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
Here are some links to download free copies from online. If these links are changed so that they don’t work, just google “Title of Book FREE Pdf”
(choose and download a copy here)
Piers Plowman by William Langland
Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
Paradise Lost by John Milton
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
(download here or here)
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.