Honors World Literature

2014-2015 Syllabus

Instructor: Email: Phone: Blog: Edmodo: Turn it in:

Class Verse:

Kelly Loock

714-662-7485 x.2449

“Each of you has been blessed with one of God’s many wonderful gifts to be used in the service of others. So use Your gift well.” – I Peter 4:10

Course Description

We will spend the year developing our writing skills by learning the six traits of writing and learning to master the aspects of a persuasive essay and speech. Then, to prepare ourselves for the SATs we will conquer vocabulary, reading comprehension and sentence structure. Finally, to better our literary skills we will study excellence in World-renowned literature, and examine universal themes, aspects and allusions in which we will in turn relate to our modern and spiritual lives

Course Prerequisite

Freshman English with A’s both semesters or with Administrative approval.

Class Expectations / Student responsibilities

Classroom behavior—yours and mine—will be guided by the following principles:

  • HONOR: God
  • RESPECT: people, property and learning. Failure to abide by these principles will begin the

    disciplinary steps outlined in your Student Handbook. EXCUSES VS EXPECTATIONS:
    I hold all my students, as well as myself to very high expectations.

    ! To be present, prepared and on time,

    • !  To do all assigned work, when it is assigned and to the best of his ability,
    • !  To make an appointment with the teacher to discuss material that is confusing—my door is

      always open.
      ! To do your own work. I will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism of any kind.

      ! To present material in a manner that will help students develop life skills ! To provide students with opportunities to succeed.
      ! To provided time outside of class to explain further any confusing material ! To create a positive classroom environment based on mutual respect.
      ! To communicate with parents and be available to answer their questions.

Required / Recommended materials

You should have already purchased a copy of the Prentice Hall World Literature text and Power Vocabulary Workshop Books. In addition, to the usual pens and pencils, you will need a 2” three ringed binder, filled with notebook paper and with seven subject dividers entitled: 1. MYTHOLOGY/ SUMMER READING 2. ANTIGONE 3. JANE EYRE 4. POETRY 5. JULIUS CAESAR 6. A GRIEF OBSERVED 7. WRITER’S WORKSHOP. As well as a spiraled notebook to keep your journal entries.

Homework, Tests, and Other Class work

I give full credit for essays and projects turned in on time (papers stapled and turned in at the beginning of class). For all late essays and major assignments, as department policy requires, I take off 10% if the assignment is turned in by the end of the day, and a constant deduction for each additional day late (maximum of 50%). Homework is graded on a credit no credit scale. No late homework is accepted.

Because ample time is given for all essays and major assignments, they are due on the day assigned, whether you are physically in class or not, if you are absent, make some arrangement to have your paper delivered. Major benchmark assignments include: MLA research paper and the Critical Literary Analysis Essay. If you do not turn in the above assignments, it is an automatic failure of this course. Remember, field trips and sporting event are not considered absences, be sure to turn in all of your work before you leave. A COMPUTER PROBLEM IS NOT A VALID EXCUSE FOR A LATE PAPER.

This is an honors level class there will be no chance for extra credit offered during the year .
Late / missed assignments / Make-up policy

Work is late when the student:

! Is present any part of the day and does not turn in his homework,
! Is present in class but does not turn in work as he enters the classroom, or ! Exceeds the arranged make-up time after an absence

If you have been absent, write absent on the top of the paper, and I will grade it; otherwise I must assume it is late. If you miss a test, please make arrangements with your teacher. (Make-up tests need to be made within a week of the date absent). The exception to the late work policy is the weekly vocabulary homework. Vocabulary homework is due every Tuesday, if the student is present. Incomplete vocabulary homework will earn an automatic 50 percent, completed homework will receive full credit.

Students who receive an F at the end of the first semester will be removed from this course and placed in the college prep equivalent. If no college prep equivalent course is offered, the CCHS guidance department will discuss further options. Students who receive a D at the end of the first semester may be removed from this course and placed in the college prep equivalent. If no college prep equivalent course is offered, the CCHS guidance department will discuss further options.

