12th Grade Syllabus

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12
th

Grade Syllabus

English Literature

Mrs. Sowah

September
and October
2010

Unit 1:
Perception is Everything

Essential Questions: How do writers and
artists organize or construct text to
convey meaning? What does it mean to
be a stranger in the village
?

Learning Focus: Perspective and the
Individual
;

and Perspective and Culture

Academic Vocabulary: Reader Response
Criticism and Cultural Criticism

Readings;

Poetry “In Just” E.E. Cummings,
“The Last Word” Peter Davison,
“Mushrooms” Sylvia Plath, “Speakin
g with
Hands” Luis Rodriguez, “The White Man’s
Burden” Rudyard Kipling, “The Brown
Man’s Burden” Henry Labouchere,
Essays:
“On Seeing England for the First Time”
Jamaica Kincaid, “Stranger in the Village”
James Baldwin
, “Shooting an Elephant”
George Orwell
, Prologue from
Invisible
Man,
Ralph Ellison

Film: Clip from Edward
Scissorh
ands

Assessments: 1
-
Creating a Photo Essay 2
-
Writing a Reflective Essay




November and December 2010

Unit 2: The Collective Perspective

Essential Questions: How does applying a

critical perspective affect an
understanding of text? How does a new
understanding of a text gained through
interpretation help or hinder your
enjoyment of it?

Learning Focus: How is my perspective
shaped?

Academic Vocabulary: Archetypical
Criticism, Mar
xist Criticism and Feminist
Criticism

Readings: Nonfiction: Excerpt from
“A

Framework
for Understanding Poverty”
Ruby Payne, “The Story of an Hour” Kate
Chopin, “A Rose for Emily” William
Faulkner,

Song: “Talkin’ Bout a Revolution” Tracy
Chapman

Film
: Cli
ps from Nine to

Five, The
Manchurian Candidate, The Legend of
Bagger Vance

Assessments: 1
-

Transforming

literature
to reflect critical perspective (Pygmalion)
2
-

Writing an analytical essay applying the
Feminist Critical Perspective




January and Februa
ry 2011

Unit 3: Evolving Perspectives

Essential Questions: How can a dramatic
performance reflect a critical perspective?
What role does literature play in the
examination of recurring societal issues?

Learning Focus: A Tragedy for All Time

and Drama is P
erformance

Academic Vocabulary: Historical Criticism


Readings: “The Tragedy of Othello”
William Shakespeare
. Essay: “Othello on
Stage and Screen” Sylvan Barnet


Film
: Othello


Assessments
: Writing Analysis and Staging
a
n Interpretation

March and April 201
1

Unit 4: Multiple Perspectives

Essential Questions: How can examination
of texts through multiple perspectives
affect understanding
? How do media
production elements shape a message?

Learning Focus: New Literacies

Academic Vocabulary:

Archetypical
Critic
ism, Cultural Criti
c
ism, Feminist
Criticism, Historical Criticism, Marxist
Criticism, Reader Response Criticism.

Readings:

Persepolis,
Marjane Satrapi
;
The
Arrival
, Shaun Tan; “The New Colossus”
Emma Lazarus;
A Raisin in the Sun,
Lorraine Hansberry; A Hero

Ain’t Nothin’
But a Sandwich

Song: “Immigrant Song” Led Zeppelin


Film:
Not Without My Daughter

Assessments: Presentation of Literary
Work through Multiple Critical
Perspectives

(Graphic Novel)

May and June 2011

Unit 5: Creating Perspectives

Essential Que
stions: How do media
sources impact our understanding of the
truth and significance of an issue? How
can media texts be constructed to support
an agenda or interpretation?

Learning Focus: Exposing Perspectives and
Creating Perspectives

Readings: “How the
Media Twists the
News” Shelia Gribben Liaugminas, “Media
Bias Comes from Viewers Like You” Tyler
Cohen, “The Dixie Chicks” Betty Clarke,
“Speaking Up and Speaking Out” Melissa
Silverstein

Film: Do The Right Thing
: A Spike Lee Joint

Assessments: Examining H
ow an Issue is
presented in Media Texts and Creating a
Media Texts

(Syllabus subject to change)