A foundational course for any high school student, Literature & Composition lays the groundwork for further success as a communicator of both the written and spoken word. Literature & Composition is a college-preparatory literature and composition course. Focus works 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.
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 creative and evaluative writing.
By the end of the course, students will:
- Understand the process of writing, including the use of tools such as a writer’s handbook, dictionary, and thesaurus.
- 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.
This is a one year, college-preparatory literature and composition course. Students will study:
- Robinson Crusoe by Daniel DeFoe
- Walden by Henry David Thoreau
- The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
- The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
- Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
- Death Comes to the Archbishop by Willa Cather
- Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
- Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
- The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Students will need to purchase Literature and Composition by Janice Campbell as well as have access to the above listed books.