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High School Graduation Requirements:


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English - 4 cr.
Math - 2.5 credits
Science - 3.5 cr.
Social Studies - 3
Health & Fitness 2
Arts - 2 credits
Occupational Education - 1.5
Advanced Placement
Volunteer Work

Course Description: Designed for college-level students, this English Lit & Comp class presents prose, dramatic works, and poetry from various periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts.  In the search for the author's motive, drive, and purpose, the intended audience, and the chosen subject matter, students develop stylistic flexibility and compositional techniques. 

Class Expectations: Students will keep a reading journal throughout the semester.  Daily readings, discussions, weekly writing assignments, weekly tests, mid-term and final exams, and final oral report requirements are listed on the Syllabus.  Understanding and analyzing challenging literature, writing responses to literature both analytically and creatively will be a focus.

Grades: Daily reading journal 5% (checked every other Friday), daily discussions 5%, weekly tests 5%, writing assisgnments 10%, mid-term and final essay exams 25% each, and final oral reports 25%.  Tests are given at the end of each week to evaluate the understanding of the literature.  Only the final grade is final.

                     Textbook: The Language of Literature by McDougall Littell

Students will receive examples of past AP tests to help prepare them to take the AP Literature and Composition Exam in May.

Index of Helpful Links:    Writings of Ancient Greece & Medieval English

                                      Overall Composition & Literature Links

Comp & Lit Sites:

MIT OpenCourseWare:

AP English

Literary Visions


On-Line English Grammar

Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr.

Week One:   Overview of Early Literature of Ancient Greece
  • The Odyssey by Homer
  • The Iliad by Homer
  • Netscape: Online Newhour Forum: Odyssey

    Women in Homer's Odyssey

    Research:  Review the chronology of  known writers from ancient Greece.

    Write:  Discuss the creativity, imagination and intelligence of Homer's works

    Week Two: Overview of Dramatic Works of Ancient Greece

    • Iphigenia at Aulis by Euripedes
    • Oedipus the King first performed in 428 B.C. by Sophocles
    • Lysistrata written in 411 B.C. by Aristophanes.

    Writing Assignment:  Compare & Contrast the fictional works of Homer with that of the stage dramatists.

    Ancient Greek Theater

    Greek Mythology Link

    The Sappho Project Home Page

    Sappho Page 

    Week Three:  An Overview of Literary Movements in English

    Medieval - Old & Middle Eng (40)

    Victorianism - Victorian (7)

    Lost Generation (5)

    Turn of Century

    Lake Poets (2)

    Transcendentalism (3)

    Irish Renaissance (5)

    Surrealism (1)

    Harlem Renaissance (10)

    Romanticism - Romantic (18)

    Gothic (3)

    Restoration (8)

    Existentialism (4)

    Renaissance (5)

    Enlightenment (2)

    Realism (7)

    DaDaism (2)

    Puritanism (3)

    Colonialism - Colonial Lit. (9)

    Naturalism (4)

    Classical Literature (1)

    Modernism (16)

    Cavalier poets (5)

    Metaphysical Poets (6)

    Bloomsbury Group (8)


    Week Four:  The Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Periods 449-1485
    • Beowulf translated by Burton Raffel
    • The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
    • The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
    • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
    •  Le Morte d'Arthur (including the Preface to the First Edition)
    • The Book of Margery Kempe by Margery Kempe
    Poetry by anonymous authors:
    • Exeter Book
    • The Seafarer
    • The Wife's Lament
    • Barbara Allan
    • Sir Patrick Spens
    • Get Up and Bar the Door
    • First Hand and Expressive Writing
    Skill builders
    • Generalizing, writing an introduction, using quotation marks

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    Week Five:  The Poetry of the English Renaissance 1485-1660
    • My Lute, Awake! by Sir Thomas Wyatt
    • On Monsieur's Departure by Elizabeth I
    • Sonnet 30 and Sonnet 75 by Edmund Spenser
    • The Passionate Shepherd to His Love by Christopher Marlowe
    • The Nymphs Reply to the Shepherd
    • Sonnet 29, Sonnet 116, and Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare
    • Sonnet 169 and Sonnet 292 by Francesco Petrarch
    • A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning and Holy Sonnet 10 by John Donne
    • To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell
    • On My First Son and Still to Be Neat by Ben Jonson
    • How Soon Hath Time and When I Consider How My Light Is Spent by John Milton
    • from the Rubáiyát by Omar Khayyám

    Writing about literature: the creative response and poetic license 

    Week Six:  Essays of the English Renaissance 1485-1660
    • From Essays: Of Studies and Of Marriage and Single Life by Sir Frances Bacon
    • from Meditation 17 by John Donne
    • Female Orations by Margaret Cavendish

