English 12


English 12

Course Description:

In this advanced academic class students will refine the writing and language skills they have acquired in their earlier high school years. The study of literature will involve students understanding the use of literal or figurative language. Also, students will study various cultures, with enrichment through inclusion of other world classics into the appropriate time periods. Excellence in expression, both written and oral, will be stressed.



Glencoe World Literature
The Plague, Albert Camus
Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller
The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Leo Tolstoy
The Tempest, William Shakespeare


Course Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • analyze and interpret samples of good writing, identifying and explaining an author’s use of rhetorical strategies and techniques;
  •  apply effective strategies and techniques in their own writing;
  • create and sustain arguments based on readings, research, and/or personal experience;
  •  write for a variety of purposes;
  •  produce expository, analytical, and argumentative compositions that
  • introduce a complex central idea and develop it with appropriate evidence drawn from primary and/or secondary sources, cogent explanations, and clear transitions;
  • demonstrate understanding and mastery of standard written English as well as stylistic maturity in their own writings;
  • demonstrate understanding of the conventions of citing primary and secondary sources;
  •  move effectively through the stages of the writing process, with careful attention to inquiry and research, drafting, revising, editing, and review;
  • write thoughtfully about their own process of composition;
  •  revise a work to make it suitable for a different audience;
  • evaluate and incorporate reference documents into researched papers.


 Scope and Sequence:

Unit I: 

  • The Short Story

Students will read and analyze short stories selected from

Glencoe World Literature and outside texts

  • The Plague  (novel)


Unit II:

  • Drama

Students will read and analyze excerpted dramatic pieces selected from

Glencoe World Literature  and outside texts

  • Death of a Salesman (play)


Unit III:

  • Poetry

Students will read and analyze poetry selected from Glencoe World Literature and outside texts

  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich (novella)


Unit IV:

  • Research

Students will learn research techniques and MLA formatting and will write a research paper

The Tempest (play)