English Spoken Here
Welcome, students and parents, to Honors British Literature. From Beowulf to Macbeth, from King Arthur to Jane Eyre, we will follow the stories of the heroes and scrouldrels, princes and palpers of British literature. Throughout the semester, I will continually add resources to this website. So pull up a comfy chair and get ready to read the classics.
Honors British Literature
What language is most frequently used on the Internet? Is the language of international business? Is studied in every country in the free world? Tells the stories of countless heroes and heroines? If your answer is English, then welcome to the study of your language. As Americans, our literary heritage is British literature. During this semester you will read selections from the Anglo-Saxons through the Post-Modern era. These works will include dramas, novels, poems and short stories. From these readings you will develop an understanding of the chronological context and relevance of the period structures of British literature. In addition, you will develop an understanding of the people and events that make up the fabric of Great Britain. Along the way, you will develop your reading, thinking, speaking and writing abilities. Additionally, you will learn how literary critics examine literature and apply their craft to your own writings. Because this is an Honors course, the work will be accelerated and taught in a manner that challenges you with a rigorous curriculum—one that will prepare you for future studies in a university environment.
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A Note to Parents
British Literary Periods
This powerpoint provides an overview of the periods we will study this semester.
Thesis Statement - instructions
This document explains how to correctly word your thesis statement.
Before turning in a written assignment, be sure to look at this checklist to ensure you are receiving the highest score possible.
Annotated Bibliography worksheet
This contains directions for writing your annotated bibliography and a sample one.
Sample Thematic Analysis essay
This sample outline and paper show how to "sandwich" your primary and secondary quotations smoothly into your paper.
English Poetry Terms
This PowerPoint will familarize you with the Georgia Writing Test.
Glossary of Literary Terms
How to Format a Bibliography
This sheet provides basic information on creating you bibliography
How to Incorporate primary and secondary quotes
This handout explains how to "sandwich" your quotations.
Be sure to check your final paper against this list.
Use these words and phrases to help your paper move smoothly from point to point.
Do's and Don'ts of Writing
This is another handy checklist for your essays.
This document walks you through sentence by sentence for completing an outline with primary and secondary support.
This sample bibliography shows how to format this document in alphabetical order.
Be sure to edit your paper correcting these common mistakes.
Essay Outline Primary Source
Use this outline for essays that use primary support only.
Characteristics of a Well Written Essay
This document clarifys the components of a well-written essay.
My Favorite British Movies
Visual Arts and the Art of Reading
This PowerPoint compares art to literature.
The Hero's Journey
This powerpoint traces the stages of a quest as defined by Joseph Campbell.
How can I improve my writing?
This document describes six areas for improvement. Good writers perfect one area before moving to the next.
This PowerPoint highlights the major events and people from this era.
The Hero's Journey
This PowerPoint covers the stages of a quest story, as defined by Joseph Campbell.
This PowerPoint explains the origin of this epic and the literary techniques it uses.
Anglo Saxon Poetry
This PowerPoint describes the main techniques found in Anglo-Saxon poems.
This PowerPoint covers the basic techniques of propaganda used in Animal Farm and has instructions for the poster assignment.
Why Read Poetry
elements of fiction and Lord of the Flies
Anglo Saxon Introduction
View this powerpoint and take 2-column notes on the Anglo Saxons.
Anglo Saxon literary techniques
Take notes on the craft of storytelling used by the Anglo-Saxon scop.
Medieval Period Background
View this powerpoint and take notes on the Medieval period.
Medieval Period Review
Complete this review sheet and earn 5 bonus points on your test grade.
Renaissance Background PowerPoint
Take notes from the Presentation.
Biography of Queen Elizabeth
Create 10 interview questions and answers based on this article.
Shakespeare Internet Hunt
Follow the links on this document to complete your scavenger hunt on Shakespeare.
Book 3 Review
Complete this review sheet and earn 5 extra points on your test.
Take notes from this PowerPoint on Shakespeare, the theatre, and Macbeth.
Take notes on this PowerPoint.
Poetry Unit Exam Review
Be sure to review the poets and poems we have studied in this unit and the literary techniques used.