Unit 1: Stephen King/The Psychology of Fear
1. Is humankind inherently good or evil?
2. Is fear essential to our well-being?
3. What literary devices does Stephen King use to propel theme? What effect does this have on you, the reader, and why?
4. What does the work of Stephen King teach us about the psychology of fear?
Period 1 Unit 2: Southern Gothic literature
1. What are the essential elements of the Southern Gothic Literary Tradition?
2. What is the difference between being horrified and being terrified by a story?
3. What is the difference between being startled or freaked out by a story?
4. Why is the historical aspect of Southern Gothic literature significant?
5. What literary devices do William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, and Eudora Welty use to propel theme in their short stories? How do these devices reflect the Southern Gothic tradition?
Periods 2 and 3 Unit 2: Anglo Saxon Era/Old English/Beowulf
1. Why do we still read Beowulf?
2. WHAT CAN WE LEARN ABOUT ANGLO-SAXON LIFE AND VALUES FROM BEOWULF?
3. WHAT ARE THE KEY POETIC ELEMENTS OF A-S POETRY AND HOW DO THESE ELEMENTS REFLECT THE ORAL TRADITION IN WHICH THE POEM WAS CREATED?
4. WHAT DOES BEOWULF REVEAL TO US ABOUT THE A-S CONCEPT OF HEROISM? HOW IS THIS CONCEPT SIMILAR TO OR DIFFERENT FROM OUR MODERN CONCEPT OF HEROISM?
5. What determines our definitions of the nature of good and evil? Why is evil so compelling?