Vocab 1

Accolade: an expression of approval; praise

Acumen: quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight

Adept: skillful; proficient; dexterous

Adulation: adoration; idolization

Aesthete: someone who cultivates beauty or art; connoisseur

Alacrity: zeal; eagerness; speed

Altruistic: unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selflessness

Ameliorate: improve; make better

Apt: exactly suitable; appropriate; quick to learn or understand

Astute: having or showing shrewdness and discernment, especially with respect to one’s own concerns

Audacity: adventurousness or boldness

Benefactor: one that gives aid, especially financial aid

Blithe: delighted; happy; pleased

Complaisant: exhibiting a desire or willingness to please; cheerfully obliging

Corroborate: to strengthen or support with other evidence; make more certain

Credulous: naive; gullible; unsuspecting

Deft: quick and skillful; adroit

Delineate: outline; describe; illustrate



Test and Syllabus

For homework, get a copy of your syllabus signed by a parent/guardian and come prepared to take your summer reading test.

Intro to Brit Lit Writing Prompt

Take a minute to think about your expectations for the course. In doing this, you should consider the following questions:

  1. What are your previous experiences with British literature? What works have you read and what were your impressions of them?
  2. What do you hope to get out of this class? What skills and experiences would you like to hone, develop, and have over the duration of this course?
  3. What have you identified as your strengths and weaknesses in reading, analyzing, and writing about literature during your previous English studies? How can this course help you to strengthen up any weak areas?
  4. Is there anything else that you think I should know about you?