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Introduction to Literature and Composition



Introduction to 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.

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. 



  • 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.


Class time:  9:00am - 9:55am - Tuesday 

Recommended Age/Grade: 8th-9th grade High School

Instructors: Mrs. Kimberly

Cost:  $45 a month

Supply Fee: $10


Class size is limited to 8 Seats


Course Requirement:

Text: Excellence in Literature:: English I: Introduction to Literature  by Janice Campbell

          (plus ebook if you desire for extra resources)
Purchase book and ebook here

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

Books and Short Stories needed:


Short Stories by- 

• Sarah Orne Jewett: A White Heron
• Edgar Allen Poe: The Purloined Letter (This one is not scary, if you're concerned about that.)
• Guy de Maupassant: The Diamond Necklace
• O. Henry: The Ransom of Red Chief
• Eudora Welty: A Worn Path 
• James Thurber: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne 

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë 

Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw 

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevens

Animal Farm by George Orwell

The Tempest by William Shakespeare 

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift


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