According to author Dostoyevsky, the purpose of life is not just living, but finding something to live for.  What do you live for?

How will you find your answer?

African-American Anne Spencer found her answer. Can you?

Post-Secondary preparation in reading, writing, listening, viewing, and speaking.  Further academic study is for college preparation and optional AP English Literature and Composition Exam. 

  Our textbooks include the following:

The Language of Literature:  British Literature  (McDougal Littell 2002)

Models for Writers, 9th ed.  (nonfiction essays from Bedford St. Martins, Alfred Rosa & Paul Eschholz, 2007)

Impact: 50 Short Short Stories, 2nd ed. (Holt Rinehart Winston1996)

Resource:  Kelly Gallagher's Write Like This (2011)

The Crucible by Arthur Miller (drama)

assorted classic senior novels for independent and small group reading and study

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Much of our reading and listening work will be done online.  You will be asked to make quicklinks on your laptops for literary sites.  From your laptop, I will ask you to click on a link to bring up an Internet site.  Once that site appears, you bookmark that site.  

Click here for Purdue's On-line Writing Lab help for grades 7-12. 

Important Dates: 

TBD, Senior Retreat 8:10 until 11:15 at Trinity 

November 2015:  ASVAB, all Juniors, and Seniors who haven’t passed the grad tests

May 4, 2016 :  AP English Literature and Composition Exam

May 11, 2016 :  AP English Language and Composition Exam

TBD: field trip to MSUM Library (Library of Congress classification system)



  1. Free Strengths Finder Test:  Use this Workuno site to take an inventory of your strengths.  It will not match exactly with the original Strengths Finder, but it is close.  See how it matches up with your earlier findings.  Compare to U of MN Strengths Finder through Clifton                                                                                              
  2. E-Folio Resume:  See the following NDSU sites for examples of e-folio resumes.  



LUMINARIUM is an online anthology of early British literature.  You will be asked to make a quicklink for this site on your iPad.  From your iPad, start by clicking on the Luminarium link.  Now click on the box with an arrow that you find in your top menu.  Next, click on the + icon that says, "Add to Home Screen."  Now you have a quick Internet link to this site. 



Preliminary work:  Writer's Purpose

Unit 1 September-October 

Literature:  page 12

Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Periods (495-1485):  The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer (107-170 or see link below).  Where will your personal pilgrimage take you into the future?  You will be dealing with self-perceptions and the perceptions others have of you.   You will recognize and acknowledge your own skill areas and interests.  You will find your strengths and create an electronic portfolio of your findings.  (See more about this through Gallup and our handout.

Use Luminary for more about Chaucer. Also, try the Basic Chaucer Glossary.  There is also a Pronunciation Guide for Medieval English. You will need it to memorize a Chaucer Quote from The Canterbury Tales in Medieval English. 

You will be crafting your sumé and application essays for college admission or employment, along with an electronic portfolio.






You will read articles in your field of interest through the Electronic Library of Minnesota.  The ELM database makes available articles and speeches found in scholarly journals, trade magazines, and consumer periodicals.  You will be keeping track of your readings and commenting in an annotated bibliography. 

Unit 2 October-November 

starting page 272 

LUMINARIUM is an online anthology of early British literature.


The English Renaissance (1485-1660):  Sonnet 75 by Edmund Spenser (pages 299-301) Have you ever carved your initials into something?  What can you do for your own personal renaissance?  Each of you will be responsible for one poem or essay from this section for an interpretation project.


  You will continue exploring areas of interest and putting together an annotated bibliography of sources you explore in literature, correspondence, Internet Web pages, along with professional and trade journals using the Electronic Library of Minnesota.  Find ELM in under useful links in the left menu.  Click into journals and periodicals database. 


You explore colleges/training for your post-secondary education.  You will find course requirements, time involved, locations, etc. 



