Course Objectives: Junior Honors English course involves the development of comprehension, interpretation, writing, vocabulary and speaking skills. It surveys important works in American literature and selected inter-related works from world literature. Frequent writing assignments and a term paper are integral parts of the curriculum. The literature and supplemental texts are the sources of vocabulary enrichment, and speaking skills are developed through formal speeches and informal discussions. Overall, students will develop a growing understanding of how texts are influenced by their authors, the times in which they were written and various textual criticisms.
Grades are weighted in the following manner:
- Vocabulary, literature quizzes—25%
- Homework, participation, class work—35%
- Essay assessment will vary according to length, breadth and extent of assignment. Essays will range in weight from tests to quizzes (40-30%).
Monday, 23: Membean minutes (60 by week’s end): Discussion: chapter 4. Analyze role of weather in chapter 4 as it established tone. How does weather function as a dramatic tool?
Tuesday, March 24: In class group activity on chapters 5 and 6: decoding language and syntax.
Wednesday, March 25: Discussion of chapter 7: analyze role of weather and setting. Discuss examples of detachment, disillusionment, and carelessness.
Thursday, March 26: Discuss chapters 8 and 9. Partner activity: who bears the most guilt in the novel? After partner activity, class will debrief. Begin research paper exploratory activity. Read literary criticism on Gatsby.
Friday, March 27: Discuss lit criticism and begin to isolate and zero in on research topics. For homework, begin drafting possible thesis statements (these are subject to teacher approval and revision).
Monday, March 30: Report to Media Center for research writing presentation.
Tuesday, March 31: Report to Media Center for conclusion of research writing presentation.