English 11 H: Mr. Esposito
To learn how to read books and poems, and how to write and talk about them. We shall grow as individuals and as members of a group of people who hold in common the highest ideals of the spirit of the humanities.
Activities and expectations:
Close and thorough reading, open and thoughtful conversation, honest and careful writing, diligent and purposeful intellectual improvement.
GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION
William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White, The Elements of Style
George Orwell, 1984
Unit 1: Tragedy
William Shakespeare, Macbeth
Sophocles, Oedipus Rex, Antigone, Oedipus at Colonus
Unit 2: Comedy and Satire
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Jonathan Swift, “A Modest Proposal”
William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew
Unit 3: Journeys – Personal, Figurative & or Literal
Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales
Unit 4: Conflicts – Internal and External
< Dante Alighieri, Inferno>
< John Milton, Paradise Lost>
Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon
< Gloria Naylor, Linden Hills>
These titles, which are subject to change, will serve as our class texts.
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