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Twelfth Grade Literacy Resources

European Literature

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Unit One
Middle Ages

In this six-week unit, students explore the tension between humans and the divine in the literature of the Middle Ages.

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Unit Two
Renaissance and Reformation

This six-week unit introduces students to the literature of the Renaissance and Reformation, exploring its continuity with and departure from the literature of the Middle Ages.

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Unit Three
Seventeenth Century

In this six-week unit, students explore literary works of the seventeenth century, with particular attention to questions of human reason and emotion.

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Unit Four
Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Century

In this four-week unit, students will read fiction, drama, poetry, biography, and autobiography from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, paying particular attention to the relationship between man and nature.

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Unit Five
Nineteenth Century

In this eight-week unit, students will observe common tendencies, contradictions, outliers, and subtleties of nineteenth-century romantic literature, including the Victorian, Gothic, and Edwardian periods.

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Unit Six
Twentieth Century

Using Auden’s term “Age of Anxiety” as a focal idea, students consider both the breakdown and affirmation of meaning in twentieth-century literature in this final six-week unit

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