British Lit

2016-17 Syllabus

In this course we will use the Holt McDougal British Literature textbook.  We will keep a class set of textbooks, but due to their weight, I will not expect you to take them home.  You may check out a book if needed, or you may access the online textbook when homework is required.

ONLINE TEXTBOOK:   go to my.hrw.com
Username: hsd#  (include the letters “hsd” and your student ID number, with no spaces or punctuation)
Password: # (student ID number only)

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Focus for English IV Semester 1
1. Medieval Period
2. Renaissance
3. Restoration and the 18th Century
4. Romanticism
5. Victorians
6. Modern & Contemporary

Focus for English IV Semester 1

These concepts were selected prior to the 2016-17 school year by a committee of English teachers from both Capital and Helena High Schools, and they will provide part of the backbone for all senior-level English classes at both schools.

  • Writing:
    • Semester 1: Analysis Essay
  • Literary Concepts:
  • Grammar Concepts: In general, these will be reviewed and practiced in our daily Bell Ringers, and practiced further in our formal writing (Significant Writing).
    • Review concepts from English I, II, and III
      • English I: Comma, apostrophe, quotation mark, sentence errors (run-on/fused sentence & fragment), parts of speech, commonly confused words (its/it’s, their/there/they’re, to/too/two, your/you’re, etc.), basic sentence parts (subject & predicate), independent/ dependent clauses, phrases
      • English II: colon, semicolon, pronoun usage, pronoun-antecedent agreement, subject-verb agreement, sentence errors (run-ons, comma splices)
      • English III: dash, hyphen, ellipsis, comparative and superlative modifiers, active/ passive voice, misplaced modifiers & dangling modifiers, idioms, parallel sentence structure, shifts in verb tense or voice
    • Parentheses
    • Bracket
    • Manipulating grammatical rules for effect

British Literature Units

1: Medieval Period (400-1485)

Note: The Medieval Period was preceded by the Anglo-Saxon period. The Anglo-Saxon text Beowulf, written in Old English, will be read second semester in Mythology due to its close relationship to other epic poems such as the Odyssey.  However, it is useful to be aware of the progression of the  language from Old English (Beowulf), through Middle English (Chaucer), Early Modern English (Shakepeare), and Modern English (writers today) as we begin our study of British Literature.

Concepts & Terms to Know

Texts: See textbook for these texts.

2015 Medieval review notes from class: Period 1, Period 3, Period 5

 Assignments

2. Renaissance (1485-1660)

Terms to Know

Texts

Assignments

3. Restoration (1660-1798)

Terms to Know

Texts

Assignments

4. Romanticism (1798-1832)

Terms to Know

Readings

Assignments

5. Victorians (1832-1901)

Terms to Know

  • Murder Mystery
    • English vs. American
    • Red Herring
    • Deduction
    • Suspense
  • Aestheticism
  • Imperialism
  • Industrialization
    • Industrial Revolution: approx. 1760-1830
  • Realism
  • Escapism

Readings

Assignments

 

6. Modern and Contemporary (1901-present)

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