Students should have completed English I or its equivalent.
Completion of English II is recommended, but not required.
Students will need an ISBN-specific copy of:
*No Fear Shakespeare: Macbeth -by Spark Publishing
Unabridged copies of the following works:
(ISBNs suggested, but please do not purchase a new copy if you already own one.)
*The Time Machine -by H.G. Wells
*Frankenstein -by Mary Shelley
*The Importance of Being Earnest -by Oscar Wilde
*Sense and Sensibility -by Jane Austen
*A Tale of Two Cities -by Charles Dickens
*The Screwtape Letters -by C.S. Lewis
The tutor will provide copies of, or links to, all poetry, and any additional reading assignments.
This class will survey the major authors and genres from British literature, from the earliest classics, such as Sir Gawain, through Shakespeare, Mary Shelley, Jane Austen, H.G. Wells, C.S. Lewis and many more.
Class discussion will include information about the author, historical setting, and common
literary devices and terms.
Students will learn to identify themes, and analyze those themes through the lens of their
own Christian worldview.
Vocabulary and grammar will be taught organically in the context of the literature and essay
Course Class Time:
Each class session will begin with a short comprehension quiz.
The remainder of our class time will be spent in discussion of the literary selection,
analysis of themes, note-taking/lecture, and in-class writing assignments and activities.
Course Homework Requirements:
Weekly Homework will consist of reading a literature selection, various critical reading/comprehension questions, and vocabulary work.
Depending on the speed with which a student reads,
approximately 4-5 hours a week will be spent on English III/IV assignments.
In order to receive full credit work must be received by midnight of the due date.
Half credit given if received by midnight, Wednesday, of the following week.
Zero points given if received after that, except in case of illness or if other arrangements have been made.
30% essays / writing
30% unit tests / vocabulary tests
Students will also be given a participation grade for each semester, which will
be weighted as a literary test. Participation means coming to class prepared -
homework finished, chapters read, and participating in class discussion.
Internet access and a reliable printer are required for this course.
Writing assignments will be turned in every few weeks, depending on the
literature that is being read.
Vocabulary tests will be at the end of each unit, or at the end of each novel.
A Literary Terms Test will be given each quarter.
Students will work on a research paper during the second semester.
All homework must be typed, so access to a computer and word processing
program is essential. This includes vocabulary assignments, discussion
questions, short writing assignments, and essays.
All essays, and the research paper, will follow MLA format.
Periodically, students may be asked to view film adaptations of some of the works we are studying. I will give plenty of notice as to when these viewings must be completed.
required literary works
binder with clear front pocket
loose-leaf college ruled paper
blue or black pens
access to a student dictionary or thesaurus
There will be a summer reading assignment
to complete by the first day of class.