MUELLER 12th Grade Curriculum: Literature of Britain The Anglo-Saxons 449-1066 o Beowulf The Middle Ages 1066-1485 o The Canterbury Tales; Sir Gawain and the Green Knight The Renaissance 1485-1660 o Shakespeare’s Othello; poetry/sonnets The Restoration and the 18th Century 1660-1800 o Jonathon Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels; TBD The Romantic Period 1798-1832 o TBD; poetry The Victorian Period 1832-1901 o Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol; Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein The Twentieth Century 1901-TODAY o TBD Monday-Tuesday, December 7-8, 2015 Background: The Victorian Period 1832-1901 (Textbook, pp.782-800) [Take notes on the following sections; be prepared to “teach” a section!] 1. Peace and Economic Growth: Britannia Rules 2. The Idea of Progress: An Acre in Middlesex” 3. The “Hungry Forties” 4. The Movement for Reform: Food, Factories, and Optimism 5. Decorum and Authority 6. Intellectual Progress: The March of Mind 7. Questions and Doubts 8. From Trust to Skepticism and Denial 9. Revealing Reality, Creating Coherence ALSO: 10.Who were the Victorians? [“box” on page 795] ALSO: 11.A Closer Look—An Age in Need of Heroines: Reform in Victorian Britain 12.A Closer Look—The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood: Challenging Artistic Authority 13.A Closer Look—Victorian Drama: From Relief to Realism Wednesday-Friday, December 8-19, 2014 Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol—details TBA NOTE: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is available online. MUELLER The Victorian Period [1832-1901] Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol [published 1843] UNIT FOCUS: Topic: Self-reflection and selflessness Themes: Explore how characters teach life lessons and achieve redemption through selflessness and valuing people over material possessions. Text Use: Character point of view/perspective and development, influence of setting and characters on theme, influence of text on society UNIT TASK(S)—Reading Log—Annotations & Dialectical Journals: CLASSWORK: ANNOTATIONS [organize by Stave]: Record brief quotations and page numbers that show Scrooge’s character development/transformation over the course of the text. Be sure to indicate when Scrooge is interacting with new characters or ghosts so that you can use the notes later for analysis of the impact each interaction had on the development/transformation of Scrooge’s character. [Characterization=appearance, words, actions, thoughts, other characters] Record additional brief quotations and page numbers that reveal the setting, atmosphere, mood, and related images (sensory details). [Setting = when & where in general (19th century London; Victorian Period) AND also specific details: class divisions, social conditions, cultural traditions.] Also use the reading log to document the following literary elements: Plot; Conflict; Point of View; Figurative Language; Irony; Theme; Symbolism Themes to consider: True goodness does not come from social station or wealth. Change is possible even for the most hardened soul. Law and justice are not always the same thing. It is never too late for reflective change. Other Symbols to consider: Ghosts/Spirits; Marley’s Chains; Weather; Children; Food HOMEWORK: DIALECTICAL JOURNALS [organize by Stave; “5” per Stave]: 1. Specific quotations, i.e. about setting and character, and page numbers from the text; 2. Brief objective summaries to provide context for the quotations; and 3. Analysis of the impact of the quotations on theme development. READING SCHEDULE: W/TH Stave 1 (p 1-29)—Whole Group Read/Discuss [Stave 1 establishes the setting and resulting mood through Dickens’ use of descriptive language. Many of the main characters are introduced and developed, including the greedy Scrooge. This section of the text prepares the reader to study Scrooge as a character, take note of his changes, and then draw conclusions about how those changes develop a theme.] F Stave 2 (p 30-56)—Independent/Partnership/Whole Group Read M Stave 3 (p. 57-91)—Independent/Partnership/Whole Group Read T Stave 4 (p. 92-115)—Independent/Partnership/Whole Group Read W Stave 5 (p. 116-125)—Independent/Partnership/Whole Group Read TH Annotations & Dialectical Journals; Summative Assessment(s) F Film Adaptation(s)—George C. Scott/Jim Carrey/Mr. Magoo NOTE: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is available online.