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Honors British and World Literature, Part 1 (ENG404A)

Honors British and World Literature, Part 1 (ENG404A)

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In K12 High School British and World Literature, students read and analyze works of British and world literature that reflect the rich and diverse history of the Western world. As students progress through centuries of literature in a loose chronological arrangement, they will see how British and world literature has been shaped by concerns, values, and ideas that have intrigued, delighted, and challenged people throughout time.

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Course Overview

In K12 High School British and World Literature, students read and analyze works of British and world literature that reflect the rich and diverse history of the Western world. As students progress through centuries of literature in a loose chronological arrangement, they will see how British and world literature has been shaped by concerns, values, and ideas that have intrigued, delighted, and challenged people throughout time. Throughout the course, poetry, short stories, novels, drama, and nonfiction provide opportunities for critical writing, creative projects, and online discussions. Students develop vocabulary skills and refresh their knowledge of grammar, usage, and mechanics in preparation for standardized tests. Students enrolled in this challenging course will also complete independent projects that extend their knowledge and deepen their understanding of the themes and ideas presented in the curriculum.

 

Course Outline

I. LITERATURE

Readings include:

Novels

Students will read two of the following:

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Hard Times by Charles Dickens
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya
  • Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

Drama

  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard

Prose Fiction and Nonfiction

  • Works by Homer, Geoffrey Chaucer, James Joyce, Doris Lessing, Virginia Woolf, Kamala Markandaya, Chinua Achebe, George Orwell, and others.

Poetry

  • Works by Francesco Petrarcha, William Shakespeare, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Pablo Neruda, William Blake, William Wordworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Keats, William Butler Yeats, T.S. Elliot, Dylan Thomas, and others.

II. COMPOSITION

Throughout the course, students have the opportunity to write about what they have read in formal analytical compositions, creative projects, and online discussions. They complete compositions in a variety of genres, including a formal research paper in which they formulate and defend a thesis and incorporate multiple sources to support their assertions. The course provides a structured approach to the writing process and includes student support for planning, drafting, and finalizing written compositions. The course also includes opportunities for public speaking and multimedia presentations.

III. CRITICAL SKILLS PRACTICE

The course provides students with the opportunity to practice critical reading and writing skills in a learning environment that is similar to standardized tests.

Partial List of Skills Taught:

  • Develop complex compositions using writing processes.
  • Select a focus, structure, and point of view relevant to the purpose, genre expectations, audience, length, and format requirements.
  • Establish a clear, distinctive, and coherent thesis or perspective and maintains a consistent tone and focus throughout.
  • Organize ideas in writing to ensure coherence, logical progression, and support.
  • Incorporate elements in writing to enhance meaning and for specific rhetorical and aesthetic purposes.
  • Use various forms of persuasion (factual or emotional) to support an opinion in speaking and writing.
  • Develop presentations by using clear research questions and creative and critical research strategies.
  • Use systematic strategies to organize and record information.
  • Integrate databases, graphics, and spreadsheets into word-processed documents.
  • Write persuasive pieces (e.g. speech, editorial, letter to the editor, public service announcement).
  • Write fictional, autobiographical, or biographical narratives.
  • Write historical investigation reports.
  • Write job applications and résumés.
  • Plan, organize, develop, produce and evaluate an effective multimedia presentation, using tools such as charts, photographs, maps, tables, posters, transparencies, slides and electronic media
  • Deliver oral presentations.
  • Produce informal writings for various purposes.
  • Analyze the ways in which meaning is affected by structure and word choice in expository texts.
  • Evaluate the evidence used to support the author's perspective in expository texts.
  • Analyze how words, images, graphics, and sounds work together in various forms to impact meaning.
  • Interpret and evaluate the various ways in which events are presented and information is communicated by visual image makers.
  • Analyze British and world literature from a variety of authors for style, audience appeal, cultural significance, and plot structure.
  • Analyze distinctive elements of a variety of literary forms and types.
  • Interpret a variety of texts by identifying and examining literary elements.
  • Analyze the use of figurative language in literary works.
  • Identify and analyze types of dramatic literature.
  • Identify and analyze the conventions and techniques used in different types of dramatic literature.
  • Identify and explain the use of poetic elements to enhance meaning and effect.
  • Trace etymologies of terms.
  • Use roots and affixes to infer word meaning.
  • Define and use new words by studying their relationship to other words.
  • Use references materials as needed to learn about words.
  • Apply techniques to extend vocabulary.
 

Additional Information

Course Length 4 Months
Prerequisites N/A
Course Materials No
Course Start Date

Courses Taught by a K12 Teacher

Courses with a teacher have designated start dates throughout Fall, Spring, and Summer. Full-year courses last 10 months and semester courses last 4 months. Courses are taught by teachers in K12 International Academy. For details on start dates, click here.

Teacher Assisted Yes, this course is taught by a K12 International Academy teacher. If you are looking for a teacher-supported option with additional flexibility and year-round start dates, click here to learn about the Keystone School, another K12 online private schooling option.
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Hardware and Browsers (Minimum Recommendations)

Windows OS

  • CPU: 1.8 GHz or faster processor (or equivalent)

  • RAM: 1GB of RAM

  • Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Mozilla Firefox 10.0 versions or higher, Chrome 17.0 or higher

  • At this time our users are encouraged not to upgrade to Windows 10 or Edge (the new browser)

 

Mac OS

  • CPU: PowerPC G4 1 GHz or faster processor; Intel Core Duo 1.83 GHz or faster processor

  • RAM: 1GB of RAM

  • Browser: Firefox 10.0 versions or higher, Chrome 17.0 or higher (Safari is not supported!)

Internet Connections

It is highly recommended that a broadband connection be used instead of dial up.