English 9 /10, 2nd Year World Literature

Honors Section Available: Yes

Brief Course Description:

This yearlong course focuses primarily on writing and reading with accompanied vocabulary building and grammar reinforcement. In reading, students will explore a variety of novels, plays, poetry, short stories, and essays drawn from world literature (mostly non-British and American). Major readings are grouped into four groups corresponding to the four quarters of the school year—Unit I: Ancient and Medieval Literature of the Greeks, Romans, Italians, etc.; Unit II: Poetry; Unit III: Novels from the literature of Russia , France , Spain , Africa , etc.; Unit IV: Drama. Essays and short stories are interspersed throughout the year as Great Books selections.

Course Goals and/or Major Student Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate their ability to write proficiently through various genres including essays, research papers, poetry, etc.
  • Student will effectively interpret and analyze literature for the purpose of enriching their lives, preparing them in future schooling, and fostering a love for reading and writing in general.
  • Students will accumulate a broad understanding of literature from different time periods, genres, cultures, etc.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to discuss ideas, present information in a meaningful way, and perform plays and literature in front of an audience
  • Students will develop interpersonal skills through group assignments and discussions
  • Students will become informed about the world around them and become sensitive, responsible citizens.

Course Objectives:

Using the five-paragraph essay as a basic structure, students will develop ease and confidence in writing through repeated steps through the writing process that address the introduction, thesis, topic sentence, supporting examples and details, coherency, expansion, and conclusion. They will develop skill in literary analysis by writing essays in response to frequent literary prompts. Finally, students will build vocabulary, grammar skills, and style through weekly expository, narrative, descriptive, persuasive, reflective, and creative writings.

Students will gain an overview of the thought and content of major trends in literature and an introduction to a variety of literary techniques and elements.

Key Assignments:

Writing is evaluated by weekly writing assignments, usually essays, that are graded for structure, content, coherence, grammar, and any specific requirements of a given essay. The writing process is evaluated by teacher-, peer-, and self-editing of outlines, drafts, revisions, and final copies. Periodic self-evaluation of collected writing is done through a writing portfolio program. Grammar and vocabulary are assessed through regular quizzes and tests. Literature units are graded by unit and semester exams, as well as by daily reading logs, in-context vocabulary lists, and literature profiles. Class participation is graded by monitoring literary discussions.

Prerequisites: English proficiency, English 9

How the honors course is different from the standard course:

Students are required to read additional short works that pair with the major works being studied, writing comparative and analytical essays on content and style. They must write with virtually no spelling or grammar mistakes and will develop a flowing and even elegant prose writing style that represents fullness of thought. This requirement goes beyond that expected of the parallel non-Honors course, a requirement that principally addresses writing structure. Students will be required to understand and to analyze literary works more critically than non-Honors in terms of literary devices and methods. They will also be required to evaluate and respond to the current philosophies of the appropriate time periods in which literary works are written.

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