British Literature

Course Description: This course focuses on the literary movements of British literature from the fourteenth through the twentieth centuries. While examining a variety of genres, students continue to work on analysis of texts and annotate for textual evidence. As part of essay development, students improve expository skills through various writing exercises that focus on genre structure, literary techniques, and annotation of quotes. Emphasis is placed on support, elaboration, organization, transitions, and grammar. Students have opportunities to develop mini-research research projects, utilize MLA citation, explore web quests, and offer technology presentations.

Syllabus: Click here

Course Outcomes:

  • engage and expand upon literary analysis from World Literature and American Literature
  • analyze the impact of author choices on literature of a variety of genres
  • identify and utilize rhetorical devices in argument
  • provide evidence as support for the claim of an author
  • implement the writing process to write a persuasive essay, a research-based essay, and other shorter pieces of writing
  • follow MLA format guidelines
  • participate in meaningful class discussions and learning community activities
  • actively listen and communicate with classmates

Course Materials:

  1. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation translated by Seamus Heaney
  2. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  3. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  4. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  5. The Write Source Grade 12 published by Houghton Mifflin Company
  6. one spiral notebook for notes
  7. a 3-ring binder for handouts and other class materials
  8. loose leaf paper
  9. blue or black ink pens only
  10. fully-charged device that meets the requirements for the St. Benedict Preparatory School BYOD program
  11. regular use of teacher provided internet resources, including but not limited to PowerSchool and Edmodo