This course is designed to develop and extend a student's reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. These skills will be honed through a study of British Literature, with an emphasis on the integration and synthesis of information. A thematic approach provides students significant genre exposure. Students will begin the process to eventually master various forms of composition as well as increase competence in public speaking, listening, using technology, and analyzing different types of writing.
Classroom Procedures & Expectations
GradingMy grading policy is based on category weights in an effort to maximize the potential of each student while simultaneously providing clarity of expectation and grading. Students are expected to complete all assignments on time unless otherwise discussed with Mrs. Martin. If assignments are returned incomplete or late, points will be deducted accordingly per student handbook. If you are absent, it is YOUR responsibility to obtain missing work. Anything over five days late will be counted as a ZERO. Please see Mrs. Martin with any questions or for extra help before or after school!
Major Assessments 60%
Tests, essays, projects, presentations, journals, etc.
Minor Assessments 30%
quizzes, quick Writes, one-pagers, etc.
Class Participation 10%
Homework, classwork, participation, etc.
Chromebooks & Classroom Supplies
Your Chromebooks are to be charged and brought to class every day. These will be a vital tool used in our classroom and it is imperative you come prepared with your assigned Chromebook every day.
You must also have a three-ringed binder with note paper and something to write with every day.
Use of Chromebooks and binders will vary depending on the assignment and are therefore both required.
My class website is located by going to www.shoreregional.org and following the prompts for faculty webpages.
The most effective way to receive information regarding this class is to see Google Classroom. This will have the most up to date assignments, both homework and classwork.Note: All posted assignments are subject to change at my discretion. Please e-mail if you are unsure of a missed assignment as well as check your e-mail for assignment updates/corrections.
Policies & Procedures:
Below is an outline of the texts and concepts we will cover over the course of the school year which have been broken up
Students will come to class on time* Please refer to Student/Parent handbook on lates, cuts and absences
Students will come to class prepared with all essential items listed above.
Students are expected to actively participate in class discussions and group work.
Students will respect each other as well as Mrs. Martin.
Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated and will be dealt with according to school policy.
Students are expected to check their email daily for announcements and assignment clarifications.
into manageable units. As the year progresses, this syllabus is subject to change. However, the key concepts and texts will be covered. All units will have an estimated time period which includes various assessments, writing assignments, final projects and presentations, vocabulary & grammar lessons, etcetera. Note: Below is a general outline and will possibly change throughout the year
UNIT ONE: SUMMER READING (1 week)
-Students will complete an in-class writing assignment during the first week of school based on summer reading
Key Concepts: Establishing and exploring the literary terms of character and theme; compare/contrast texts
UNIT TWO: EARLY BRITISH TRADITION (4-6 weeks)
-"Beowulf", Grendel, Mythological Literary Criticism
Key Concepts: elements of oral tradition, know and understand the Anglo-Saxon epic, Old English caesura and kennings, and the epic hero convention in British/all literature.
UNIT THREE: THE ELIZABETHAN ERA (10 weeks)
-Macbeth; Shakespeare’s sonnets, various selected works
Key Concepts: background information on Shakespeare and Elizabethan culture, connection b/w Greek Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe, character, irony, comedy/tragedy, culture and society
UNIT FOUR: MEDIEVAL PERIOD ( 6-8 weeks)
-Chaucer’s Prologue, selected Canterbury Tales, satire of Medievalism relating to Monty Python
Key Concepts: compare and contrast works from varied genres within monarchy/middle class emergent thematic cluster, feudalism in the emerging middle class
UNIT FIVE: ENGLISH ROMANTICISM ( 6-8 weeks)
-Wordsworth, Keats, Mary Shelley, Percey Shelley, Lord Byron, Pride & Prejudice
Key Concepts: themes of British Romantic poetry, understanding and comprehending British Romantic ideals
UNIT SIX: THE VICTORIAN ERA (6 weeks)
-Satire, The Importance of Being Earnest, A Tale of Two Cities
Key Concepts: understanding social satire, connecting literary text to historical understanding, symbolism
UNIT SEVEN: CONTEMPORARY BRITISH LITERATURE AND NATIONALISM (4-6 weeks)
-1984, Brave New World, Lord of the FliesKey Concepts: nationalism theme vs. colonized themes; individualism vs. societal understanding