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English 11 Honors: British Literature

Designed as a preparation for English 12 Honors or AP English, this course provides a year-long study of British literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present. Students are challenged to analyze literature and generate class discussion from their understanding of literary concepts such as point of view, diction, style, theme, and purpose. Writing skills are further developed, with the focus on making an argument, using textual support to validate an opinion and effectively incorporating quotes into an analysis. Self-assessment, revision, and rewriting are integral parts of the writing process in this class. Students are encouraged to develop voice and a personal style in their writing. Preparation for the SAT and ACT includes attention to both vocabulary in context and various analytical skills in reading fiction and nonfiction passages. A multi-media approach to learning is used throughout the year. A research/thesis paper is a requirement of the class.