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Excellence in Literature :: English I: Introduction to Literature (Honors Option)

Introduction to Literature (English 1)

What does Introduction to Literature cover?

Introduction to Literature is a college-preparatory literature and composition course. Focus works, including novels, short stories, poems, and drama, have been selected for literary quality, and for their place in the historical development of literature. Context readings provide background information about the author, the historical period, and the literary and artistic context of the focus work.

Students will gain an understanding of the development of literature and will practice the skills of close literary analysis through essays, approach papers, and other evaluative writing. You may learn more about how I chose the literature for Excellence in Literature in this blog post.

Objectives

By the end of the course, students will:

  • Understand the process of writing, including the use of tools such as a writer’s handbook, dictionary, and thesaurus.
  • Have specific understanding of selected representative texts by major authors of the periods studied.
  • Have a general understanding of the historical and cultural contexts of the works.
  • Be able to analyze literary texts and present thoughtfully developed ideas in writing.
  • Demonstrate competence in essay organization, style, and mechanics.
  • Introduction
    Overview
    Getting Started
    Frequently Asked Questions
    How to Read a Book
    Discerning Worldview through Literary Periods
    Using EIL in a Classroom

    NOTE: Texts listed in bold are core Focus Texts; Honors texts listed are optional readings. Please see widget at bottom of page for recommended editions.

    Module 1: Short Stories by-
    • Sarah Orne Jewett: A White Heron
    • Edgar Allen Poe: The Purloined Letter (This one is not scary, if you're concerned about that.)
    • Guy de Maupassant: The Diamond Necklace
    • O. Henry: The Ransom of Red Chief
    • Eudora Welty: A Worn Path
    • James Thurber: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    Module 2: Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
    Honors: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

    Module 3: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain
    Honors: The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

    Module 4: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
    Honors: Shirley or Villette by Charlotte Brontë

    Module 5: Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
    Honors: Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot

    Module 6: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
    Honors: Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

    Module 7: Animal Farm: Centennial Edition by George Orwell
    Honors: Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell or Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

    Module 8: The Tempest by William Shakespeare
    Honors: A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

    Module 9: Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
    Honors: The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

    Honors
    Excellence in Literature: Assignment Checklist
    Excellence in Literature: Student Evaluation Summary
    Formats and Models
    Approach Paper Format
    Historical Approach Paper Format
    Author Profile Format
    Literature Summary Format
    Literary Analysis Model
    Sample Poetry Analysis
    What an MLA Formatted Essay Looks Like
    Tips for Evaluating Writing
    Excellence in Literature Evaluation Rubric
    Excellence in Literature: Student Evaluation Summary
    Glossary
    Resources.

You'll find many of the context resources at the Excellence in Literature website, so even if a link changes, you'll have what you need.

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You and your student will have the print book for reference and evaluation, but the student will be able to view the modules online, and click links (on most computers) to the context resources, rather than typing out the URLs.

 

Introduction to Literature: Excellence in Literature English 1

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