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Honors English 4 – British Literature

English 4 – British Literature


This honors-level British literature course covers literature selections and cultural issues from eight literary periods in light of scripture: Old English, Middle English, Tudor, Stuart, Neoclassical, Romantic, Victorian, and Modern. The collection traces how God used the broken, eclectic English language to spread the gospel to the world.  It also covers the literary artistic movements that abandoned the gospel.  In addition to passages from historical documents and English poetry, the first semester of the course includes  Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,  Shakespeare’s drama Macbeth, and an overview of Milton’s Paradise Lost.  In the second semester, the course enters the Romantic, Victorian, and Modern English periods through the novels of Shelley, Dickens, Lewis, and Golding. Students should expect fun and lively class discussions as they also wrestle with the questions that have haunted English writers…Who am I?  Why am I here?  and What is my purpose in life?

The books required for this class include:

  • Bob Jones’s British Literature, second edition
  • Beowulf (ISBN 0-486-27264-8)
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (ISBN 0-486-43191-6)
  • The Tale of Paradise Lost retold by Nancy Willard (ISBN 0-689-85097-2)
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (unabridged)
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (unabridged)
  • The Great Divorce by CS Lewis
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding.

Please be prepared to read and write extensively. This course moves quickly with little time for catching up. There will be weekly writing, including creative assignments, research assignments, and responsive writings.  There will be minimal instruction on MLA formatting, so students should be confident writers who require little writing instruction. Individual feedback on essays will focus mostly on idea structure and expression of ideas as opposed to how to write paragraphs, etc. Students should be prepared to interact with college-level vocabulary and complete essay based exams.

Teacher: Missy Shearin



2015 Colonial Crowns Volleyball Clinics

Tuesday May 5th from 4:30 to 6:30 PM

Wednesday May 6th from 2 to 4 PM

Clinic will be run by Lindsay Benac

Lindsay Benac has been in the volleyball world for almost 20 years as a player, coach, and spectator. Lindsay’s club volleyball career is extensive, as she played for 10 years on an elite Southern Californian volleyball team that won gold at Jr. Nationals her 16s year. She earned Varsity letters all four years of high school, acting as captain for her Junior and Senior years and earning MVP Mobdro App and All CIF Team awards for those same years. Lindsay earned a full volleyball scholarship to play at NCSU, where she started as the Libero and captain from 2007-2010. Since then, she has coached club volleyball for 5 years, both in California and North Carolina. She has the reputation of taking beginner teams and making them a force to reckon with by the end of the season. Lindsay has coached all skill levels, but she mostly enjoys teaching the game to the younger kids.


Thursday May 7 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM

Friday May 8th from 4:30 to 6:30 PM

Clinic will be run by Keisha Demps

Keisha Demps graduated from the University of Arizona in 1998 after receiving a scholarship for both basketball and volleyball. After her sophomore year she left basketball to focus on her volleyball career. In 1997 Keisha was a member of the US National Team and competed for a roster spot for the 2000 Olympics. She excelled as a Middle Blocker for the University of Arizona, earning All PAC-10 honors, before going on to play professionally in Murcia, Spain and returned to the US to compete in the United States Professional League from 1999-2000. As a Middle Blocker/OH on the U.S. Dream Team she helped the team win the 2000 Millennium Cup. Keisha began her coaching career with the University of Nevada, and the St. Louis Quest professional team before moving on to Boise State. After serving as the Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Boise State for three years Keisha and her family moved to Raleigh to begin her career at NC State. While at NCSU she served as the Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator. During her time at NCSU and after, Keisha coached juniors volleyball for NC Challengers and Club Red. While at Club Red she coached their 14 Red team and served as the Assistant Director/Parent Liaison.

The cost is $25/person for each two day clinic. If you sign up for both clinics, the cost is $50/person.

To register for one or both of these clinics, CLICK HERE.

Homeschool Graduation

The homeschool graduation is in great need for help this year. We need adults who have enjoyed the blessings of the graduation as well as wish to see this tradition continued for the homeschool community at Colonial Baptist. Here are the areas of need:

  • Coordinate morning breakfast – assist Carolyn Cuany (need 2)
  • Coordinate ceremony – assist Beth Grose (need 2)
  • Coordinate communication for graduates
  • Edit biographies and coordinate slide show
  • Help with assigning and overseeing volunteers

If you would like to help out and join our team, please contact Beth Grose at or call 919.616.1759.

Safe and Secure Online

The Adult Ministries, Student Ministries and Children’s Ministries Departments of Colonial Baptist Church are pleased to offer a one day class entitled Safe and Secure Online.” 

Saturday, January 17, 2015, 9am to 12pm in Colonial Corners at Colonial Baptist Church, Cary, NC. The class is free, but registration is required.  REGISTER

This class is designed for parents, though children age 12 and older are welcome to attend. The main purpose is to learn how to protect yourself and your children on the internet. Protecting your children and helping them protect themselves are two of your top priorities as a parent. The main learning points of this class are designed to teach you some of the dangers and protections that are available to you.

This presentation is NOT about discouraging the use of the internet or electronic devices – these things are now a part of our lives, and we must accept that they will play an important role in our children’s futures.  As with any new technology or invention, there are many benefits that we can all experience through the internet such as social networking, email and research.

Through this presentation, we will examine some of the risks associated with the use of online systems, not with a mind to stop their use, but with the intent of protecting our children and ourselves and allowing us to use these things safely, securely and as they were originally intended. You will learn three main principles:

Cybersafety – teaching online behaviors that will protect a child’s physical well being.
Cyberethics – teaching children to treat each other online as they would like to be treated.
Cybersecurity – teaching you and your children to keep your computers safe.

The Topics We’ll Cover:

  • Social Networking
  • IM/Chat Rooms
  • Home Networking
  • Mobile Phones
  • Sexting
  • Cyberbullying
  • Personal Computers
  • Viruses/Spyware
  • Phishing
  • Gaming
  • TV

Our instructor is Colonial member, Chip Wentz.

Chip Wentz is an Executive Director in the National Information Security Center of Excellence at Ernst & Young with a focus on helping companies protect themselves and the privacy of their information from emerging threats. Chip is a highly accomplished executive with experience in information security, data protection, privacy, compliance, IT risk management, controls and governance. Chip leads information security transformation initiatives for global clients headquartered throughout the United States. In his current role, Chip serves as the Information Protection and Privacy services leader for the Americas Advisory practice supporting global companies in managing their risks and designing information security programs and systems to protect their most important assets.