Description: This course introduces the remarkable novels of Jane Austen and a selection of Shakespeare's writings. Austen’s writings are much more than mere “chick flick” romances – like William Shakespeare, Austen is one of the preeminent authors of the English language. Her novels deserve to be carefully studied and enjoyed by all who appreciate clear writing, insight into human nature, humor, and memorable characters. This course introduces Austen through a careful reading of three of her most beloved novels: Sense and SensibilityPride and Prejudice, and Emma. Next is an in-depth study of one comedy and two tragedies of Shakespeare. His cast of characters is indeed a who's who of the human stage, and a familiarity with Shakespeare is essential for an understanding of Western literature and culture. Harold Bloom has remarked that Shakespeare "invented" the modern personality, and that his writings make up the greatest part of the Western canon. As well, T. S. Eliot once wrote, "Dante and Shakespeare divide the modern world between them. There is no third." Students can expect to spend between 45-60 minutes per day on this course. The grade is based on participation, short writing assignments on a theme or character, essay exams over each book, and quizzes over content and vocabulary, and a few pieces of memory work to be recited in class. This class is worth 1 high school credit in English, Language Arts, or Literature.

Grade Level: 10-12

Prerequisites: Students should be strong readers, proficient with English grammar, be able to write grammatically complete sentences, and be able to edit their own work.

Required Materials: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice (Text and Student Guide), Emma, Hamlet (Text and Student Guide), The Merchant of Venice (Text and Student Guide) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Text and Student Guide). Students may already own copies of these titles, but for the sake of continuity, it is strongly urged that students use the above versions. Students will also need a USB headset microphone (built-in microphones also work).

Class Schedule
Section A, 2020-21 Austen/Shakespeare TH - 12:15PM - 1:45PM EST 9/7/20-5/28/21 0 Full Join Waiting List
Section B, 2020-21 Austen/Shakespeare W - 11:30AM - 1:00PM ET 9/7/20-5/28/21 0 Full Join Waiting List

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