You are responsible for getting your own make up work, from the teacher or from a fellow student. As stated in your student handbook, you will receive one day for each day absent to make up work without loss of credit. If you are in school for any part of the day on which a homework assignment is due you must turn in the homework on that day. Field trips and sporting events are not considered legal absences, so you must turn in your homework before you leave, and you must make up any missed tests or quizzes the next day. All make up tests and quizzes must be made up in the test center on Monday, Wednesday or Friday mornings from 7-745 or Monday- Friday at 3:15. Due to the fact that this is an honors course and moves at an accelerated pace, students who have exceeded 10 absences during this yearlong course will not be allowed to make up any work.

Grading Scale

Your grade will be determined by the following formula, proscribed by the English Department. Tests and quizzes= 35%

Essays=30% Homework= 10% Participation=5% Final=20%

Summer assignment brief overview

o Read : The Once and Future King by: T.H. White (ISBN: 0441 62740 4)

o Participate: Read the novel and then log into: and participate in The Fine Print: Blog Forums and forums and log into and take Edmodo comprehension quizzes.

o Complete: The Fine Print: Blog Forums, Book Chat, and 2- five paragraph essays on given prompts. (Prompts and further directions will be given in completed summer assignment packet)

o The Fine Print: Blog Forums, Book Chats and Essay Due Dates: Quizzes and Blog Forum #1, 2, 3: Due: July 11, 2014 Blog Forum #4, Book Chat, Essay #1: Due: July 18, 2014 Blog Forum #5, Essay #2: Due: August 15, 2014

Honors World Literature

2014-2015 Contract

Instructor: Email: Phone: Blog: Edmodo: Turn it in:

Kelly Loock

714-662-7485 x.2449


I believe that it is vital to teach your students how to become life-long learners in order to become the dreamers, thinkers and leaders of tomorrow.


I believe that World Literature, books and writing can help you with the foundations for your futures, in whichever dreams, hope and endeavors you have for yourself. I cannot wait to see you start working with the tools that God gave you as well as your creativity to become the writers, readers and literary geniuses I know you can be.


This is our partnership for success, and this document serves as a contract between teacher, student and parent. Please sign below that you understand and agree to the requirements and expectations for World Literature. Please return this portion by June 1 to the CCHS office to receive your summer assignment.

!I have read and understand the rules of blogging at _______________________________________ _______________________________________


_____________________________________________________________________________________ STUDENT’S EMAIL ADDRESS THAT WILL BE USED TO REGISTER AT:

_________________________________ __________________________________ PARENT’S NAME (please print) PARENT’S SIGNATURE

Honors World Literature

2014-2015 Summer Assignment

Instructor: Email: Phone: Blog: Edmodo: Turn it in:

Kelly Loock

714-662-7485 x.2449

Assignment(s) Overview

Welcome to your entrance ticket to World Literature Honors 2014-2015. Please read ALL of the instructions that follow and then carefully construct your project over the summer break.

Due Dates:
Quizzes and Blog Forum #1 & #2: Due: July 11, 2014
Quizzes, Blog Forum #3 & #4, Book Chat, Essay #1: Due: July 18, 2014 Blog Forum #5 and Essay #2: Due: August 15, 2014


The Once and Future King by: T.H. White (ISBN: 0441 62740 4) On Edmodo:

Quizzes will be listed in chapter groups. Take quizzes by selected due date

On The Fine Print:

Blog Forums: Post ONE original answer and TWO comments per forum question

On Turn It In:

One Book Chat
Two Five Paragraph Essays
*** Acceptable format and guidelines for turn in

! MLA format
! Turn into all work to—work must be time stamped by 11:59 pm the

night of the due dates.
STEP ONE: Purchase: The Once and Future King by: T.H. White (ISBN: 0441 62740 4)

Sign Up:

The Fine Print

Log into:
In order to post, you will need to create an account. Please remember your user name and password. We use The Fine Print throughout Honors World Literature, make sure that your log in and password are easy to remember.

Assignment Directions

Log into:

If you have an account: add the group: WLH with the code: uyteb9
If you have not created a student account. Create a student account and then add the group: WLH with the code: uyteb9

Turn It In
Log into:

Create an account and log in, if you don’t already have one. Add World Literature Honors by using the class ID: 8107817 Password: missloock

STEP TWO: Read The Once and Future King by: T.H. White (ISBN: 0441 62740 4), note the separate due dates of completion. **Please read the following steps, so that you can actively read the above novels with a direct eye at the novel’s themes, symbols and characterizations.

