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—35%
- Homework, participation, class work—15%
- Essay assessment will vary according to length, breadth and extent of assignment. Essays will range in weight from tests to quizzes (50-30%).
August 27: Read and annotate chapter on characterization: Characterization chapter
August 28: Discuss “Characterization” chapter in class; annotate; begin notes on Romanticism; homework read excerpt on Hawthorne, Romanticism, and Puritanism; distribute Hawthorne short stories book
August 31: Review and discuss reading excerpt on Hawthorne; compare excerpt to early notes on Romanticism; continue notes on Romanticism; homework: read Hawthorne’s short story The Birthmark
September 1: class activity on The Birthmark; homework: Read Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment (due September 8)
September 2: Notes on Romanticism; read and annotate excerpt on Hawthorne’s The Birthmark
September 3: Summer reading test
September 4: Continue discussion on characterization, theme, symbolism and allegory in The Birthmar