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English 12
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What is it about Shakespeare’s writing that made him such a genius? Why did William Blake make those strange etchings and engravings? In this course you will read famous works within the British literary tradition to understand their influence on later authors. Additionally, you will learn about different literary forms and devices that shape the style of a piece. By the end of the course, you’ll have a feel for how you can employ literary strategies to improve your writing.

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SEMESTER 1
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Unit 1: Course Introduction and College Readiness
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Unit 2: The Foundations of British Literature
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  • Beowulf Introduction
  • Beowulf Review
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Unit 3: The British Literature Hero
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  • Hero Introduction
  • Hero's Journey Overview
  • Literary Terms Follow Up
  • Sir Gawain Intro
  • Literary Terms Expanded
  • Canterbury Tales Introduction
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Unit 4: English Renaissance Literature
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  • Poetry Annotation
  • Donne Background and Introduction
  • Herbert Background and Introduction
  • Blake Background and Introduction
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Unit 5: Shakespeare
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  • Shakespeare Biography
  • Shakespeare Background
  • Globe Theater Overview
  • Macbeth Characters
  • Macbeth Plot
  • Macbeth Themes
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SEMESTER 2
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Unit 6: The Romantic Period, Part 1
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  • William Wordsowrth "I Wander As a Cloud"
  • Percy Shelley "Ozymandias", "To a Skylar"
  • Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
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Unit 7: The Romantic Period, Part 2
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  • Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
  • John Keats "Ode on a Grecian Urn", "Ode to a Nightingale"
  • Lord Byron "She Walks In Beauty", "My Soul is Dark"
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Unit 8: The Victorian Period
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  • Victorian Literature
  • Robert Browning "My Last Duchess", "Porphyria's Lover"
  • Thomas Hardy "Ah, Are You Digging on My Grave?", "The Convergence of the Twain"
  • Reading Alfred Lord Tennyson "Ulysses", "Tears, Idle Tears"
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Unit 9: The Modern Period, Part 1
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  • George Bernard's Pygmalion
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Unit 10: The Modern Period, Part 2
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  • W.H. Auden "Lullaby", "Friday's Child"
  • T.S. Eliot "Gerontian", "The Waste Land"
  • Ezra Pound "In a Station of the Metro", "Canto I"
  • Stella Gibbons "Cold Comfort Farm", "Cold Comfort Farm"
  • Heaney "Digging", "Blackberry Picking"
  • James Joyce "Araby"