STEP TWO AND A HALF: As you are reading the novel, log into Edmodo to take reading quizzes. All quizzes will be posted, and you can take them when you have completed the reading of that section. Note different quizzes have separate due dates. Quizzes close at 11:59 pm the night of the due dates. Quiz results will be posted within 48 hours of the due date, to help you self assess your reading.

STEP THREE: While reading each book, please focus of the following themes, while choosing one of The Fine Print note taking strategies, under “Reading The Fine Print”. Notes will NOT be turned in for credit, but will help when posting original comments on the blog, as well as reviewing for your test during the first week of school:

  1. All children must become adults (the age of innocence/ tension between childhood and adulthood)
  2. The importance of memory
  3. Boys and girls cannot effortlessly change roles in society
  4. Dreams remain distinct from waking life
  5. Ferocious Love vs. Loss
  6. Realism vs. Fantasy
  7. Might vs. Right

Two weeks before the first due date, questions will appear on The Fine Print is our World Literature forum. It is our way to discuss novels and help each other through World Literature Honors. Before posting any material, please re-familiarize yourself with The Fine Print’s “Responsible Blogging” Section. (Section can be found at the top of the blog).

There will be helpful hints posted on the Fine Print every few days. The Blog Forums will have questions posted on the main blog page. Use these questions to help guide your reading. A week before the due dates, Fine Print Forums, regarding the chosen questions, will be open to post one original comment per posted forum and comment on two student’s post. Remember: Original Posts must end in a question, because blogging is a conversation that we want to keep going. And, each comment must consist of constructive criticism and/or further examples to help the argument. Remember you will have to visit the

Forums multiple times to see/read the ongoing conversations, as well as comment on your peers’ literary critiques. (The Forums tab can be found at the top of the blog)

STEP THREE AND A HALF: Upon completion of the novel complete a book chat. Book chat format is attached to the back of this packet and available on The Fine Print Blog under the Assignment Tab and Novel Report subsection. Retype questions and answers into an MLA formatted document. Turn in completed Book Chat (4-5 pages) to Turn it in by July 18, 2014.

STEP FOUR: After reading the novel, chose one of the prompts from “Beginning Prompts” to write a 5 paragraph Literary Analysis essay for the due date of July 18th. This is my first impression of your writing talent—show off a bit. Make sure your essay follows MLA format, supports a three fold thesis, excludes dead words, contains no first person pronouns, has sentence variety, is grammatically correct, all quotes are cited ( i.e. (White 12)), and is uploaded to Turn it in, with a maximum of a 20% Originality Comparison. Failure to turn in the essay, will result in a class transfer to World Literature CP.

After you have completed the first essay, and have turned it in. Await edits from myself, Miss Loock, and then begin working on essay two: Due August 15, 2014. Chose one of the prompts from “Advanced Prompts” to write a 5 paragraph Literary Analysis essay. The five essay prompts are listed below, make sure to choose the prompt that best magnifies your writing skills. Remember: a five paragraph essay can NOT fit on one page.

Make sure your essay follows MLA format, supports a three fold thesis, excludes dead words, contains no first person pronouns, has sentence variety, is grammatically correct, all quotes are cited ( i.e. (White 12)), and is uploaded to Turn it in, with a maximum of a 20% Originality Comparison. Failure to turn in the essay, will result in a class transfer to World Literature CP.

Hint: The Fine Print Blog Forums will help add analysis to your essays.
** Note the prompt you are answering in your paper title: (Ie. Prompt #1: Sins of the Father Affect the Son)

STEP FIVE: Turn in all essay work to and place the correct assignment in each category on the Fine Print or on WLH in Edmodo. Grades will be returned to you within a week.


**********THIS IS NOT A PLOT SUMMARY ESSAY********* *** Beginning Prompts***

A major theme of A Once and Future King can be stated as “the sins of the father affect the son”. In your essay defend or refute this statement through the life of King Arthur— starting with his conception of the round table in “The Queen of Air and Darkness” to his life goal of “might is only to be used for right.” How do his ideas affect the knights, the country, and the war?


