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English 4B

Course Description

The second half of the course surveys British literature from the Romantic and Victorian periods through the early stages of modernism. Like English 4A, this course stresses reading skills and vocabulary, but it places even greater emphasis on writing. Students prepare a research paper.

Required Course Materials

  • Applebee, Arthur N. et al. The Language of Literature: British Literature. Grade 12, Evanston, IL: McDougal Littell, 2000., ISBN 0-395-93182-7
  • A copy of George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion.  You can access a full text of this play at the following website: George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion (http://www.bartleby.com/138/)
  • A copy of Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World.  Most public libraries carry at least one copy of this book. You may also purchase an inexpensive bookstore copy.

Course Lesson Organization

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.

Final Examination

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

Course Outline

Total Number of Lessons: 10
Total Number of Activities: 41
Total Number of Graded Assignments: 17
Instructor Graded (Online submission): 14
Computer Graded: 3

Lesson 1: The Flowering of Romanticism
  Activity 1: Introduction to Romantic Poetry
  Activity 2: William Blake’s Imagery
  Activity 3: Blake’s Illustrations
  Activity 4: William Wordsworth’s Style
  Activity 5: Symbolism in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
Graded Assignment 1: Lesson 1 Review
Graded Assignment 2: Computer Graded Assignment

Lesson 2: More Romantic Poets: Shelley, Byron, and Keats
  Activity 1: Form and Meaning in Poetry
  Activity 2: "She Walks in Beauty" and "When We Two Parted"
  Activity 3: "Ode to the West Wind"
  Activity 4: "Ode on a Grecian Urn"
  Activity 5: Revising and Editing Exercise
Graded Assignment 3: Lesson 2 Review
Graded Assignment 4: Poetry Analysis

Lesson 3: The I-Search Paper
  Activity 1: Conducting an Interview
Graded Assignment 5: I-Search Paper, Part 1
Graded Assignment 6: I-Search Paper, Part 2

Lesson 4: The Victorians
  Activity 1: "Historical Background: The Victorians, 1832–1901"
  Activity 2: Vocabulary Exercise: Word Connotations
  Activity 3: "The Lady of Shalott"
  Activity 4: Extended Metaphor in "Crossing the Bar"
  Activity 5: Analyzing the Speaker in "Porphyria’s Lover" "
  Activity 6: Vocabulary Exercise: "Words to Know" from "Sonnet 43" and "A Warning Against Passion"
Graded Assignment 7: On Women and Romance

Lesson 5: George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion
  Activity 1: The Life and Accomplishments of George Bernard Shaw
  Activity 2: Questions to Guide Your Reading
Graded Assignment 8: Lesson 5 Review
Graded Assignment 9: Computer Graded Assignment

Lesson 6: Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World
  Activity 1: Satire and Its Importance in Brave New World
  Activity 2: Reading Brave New World
Graded Assignment 10: Lesson 6 Review
Graded Assignment 11: Analytical Essay

Lesson 7: The Emergence of Modernism
  Activity 1: Background to the Modernist Period
  Activity 2: Dialect in The Rising of the Moon
  Activity 3: Vocabulary in "The Rocking Horse Winner"
  Activity 4: "A Cup of Tea"
Graded Assignment 12: Lesson 7 Review

Lesson 8: Letters and Poetry from World War I
  Activity 1: Historical Overview: World War I
  Activity 2: Vocabulary Preparation and British Spelling
  Activity 3: Letters
  Activity 4: Poems, Part 1
  Activity 5: Poems, Part 2
  Activity 6: Poems, Part 3
Graded Assignment 13: War Letters
Graded Assignment 14: Dramatic Analysis and Oral Interpretation

Lesson 9: Contemporary Voices
  Activity 1: Contemporary Fiction
  Activity 2: "At the Pitt-Rivers"
  Activity 3: Satire in "The First Year of My Life"
  Activity 4: Contemporary Poetry
Graded Assignment 15: Computer Graded Assignment

Lesson 10: Literature as Social Criticism
  Activity 1: Understanding Social Criticism
  Activity 2: "Civil Peace"
  Activity 3: Tone in "Telephone Conversation" and Midsummer
  Activity 4: Supporting Details in Writing as an Act of Hope
  Activity 5: Vocabulary Exercise: Context Clues
  Activity 6: Revising and Editing Exercise
Graded Assignment 16: Lesson 10 Review
Graded Assignment 17: Critical Review

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