British Literature: Honors English 12
Ms. Llewellyn

Course Description: A year-long survey course of British Literature, covering all major literary movements, time periods, and authors.

· Major works include:
· Beowulf
· The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer
· Hamlet, William Shakespeare
· Doctor Faustus, Christopher Marlowe
· Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
· Frankenstein, Mary W. Shelley
· The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde
· Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
· 1984, George Orwell
· Major Units of Study:
· The Anglo-Saxon Era
· The Medieval Era
· The Renaissance
· The Restoration
· Romanticism
· The Victorian Age
· Modern Literature

Texts: Our primary text is the McDougal Littell Language of Literature British Literature, which can be checked out from the library. We will also consult The Norton Anthology of English Literature: The Major Authors for various readings, plays, and poetry.

Independent Readings: Students are expected to read one novel each month (due September 30, 2009; October 30, 2009; November 30, 2009; January 4, 2010). Students will complete an in-class and/or assignment for each novel.

Website: Middletown High School offers students and parents access to homework, important dates, and grades through its website: (search English Dept., Llewellyn, Brit Lit Honors). I also use to post important info, upcoming assignments, and resources. You will need to keep track of your log in info and request access to this space.

Grading: In compliance with the Appoquinimink School District Grade and Grade Reporting Policies, grades for this course will be calculated as 70% Product & 30% Process.

· Grade sheets will be available upon request: It may take up to 48 hours for me to meet your request. Disclaimer: Grade sheet will reflect latest grade reported on home access, not a current up to the minute grade.
· Late Policy: Process assignments may NOT be handed in late. Product assessments must be turned in on the due date. A product assignment is only accepted a maximum of one day late. You will receive ½ credit for handing in product assignments late.

Course Expectations:

· Keep track of your stuff! If you lose a handout you will not receive another one. It is your responsibility to obtain the information on that handout to have the homework (on time!), the notes, or the assignment.
· All papers must follow the English Department Policy for paper submission to be accepted. All papers must be typed and printed in black ink on white paper, so plan accordingly. I will not accept diskettes, CDs, or handwritten papers. The library and computer labs at the school can assist with printing.
· Do not place late work on my desk or hand me anything! Place all work in the appropriate basket.
· Class participation is a requirement – always be prepared to contribute to the discussion or lead a discussion.
· Take notes daily and maintain a well-organized notebook and portfolio for this class – you are responsible for material from class.
· Be prepared daily with appropriate text(s) and notebook.
· It is your responsibility to provide the school with excused notes for all absences (or see teacher beforehand for all in house absences). You are also responsible for seeing me immediately to set up time to make up the work.

Suggested Supplies: Three-ring Binder, Spiral Notebook, Folder (for portfolio), Blue or Black Pens, Index Cards, Flash Drive, Post-it Notes, Highlighters, Pencils

Note to Parents: Film is shown from time to time in class to compliment different texts, and some films are rated R. Films shown in class are always connected to the literature that we are currently studying, and typically only relevant excerpts are shown; an example of a film in class is the use of Apocalypse Now with Heart of Darkness. In addition, I have built a site on Wikispaces which provides students with a place to look up class notes and resources and a space to discuss class topics with their classmates, other classes, and me. This website is monitored by our administration, my colleagues, and me, and is set as a private, school related domain with no identifiable information about students other than their first name.

Plagiarism: Middletown High School takes plagiarism very seriously. Any evidence of plagiarism will result in a zero on the assignment. There is no opportunity to receive credit if evidence of plagiarism is discovered. Please refer to the Code of Conduct for disciplinary actions related to plagiarism.Plagiarism means using another's work without giving credit. You must put others' words in quotation marks and cite your source(s) and must give citations when using others' ideas, even if those ideas are paraphrased in your own words” (

Provide citations whenever you use:
· direct quotations
· paraphrases and summaries
· borrowed ideas
· facts that are not common knowledge” ( AvoidingPlagiarism.html).

To avoid plagiarism, you must give credit whenever you use
· another person's idea, opinion, or theory;
· any facts, statistics, graphs, drawings--any pieces of information--that are not common knowledge;
· quotations of another person's actual spoken or written words; or
· paraphrase of another person's spoken or written words.

These guidelines are taken from the Student Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct

Honors British Literature Permission Form

Please sign and complete this form as acknowledgement that you have read the Honors British Lit syllabus. In order for students to participate in the viewing of films and in using the computer/websites for this class, this paper must be signed by both students and parent and must be returned to Ms. Llewellyn as soon as possible.

Student name ­­­­­­­­­­­­_ Student signature _

Parent/Guardian name _ Parent/Guardian signature _

Film Permission (please initial):
_ I give my child permission to view R-rated films as part of the class.
_ I do not give my child permission to view R-rated films as part of the class.

Wikispaces Permission:
_ I give my child permission to participate in the MHS English Department/English 12 website discussions and resources.
___ I do not give my child permission to participate in the MHS English Department/English 12 website discussions and resources.

Parent/Guardian contact information:

  1. Name and relationship to student: _ /_

Home phone
_ Work phone _



  1. Name and relationship to student: _ /_

Home phone
_ Work phone _



Additional Information:


Thank you!! I look forward to working with you this year! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me by e-mail at or by phone at (302) 376-4141 ext. 2053.