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British (English) Literature and Composition


British Literature is a college-preparatory literature survey 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.  Students will gain an understanding of the development of British 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.

  • Demonstrate competence in the MLA style of source documentation


Class time:  10:00am - 10:55am - Tuesday 

Recommended Age/Grade: 10th-12th grade High School

Instructor: Mrs. Traci McPherson

Cost:  $50 a month

Course Supply Fee: $10


Class size is limited to 8 Seats ***THREE SLOTS LEFT***


Course Requirement:
TextExcellence in Literature:: English IV American Literature  by Janice Campbell

 plus ebook for extra resources


Supplies: 1 in.  3 ring binder, loose-leaf paper, 5 subject dividers, pencils, pens 

Additional: laptop computer, access to a WORD format program and PowerPoint program

Purchase book and ebook here

Possible Literature Studied and additional books needed will be

Canterbury Tales (selected) by Geoffrey Chaucer

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and The Faerie Queene (Book 1) by Edmund Spenser and “Letters to Raleigh”

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


Note: Do NOT purchase books until you get a welcome letter from your teacher!


Laptops/tablets will need to be brought to class at various times with

access to a WORD format program and PowerPoint program



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