Help me give my students copies of "Frankenstein," "Dracula," and "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." These canonical texts are also very high interest and will be part of our Heroes, Monsters, and Villians unit.
Our school is offering a rigorous literature curriculum centered on canonical titles that are also high interest. Revising our reading list has taken some time, but we think we've hit on books that will be high interest and cater to our diverse population, while prepping them for later college coursework. English III is a rigorous, college preparatory course that engages students in becoming skilled readers of complex texts, in a variety of periods and subject areas, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes.
The goal of the course is to fully develop students' abilities to read complex texts with understanding and to generate college-level writing assignments of sufficient skill and ability, in order to communicate effectively with mature readers.
To that end, students will engage in both reading and writing tasks that cultivate an awareness of the relationship between a writer’s purpose, audience, and genre conventions. This course is also intended to introduce you to the conventions of academic writing and critical thinking.
The thematic purpose of this unit is to explore our perceptions of good and evil. We will also study the literary device known as the Gothic double. The Gothic double, or the duality within a character, is based on the presumption that good and evil exist within the same character. The double’s appearance is usually terrifying because it is the manifestation of the social encounter feared most: one in which the authentic self is revealed.
The terror lies in your double revealing your own hidden, true self, perhaps, even worse, a self hidden even to you.
Students will read Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," Bram Stoker's "Dracula," and Robert Luis Stevenson's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and will explore the questions: How is evil defined? How is good defined? What is a hero? Does the definition of hero change with time and culture? What is a villian? How can man sometimes be both hero and villian?
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