Honors Literature/Writing 10 I


Welcome to 2009-10 Honors Lit/Writing I.

We believe that Honors 10 will be an exciting course that will challenge you in writing, reading and speaking. This site will host many of the documents that you will need for the course. Please see your individual teacher for any specifics relating to your own class.






Course Description
• Students will write about the novels, poetry, short stories and nonfiction they read in this course.
•Writing will range from short answers and essay tests to longer papers in which students will react to or analyze the literature they read.
•Successful completion of this course is a district graduation requirement.
•Students enrolled in the honors sections should be strong readers and very able writers who are ready for challenging assignments. Students completing this course with a grade of “C” or higher, may use the credit to qualify for an honors ranking.
•Much of the curriculum for Honors Lit/Writing I will align with AP US History.
•American fiction and non-fiction will be integrated with the historical frameworks of APUSH.

Course Objectives
1.Read, analyze and evaluate traditional works of literary merit from American literature

2.Demonstrate how literary works reflect the historical contexts that shaped them, specifically American literature from approximately 1830 – 1930, including understanding of literary genres: Romanticism, Realism and Modernism.

3.Process of writing a Research Paper
a.Use electronic databases and online resources to access information, organize ideas and develop writing
b.Distinguish between reliable and questionable Internet sources and apply responsible use of technology
c.Understand plagiarism and its consequences and identify ethical issues of research and documentation
d.Organize and synthesize information from a variety of sources and present in a logical manner
e.Credit sources for both quoted and paraphrased ideas
f.Cite sources of information using a standard method of documentation such as a style sheet from MLA or APA
g.Comprehend and evaluate the purpose, accuracy, comprehensiveness, and usefulness of informational materials

4.Apply a variety of strategies to expand vocabulary and appropriately use these words in writing. Specifically Orange Workbook Units 1-5.

5.Utilize literary critical theories (ie. Historicism, Marxism, Feminism, Reader Response) to analyze literature

Unit 1: Freedom of Thought and Form • American Themes
• Literature as philosophical movement: Hawthorne, Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Dickinson
• Dead Poet’s Society movie
• content vocab: transcendentalism, Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism, New England Renaissance, civil disobedience
• grammar goal: comma and semicolon use with independent/subordinate clauses

Unit 2: Initiating Reform in Society and Regionalism
• Huck Finn
• Research Paper
• content vocab: local color, regionalism, conventional reform, dark reform,
• grammar goal: punctuate citations

Unit 3: Disillusionment
• Poetry (mainly)
• The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
• content vocab: Modernism, juxtaposition, disillusionment, expatriate
• grammar goal: short and long sentence awareness (Varying Sentence Structure: simple sentences, compound sentences, complex sentences, compound-complex sentences)

FINAL Exam: literary terms, vocabulary and grammar