HS Literature and Composition
What makes a classic a classic? Why have some books been burned or banned, while other books have been praised or promoted? These are just a few questions posed to high school students as they voyage through the always renowned, sometimes complicated, famous works of British Authors.
Students will discover authors and evaluate their texts through relevant historical and artistic context while using the tools of literary critique and evaluation. Students will strengthen their research abilities and gain confidence in their academic writing by using classical rhetoric skills and stylistic techniques.
Note: Students who have previously read a selection of literature will still be capable of full contribution of coursework and credit. They will, however, be expected to reread the selection. Audio books are acceptable, but students should also have a paper copy of the book for class reference.
The following is a possible list of literature studied in this course: Final titles will be selected once minimum enrollment is reached:
Various Short Stories by Welty, O. Henry, etc.
- Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
- Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
- Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
- Animal Farm by George Orwell
- The Tempest by William Shakespeare
- Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift