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01004 English 12

In English 12, students write informative, expository, and persuasive essays and produce a well-documented research paper. During the writing process, students demonstrate their understanding of grammatical conventions and practice techniques for improving their writing style and fluency. A survey of British literature helps students relate to the political, social, and philosophical perspectives of each historical period.

This course aligns with the Virginia Standards of Learning for English 12.

Prerequisites

  • Completion of English 9, 10, and 11 (required)

Course Texts and Materials

For Summer Session 2021 only:

Required

  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • One “personal choice” novel from the following list:
    • Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
    • Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
    • Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
    • Emma – Jane Austen
    • The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
    • Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
    • Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
    • 1984 – George Orwell

Optional

  • Beowulf
  • The Canterbury Tales by William Chaucer
  • Film version of Hamlet (1996, Kenneth Branagh)

Starting August 2021:

Required

  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Beowulf

Optional

Online excerpts of the following will be provided within the course, but students may wish to borrow a print copy from a school or local library.

  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell

Terms Offered

Starting 2021–2022: Offered in two half-credit semesters.

  • 01004 English 12 Sem 1 (0.5 cr)
    • Full Year, Semester 1 (fall, 18 weeks)
    • Fall Block, Semester 1 (early fall, 9 weeks)
    • Spring Block, Semester 1 (early spring, 9 weeks)
  • 01004 English 12 Sem 2 (0.5 cr)
    • Full Year, Semester 2 (spring, 18 weeks)
    • Fall Block, Semester 2 (late fall, 9 weeks)
    • Spring Block, Semester 2 (late spring, 9 weeks)

Note: For Summer Session 2021, this course is offered as a single, 1.0 credit, 6-week course.

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