British literature course syllabus 2010-2011 Madison High School Miss Bedillion 804-878-5349

MISSION STATEMENT Madison High School English Department is committed to helping students firmly grasp grammar, writing, critical analysis, rhetorical, and literary skills based on Virginia state standards. COURSE DESCRIPTION Students read an overview of British literature from the Medieval period to the Modern, integrating a study of history to better supply a context for an appreciation and understanding of the literature, with emphasis on a variety of prose and poetic genres. Students write critical and argumentative essays, complete a research paper, engage in creative writing projects, and make technology-assisted oral presentations. Students prepare for the ACT, SAT, and college entrance exams. MATERIALS REQUIRED y Textbook: Glencoe s Literature y Three-ring binder or spiral notebook TEXTS y Beowulf y The Canterbury Tales y Morte dd Arthur y Sir Gawain and the Green Knight y Hamlet y Oedipus y Macbeth y The Taming of the Shrew y A Mod st Proposal y Selections from Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Keats y The Lady of Shallotf y The Brownings-Selected poems y The Picture of Dorian Gray

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RESEARCHED TERM PAPER: Literary Criticism (An analysis of an approved British novel taking a chosen formal critical stance and with a specific thesis stated simply and backed up with quotations from the text and professional criticism on the chosen novel. This project will be an on-going one throughout the fall semester. COURSE POLICIES AND EXPECTATIONS y Assignments are due on the assigned due date. No exceptions unless due to an excused absence. y Food: No food, drink, gum or candy is allowed in the classroom. y Electronic Devices: Use of cellular phones or other electronics is prohibited during class. GRADING SCALE A= 93-100 B= 92-85 C= 84-77 D= 76-70 F= 69 and Below GRADING POLICY Essays/ Research Paper= 30% Class work= 10% Homework= 20% Quizzes= 20% Tests= 20%

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Victorian era novels An Academy for Womenf (Defoe) Vindication of the Rights of Woman (Wollstonecraft) eA Modest Proposal (Swi t) The Importance of Being Earnest (Wilde)

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