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Are you ready for fun and adventure from the land of the English? Welcome to British Literature!  We will have a blast reading, writing, and discussing the greatest literature ever written besides the BIBLE! Starting with Beowulf and Canterbury Tales, we will time travel through British history by reading well-loved classics like Milton, Chesterton, Dickens, Chaucer, Austen, Sayers, and Doyle. Use this class in a book club, family, or co-op setting. 

This is a one credit English course for middle or high school students with an emphasis on reading for enjoyment. There is lots of reading to do, but no twaddle and no “busy work.” Each assignment has an educational purpose. This class will introduce students to the best literature in the world and stir up an appetite for excellence in their reading choices. 

A brief overview of British History and British Literature is provided, as well as several book lists for further reading. 

Instead of book reports, books are discussed in a “book club” setting with snacks. Questions are provided as a springboard for lively conversations about these amazing books. 

Writing assignments are based on the reading material and include Flight to Israel Tales, Epic Poem, Victorian Poem, Sonnet, Allegory, and Essay. 

You will need to purchase the following books. 


Piers Plowman by William Langland

Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer (* optional)

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (* optional)

Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

Paradise Lost by John Milton

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (or A Christmas Carol)

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Perelandra by C. S. Lewis (or Screwtape Letters)

The Time Machine by H. G. Wells

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie


The following writings are included in this British Literature Class Book

Romeo and Juliet Act 1 Scene 1

"The Second Nun’s Tale" from Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

British Nursery Rhymes

A Bachelor’s Complaint about the Behavior of Married People by Charles Lamb

"The Old Manse and Meeting House, Stambourne" by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

"Lost Tools of Learning" by Dorothy Sayers

This class is a one credit high school English class. 




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Michelle A P April 04, 2017 6:00 pm UTC
Assuming this is a one year course, how do you fit in reading all that literature in one school year? Is it possible to see a sample page of the Table of Contents or one showing the year's lessons-in-a-view?
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Meredith C April 05, 2017 12:05 pm UTC
Read/Discuss Dev. English Language
Make Timeline & Fill in Map
Read Beowulf
Book Club Discussion: Beowulf
Read Piers Plowman
Read/Discuss Early Eng and Early Works
Plot & Make Plot Map
Write an Epic Poem
Read/Discuss 1000 to 1500 English History & Works
Read/Discuss to Morality Plays & Pilgrimages
Book Club Discussion: Piers Plowman
Read Prologue & Second Nun’s Tale from Canterbury Tales
Book Club Discussion: Canterbury Tales
Write a Flight to Israel Tale
Read/Discuss 1500s to 1600s English History & Works
Read Pilgrim’s Progress
Read/Discuss 1500s to 1600s English History & Works
Read Romeo & Juliet Scene Aloud
Read/Discuss Sonnets
Write a Sonnet
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Meredith C April 05, 2017 12:11 pm UTC
It is a lot of reading, but it is short reads mixed with longer ones. The most challenging books are Paradise Lost and Tale of Two Cities. The course allows substitution of A Christmas Carol for Tale of Two Cities. You could skip Paradise Lost if you needed to. The books in this course are interesting and enjoyable. Over the years, teens who took this course really enjoyed it! :) There is a list in the other reply. Also notice that several works are included in the back of the book. The rest are all downloadable as pdfs for Kindles or tablets because they are public domain. :)
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Michelle A P April 06, 2017 1:28 pm UTC
Whew! That is a great list that looks very well thought out and well organized. However, I'm not sure we could fit all that in, so I'd probably have to spread it out more. Thank you for your prompt reply.
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Meredith C April 06, 2017 1:49 pm UTC
It is definitely an AP course if you do it all :) I gave my children AP credit on their transcripts. You could stretch it out. Or you could drop some books :) You are the teacher :) I hope it works out for you. :) God bless. :)
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October 14, 2015 8:31 pm UTC
Hello, I was looking through your British Literature Class, it looks generally well structured and thought out. However I was disappointed to find the following "Fill in the following on the blank outline map of England." when it is a map of Britain. For future reference there is a distinct difference between England and Britain, ask any Scottish, Welsh or Irish person. Kind regards.
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Meredith C October 15, 2015 12:29 pm UTC
Yikes! Thank you! Correction made and new book uploaded. :) Grateful for you! :)
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Meredith C October 15, 2015 12:32 pm UTC
It changed the full size preview but not the Quick Preview
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