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5101 W Friendly Ave, Greensboro, NC 27410

British Literature and Composition for Grades 10-12 (9:00)

Course: British Literature and Composition for Grades 10-12 (9:00)

Prerequisite: Mrs. Dockham’s Elegant Essay or Introduction to Literature courses. Others may register after submitting a writing sample and receiving permission from the instructor.

Instructor: Ellen Dockham

Email: etdockham@gmail.com

Price: $300

Curriculum: The Hobbit (Tolkien), Pilgrim’s Progress (Bunyan), The Tempest (Shakespeare; I recommend the No Fear, Shakespeare version), Pride & Prejudice (Austen), A Christmas Carol (Dickens); The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Stevenson), The Hound of the Baskervilles (Doyle), Screwtape Letters (Lewis), Murder on the Orient Express (Christie).


Course Description: This course will explore a broad range of British literature by studying authors from the Old English period through modern writers. We will incorporate British history, art, music, and movies to place our writers in their historical context. Annotation, journal writing, and group discussion of the novels will be the centerpiece of our course, but we will also read some poetry and essays as well as see a Shakespeare play. Students will write literary analysis essays as well as try their hand at writing their own epic poems, allegories, and sonnets. Mrs. Dockham fancies British literature and thinks anything produced by the BBC is brilliant, so blimey, it was hard to narrow down the choices for this course! She will be chuffed if she can pass on a proper smidge of her passion for this subject to your students! This class will be taught by Ellen Dockham, who has been teaching literature and writing courses for 14 years and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a concentration in literature from UNC-Chapel Hill. Ellen has worked as a newspaper reporter and editor, a public relations specialist, and a freelance writer. She also offers private tutoring in writing, grammar, reading comprehension, and literary analysis. (30 weeks)


Honors ExtraStudents who choose the Honors Extra option for this course will be asked to choose one British author per semester to study in-depth. They will write a historical approach paper on each to put that author’s writing into context. They will read at least one work outside the regular class list by that author and complete a project to be chosen in conjunction with Mrs. Dockham and presented to their fellow honors students. Ideas for the project include a traditional essay, a piece of “fan fiction,” an interpretive speech given in character as the author, an art project, a short film, or a memorized portion of the author’s work to be presented as a monologue or skit.

**All Honors Extra classes meet from 10am-Noon on Thursdays at Greensboro Seventh-Day Adventist Church (1320 Fleming Rd). Students will also receive weekly instruction on a rotating schedule of topics including: study skills, research, public speaking, and debate. The honors option will incur an additional tuition charge of $150 per course.