English 4 – British Literature
English 4 is a survey of British literature. We begin in the medieval period and analyze one significant piece of literature from the Renaissance, Neoclassical, Romantic, Victorian, and finally, Modern movements. Students are expected to read each selection closely enough to have a good understanding of plot and characters and contribute to class discussion. Shakespeare presents a special challenge as his works are meant to be heard more than read. Therefore, we read through most of those texts in class. Challenging vocabulary, thematic worksheets, projects, and brief essays expand the student’s understanding of these classic works.
Writing will be guided through the WriteShop II program. WriteShop II offers challenging assignments such as descriptive narration, point of view, narrative voice, and persuasive essays. The consumable workbook contains Skill Builders, word banks, detailed writing instructions, editing checklists, and evaluation forms. Advanced writers may be given expanded assignments as their skills indicate. All essays will be formatted according to MLA guidelines in preparation for collegiate-level work.
Teacher: Dee Dee Vogt
Pelican Classics editions have a nice introduction to the text and are moderately priced. This is the ISBN number I’ve provided, unless otherwise noted.
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer – ISBN: 978-0140424386 (If you can find a Bantam Classic version, it has the line numbers, which help, but they are rarer than when I took the class, so don’t spend much time looking for it.)
Macbeth – ISBN: 978-0-14-071478-4 (Pelican) or ISBN: 978-1-4114-0037-5 (B&N Shakespeare)
Midsummer’s Night Dream – ISBN: 978-0-14-071455-5 (Pelican) or ISBN: 978-1-4114-0038-2 (B&N Shakespeare)
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott – ISBN: 978-1544122250
Idylls of the King by Lord Alfred Tennyson – ISBN: 978-0140422535
Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy – ISBN: 978-0486415895
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad – ISBN: 978-0486264646