10-11 English Literature and Composition

10-11 English Literature and Composition  2018 – 2019

Mondays, 8:30 – 10:30

Instructor: Ingrid Stassi         281-240-9389         ingridstassiatcpc@yahoo.com 

Class Tuition: $600 per year or 10 equal installments of $60

Supply Fee: $30 per year, due at registration

Prerequisite: 9-10 Introduction to Composition or other comparable writing course

*NOTE: There is a minimum of 5 students required for this class to progress.

Course Description:  English Literature and Composition presents an overview designed to expose students to texts in the “British tradition,” including the chronological evolution of literature from the Anglo-Saxon Period to the 20th Century.  Students are expected to identify and evaluate characteristics of literary time periods, analyze how an author uses literary elements to contribute to the overall meaning and message of texts, examine how social, cultural, and historical contexts impact literary works, and make thematic connections specific to British texts. Literary terms and elements of poetry will be discussed throughout this course. Vocabulary will largely come from literary terminology, but will also include the study of root words and affixes. Students apply previously learned writing concepts and apply them to response to literature essays, research papers and other writing assignments. Students will add to their writing repertoire or practice writing cause and effect, process analysis, and response to literature essays. Additionally, SAT reading prep and timed essay practice will be included as part of this course. Grammar, as it pertains to writing, is reviewed and discussed. Class time is reserved for literature and writing activities and group discussions. Students practice meeting deadlines as they move through the literature and writing assignments. Students should be expected to work on assignments at home at least 5 hrs each week.

Required Materials:
A composition notebook to use as a journal.

Several flash drives
A box of envelopes
Essentials in Writing Level 12 (additional workbook only) $32

The following literature is required. You may purchase these titles from any source, but if you purchase through Amazon Smile, CPC receives a small portion to benefit the school. It does not matter what version is used, as long as it is not a revised version. Free versions are acceptable and can sometimes be found online.

Beowulf (please purchase a translation)
Sir Gawain and The Green Knight
Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde