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British and Classical Literature

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High School English

Suggested Age:



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

British and Classical Literature

Course Description:


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.

Parental Responsibilities

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.


Work accessed online:

  • Modern translation of “The Knight’s Tale,” by Geoffrey Chaucer; link provided by instructor

Original, unabridged versions to be purchased separately:

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.

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