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English Literature: An Overview  

Hans Holbein, Portrait of Henry VIII

  

Overview of the Course       Welcome to English Literature!  English Literature will be taught chronologically from the earliest beginnings of the history and language to the present day.  This page explains about the “big picture” of the course and gives you a general place to start.  For week-to-week assignments, please consult the individual webpages for each unit and the course lesson plans.          Sequence         

Click on any of the links above!  Those will take you to the individual page for that specific unit, and there you will find textbook assignments, individual readings, questions, and resources you may use to help you.    

Independent Reading        

  • For each unit, you will be reading an independent novel selected from a list appropriate to that time period.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: THE REQUIREMENTS FOR INDEPENDENT READING HAVE CHANGED.     

  • FOR SEMESTER ONE, PLEASE CHOOSE ONLY ONE (1) WORK FROM THE FIRST THREE UNITS  (OLD ENGLISH/MIDDLE AGES, RENAISSANCE, AND RESTORATION). 
  • FOR SEMESTER TWO, PLEASE CHOOSE ONLY ONE (1) WORK FROM THE LAST UNITS (RESTORATION, ROMANTICISM, AND VICTORIAN/GOTHIC).  YES, I AM AWARE I PUT THE RESTORATION PERIOD DOWN TWICE.
  • ASSESSMENT FOR SEMESTER ONE WILL TAKE PLACE DURING WEEK 1 OF QUARTER 2 , THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 1.
  • ASSESSMENT FOR SEMESTER TWO WILL TAKE PLACE DURING WEEK 1 OF QUARTER 4, THE WEEK OF MARCH 28.

 Memorization      

  • For each unit, you will be memorizing at least one poem.  Please expect to perform these poems aloud both for individual assessment and for the Poetry Out Loud competition!

Resources       

  • On the individual web pages for each unit, you will also see links to helpful resources including MP3 readings of poetry and novels, links to open course lectures on English language and literature, and the occasional Monty Python clip! ;-)
  • Here is a helpful link to the pretest!  English Lit Pretest 2010-2011 .  Use it to help you study for the final!
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