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%).
September 7: no school
September 8: Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment due; expect quiz in class; Read Young Goodman Brown for September 10
September 9: Discuss DHE; YGB due tomorrow
September 10: YGB due today; class discussion on allegory; Read Edgar Allen Poe’s criticism of Hawthorne: what is he saying? Do you agree? Answers should be prepared (written) and expect to discuss in class on Friday
September 11: Pep Rally schedule (slightly abbreviated classes); continue discussing YGB; Rappaccini’s Daughter to be read by Monday, Sept. 21
September 14: no school
September 15: Discussion of Hawthorne’s direct addresses to reader: what is he doing? Is he being facetious? What is he responding to?
September 16: Lesson on allegory
September 17-September 18: Read RD and annotate; answer accompanying questions: due September 21
September 21: Collect written homework; discuss story; begin group project
September 22-23: Group project jigsaw discussion
September 24: class discussion (jigsaw groups)
September 25: Discussion: L’Aubaupine and Hawthorne’s direct address to the reader