This course is comprised of readings of British Literature, including British history, legends and myths, poetry, drama, and novels. Students will study character, theme, and rhetoric, discussing applications of each to modern life. Additionally, students will develop an in-depth understanding of literary devices and literary criticism. Beyond formal tests and quizzes, students will also be required to respond to literature through writing, group work, and creative projects.
College Application Essay
Vocabulary in context
Required Textbooks and/or Other Reading/Research Materials
Beowulf (725 AD)
Tales of King Arthur, from History of the Kings of Britain (1138)
Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer (1300s)
Macbeth, William Shakespeare (1611)
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley (1818)
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley (1932)
And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie (1939)
Each student is required to complete all tests, quizzes, projects, and in-class and homework assignments. All tests or other assignments not made up within one week of the due date will not be accepted.
All assignments will be graded as expressed in the Southern Lehigh High School Student Handbook and will be weighted as follows:
Each marking period is worth 20% of a student’s overall grade. The final exam/project is worth 20% of a student’s overall average:
Quarter 1 20%
Quarter 2 20%
Quarter 3 20%
Quarter 4 20%
Required Summer Reading/Assignments:
There is one REQUIRED text:
- 1984 by George Orwell
Additionally, English 12 CP students should choose ONE of the following books to read:
- Room by Emma Donoghue
- Grendel by John Gardner
- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
As you read, you will maintain a double-entry journal, either in hard copy or electronic format, including at least five key passages from EACH chosen novel (total of 10). Please follow the sample format below. Your journal should not simply summarize the text, but show your thinking and your responses to the reading. Key passages should make someone unfamiliar with the book want to read it, or find out more about it. Bring your journal with you on the first day of school. You will be completing a summer reading assignment/project during the first week.
IMPORTANT! You will be assessed on the required readings during the first week of school.