Honors English 12 Syllabus
Professor: David Balty, Ph. D.
Class Schedule: M-F, 1st Period

Course DescriptionEdit

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.

Course RequirementsEdit

  1. Textbooks:
    1. Literature: British Literature for Christian Schools;
    2. Vocabulary: Vocabulary Workshop (level H)
    3. Additional texts: Macbeth and Hamlet – by Shakespeare; Heart of Darkness – by Joseph Conrad; Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte; The Good Earth – by Pearl Buck
    4. Two Shakespeare Skillbooks that accompany Macbeth and Hamlet.
  2. Evaluation
    • 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.

Class RulesEdit

  1. Be seated before the bell rings
  2. Speak only with permission,
  3. Leave your chair only with permission.


Reading AssignmentsEdit

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:

Semester 1Edit

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)

Semester 2Edit

Weeks 1-4: Neoclassical Period (Dryden, Defoe, Swift, etc.)
5-8: Romantic Period (Blake, Shelley, Wordsworth, etc.)
9-16: Victorian Period (Tennyson, Carroll, Kipling, Heart of Darkness, Wuthering Heights)
17-18: Modern Period (Joyce, Woolf, Yeats, The Good Earth)

Writing AssignmentsEdit

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.

Vocabulary AssignmentsEdit

Every other Wednesday students will take a test over vocabulary words they have studied from the textbook, Vocabulary Workshop, level H. Most chapters are 7 pages in length, but a few have accompanying review assignments. Review units follow every third chapter. See the course schedule at the end of the syllabus for more details.

Poetry AssignmentsEdit

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. Course Schedule

Notes For ClassEdit

2008-2009 English Class Poetry (12) (ELCA)
Reading Notes
Old English Period (12) (ELCA)
Middle English Period (12) (ELCA)
Tudor Period (12) (ELCA)

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