Salem academy curriculum guide




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  1. Literature

    1. Old and Middle English poetry (in translation). Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and The Canterbury Tales introduce students to early British culture and the stylistic convention of Old and Middle English. These works allow students to examine themes such as the journey, heroism, honor, kingship, love, religion and morality, self and society, and family and community. Students memorize the first eighteen lines of the Prologue to The Canterbury Tales.

    2. Lyric poetry. Students are introduced to the characteristics of Romantic, Victorian, Modern, and contemporary British poetry. Poetic devices are identified.

    3. Fiction. Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre provides an examination of literary techniques and character development.

    4. Drama. William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion offer characteristics of dramatic conventions, poetry and meter, an appreciation of the beauty of the language, and an examination of themes of love, language, and self and society. (Summer reading choices include drama.)

  2. Composition

    1. Students practice writing for varied audiences and purposes through vocabulary writing assignments, journal responses, and academic essays. Reflective, narrative, descriptive, and expository modes of writing are practiced.

    2. Students organize and compose paragraphs in discussion of literature on tests, in-class writing assignments, and essays written outsides of class.

    3. Students practice writing introductions, supporting detail and examples, and conclusions for both in-class writing assignments and essays written outside of class.

    4. Students write creative pieces modeled on works read in class.

  3. Grammar

    1. Review parts of speech and problem areas in speech and writing.

    2. Awareness of verbs, phrases, and clauses leads to sentence combining and reinforcement of clarity in written and spoken communication.

  4. Vocabulary

    1. Greek and Latin roots and prefixes are studied for word-building, and emphasis on contextual use and application of vocabulary aims to increase reading comprehension and strengthen writing ability.



Methodology


Class discussion including Socratic seminar and small group discussion allows students to gain confidence in speaking and supporting their interpretation of the works read. Use of film excerpts to compare and contrast character and theme presentation allows students to improve critical thinking and interpretation. Background information is often gained through a combination of readings, film, and short lecture. Oral presentations are both formal and informal sharing of reading or enrichment activities, and recitation of lines of poems gives students the opportunity to participate in oral interpretation. Students write often to show reflection and insight about a work read or about ideas discusses.

Evaluation


Evaluation includes in-class writings to discuss, interpret, compare, and contrast themes in the works read; essays written outside of class for different audiences and purposes; reading quizzes for accountability and comprehension of reading; journal prompts relating to issues in reading or refection; a research project to incorporate results of research and give credit to sources in a personal research paper; writing to understand grammar concepts; grammar quizzes and tests to apply knowledge of the language; and both tests and exams that are primarily essay format.

Resources



Armitage, Simon (trans). Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2007.


Brontë, Charlotte.Jane Eyre. New York: Penguin, 2006.


Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Canterbury Tales. trans. Neville Coghill. New York: Penguin Classics, 2003.


Heaney, Seamus (trans).Beowulf. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2001.


Levine, Norman. Vocabulary for the High School Student. Third Edition. New York: Amsco, 2004.


Sebranek, Patrick, et. al. Writers Inc: A Student Handbook for Writing and Learning. Write Source, 2000.


Sebranek, Patrick, et. al Writers INC Skillsbook (Level 9). Write Source, 2000.


Shakespeare, William. A Midsummer Night’s Dream. New York: Washington Square Press, 2004.


Shaw, George Bernard. Pygmalion. New York: Enriched Classics, 2005.


Williams, Oscar (ed). The Mentor Book of Major British Poets. New York: Signet, 1985.


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