History Through Language - Course Description
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
English is a relatively young language. It is said to have been born in 449 AD with the Anglo Saxon invasions of the British Isles, although the language of those early raiders cannot be understood by English speakers of today. It has been shaped by migrations, invasions, explorations, and commerce as well as by song and story. This block traces the development of English from its prehistoric, Indo-European roots, through the measured cadences of Beowulf, Chaucer’s witty heroic couplets, Shakespeare’s sonnets, the sonorous poetry of the King James Bible, and the erudite definitions of Samuel Johnson’s and Noah Webster’s dictionaries. The class studies the evolving vocabulary and grammar of English as well as changing literary forms. Assignments include a map, essays, creative writing, and individual up-to-the-minute “dictionaries."
Faculty: David Massie, High School Humanities Teacher
Class Dates: February 25th-March 22nd
Curriculum Area: Morning Lesson Block
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