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English 12 ­British Literature

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Who cares? So what? Students will address these questions weekly as it pertains to literature (which is a reflection of life) from a biblical worldview. Student attention is given to writing, vocabulary, analysis, and literature. Beginning with Anglo­Saxon literature, students follow a rough chronological approach in the study of British literature from the Anglo­Saxons to the 21st Century Writers. Students will hone writing and reading comprehension skills through various strategies thus enabling them to connect the themes in literature to contemporary issues. Examples of major novels and plays covered in class are as follows: ​Beowulf​, ​The Canterbury Tales​, ​The Pilgrim’s Progress​, ​Hamlet​, ​MacBeth, and various poetry selections. First semester a persuasive essay emphasizing and employing evidence-based arguments and rhetorical devices is required, and second semester a research paper that investigates and critiques an element of writing of a British author is required.

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