English 2 - Writing & Literature:
Writing 2 & 11th-18th Century Literature
Full Year (2 Semesters)
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Students learn to construct sound, convincing arguments and incorporate them into various essays they will need in college. They explore 11th-18th century literary works from around the world while they develop an understanding of the worldviews and literary periods that influenced various pieces.
Additionally, they will begin two projects that they will develop throughout their high school years: (1) an organized e-portfolio of their written work and (2) an online literary timeline showing the authors and works they have read, the relevant context and literary periods of each, and the worldviews that influenced them. These portfolios are developed in a private protected area online, and students may take them with them whenever and wherever they go.
Taught by an IEW-accredited Certified Instructor with 15+ years of experience, Writing 2 equips students with the tools to write compelling and engaging essays and arguments.
Working on each part of the essay individually, students learn to
Ideally, before taking Writing 2, students should be able to
The first and most important objective of every literature class is that students grow in their love for literature. In 11th-18th Century Literature, students explore writing from around the world and delve into each work's literary period and worldview.
In every literature course, students learn to
All courses also include nonfiction reading selections to strengthen critical reading and thinking abilities. Using famous speeches, essays, articles, sermons, and popular media, students strengthen reading and critical thinking skills vital to the research process and their ability to function as informed consumers of information. College entrance exams directly test many of these skills. More importantly, these skills are crucial to a thriving democracy in which citizens freely make informed choices rather than choices manipulated by fallacious reasoning and propaganda.
Students gain heightened motivation to seek truth and the ability to
The objective for students this year is to open wide the door to works that might seem intimidating but once understood, are fascinating looks into the human psyche with exciting plots, thought-provoking themes, and much to say about life today.
Among other selections we will enjoy this year that are part of the "Great Conversation," students will read three plays by the renowned William Shakespeare, commonly considered the greatest playwright and the greatest English writer of all time.
One of the greatest obstacles for students who read Shakespeare is comprehending writing from earlier times. To meet this challenge head-on, we begin with keys to comprehending the language and appreciating the stylistic devices that embue meaning in Shakespeare's work. Watching enacted plays as we read and discuss the text together, students become comfortable reading and understanding Shakespeare and other authors from earlier times. With complex plots, much intrigue, and exciting characters, Shakespeare, once understood, quickly becomes one of students' favorite writers.
How to Read Slowly by James Sire
Portions of The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
the comedy Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare (English)
the tragedy King Lear by William Shakespeare (English)
the history Henry V by William Shakespeare (English)
The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri translated by John Ciardi (The Inferno and substantial portions of The Purgatorio and Paradiso) (Italian)
The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli (Italian)
Selected portions of Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained by John Milton (English)
Tartuffe by Moliere translated by Richard Wilbur (French)
A variety of sonnets and other poems by Petrarch, Wyatt, Shakespeare, Sidney, Spenser, Donne, Dryden, Herbert, Herrick, Jonson, Pope, Cowper, Gray, and Smart.
Ideally, before taking this course, students should be able to
The best, but not the only acceptable, preparation for this course is Writing and Literature 1, in which students are introduced to and learn the basics of literary analysis by reading short stories, poetry, and articles. They gain a literary vocabulary enabling them to analyze and write about their discoveries as they explore and discuss the big ideas of literature and the times. Students also learn to consider texts through a biblical worldview and recognize other worldview influences.
Feel free to discuss any student readiness concerns by contacting me directly through the Contact Us page.
Instruction takes place in two one-and-one-half-hour classes each week over a thirty-week period. One week's class focuses on writing and the other on literature. Although homework will be assigned in Monday classes that fall on legal holidays, classes will not meet on these days so that families can celebrate long weekends together. Classes break for 5 minutes out of every 30.
Students receive 2 credits for this course. It is listed in final grades as two courses, Writing 2 and 11th-18th Century Literature.
Time to allow for this two-credit course: For literature and writing combined, students should expect to spend 4-7 hours per week total preparing for classes in addition to attending classes.
Enrollment closes on October 15 or when the class is full (8 students for writing courses and 15 students for literature courses).
Instructor: Sandra Selling
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