Dickens and Victorian Education
Dickens and the Victorian City: Educating the Poor
William Butler Yeats, T.S. Eliot, W.H. Auden, Louis MacNeice, Stephen Spender, Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Rupert Brooke, Dylan Thomas, Anita Desai
New British Nonfiction pp. 1460-1461
Connecting War Writings Past and Present pp. 1280-1281

Theme of Alienation in Modern Literature
Background information: Post Modernism
History of the Mystery Genre
The Mystery of Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie and the Detective Film
Batman and the Problem With Vigilante Justice: A Love Story
The Little Known World of the Vigilante
History of the Vigilante
Brave New World and the Threat of Technological Growth
Aldous Huxley, Media, and Popular Culture
Final Exam