British Literature




• Utilize the characteristics and rules of effective writing in academic English.

• Appreciate the origins of the English Language.

• Identify and analyze literary devices in a text.

• Read, analyze, and respond to written and visual media.

• Become familiar with literary time periods and authors from the United Kingdom.

• Utilize collaborative, artistic, and technological skills to produce quality work.

Course Requirements & Materials

• Planner

• One composition notebook

• One three ring binder

• Writing implements & highlighters

• Positive attitude

Grading Policy

     • Classwork/Participation: 40%

     • Tests/Major Projects: 35%

     • Homework/Quizzes: 25%

Grade Scale

90-100% A

80-89% B

70-79% C

60-69% D

59% and below: F

Extra Credit (5 points per item)

• Paper towels (recycled preferred)

• Tissue box (recycled preferred)

• Binder paper (recycled preferred)


Semester Overview

Quarter 3

Team Building

    Getting to know each other, building respect and relationships with classmates and teachers.


     • Explore the origins of the English language

    •  Literary Devices

    •  Classwork

    • Movie (Time Permitting)

     • Final  Essay


     • Origins of the Sonnet

     • Intro to Shakespearean Language (EME)

     • TP-CASTT Poetry Analysis

     • Original Poem and Illustration




Quarter 4

William Shakespeare's Macbeth

     • Pre-reading Activity

     • Summaries: Character Blog

     • Mannequin Challenge

     • Final essay

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

     • Movie

     • Plot Diagram

     • Socratic Seminar and Final Reflection

Attendance and Participation

     I'm sure you've heard the adage, "You can't win if you don't play". Let's apply this policy to the topic of your attendance. If you don't come to class, you miss out on valuable instruction time, lose participation points, and worst of all, squander your free education.

     As you may  know, you need four years of Language Arts credits to graduate; therefore, I strongly recommend that you not only attend class regularly, but come with an attitude of reverence and perseverance and with a mind to contribute to the learning environment that we will foster in this class.

     Lastly, you are free to make choices, either good or bad; unfortunately, you are not free from the consequences of your choices. It cannot be emphasized enough that this is the final stretch of your high school career, so it is make or break. If you plan to walk at graduation in May, you will need to put forth your most diligent effort.

     In short, if you miss more than ten classes per quarter, you risk failing the course simply by the law of averages, thereby jeopardizing your likelihood of graduating. Moreover, parents of chronically absent students will be notified via phone call home and/or email.

     All students, no matter their perceived academic abilities, can learn and succeed in this class if they put forth the effort. Do not make excuses for poor performance; do your absolute best to fulfill your kuleana in British Literature and you will pass with flying colors!

Late Work

     There is little reason that you should turn work in late. Assignments are posted in Google Classroom and on the classroom white board, and you should also keep up with recording assignments in your planner or other type of calendar. Furthermore, very little homework will be assigned; the bulk of assignments will be completed in class, which is why your attendance is so important. That said, any late work will have 5 points deducted per day.

     Also, any work turned in more than one week late will receive half credit at the maximum, and that's only if it is done meticulously.


For Parents

       Please take a few minutes to look over this class syllabus and my Code of Conduct. My contact information is located at the bottom of each page of my site with handy links for my e-mail and phone numbers. I encourage you to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your child.

     Lastly, please send me a brief e-mail or text message stating that you have reviewed the syllabus and class rules. This provides me with a way to contact you, as well as assures me that you are familiar with my expectations. Please specify how you prefer to be contacted (phone, email, etc), and include your child's name in your correspondence.

Your child will earn 20 participation points for your reply.

     Mahalo for your time, and I look forward to teaching your child!

Mobile: 987-1760

Office Hours: 7:45-8:10 am

                 2:30-3:00 pm