Literature 201 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 starts with a unit on literary techniques, where we get to try to utilize those tools in our own writing.
Our first movement through the Renaissance is with poets like John Donne and William Cowper, and then we discuss Shakespeare’s masterpiece Romeo & Juliet. Then we move into the Romantics with a novel of the student’s choice from that era.
We focus next on the Gothic movement with some short stories from Edgar Allen Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne, culminating in a student’s choice of a seminal Gothic work: pick from Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, or Great Expectations.
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 guidelines to ensure honors credit for your student.
In this course, students will:
- Analyze the themes, symbols, characters, plot, and point of view in literature
- Cite textual evidence to support literary analysis
- Lead short activities in discussion groups
- Understand the tenets of the Renaissance, Romantic movement, and Gothic movement
- Write in several different styles, including narration, exposition, comparison, poetry, and description
Students will submit their narrative and poetry to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards writing contest as part of the class. Daily contact with a coach who evaluates mastery and skills will be provided. And an online classroom will teach students time management and appropriate cyber behavior in a controlled environment.
Literature 201 is designed for students in high school who have a proficient grasp on composition and are ready to study texts alongside writing.
Students who have completed Composition 104 or equivalent should take this class next.
Classes have daily assignments. Some assignments span several days to give flexibility. Assignments are intended to take approximately 1½ hours per day to complete.
MLA Handbook, 8th Edition
Romeo & Juliet (Folger Shakespeare Library Edition)
Literature Guide 201 (ebook)
One of the following Gothic novels of the student’s choice: Great Expectations, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights
One 19th century novel of the student’s choice, including authors like: Bronte, Dumas, Shelly, Hawthorne, Hugo, Alcott, Melville, Austen, and Stowe