British and Classical Literature
High School English
A successful completion of High School English 2 or equivalent or One Day Academy’s American Literature course—or upon approval of the instructor based on a writing sample
To aid the student in thoughtful analysis of various classical and British works of ancient origin through the 20th century.
Students will learn how the Bible’s authors, Homer, and British authors utilized characterization, setting, irony, and other literary tools to expand upon various themes in ways unique to the local culture at the time of the work’s conception, yet still relevant today. Through this course, students learn to discuss at a college level major artistic works in the context of their impact on society and on individuals while becoming more confident in expressing their interpretations based on a Christian worldview. Lessons include:
An overview of the history of the time period and its predominant worldviews,
An explanation of the authors, their backgrounds, and personal worldviews,
Themes of the works and their biblical relevance,
Charts, essay questions, and literary analysis essays.
Parents are responsible for purchasing the course workbook and each of the reading titles (print version preferred) for their student at the beginning of the year. While library editions are also permitted, students must have the workbook and the current reading book with them in class each week. At this level, students are encouraged to pace out their reading, fill in the worksheets, and submit their writing and worksheet assignments independently and on time.
British and Classical Literature Course Workbook by Susan Peisker
Work accessed online:
Modern translation of “The Knight’s Tale,” by Geoffrey Chaucer; link provided by instructor
Original, unabridged versions to be purchased separately:
The Holy Bible (ESV, KJV, NKJV, NIV, NET, or NASB preferred)
The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare, Updated Edition, Folger Shakespeare Library: ISBN 978-0-7434-7757-4
The Annotated Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen; annotated and edited by David M. Shapard: ISBN 978-0-307-39080-6
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse, annotated with glossary: ISBN 9781611046656
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
While they are more expensive and not required, the Norton Critical editions of Jane Eyre and Great Expectations have helpful footnotes and additional study materials.