    Narrative and literary writing

    Week Seven:  Stage Dramas of the English Renaissance 1485-1660
    • Macbeth, Hamlet, and Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
    • Writing a character sketch
    Skill builders
    • Degrees of comparison, avoiding cliches, generating information about a character, avoiding double comparisons, formulating analogies, using personification, using capitalization and punctuation in poetry
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    Week Eight: The Restoration and Enlightenment
    • The Acorn and the Pumpkin and The Value of Knowledge by Jean de La Fontaine
    • from An Essay on Man and Epigrams by Alexander Pope
    • Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard by Thomas Gray
    • Thirty-Eight by Charlotte Smith
    • from The Diary of Samuel Pepys by Samuel Pepys
    • Letter to Her daughter by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
    • from An Academy of Women by Daniel Defoe
    • A Modest A Proposal by Jonathan Swift
    • On Spring and On Idleness by Samuel Johnson
    • from The Diary and Letters of Madame d'Arblay
    • Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
    • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
    • A satirical essay
    • Informative Exposition
    • Complex sentences, using hyperbole, identifying your audience, using subordinate conjunctions, drawing conclusions, using a variety of modes, using active voice
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    Week Nine: The Flowering of Romanticism 1798-1832
    • The Lamb, The Little Boy Lost, The Little Boy Found, The Tyger, The Fly, and The Sick Rose by William Blake
    • Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey, It is a Beauteous Evening, and I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud by William Wordsworth
    • Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    • She Walks in Beauty, When We Two Parted by George Gordon, Lord Byron
    • Ozymandias, Ode to the West Wind, and To a skylark by Percy Bysshe Shelley
    • Ode on a Grecian Urn;To Autumn; Bright Star, Would I Were Steadfast as Thou Art, and When I have Fears that I May Cease to Be by John Keats
    • The Lotus-Blossom Cowers by Henrich Heine
    • Writing an Analysis
    • Writing a Process Response
    Skill builders
    • Dangling modifiers, identifying denotation and connotations of words, using sensory details, writing a conclusion, avoiding misplaced modifiers, classifying information, comparing and contrasting, using comparisons
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    Week Ten: The Victorians 1832-1901
    • The Miracle of Purun Bhagat by Rudyard Kipling
    • What Men Live By by Leo Tolstoy
    • The King is Dead, Long live the King by Mary Coleridge
    • From In Memoriam by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
    • My Last Duchess and Porphyria's Lover by Robert Browning
    • Sonnet 43 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    • Dover Beach and To Marguerite&emdash;Continued by Matthew Arnold
    • Pied Beauty and Spring and Fall: To a Young Child by Gerard Manley Hopkins
    • The Man He Killed and Ah, Are you Digging on My Grave by Thomas Hardy
    • When I was One-and-Twenty and To an Athlete Dying Young by A.E. Housman
    • 1996 by Rabindranath Tagore
    • A Warning Against Passion by Charlotte Brontë
    • from Journal by Gerard Manley Hopkins
    • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
    • Wuthering Heights by Charlotte Brontë
    • A review of works by the Brontë sisters
    • Writing a Persuasive Essay
    • Writing a Criticism
    • Adjective clauses, using compound verbs, achieving unity within paragraphs, using relative pronouns, evaluating arguments, elaborating with visuals, using quotations
    Return to Index
    Week Eleven: Emerging Modernism 1901-1950
    • The Kit-Bag by Algernon Blackwood
    • The Infant Prodigy by Thomas Mann
    • The Truth about George P.G. Wodehouse
    • The Duchess and the Jeweller by Virginia Woolf
    • Tobermory by Saki
    • The Demon Lover by Elizabeth Bowen
    • The Rocking Horse Winner by D. H. Lawrence
    • James Joyce by Araby
    • A Cup of Tea by Katherine Mansfield
    • What I Expected by Stephen Spender
    • An Irish Airman Foresees His Death by William Butler Yeats
    • The Soldier by Rupert Brooke
    • Dreamers by Siegfried Sasson
    • To My Mother by George Barker
    • The Second Coming and Sailing to Byzantium by William Butler Yeats
    • Preludes by T. S. Eliot
    • Musée des Beaux Arts and The Unknown Citizen by W. H. Auden
    • Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night and In My Craft or Sullen Art by Dylan Thomas
    • Writing/Escritura by Octavio Paz
    • from Virginia Woolf by E.M. Forster
    • from Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain
    • from The Speeches, May 19, 1940 by Winston Churchill
    • Words and Behavior by Aldous Huxley
    • A Hanging by George Orwell
    • The Rising of the Moon by Lady Isabella Augusta Gregory
    • Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw
    • To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
    • Writing Criticism
    • Writing a fictional story using suspense
    • Writing a report
    • Compound-complex sentences, varying sentence openers, setting criteria, avoiding phrase and clause fragments, outlining, citing sources, punctuating quotations
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    Week Twelve: Contemporary Voices 1950-Present
    • At the Pitt-rivers by Penelope Lively
    • Significant Moments in the Life of My Mother
    • A Sunrise on the Veld by Doris Lessing
    • The Distant Past by William Trevor
    • Civil Peace by Chinua Achebe
    • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
    • Six Feet of the Country
    • The First Year of My Life by Muriel Spark
    • The Happy Man by Naguib Mahfouz
    • Paintbox Place by Ruth Rendell
    • Digging by Seamus Heaney
    • The Horses by Ted Hughes
    • In Music by Czeslaw Milosz
    • Telephone Conversation by Wole Syinka
    • We'll Never Conquer Space by Arthur C. Clarke
    • from Writing as an Act of Hope by Isabel Allende
    • That's All by Harold Pinter
    • I Am One of You Forever by Fred Chappell
    • Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
    • Writing an Analysis
    • Writing a Persuasive Essay
    Skill builders
    • Adverb clauses, using compound prepositions, using transitional words, using elliptical clauses, conducting surveys, using facts and statistics, organizing with adverbs and adverb phrases
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