A survey course of British literature from the Anglo-Saxon period through the nineteenth century, including an intensive study of Macbeth. Assignments stress reading for understanding and for analysis and writing/composition skills, with attention to the writing process. Also integrated into the assignments are exercises for vocabulary development.
Objectives. The objectives for each lesson will help you focus your efforts. They indicate the concepts and skills you must understand or master when you complete the lesson.
Reading Assignments. Each lesson specifies the selections that must be read.
Introduction. The Introduction section of each lesson provides key terms and concepts that give you background for the lesson.
Self-Assessment Activities. These activities help to build your knowledge and skills and to identify your specific strengths and weaknesses. Some activities direct you to Internet sites with supplemental material for the lesson. All activities prepare you for the graded assignments and for mastering course materials.
Graded Assignments. Each assignment provides information about how your work will be assessed and how credit will be given for your responses. Most assignments will be submitted online and graded by your instructor. Some assignments will be computer-graded. The average of your assignments counts as 75 percent of your course grade. The Final Examination counts as the other 25 percent. You can apply to take the Final Exam after 100 percent of your graded assignments have been submitted, and at least 70 percent have been graded and returned to you.
The final examination is comprehensive; it covers the material from all of the lessons. To pass the course, you must receive a grade of 70 percent or better.
Format: Multiple-choice, short answer, and essay questions testing literary terms, characterization, fact and opinion, cause and effect, knowledge of grammar, and vocabulary.
Time Allowed: 3 hours
Materials Allowed: #2 pencil
Total Number of Lessons: 10
Total Number of Activities: 38
Total Number of Graded Assignments: 15
Instructor Graded (Online submission): 14
Computer Graded: 1
Lesson 1: The Anglo-Saxon Period (449–1066)
Activity 1: The Anglo-Saxon Period
Activity 2: Reading and Listening Exercise
Activity 3: Kenning
Graded Assignment 1: Lesson 1 Review
Lesson 2: John Gardner’s Grendel
Activity 1: Grendel
Activity 2: Grendel
Activity 3: Grendel
Activity 4: Grendel
Graded Assignment 2: Lesson 2 Review
Graded Assignment 3: Compare and Contrast Essay
Lesson 3: Geoffrey Chaucer
Activity 1: Context Clues in "The Prologue"
Activity 2: Comprehension Questions: "The Pardoner’s Tale"
Activity 3: Synonyms and Antonyms: "The Wife of Bath’s Tale"
Activity 4: Comprehension Question: "Get Up and Bar the Door"
Graded Assignment 4: Lesson 3 Review
Lesson 4: Attempts at Perfection: The Medieval Romance
Activity 1: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Activity 2: Le Morte d’Arthur
Activity 3: Analogies
Graded Assignment 5: Lesson 4 Review
Lesson 5: Poetry of the Renaissance
Activity 1: "The English Renaissance"
Activity 2: Analyzing a Sonnet
Activity 3: Discussing a Sonnet
Graded Assignment 6: Poetry Analysis
Lesson 6: Renaissance Drama: Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth
Activity 1: Revising and Editing Exercise
Activity 2: Act 1 of The Tragedy of Macbeth
Activity 3: Literary and Poetic Devices
Activity 4: Act 2 of The Tragedy of Macbeth
Activity 5: Act 3 of The Tragedy of Macbeth
Activity 6: Words That Create Mood in Macbeth
Activity 7: Act 4 of The Tragedy of Macbeth
Activity 8: Act 5 of The Tragedy of Macbeth
Graded Assignment 7: Macbeth Newspaper Project
Graded Assignment 8: Literary Analysis
Lesson 7: Life, Love, and Spirituality in the Renaissance
Activity 1: Selections from the King James Bible
Activity 2: "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" and "Sonnet 116"
Activity 3: Metaphysical Poetry and Argument
Graded Assignment 9: Lesson 7 Review
Graded Assignment 10: Computer Graded Assignment
Lesson 8: The Restoration and Enlightenment: Part One–Diaries and Letters
Activity 1: The Restoration and Enlightenment
Activity 2: "The Diary of Samuel Pepys" and "An Essay on Man"
Activity 3: "Letters to His Son" and "Letter to Her Daughter"
Graded Assignment 11: Lesson 8 Review
Graded Assignment 12: Letter and Recording
Lesson 9: The Restoration and Enlightenment: Part Two–Satire and Persuasion
Activity 1: Jonathan Swift
Activity 2: Satire and Tone
Activity 3: Synonyms and Antonyms
Activity 4: Revising and Editing Exercise
Graded Assignment 13: Lesson 9 Review
Graded Assignment 14: Writing Satire
Lesson 10: Nonfiction Literature of the Restoration
Activity 1: Aphorisms in "On Idleness"
Activity 2: Identifying the Main Idea
Activity 3: Comprehension Questions on The Life of Samuel Johnson
Graded Assignment 15: Lesson 10 Review