Literature 202 is designed to teach both literature and composition. Rather than separating the two skills, we use the literature to guide our topic choices in a variety of writing styles, including narrative, poetry, comparison, exposition, and research writing.
Additionally, two unit tests introduce the idea of the literary essay test, a staple in college classes.
This class picks up where Literature 201 left off and moves through the rest of the major literary movements into the 19th and 20th centuries.
We start with a unit on literary techniques that become more popular through these movements, including epiphany and juxtaposition, and we get to try to utilize these tools in our own writing.
We move to the Victorians and read several fiction and nonfiction pieces that include their desire to affect the world with their writing. We let that guide our writing in our own social action essays.
We then take a pause to read Shakespeare's Macbeth, which is a psychological drama with many of the same motifs that we see writers exploring later in the 20th century.
We head back to the Victorians and Realists with a novel of your choice from that era.
We focus next on the modernism movement with some short stories and poems, followed by the great American novel: The Great Gatsby.
We end the year with a research project that allows students to explore one of these authors or events from this time in more detail.
This class meets honors diploma requirements in most states. Please be sure to check your state's guidelines to ensure honors credit for your student.
● Demonstrate an understanding of literary techniques, including epiphany, juxtaposition, doppelgangers, and motifs
● Cite textual evidence to support literary analysis
● Lead questions in discussion groups
● Understand the tenets of the Victorian, Realism, and Moderism movements
● Write in several different styles, including narration, exposition, comparison, poetry, and description
● Students will submit their narrative, social action essay, and poetry to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards writing contest
● Daily contact with a coach who evaluates mastery and skills will be provided
Literature 202 is designed for students who have completed Literature 201 or an equivalent class.
Classes have daily assignments. Some assignments span several days to give flexibility. Assignments are intended to take approximately 1½ hours a day to complete.
● Write from the Heart: a Resource Guide to Engage Writers
● Macbeth (Folger Shakespeare Library Edition)
● Literature Guide 202 (ebook)
● One 19th or 20th century novel of the student's choice, including these authors: Twain, Wharton, Dickens, Kipling, Crane, Hardy, Carroll, and Wilde
● Short stories, including Walker, Hurst, Jewett, Harte, Henry, and Lawrence
● Victorian-style non-fiction by Engels and Woolf
● Collection of Victorian poetry, including: Lazarus, Arnold, Tennyson, Barrett, and Browning
● Collection of World War 1 poetry, including: Owen, Rosenberg, Sassoon, and Graves
● Collection of Modernism poetry, including: Frost, Hughes, Brown, and Cullen
All books and ebooks are available on Write from the Heart's online store. Short stories and poetry are provided in the Literature Guide 202.
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Monday-Tuesday: Complete the following activities in the order given:
Read The Scarlet Ibis. Before your read the whole story: Read the first paragraph. Underline, highlight or somehow mark words that stick out to you here -- words that might foreshadow events in the story. Finish reading the story, then answer the questions found in the board Scarlet Ibis Discussion Questions. Comment on the insights of your classmates to earn your participation points.
Read Everyday Use. Answer the questions found in the board Everyday Use Discussion Questions. Comment on the insights of your classmates to earn your participation points.
All discussion questions need to be answered by midnight Tuesday. You have until Friday to look through your peers' comments and participate in further discussion to earn your participation points.
Wednesday: For your first writing assignment, you will have a choice of genre and topic. You may write on any of the following topics:
Write a personal memoir (no more than 3,000 words) about a time that you had an epiphany and used that to learn from a mistake that you made or changed your behavior. Your epiphany may come at any point in the narrative that you would like to place it. You may also include foreshadowing, symbolism, doppelgangers, or juxtaposition if you would like. If you choose this option, please review the document Memoir Writing.
Write a fictional short story (no more than 3,000 words) incorporating at least one of the following literary techniques: foreshadowing, epiphany, juxtaposition, doppelgangers, or symbolism. You may use more than one if you so choose. If you choose this option, please review the document Fictional Story Writing.
Use today to plan your memoir or story. A board called Planning questions/ideas is available in the Week 2 board. Please use this to post any ideas, questions, or thoughts you have on your assignment. Check for peers' thoughts as well and make suggestions if you have any. Your coach will also be checking this board.
Thursday: Essay Test!
Read the attachment Real Life Essay Tests. Do this before you take the essay test.
You will find three questions to choose from. Only use ONE of them. You have 1.5 hours to complete the test.
Friday: Complete the following activities:
Finish your humor narrative outline, if you have not already. Post it in the “Narrative Paper” board.
Check the Scarlet Ibis Discussion Board and the Everyday Use Discussion Board for your peers' comments and complete your comments to earn your participation points.
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