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English 12 (Honors, College Prep, Traditional) - Parent/Community Course Guide

Adopted by Board of School Directors on April 2021
Grade Levels
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Course Description
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The objective of twelfth-grade English is to advance students' critical thinking and communication skills through the integration of literature, writing, and language study. The primary emphasis will be on the study of British literature and analytical writing. In addition to completing a research project, students will make oral presentations and study vocabulary in the context of their reading. By the end of the course, students should have the language arts skills they need to continue their education or pursue other endeavors. All levels of twelfth-grade English are aligned with and satisfy Pennsylvania's Core State Standards.

Honors English 12

Prerequisite: B+ average or better in Honors English 11 or College Prep 11 and recommendation of eleventh grade English teacher.

The purpose of the Honors English 12 elective is to prepare college-bound seniors for the reading, writing, and critical thinking necessary for college work. Students electing this course should expect a rigorous course of study. For this reason, time management is essential. The course will build a sound academic base of knowledge and concepts in literature and language. The course will emphasize British literature, and students will frequently work independently. Students will write extensively with specific concentration on multi-paragraph papers; many tests will include an essay component.

This course will also provide opportunities for oral presentations and creative endeavors.  Overall, honors students should be self-motivated and take pleasure in intellectual activity.

College Prep 12

The purpose of College Prep 12 is to prepare college-bound seniors for the reading, writing, and critical thinking necessary for undergraduate work. The course will emphasize British literature, and students will frequently work independently. Emphasis in writing instruction will be on multi-paragraph compositions. Students will be required to complete involved literary research work.

 

English 12

The purpose of English 12 is to prepare seniors for the reading, writing, and critical thinking necessary for post-secondary options including but not limited to undergraduate work, technical schools, apprenticeships, and the military.  Emphasis will be given to British literature and effective written communication skills.  Students will be required to complete a research assignment.



Units
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Unit #1 - Anglo-Saxons
Unit #2 - Medieval Period
Unit #3 - Renaissance Era
Unit #4 - Age of Reason
Unit #5 - The Romantics
Unit #6 - The Victorians
Unit #7 - Twentieth Century
Unit #8 - Research
Unit #9 - Vocabulary
Unit #10 - Grammar and Usage
Unit #11 - Expository Writing
Unit #12 - Speaking and Listening
Unit #13 - Short Nonfiction


Course Resources
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A-S Resources:
Selections from the following anthologies: England in Literature and Literature and Language 12

-Beowulf

Optional works: 

-"The Wife's Lament" (*)

-"The Ruin" (*)

-"The Seafarer"

-Anglo-Saxon riddles (*)

-excerpts from Bede's Ecclesiatical History of the English People

Independent sources-optional

-"The Dream of the Rood"

Optional items marked with an * are required for Honors level students.

(English 12: Anglo-Saxon riddles, Beowulf)

Medieval Period Resources:
Selections from the following anthologies: England in Literature and Literature and Language 12

-The Canterbury Tales-The Prologue, "The Wife of Bath"--prologue and tale, "The Pardoner"--prologue and tale

Optional Works:

-A Doll House (*) by Henrick Ibsen

-"The Education of Women" by Daniel Defoe

-excerpts from A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft

-historical background notes

-Ballads (*)

Independent Sources-optional

-additional Canterbury Tales from ancillary sources

Optional items marked with an * are required for Honors level students.

(English 12--The Canterbury Tales-The Prologue, "The Wife of Bath"--prologue and tale)

Renaissance Resources:
Selections from the following anthologies: England in Literature and Literature and Language 12

-Hamlet
-Hamlet by No Fear Shakespeare (Graphic Novel Vol 1)

-selected Shakespearean sonnets

Optional Works:

-various poems

-Paradise Lost--excerpts (*)

-historical background notes

Independent Sources-optional

-Macbeth

-"Shakespeare in the Bush"--Laura Bohannon

Optional items marked with an * are required for Honors level students.

(English 12: Shakespearean Sonnets, Hamlet[parallel text])

Age of ReasonResources:
Selections from the following anthologies: England in Literature and Literature and Language 12

-"A Modest Proposal"-Jonathan Swift

-"Education of Women"-Daniel Defoe

Optional Works:

-historical background notes

-Gulliver's Travels-excerpt (*)-Jonathan Swift

-The Rape of the Lock -Alexander Pope

-various poems

Independent Sources-optional

-Gulliver's Travels-excerpts-Jonathan Swift

-"Baby Cakes"-Neil Gaiman

Optional items marked with an * are required for Honors level students.

(English 12--"A Modest Proposal"-Jonathan Swift)

Romantic Period Resources

Selections from the following anthologies: England in Literature and Literature and Language 12

-A Vindication of the Rights of Woman-excerpts-Mary Wollstonecraft

Optional Works:

-historical background notes

-various poems (*) poems by Wordsworth and Coleridge required for Honors level students

Required Independent Sources:

-Frankenstein-Mary Shelley

Optional items marked with an * are required for Honors level students.

(English 12--Frankenstein[adapted version], Wordsworth)

Victorian Resources

Selections from the following anthologies: England in Literature and Literature and Language 12

Honors: Great Expectations

College Prep: Dickens excerpt from the following anthology: England in Literature OR Great Expectations (please note if the novel is selected, the pacing will be expanded)

-historical background notes

-various poems (*) poems by Tennyson required for Honors level students

Optional items marked with an * are required for Honors level students.

(English 12--The Brownings, Tennyson, Arnold)

Twentieth Century Resources

Optional selections from the following anthology: England in Literature

-historical background notes

-various poems (*) World War I poets required for Honors level students

-various short stories

Required Independent Sources:

-Lord of the Flies and/or The Painted Veil

Optional items marked with an * are required for Honors level students.

Optional for any level: Waiting for the Barbarians

(English 12: The Book Thief, short stories and poems from Units 5 and 6)

Modern Novel

The Curious of the Dog in the Nighttime