Honors Language Arts 12 B


In this course you will experience the novels, short stories, poetry, and non-fiction from countries around the world.

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Semester B – In English 12B Honors, students experience a survey of dynamic British literature from the ancient epic poem of Beowulf to more contemporary pieces by authors such as George Orwell and Doris Lessing. Emphasis is placed on major literary movements, British authors and classics, and the impact of historical events on literary works. In English 12B Honors, students gain a better understanding of English masterpieces as well as their own writing. As an Honors course, emphasis is placed on project-based instruction and increased reading and writing opportunities. Engaging videos, interesting readings, and interactive activities provide students with pragmatic opportunities to apply reading comprehension and writing skills to their lives. Students work through interactive lessons, completing several self-check activities and quizzes. In each unit, students complete an exam as well as writing projects that include a personal narrative, a research document, a literary response, a descriptive essay, an expository essay, and a persuasive composition. Students also participate in daily discussions and teacher feedback is provided throughout the course. English 12B Honors covers the content and skills in English 12B as well as providing additional project-based instruction and increased reading and writing opportunities.

Required Materials

In this course, you are required to read two novels from the You-Choose list in addition to the works that are listed as required reading below. After selecting the novels you will read as your choices, download the appropriate novel guides using the links below. 

  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck: ISBN-10: 0143039431; ISBN-13: 978-0143039433 
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo: ISBN-10: 0062315005; ISBN-13: 978-0062315007 
  • The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka – Project Gutenberg 
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare – Project Gutenberg 

You-Choose Novels: 

  • 1984 by George Orwell: ISBN-10: 9780451524935; ISBN-13: 978-0451524935 
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte: ISBN-10: 0141439556; ISBN-13: 978-0141439556 
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley: ISBN-10: 0060850523; ISBN-13: 978-0060850524 
  • Othello by Julius Lester: ISBN-10: 9780590419673; ISBN-13: 978-0590419673 – Project Gutenberg  
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia MarquezISBN-10: 9780060883287ISBN-13: 978-0060883287 
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens – Project Gutenberg 
  • Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton: ISBN-10: 0743262174; ISBN-13: 978-0743262170 
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – Project Gutenberg