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.
Teacher: Dee Dee Vogt
These are some of the selections that have been studied in the past. A final list, which will include some poetry selections, will be available mid-July.
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
Macbeth and Midsummer’s Night Dream
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Idylls of the King by Lord Alfred Tennyson
Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad