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Mahomet-Seymour Schools

Curriculum

Language Arts - British Literature

 

Overall Course Objectives

 

The learner will be able to explain the events taking place in England and other European countries during each time period discussed.

 

The learner will be able to recite names/accomplishments of famous figures of the time periods and be able to compare writing styles and the nature of content of different authors studied throughout the semester.

 

The learner will be able to analyze and discuss literary pieces on syllabus in a group discussion.  Daily participation is expected and will be assessed as part of course grade.

 

The learner will be able to choose and independently read at least one classical British novel, then write a multi-page literary analysis about this piece.

 

The learner will be able to choose one classical British author to independently research, then present a lesson about this author and share excerpts from his or her writings to classmates.

 

 

 

 

 

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Anglo-Saxon Period

 

The learner will be able to explain the events taking place in England and other countries during this time period.

 

The learner will be able to recite names/accomplishments of famous figures of the time period.

 

The learner will be able to read pieces of literature written in Old English, both orally and independently.

 

The learner will be able to explain different literary terms associated with an epic (iamb, iambic tetrameter, alliteration, caesura, kennings).

 

The learner will be able to analyze and explain different types of literary techniques employed in various prose and poetry pieces studied in this unit.

 

The learner will be able to explain similarities/differences of Anglo-Saxon people and lifestyles to those today.

 

The learner will be able to define vocabulary associated with readings.

 

 

 

 

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Middle Ages

 

The learner will be able to explain the events taking place in England and other countries during this time period.

 

 

 

  

 

 

The learner will be able to recite names/accomplishments of famous figures of the time period.

 

The learner will be able to read pieces of literature written in Middle English, both orally and independently.

 

The learner will be able to discuss literary terms and techniques used in pieces studied from this time period.

 

The learner will be able to explain content/meter/rhyme scheme of poetry studied.

 

The learner will be able to explain features of literary terms associated with the Middle English ballad (i.e tone, mood, refrain, etc).

 

The learner will be able to create/orally present a frame story with 6-8 original characters with a group of peers.

 

The learner will be able to explain the features of romance.

 

The learner will be able to explain similarities/differences of Anglo-Saxon people and lifestyles to those today.

 

The learner will be able to define vocabulary associated with readings.

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Renaissance Era I

 

The learner will be able to explain the events taking place in England and other countries during this time period.

 

The learner will be able to recite names/accomplishments of famous figures of this time period.

 

The learner will be able to read pieces of literature written in this time period, both orally and independently.

 

The learner will be able to explain features/literary terms of Renaissance poetry (i.e. sonnet, pastoral, epigram, epitaph, songs/airs, madrigals, extended metaphors, conceits).

 

The learner will be able to explain features of renaissance drama (miracle/mystery plays, moralities, tragic-comedy).

 

The learner will be able to explain Renaissance prose and name famous pieces of prose created during this period.

 

The learner will be able to understand content of various poems of the time.

 

The learner will be able to understand Renaissance theatre and describe features of the different types of theaters used during this time.

 

The learner will be able to explain William Shakespeare’s life and achievements.

 

The learner will be able to read orally Macbeth, showing competence in pronunciation and meter.

 

The learner will be able to explain content/symbolism of Macbeth.

 

The learner will be able to explain literary terms used with Macbeth (i.e. blank verse, iambic pentameter, foreshadow, suspense, turning point, soliloquy, aside, resolution).

 

  

 

 

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Renaissance Era II

 

The learner will be able to explain the lives/accomplishments of writers Ben Jonson and John Milton.

 

The learner will be able to read Jonson’s poetry orally and demonstrate understanding of content/features.

 

The learner will be able to define vocabulary used in readings.

 

The learner will be able to understand/explain changes in English language at this time.

 

 

 

  

 

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Restoration and the 18th Century

 

The learner will be able to explain the events taking place in England and other countries during this time period.

 

 

  

 

The learner will be able to recite names/accomplishments of famous figures of this time period.

 

 

  

 

The learner will be able to read pieces of literature from this time period, both orally and independently.

 

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain and understand literary techniques used in each of the pieces analyzed and discussed from this time period.

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

The learner will be able to define vocabulary associated with readings.

 

  

 

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