Learning about authors and their works should be interesting, not a chore. My goal is to help students see how the writings of centuries past is still relevant today and how writers have influenced one another over the years. This British literature course begins by looking at works from the early Anglo-Saxon period and concludes with writing from contemporary authors. Students will explore works by Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Swift, Blake, Dickens, Yeats, and Orwell, to name just a few. Through reading, discussion, and written responses, students will gain a better perspective of how literature fits into British history. In addition, to writing assignments, students will have the opportunity to share their unique talents and gifts by completing creative projects based on a subject we have covered in class. Students have thoroughly enjoyed these projects and have created board games, outfits, children’s books, and artwork in response to these assignments.
This is a discussion-based course and students will be expected to participate in our weekly classroom chats. Students are assigned a specific reading and homework that relates to that reading each week. Once a week we meet in a live classroom and discuss the reading. I provide a lecture on the material the students have read and an opportunity for students to ask questions and offer opinions. In addition to short written responses that students will complete in their homework each week, there are three longer papers assigned over the course of the year that allow students to do deeper research and explore a topic that they find particularly interesting. As mentioned above, there are also two creative projects assigned in this class, one in the first semester and the second in the final semester. There are five tests that are spaced out over the course of the school year.
Who should enroll?
This class is better suited for 11th and 12th graders, but 9th and 10th graders have done well in this class, as well. We cover much material so the ability to stay up on the assigned reading is necessary.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
Evaluation and Feedback
If students complete their weekly homework on time and answer the questions to the best of their ability, they receive full credit. I expect students to ask questions when they do not understand something and I am happy to respond quickly, usually within the same day to their emails. I grade homework promptly and will let parents know if their student fails to submit work. The larger papers and creative projects for this class are worth more points and are graded on creativity, as well as context and accuracy. Since students are encouraged to choose their own topics for these larger assignments, they have the ability to learn more about a topic that they found personally interesting. This has proven to spark outstanding work from my students.
Once you register your student for this course, you will receive a confirmation email from me within a week. If you have questions before registering, pleae feel free to email and I will be happy to answer your questions. If your student is submitting their work on time, you will hear from me at the end of the first semester when I send out grades. Final grades will be posted within a week of the course ending. If parents have concerns at any point, I am always available to discuss these concerns.