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Introduction to Literature


Introduction to Literature


Jovita D. Manzanilla

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Course Overview


The course will cover literary selections with universal themes such as challenges and choices, moments of discovery, the lighter side, perspective, and visions of the future.  Each unit focuses on a specific genre, which includes short stories, drama, folk tales and mythology, nonfiction, poetry, and epic. The course also integrates instruction and practices for important grammar, language and writing skills.

Course Outline

First Quarter:

Unit 1:  Fiction  and  Nonfiction      

  • understand the characteristics,  types, and purposes of fiction and  nonfiction   

  • read and analyze a variety of fiction  and nonfiction   

  • build vocabulary and vocabulary  concepts   

  • analyze narrative essay, plot,  character learn elements of grammar,  mechanics, and usage (nouns, pronouns, verbs) develop research and technology skills     

Third Quarter:

Unit 4:  Poetry   

Unit 5:  Drama      

  • read and analyze a variety of poems

  • paraphrase long sentences   

  • analyze figurative language, sound devices, rhyme and meter   

  • develop listening and speaking skills  (speeches, impromptu, oral  interpretation)   

  • analyze blank verse, stage directions,  dramatic irony   

  • perform a play   

  • learn verbal phrases and clauses          

Second Quarter:

Unit 2:  Short  Stories   

Unit 3:  Nonfiction

  • apply reading skills (inference, cause  and effect)   

  • analyze literary elements (conflict,  irony, characterization)   

  • build vocabulary and vocabulary concepts (suffixes, etymology)   

  • develop listening and speaking skills (oral presentations, dialogue  

  • analyze author’s style, expository  essay, persuasive essay   

  • learn verbs, tenses, voice, subject-verb  agreement  

Fourth Quarter:

Unit 6:  Themes  in  Literature:  Heroism      

  • compare archetypal themes and satire   

  • develop listening and speaking  skills (research report)   

  • analyze epic hero, epic, simile, protagonists and antagonists   

  • apply reading skills (historical and  cultural contexts)   

  • compare and contrast characters   

  • build vocabulary (idioms, technical  terms, jargon)   

  • learn elements of grammar, mechanics,  and usage (sentences according to structure, colons, commas, semicolon)