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British Literature Syllabus (50 Pages)...$25.00

We use ten books, chosen from various historical periods in British history, over the course of the year such as Beowulf, Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott, Henry V and A Midsummer-Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith, David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, Emma by Jane Austen, and The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis. We also provide the student with extensive literature lists broken down by the various historical time periods so they can choose other texts if they have already read the primary texts. The student also makes an in-depth study of British poetry using The Harp and Laurel Wreath. We also include paper topics for all of the main texts along with a list of alternate topics both general and specific to give the student practice with writing. The British Literature Syllabus has a day-by-day breakdown of this course along with paper topics, questions for discussion, answer keys, detailed literature lists, and a variety of teaching resources including Twelfth Grade Subject Rubrics, Learning Objectives, and grading charts. This is a 1 year, 1 credit course.

Current Edition: © 2011.

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Book List

  • Essential 3
    • Beowulf
      Edited R.K. Gordon
      Dover Publications
      ISBN: 0486272648
    • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
      Tolkein, JRR (Translator)
      Del Rey — 214 Pages
      ISBN: 0345277600
    • The Harp and Laurel Wreath: Poetry and Dictation for the Classical Curriculum
      Berquist, Laura
      Ignatius Press — 500 Pages
      ISBN: 0898707161
  • Supplemental - Required 9
    • Age of Romanticism and the Victorian Era Literary Periods
    • David Copperfield
      Dickens, Charles
      Penguin Books — 1024 Pages
      ISBN: 0140439447
    • Emma
      Austen, Jane
      CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform — 268 Pages
      ISBN: 148252676X
    • Anglo Saxon and Middle English Literary Periods
    • Ivanhoe
      Scott, Sir Walter
      Dover Publications — 464 Pages
      ISBN: 0486436772
    • Elizabethan Literary Period as well as the Literary Period of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
    • A Midsummer Night's Dream
      Shakespeare, William
      Simon & Schuster — 256 Pages
      ISBN: 0743477545
    • Henry V
      Shakespeare, William
      Dover Publications — 112 Pages
      ISBN: 0486428877
    • The Vicar of Wakefield
      Goldsmith, Oliver
      Oxford University Press — 256 Pages
      ISBN: 0199537542
    • Literary Period of the Twentieth Century
    • Out of the Silent Planet
      Lewis, C.S.
      Scribner — 160 Pages
      ISBN: 0743234901
    • Perelandra
      Lewis, C.S.
      Scribner — 192 Pages
      ISBN: 074323491X
    • That Hideous Strength
      Lewis, C.S.
      Scribner — 384 Pages
      ISBN: 0743234928
  • Supplemental - Optional 1
  • Alternate text that can replace an essential or required supplemental text 101


Week 1

Day Assignment

You should begin the year with a study of Anglo-Saxon Poetry. The first poems that were written in England were narrative in form. Troubadours would travel all across England telling fantastic stories of magic, knights, damsels in distress, and dragons. These stories were meant to instruct the people, as well as entertain. Because in 1000 A.D. very few people could read, and of course there was no television, people were taught about their Catholic faith, and their ancestors, through art and through the tales of the wandering troubadours. To be a troubadour was indeed an important task.

Narrative poetry can be divided into several different types. They are: 1) the epic, 2) the ballad, 3) the metrical romance, and 4) the metrical tale. We shall begin the year with a study of the epic. According to Aristotle, it is “an imitation of life which is narrative in form and poetic in meter…it has for its subject a single action, whole and complete. The characters celebrated should be of a lofty type.” (Prose and Poetry of England, p.11 (p. 13)).

Please look up the epic in The Harp and Laurel Wreath as well (p. 367). If you have Prose and Poetry of England you could read pp. 1-13 (pp. 3-15) today.

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2 Begin reading “Beowulf” today. You will have 3 days to finish the assignment.
3 Read “Beowulf”.
4 Finish reading “Beowulf”.