11th/12th British Literature & Composition

Reading List:

Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Canterbury Tales (Selected), King Lear, Paradise Lost, Pride and Prejudice, Frankenstein, Wuthering Heights, A Tale of Two Cities, The Importance of Being Earnest

In this survey of British works from the Medieval to the Modern period, students will explore the evolution of British literature in the context of a Christian worldview. This course will introduce students to British Literature from the Anglo-Saxon period through the Modern Era. While we will focus our attention on significant examples of the literature of this period and will consider the structural and stylistic devices of each text, we will do so in the larger context of a discussion of the thematic concerns of writers of each era, as well as their relevance to us today and the impact these works have had on modern culture. Students will learn to analyze literature through a variety of lenses, including historical context, reader response, and author intent, displaying their skills in literary analysis through challenging writing and research assignments designed to prepare them for college and the writing section of the ACT/SAT. However, this class is not just about technical writing. The students will develop a deeper appreciation for the works of these important writers by emulating their writing style through creative assignments. Online grammar work and contextual vocabulary will also be assigned by the teacher.