-Prevailing ideas of the Victorian Age: Colonialism, class attitudes, advances in technology and communications, manners and morals, Realism, Naturalism; -Creative and expository essays; -Vocabulary from work book and the literature; -Prevailing ideas of the Twentieth Century: the effects of two world wars, the breakdown of the class system, advances in technology, the changing nature of the British Empire, disillusionment, Modernism.
-Close reading for comprehension; -Understanding the literature in its historical context; -Recognizing recurring themes and motifs in literature; -Writing critical and creative essays with increasing sophistication; -Building vocabulary for life (and the SAT exam)
-Selected Poems, Alfred, Lord Tennyson -My Last Duchess, Robert Browning -Sonnets, Elizabeth Barrett Browning -Hope, Emily Bronte -Silent Noon, Dante Gabriel Rossetti -Sonnet, Christina Rossetti -A Mad Tea Party from Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll -Dover Beach, Matthew Arnold -Selected Poems, Gerard Manley Hopkins -Selected Poems, Thomas Hardy -Selected Poems, A.E. Housman -The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde -Selected Poems, William Butler Yeats -Preludes, The Hollow Men, T.S. Eliot -World War I poems, Sassoon, Brooke, Owen -Selected Poems, W.H. Auden -Selected Poems, Dylan Thomas -Araby, James Joyce -Goose Fair, D.H. Lawrence -The New Dress, Virginia Woolf -A Shocking Accident, Graham Greene -The Train from Rhodesia, Nadine Gordimer -The Dumb Waiter, Harold Pinter -Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop, Level F -Videotape: The Importance of Being Earnest (Edith Evans, Michael Redgrave)
-Discussion (small groups and whole class) -Lecture -Oral Reading -Two drafts of written work -In-class, timed writing -Word Games -Dramatic Reading of The Dumb Waiter
-Weekly vocabulary quizzes -Daily study questions for homework -2 two-draft compositions -2 historical background multiple choice quizzes -1 comprehensive unit test (Victorian Age) with identifications, short paragraph answers, and essay on previously unseen material -2 timed, in-class essays -Final Examination on material covered in the second semester
Students will: -Be able to identify and discuss key ideas in the Victorian Age and the Twentieth Century -Have a clear picture of the development of British Literature from the Fourteenth Century to the present -Be able to write clear expository and creative essays using varied syntax and diction from the 600+ words they will have added to their working vocabulary -Be able to read, understand and write about previously unseen poems and prose passages -Be ready for Junior Honors English