High School English: Writing & Literature
The Writers Path to Critical Thinking
Teacher: Holly Van Houten
Ages: High School Students
A-G Course Requirements are available for those who wish to receive that credit.
Materials Fees: $35 (includes individual copies of each book for students to keep)
Class Fees: $330 or $315 if taking 2 or more classes. Can be split into 3 equal payments.
Price is for one trimester only.
TWO HOUR CLASS
Homework: Reading: 2-3 hours/Writing: 2-3 hours (approx.)
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In each quarter of this year’s High School English, we will focus on British Literature. There are so many centuries of wonderful works to cover, and we will work chronologically to give students a chance to see how various periods of literature reflect the history of Great Britain. We will begin the fall quarter with a look way back at the Anglo/Saxon hero epic, Beowulf, before jumping several hundred years through time to the medieval stories of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. Renaissance literature could keep us busy all year, but with so much to cover, we will limit ourselves to Shakespeare’s Macbeth, some of his Sonnets, and excerpts from Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus. We’ll also read a selection of John Donne’s metaphysical poetry and poems by John Milton (including excerpts from Paradise Lost). We will finish up with Book 1 of Jonathan Swift’s brilliant satire, Gulliver’s Travels. I am so excited! This literature is profoundly moving, and students will be in awe of the beauty and complexity that can be created and conveyed through language.
The Writing Process will be a central focus in this course, as students apply their creative and analytical thinking to these marvelous works of literature. Students will not only have an opportunity to express their ideas, argue their opinions and demonstrate their understanding in our class discussions, but they will also organize, develop and argue those ideas in their writing. In addition to longer, academic essays, students will have an opportunity to write in-class/timed essays and work collaboratively on an oral presentation and speech. Students will learn research techniques and MLA documentation as they develop their persuasive, analytical, expository and descriptive writing skills. As students practice their writing skills, they will also build their understanding of vocabulary, grammar, syntax, punctuation and the conventions of formal writing.
This class will offer students a unique opportunity to explore wonderful works of literature with their peers. They will have an opportunity to exchange ideas and exercise their critical thinking skills while enjoying imaginative literature that will stay with them forever!
In this class, we will be implementing technology to help us work on the Writing Process. Students are invited to bring their own laptops or use our Huck Chromebooks to take advantage of the incredible, collaborative power of Google Docs. This will make it possible for us to share ideas and revision techniques far more efficiently.