  • Macbeth by Shakespeare (pages 313-416) --compare and contrast 2 versions of the same drama. (See Shakespeare links at bottom of this page and Absolute Shakespeare.)
  • Explore suggested reading advised by the English Department of various colleges.  Create a list and begin study of them.  (See links under useful Links College Bound Reading.)
  • Use the Shakespeare Concordance to look up words in all of Shakespeare's works.  Just type in the word, click into a listed play, and see the quote.
  • Read it on No Fear Shakespeare by Spark Notes

Unit 3 November-December 

starting page 514

LUMINARIUM is an online anthology of early British literature.


The Restoration and Enlightenment (1660-1798): from Defoe’s An Academy for Women (pages 577-582), and from Voltaire’s Candide translated by Tobias Smollett (pages 624-629).  Is it really true that Women are from Venus and Men are from Mars? 


Academic: Choose another essay in this unit for study or a contemporary issue, such as the restoration of cursive as seen in the link below.  You are to defend, challenge, or qualify the author's argument. 

 Cursive Restoration

Unit 4 January 

starting page 696


The Flowering of Romanticism (1798-1832):  The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (pages 745-767). What's so important about critiques?  Who uses them?  Who writes them? 


Academic:  Using the excerpt from A Defense of Poetry by Percy Bysshe Shelley (pages 792-793), find a different poem in this unit  that meets these requirements.  Use multi-media to craft an explication of that poem. 


Try Poetry 180:  A poem a day for American high schools.


Unit 5 February

starting page 828 


  The Victorians (1832-1901)


            Horror and catharsis theory in literature.

Unit 6 March-April


Starting Page 978 


Emerging Modernism (1901-1950)--College Readiness Reading


Drama:  THE CRUCIBLE by playwright Arthur Miller


Links for researching your Crucible character


Your Character Research chart


See Chronology of Salem, Massachusetts events. 


Timeline History of Massachusetts


See 1692 gravestones


Woodward's Cross-Referenced Primary Sources



Godbeer Cross-Referenced Primary Sources


Accused list and results


Important People in Salem Trial Records

Samuel Sewell's Diary has notes on Salem community members


Guide to primary sources


Salem Map

 See the National Geographic site.


History Channel Salem Trials 3-minute video


Character Analysis form   Character Analysis chart


Spark Notes has the script and background information


The silly Shmoop has short informative videos


FULL SCRIPT can be found here.


Cliff Notes is another good study site

Crucible Fact & Ficton site.

A Brief History of Witchcraft



Field Trip:  The Crucible by Arthur Miller at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis (tickets sponsored by Target Corporation and MDE multi-cultural literacy transportation grant).  Tuesday, April 21.


Unit 7 April-May 

 starting page page 1188

Contemporary Voices (1950-present)


 Try some Modern American Poetry put together through the University of Illinois.

From the anthology Black Nature: Poems of Promise and Survival, listen as NPR tries some African-American poetry from the 1700s to modern day.


We will read from Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and we will watch the British animated version and the film version with Elizabeth Taylor.  

Do you have a great voice?  There are jobs out there for voice overs.  Take a spin through the different areas (narration, etc) at ABvoices.  Have some fun listening to their poetry and animation voice overs. 


Litscape includes many classic stories and authors


Click on the Folger Library to explore on-line more about the world of Shakespeare.

Vist MIT's site for Shakespearan drama scripts on-line, or try  Open Sources . Or try Absolute Shakespeare.

Try No Fear Shakespeare by Spark Notes

Go to Shmoop and click on the alphabet to find your piece of literature


For fun try the Hokey Pokey Shakespeare style!


Use the Shakespeare Concordance to look up words in all of Shakespeare's works.  Just type in the word, click into a listed play, and see the quote.


MSTATE (includes Minnesota Community and Technical College programs and degrees)  Click into their MState course outlines and check out the expectations for freshmen English in college.

NDSU (Fargo, ND)

Concordia College (Moorhead, MN)

MSUM (Minnesota State University Moorhead, MN)



Cross-Curriculum Reading!

If you like science, try this LabLit site! Science stories and essays.  Be another Isaac Asimov!

Interested in the humanities for Women's Studies?  Try this Scribbling Women site through North Carolina University. 

Try some strange folktales and storytelling of the American South at Moon lit road