English 12 Syllabus
Professor: David Balty, Ph. D.
Class Schedule: M-F, 3rd or 6th Period
In this course students will engage in a chronological study of British Literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to Modernism, in preparation for collegiate work. Students will be introduced to the development of Western society through the study of classic literature. Students will develop their compositions skills in brief essays of 2-3 pages each semester and will continue to improve their independent reading and study skills. Reading assignments include 1-2 additional texts per semester.
Literature: British Literature for Christian Schools; B. Vocabulary: Advanced Word Power C. Additional texts: Hamlet – by Shakespeare; Heart of Darkness – by Joseph Conrad; Safely Home – by Randy Alcorn
- Tests = 50%; Quizzes = 30%; Daily work = 20%.
- The grading scale is outlined in the Student Handbook.
- Daily participation. Students will involve themselves in classroom exercises,
both oral and written. A student will not be given credit for participation without having bringing the required class materials. A student will not be given credit for participation without doing the assigned work. Furthermore, discussions are crucial to the success of this class. Each day a grade will be given based on class participation. Students earn points for paying attention, keeping up with the reading, adding observations, asking relevant questions, taking notes, etc. Students lose points for being tardy, unprepared, treating other students discourteously, or not paying attention.
- Test grades are given for unit tests in literature and vocabulary, for book tests,
and for essays.
- Essays. Students will write several in-class essays. Also, students will write
out-of-class essays, including a research essay. All out-of-class essays must be typed and double spaced. Essays receive test grades
- Grading. Tests comprise 60% and daily work 40% of the semester grade.
• Three simple rules: be seated before the bell rings, speak only with permission, and leave your chair only with permission.
The majority of our reading with be from the literature anthology, British Literature for Christian Schools. We will also read two Shakespearean dramas (one is in the anthology) and two novels. Here is a tentative schedule:
Weeks 1-2: Middle Ages (Beowulf, etc.)
3-4: Middle English Period (Chaucer, Mallory, etc.)
5-12: Renaissance and Shakespeare (Macbeth, Hamlet, etc.)
13-18: Stuart Period (Metaphysical Poets, Milton, Pilgrim’s Progress)
Weeks 1-4: Neoclassical Period (Dryden, Defoe, Swift, etc.)
5-9: Romantic Period (Blake, Shelley, Wordsworth, etc.)
10-14: Victorian Period (Tennyson, Carroll, Kipling, Heart of Darkness)
15-18: Modern Period (Joyce, Woolf, Yeats, Safely Home)
Students will write several creative documents which will enhance their assignments in and understanding of critical analysis and rhetorical structure. The creative assignments will be numerous: a sonnet which will accompany the study of 16th-17th Century poetry; a song which will accompany the study of lyrical poetry; a single-act drama which will accompany the study of drama; a letter to the editor and a short biography juxtaposed with the study of rhetorical strategies. Students will write at least one journal entry per week which will usually take the form of an initial response to a work of literature.
Each student will write several short critical papers which explicate both fiction and non- fiction. These essays will closely analyze textual structure and style and will interpret select pieces of literature in light of the socio-historical values of the time period in which the work was created. Although a high standard of excellence is anticipated for all drafts of work, some class periods will be spent work shopping essays until they meet the predetermined assessment criteria. During some classes, students will be asked to synthesize their knowledge and technique. These assessments will take the form of responses to literary questions, quizzes, and dramatic performances.
Every other Wednesday students will take a test over vocabulary words they have studied from the textbook, Advanced Word Power. Most chapters are 4 pages in length, but a few have accompanying review assignments. See the course schedule at the end of the syllabus for more details.
On the Wednesdays when students are not taking vocabulary quizzes, they will be taking poetry quizzes. Note the schedule of the poetry quizzes in the “Course Schedule” that follows. At the end of this syllabus students will find a copy of each of the poems.
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