Let’s Discover British Literature!
I want to take you on an adventure to the land of the best writers in the entire world! British Literature is the cornerstone to understanding all Western Literature—and it’s a class your high schooler can’t do without. British Literature & Writing, a one credit high school English course, can be used at home or with a homeschool co-op.
You and your teens can make a pot of tea and whip up a batch of scones to set the stage while you have a blast reading, writing, and discussing the greatest literature ever written besides the Bible. Time travel begins with Beowulf and Canterbury Tales and moves forward to Pilgrim’s Progress, Robinson Crusoe, Pride & Prejudice, and more beloved works. Along the way, students will learn about British history, too.
Students Will ….
- Read & discuss great works of literature in a book club setting
- Learn an overview of British History
- Read Poems and Plays Aloud
Students Will Write….
- Flight to Israel Tales (after reading Canterbury Tales)
- Epic Poem (after reading Beowulf)
- Victorian Poem
- Allegory (after reading Pilgrim’s Progress)
The following writings are included in British Literature & Writing:
- “Romeo and Juliet” Act 1 Scene 1 by William Shakespeare
- “The Second Nun’s Tale” from Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
- British Nursery Rhymes
- “A Bachelor’s Complaint about the Behavior of Married People” by Charles Lamb
- “The Old Manse and Meeting House, Stambourne” by Charles Haddon Spurgeon
- “Lost Tools of Learning” by Dorothy Sayers
You will need to purchase, or download from the internet, the following books:
- Piers Plowman by William Langland
- Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
- Paradise Lost by John Milton
- Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
- Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens or A Christmas Carol
- Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
- Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
- The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- Perelandra by C. S. Lewis (or Screwtape Letters)
- The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
- Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
This course covers 1 credit of high school English grades 8-12.