British Literature Part 1 will provide students with a survey of British literature that includes texts from the Anglo-Saxon and Medieval eras, the English Renaissance, and the Restoration and Enlightenment eras. Readings in the course include Beowulf
, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
, Shakespeare's Macbeth
, and Swift's Gulliver's Travels
. British Literature offers students numerous chances to understand, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate the texts they read, through a wide range of writing and thinking exercises. This course will incorporate a wide variety of supplementary resources, including an online text and external links to unique activities and learning experiences. The readings for each unit will impart various themes, including historical context presented in those texts. By the end of the course, students will be able to think critically and communicate effectively with regard to the works covered in the texts and the eras encompassed by those works.
It is recommended that students successfully complete American Literature, English 11, or equivalent course work before enrolling in this course.
Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills
- Analyze the importance of culture and history and their connections to literature.
- Analyze specific scenes in the text and demonstrate how they relate to the story as a whole.
- Analyze elegies written by Anglo-Saxons.
- Review background information about an author to better understand his or her writing.
- Use active reading strategies to interpret details in order to analyze an author's use of characterization.
- Analyze an author's use of a narrator to tell a story.
- Analyze the relationship between morality plays and the medieval period.
Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills
- Analyze the importance of events in Renaissance history and their connection to literature.
- Understand and analyze Renaissance poetry.
- Analyze the use of inverted word order and parallelism in poetry.
- Review and appraise poetry through literary analysis.
- Analyze the characteristics of metaphysical poetry.
- Compare and contrast literary works.
- Analyze the use of persuasion in a literary work.
Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills
- Analyze Shakespeare's use of language.
- Analyze the use of theme in poetry.
- Inspect the use of imagery.
- Inspect the use of irony in Macbeth.
- Analyze themes in Macbeth.
- Distinguish the role of symbols in a play.
- Demonstrate an understanding of soliloquies.
Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills
- Recognize and analyze historical information about the Restoration and Enlightenment eras.
- Infer character traits based on details in a diary.
- Formulate critical judgments about a literary text.
- Analyze an author’s use of satire.
- Interpret the interaction between satire and the society in which it is produced.
- Demonstrate an understanding of an author’s use of antithesis.
- Critique and demonstrate an understanding of excerpts that explore contradictions in human nature.
- Holt Elements of Literature (textbook)
*Available as an iText course