For my junior year english and lit, I took a biweekly OHG class taught by Marlowe B’sheart. The first semester theme was world literature, and the second semester theme was British literature. The book list for each semester is included below.
World Literature: Candide by voltaire, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, The awakening by Kate Chopin.
British Literature: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin, Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathon Swift, 1984 by George Orwell, A midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, Lord of the Flies by William Golding.
In Marlowe’s class we focussed on critical reading, comprehension, and particularly our writing skills. To test and work on our comprehension and writing skills, Marlowe assigned short answer essay questions to go along with each reading assignment. Every student was expected to complete all assignments and come to class willing and able to discuss opinion-based questions about the text. Every student also wrote one complete essay for each semester. As a class we peer-reviewed the essays and gave each other constructive feedback. The discussions we had in class and the thoughts that they provoked helped me sharpen a deeper appreciation of these, and all, books, including how symbolism, metaphors, ect, were used. I also believe that my writing and essay structure improved due to the amount of writing I did and the large amount of teacher and student feedback I received.
I have included the two essays I wrote for this course below.