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Beasts and Heroes: Let's Explore Early British Literature

Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(36)
In this six week class, we will explore the classic British literature as well such as The Canterbury Tales and Beowulf.

Class experience

US Grade 8 - 11
Students will learn the historical contexts behind early British Literature, as well as the authors, narrative archetypes, themes, and common characters born of this cannon. Students will learn to write a literary analysis.
I have over twenty years of experience teaching rhetoric writing, reading, language arts, and critical thinking skills. I am familiar with the material, and have the experience to foster meaningful learning. I have taught English and Language Arts for many years at the high school level. My experience includes teaching history as well as social studies, as these topics often go hand in hand with literature, writing, and humanities. I have a degree in English Teaching, and I enjoy teaching students how to explore historical events through written material. As an English teacher, I have taught students to read and critically analyze differentiating opinions about fictional works and  non-fictional topics and arrive at a substantiated belief. In addition, I have taught in a team taught, multidisciplinary Language Arts/History class at the secondary school level.  British Literature is on of my favorite topics to teach and learn about, because the depth and breadth of it is vast and connected. I enjoy harvesting connections between literature and history. 
Homework Offered
Students may need to do up to an hour of work between classes. That may be in the form of reading or written responses.
Assessments Offered
I will assign a letter grade upon parent request. Otherwise, student understanding will be assessed during class discussions and written responses, and they will have a rubric for the literary analysis essay.
Grades Offered
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
The stories that we read in this class depict some disturbing and violent content. Topics pertaining to these genres will be discussed in class in a sensitive and diplomatic way. Opinions may be expressed, and I will foster civilized and productive discussions. Some of the stories depict violence, injury, illness, and death. On a green, yellow, red scale, I would consider the content to be a yellow level course. Beowulf depicts violence, ferocious beasts, and celebrations involving alcohol. The Canterbury Tales has some sexual content. The story will be covered in a mature and productive fashion, and we can discuss how Chaucer emphasized that the Wife of Bath was a sexually independant and free thinking woman. These stories also contain literary allusions to cultural mythology or religious texts, such as the Bible. Since Paganism and Christianity play critical roles in the evolution of literature during this time, it is crucial that students are briefly introduced to the history surrounding the stories. The conflicts and connections between Paganism and Christianity are overtly evident in the stories, and will be taught as such. I will diplomatically facilitate productive discussions about history, but I will not allow religious or theological debate.
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(36)
Hi! I have been teaching English, Language Arts, Grammar, Writing, History, and ESOL for twenty years. I love connecting with my students and tailoring my teaching to their specific needs and wants. My students are challenged! I promise to assess... 
Group Class


for 12 classes
2x per week, 6 weeks
55 min

Completed by 2 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 13-18
2-6 learners per class

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