British Literature and History

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Teacher: Lee Knippenberg
Date/Time: Wednesday - 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Recommended Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
Department: Language Arts
Grade Level: High School (9th-12th)

DOE course code:  BL 23.05200 – 1 core literature credit
DOE course code:  Humanities/Social Studies 45.01400 – 1 social studies credit OR
DOE course code:  Local Area Studies/History 45.08600 – 1 history credit
Students will earn 2 HS credits upon completion of this course
Students/Parents may inquire about extra work to be completed to make the literature or history course an honors level credit.

This course combines British Literature and History to give students a thorough understanding of the literature as well as the historical context in which it was produced. Students will cover in-depth the British stories and authors that are “must reads” prior to graduation, including:  Beowulf, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, Milton, Dickens, Swift, the Romantic and Victorian poets, Eliot and Hardy, as well as the history of the British Isles, from Pytheas and the Painted People to the present day.   In addition to more traditional writing assignments, students will be asked to explore the literature and history through research, presentation, debate, reenactment, and creative writing assignments.  As a final class project, every student will be asked to select a writer or text not covered during the year and “teach” the class, using whatever creative means they enjoy.  I will assign summer reading to give the students a headstart on our history work.  We also use a selection of historical video links to bring the history to life. These are viewed weekly, in addition to reading.

Texts:  Norton Anthology of English Literature – Major Authors (9th  Ed.)

(A new history text is under consideration. Information coming soon)

Tuition:  $100/month for nine months or two semester payments: $400due in Sept. and $500 due in Jan.  A one-time payment of $20 to cover copying/Engrade registration is due by the first day of class. All MAS and registration fees are paid in addition to tuition, regardless of payment option.   

Students who have taken a class with me before or with a sibling enrolled in another Knippenberg class will receive a $5/month discount.