Honors English – 130
Welcome to Honors English 11! You should expect a class that is rigorous, writing-intensive, and discussion-based. The goal of this course is to prepare you for a lifelong study of literature—and ultimately for the AP English test—through demanding, student-led scholarship.
Below is a tentative list of the major works to be covered in this class:
Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
(the above titles were to have been read over the summer; you will be assessed on your completion and understanding of these works using objective tests with no class discussion)
Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
The Tempest by William Shakespeare
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
British poetry, focusing on sonnets and Romantic poets
Other literature as time permits
We will study grammar as needed, based upon errors made in written assignments.
Vocabulary will be a prominent feature of this course; review lists based upon SAT usage will be employed to both improve your communication skills and your performance on upcoming standardized tests.
Aside from participating in class discussions, students may be required to give various minor oral presentations throughout the school year.
You will typically have short, objective tests on the literary works we read, along with periodic, typically unannounced quizzes to gauge comprehension.
Your writing will consist of take-home papers and in-class writing pieces, including sporadic open-ended AP prompts. There will be a critical research paper in the spring.
It bears repeating that class participation is invaluable, and will be assessed point value. A large part of the class is the discussion of literature. I do not like to lecture unless it is necessary. You are in Honors English because you have already proven you deserve to be here, so share your insights with the class.
Make sure you arrange your absences ahead of time to get the work you will miss. Students are solely responsible for making up the work done in class.