Course Description: Students will receive an overview of British literature from early Anglo-Saxon to Modern. Literary study will be infused with historical applications for a better understanding of the social and historical context of the readings. Literary terms and elements of poetry will be discussed throughout this course. The study of grammar and mechanics of writing will continue with a focus on reviewing concepts and avoiding common errors. Students will further improve their writing through the study of problem areas as well as regular use of response journals. Spelling and Vocabulary will largely come from literary terminology, but will also include the study of root words and affixes in preparation for college entrance examinations. Additionally, SAT prep will be included as part of this course. Writing assignments will include Responses to Literature journal entries for each work read, a literary and narrative essay of 500-700 words in length, a research paper of 3-5 pages, and a final literary analysis paper of 5-7 pages. Students will have unit tests at the end of each unit. The final exam will not be cumulative.
I think that you won't have any particular problems in finding relevant texts or connections that have the discussion of good and evil as part of their thematic developments. I think that Miller's The Crucible , Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby , Orwell's Animal Farm and 1984 are all examples of texts that represent the battle of good and evil in different forms. In terms of film, I actually think that, humorously, the film, Mean Girls , shows good vs. evil on the adolescent level nicely. On a more serious tip, might I suggest films like The Matrix or Casablanca as representations of good vs. evil. Schindler's List is an excellent study of the moral battle between good and evil during the Holocaust, while in the most basic of ways films like Terminator 2 , where there is a "good" Terminator and a "bad" one could represent the same theme in a very formulaic manner. I think that political dramas such as Hotel Rwanda show the idea that evil is present in so many ways and forms that the notion of good is under constant siege. These are just a few and I am sure more will be added.