T.B. White uses knights to be the protectors of Arthur’s Camelot and the codes of conduct that are kept within the city. Yet, there always seems to be a tension between violence of war and chivalry— especially in the character of Lancelot. Lancelot has three loves: people, chivalry and God. Describe how White humanizes Lancelot emotionally, physically and literally, by embodying the spirit of Camelot. And, finally, how does Arthur’s knighthood affect the overall morality of Camelot?


The word utopia is a pun on two Greek words: outopia (no place) and eutopia (good place). Utopia refers to a perfect imaginary world. A dystopia (bad place) is an imaginary society that dehumanizes the people who live in them. Use evidence from A Once and Future King to support your reasons in defending or refuting the idea of Camelot as a utopian society.


**********THIS IS NOT A PLOT SUMMARY ESSAY********* *** Advanced Prompts***

Many novels and plays focus on individuals involved in a struggle to find themselves or to seek a purpose in life. Sometimes the effort pays off; sometimes it doesn’t. Choose a character (not necessarily the protagonist) that engages in a search for meaning or personal identity. In a well-organized essay, explain the search or struggle, assess to what extent it succeeds, and analyze how it contributes to the meaning of the work as a whole.


One of the strongest human drives seems to be a desire for power. Write an essay about a character from A Once and Future King struggles to free himself or herself from the power of others or seeks to gain power over others. Be sure to demonstrate in your essay how the author uses this power struggle to enhance the meaning of the work.


The eighteenth-century British novelist Laurence Sterne wrote, “No body, but he who has felt it, can conceive what a plaguing thing it is to have a man’s mind torn asunder by two projects of equal strength, both obstinately pulling in a contrary direction at the same time.”

Choose a character from A Once and Future King (not necessarily the protagonist) whose mind is pulled in conflicting directions by two compelling desires, ambitions, obligations, or influences. Then, in a well- organized essay, identify each of the two conflicting forces and explain how this conflict with one character illuminates the meaning of the work as a whole.

You will be tested on the novel during the first month of school, failure to pass this test, will result in a transfer from Honors World Literature into World Literature CP.
Attached to the back of this packet is a rubric for the Book Chats and for the Essays.
Use the rubrics to check your understanding of the material and content.

Please re-type questions and answers into a MLA formatted document. There is no length requirement for your answer, just make sure that you have COMPLETELY answered the questions with the appropriate details and knowledge. HINT: A complete Book Chat should be, at the very least, 3-5 pages.

Part 1: Reading journal

This section will include a collection of facts, impressions and ideas recorded during and after you read the novel.

1. Predict the story after reading the first chapter. What different predictions can you make ?
2. Write about any matches or digressions between your predictions as the story develops then concludes.

3. Give some details about the location or the setting of the novel. Why did the author chose this location for their story?

4. Did you feel happy with the outcome of the story ? Give your assessment by explaining why or why not.

Part 2 Commentary

This section will include a collection of short written responses commenting on the main features of the novel.

1. Are the characters real to you or are they just stereotypes ? Explain using the main characters as examples.

2. Does the novel present realistic situations ? If so, how do you know? If not, what is being presented? Why?

3. What kinds of issues and problems are being dealt with ? How do you know? 4. To what extent are the issues and problems resolved ?
5. What kinds of readers (audience) might be interested in this novel ? Why ?

Part 3 A Folio Piece

Select one of the following activities based on your work of fiction.

1. Write about events in the story from the point of view of a minor character. What did he or she see ? What did he or she do ? What did he or she feel ?

2. What would you have done differently if you were one of the characters ?

Part 4: Book Chats
Compose a list of FIVE observations which takes your book into consideration, while comparing it to another book that you have previously read. Try to include at least one of each type of statement in your list. For some, it may be challenging to come up with a theme that applies to your works, or to find similarities between the characters. Try! Usually something will surface with a bit of digging. Think about the characters, the literary style, the setting, the author’s purpose, point of view, etc.


Statements of comparison

ex.: ____ and _____ both deal with children growing up in violent surroundings. ____ and ____ both have villains who die in the end.

Statements of contrast

ex.:____ shows the negative consequences of risk-taking, while ______ shows its rewards.

____ is a humorous coming-of-age story, while ____ is a serious one.

Statements of theme

ex.: Sometimes we are our own worst enemy, or, Suffering can make us stronger. *Remember not to phrase a theme as a moral (NO “you shoulds”)