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     English 3


    English III 


    Rahway High School Ms. D. Maller

    Course Description:

    This British Literature-based course will provide the structure and environment to establish and enhance the development of students to enter into their senior year.  The course focus is on British Literature.  Students will read, understand and learn how to use rhetorical analysis in both reading and writing.  Students will be encouraged to develop critical thinking skills and utilize these skills throughout the course.



    Holt, Rineholt, Winston  Elements of Literature sixth course Literature of Britain,

    Various novels, short stories, poems and articles including but not limited to the following:


    Origins of Heroism/Heroes, Monsters and War:

    Major Work: Beowulf

    Additional Work: from The Canterbury Tales (selections)

    Poetry: Anglo-Saxon Riddles 

    Nonfiction: Anglo-Saxon 


    Mankind and its Monsters


    Major Work: Frankenstein, Mary Shelley  Pride and Prejudiced Jane Austin

    Poetry: from "An Essay on Man by Alexander Pope" (p. 524)

    Poetry: from Paradise Lost (Book 10)

    Nonfiction: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851)

    Nonfiction: HSPA Persuasive Reading- "I Don't Like Green Eggs and Ham" 


    Things Are Not What They Seem: Examining Paradox, Oxymoron, and Irony


    Major Work: Macbeth 

    Poetry: "Ozymandius"  

    Nonfiction: "The Tragedy of Macbeth: The Sources of the Play"



    Major Work: Pride and Prejudiced - Jane Austin; Frankenstein  Shelly,  1984 -Orwell

    Poetry: "Beowulf"  "Canterbury Tales"  Anglo Saxon poetry and riddles

    Short Story: "Shooting an Elephant" by George Orwell

    “When the white man turns tyrant, it is his own freedom that he destroys”
    George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant


    Nonfiction: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1912401,00.html



    Outside reading-  Reading Independently


    Test Preparation:

    Students will spend time each week for preparation for State exams and PSAT, SAT/ACT.  In addition, students will explore the AP exam through practice and discussion.

    Course Requirements:

    Students will be responsible to have completed all reading assignments when given. Worksheets, quizzes, and tests will be one component of the assessment.

    Students will complete several essays/projects/self-directed experience assignments.

    Students – Honors will create personal portfolios which will include at least one assignment from each theme studied.  The portfolios will be 20% part of the midterm and final test grades.  

    Homework assignments will be given daily and posted on the homework web site.

    Grading Policy

    Homework /classwork 40%

    Participation/behavior 10%

    Assessment (Tests and quizzes, projects   50%                     


    Class participation and discussions are encouraged.  This will be a crucial element of the Pre AP class.  It is preferred that final drafts are typed and the student makes one additional copy for themselves (especially if it will be included in their personal portfolios).







    Holocaust and Genocide Literature




    Course readings:

    The reading materials chosen for this course have been selected in order to delve into personal stories and historical accounts of genocides throughout the world. The readings offer excellent details and are primary sources reflections. The readings are not meant to shock but to inform and enlighten.

    Course work:

    Throughout the course, we will explore many different activities, projects and writing assignments. There will be a large emphasis placed on personal responsibility and independent work. Each student will be asked to work both independently as well as cooperatively with peers depending on the specific assignment.

    As in ALL classes- there will be no excuses for late or missed assignments. An assignment may be to read and be prepared to discuss in class or to write an analysis of a selected reading.

    Course Materials: In addition to teacher-distributed readings, students will be assigned books to read. The following materials are needed for this course:

    Folder for papers and handouts

    Small Journal (students may also type an on-going journal)

    Pen and pencil

    Journals: You are required to keep a journal in which you record your response to each new reading assignment. The readings are powerful and you are likely to ‘struggle’ to find appropriate words to express yourself. Record your struggles, your reactions and how you are ‘working through’ your obstacles. Date each entry and identify the assigned reading. Your journal will become part of your final assessment.

    Response Papers: Two response papers will be assigned; the specifics will be distributed in class along with a rubric for each of these assignments.

    Group Project: A group assignment will be presented at the conclusion of the course. There will be several choices of projects or groups may submit ideas of their own. Projects may take the form of Power Points, Research projects, Film, Photography, etc.

    Unit One: Historical Background

    elements of World War I and II as well as their effect on Germany

    the basis for Nazi Ideology

    the far-reaching history of Anti Semitism

    life before the Holocaust

    create/learn working definitions of Genocide and the Holocaust

    Unit Two: Ghettos and Camps

    life in the Ghettos as seen through the writings of various people

    Writings, poems, diaries, and narratives of victims sent to concentration camps, ghettos and those in hiding.

    Unit Three: Role of Resistance and Rescue

    Various forms of resistance :

    armed resistance

    spiritual resistance

    cultural resistance

    non-Jewish resistance and rescue

    The arts

    Unit Four: Modern Genocide

    Armenian genocide



    Unit Five: The role of the individual today – Remembering, learning, continuing…

    Suggested texts

    (We will be reading some of the following texts but all are recommended)

    Ordinary Men - Christopher Browning

    Salvaged Pages : Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust – Alexandra Zapruder

    Survival in Auschwitz – Primo Levi

    The Sunflower- Simon Wiesenthal

    Other Victims – Ina Friedman

    Anthology of Holocaust Literature

    Darfur Diaries – Nation Books

    Maus I and II – Art Spiegleman

    Led by Faith- Rising from the Ashes of the Rwandan Genocide- Libagiza

    Fear- Jan Gross

    (Selections from Journal publications and other anthologies will be used as well)

    Voices and Views – JFR

    Selections from other related sources

    Visuals ( not limited to the following sources)

    Various survivor testimonies

    Broken Silence

    Getto- Warsaw Ghetto

    Auschwitz- PBS documentary

    Defiance and History Channel Bielski brothers

    Darfur Diaries

    We will utilize various websites

    All websites will be easily accessed by students on their own or in the technology center.





    Grading Policy

    Homework /classwork 40%

    Participation/behavior 10%

    Assessment (Tests and quizzes, projects   50%          

    Course assignments are subject to change



Degrees and Certifications:

BA Long Ilsand University MA MAryGrove University- MAT Kean University- Certification for Holocaust/Genocide Education

Ms. Debra MAller

Ms Maller is in room 108

Period 2- English III


Period 4- Holocaust/Genocide

Pedior 5 - Study Hall

Period 6,7,9  English III 

Ms Maller has been teaching at RHS for 18years.  Feel free to contact via email dmaller@rahway.net


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