WELCOME TO ENGLISH 12
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?
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.
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)
RESUME PREPARATION WORK:
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 résumé and application essays for college admission or employment, along with an electronic portfolio.
ANNOTATED WORKS CITED ASSIGNMENT
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.
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.
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
See the National Geographic site.
History Channel Salem Trials 3-minute video
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.
LITERATURE GUIDES, HANDOUTS, and LINKS
Litscape includes many classic stories and authors
Click on the Folger Library to explore on-line more about the world of 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.
COURSES: DEGREES AND PROGRAMS AVAILABLE AT SURROUNDING COLLEGES
NDSU (Fargo, ND)
Concordia College (Moorhead, MN)
MSUM (Minnesota State University Moorhead, MN)
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.