Course Syllabus

 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.


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

<Ovid, Metamorphoses>

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.