British Literature is a college-preparatory literature and composition course. Focus works, including novels, short stories, poems, and drama, have been selected for literary quality, and for their place in the historical development of literature. Context readings provide background information about the author, the historical period, and the literary and artistic context of the focus work.
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Students will gain an understanding of the development of literature and will practice the skills of close literary analysis through essays, approach papers, and other evaluative writing.

By the end of the course, students will:.

—Possess a broad knowledge of the history and development of British literature.

—Have specific understanding of selected representative texts by major authors of the periods studied.

—Have a general understanding of the historical and cultural contexts of the works.

—Be able to analyze literary texts and present thoughtfully developed ideas in writing.

—Demonstrate competence in essay organization, style, and mechanics.

High school students will gain an understanding of the development of British literature through an in-depth guided study of nine great works. Students will study the following literatry works in this course:

Beowulf
Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight 
The Faerie Queene (Book 1) by Edmund Spenser
King Lear by William Shakespeare
Paradise Lost by John Milton
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

Students will need to purchase British Literature, available through Everyday Education as well as have access to the books listed above.

Honors addendum available.
Suggested prerequisites: basic understanding of literary analysis and a thorough understanding of how to write an essay.

 

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