Literature Classes


These year-long classes rotate on a three-year cycle:

  • British Literature ~ 2020-2021

  • World Literature ~ 2021-2022

  • American Literature ~ 2022-2023


British Literature  ~  2020-2021   Semesters 1 and 2 (Year-long)

Grades 10-12

Thursdays and Fridays  12:30-1:55  (Two sections of same class content. Student chooses which day to attend.) 

   This course surveys great authors through British history. 

   The book list includes a wide variety of works and genres:

  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding     1954

  • Beowulf translated by Seamus Heaney     circa 1000

  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare     1603

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen     1813

  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens     1860

  • "The Downgrade Controversy" from The Sword and the Trowel by Charles H. Spurgeon     1887

  • Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis     1942


The literature courses are academic in nature and considered college-preparatory. There is a great deal of reading and homework. The Excellence in Writing course is a prerequisite for any literature class. (It may also be taken concurrently.) There is no material fee for the literature classes, however, students are responsible for obtaining the books and keeping a specified binder.

While grades will be given on tests, quizzes, homework, and papers, the grade for each class will remain the responsibility of each student’s parents. A list of the student’s grades will be emailed to the parents at the end of each semester.



World Literature  ~  2021-2022   Semesters 1 and 2 (Year-long)

Grades 10-12

   This year-long course surveys classic titles throughout world history.

   The book list includes well-known authors from a variety of different countries:

  • The Odyssey of Homer translated by Richmond Lattimore or Robert Fagles (Greek)

  • Dante’s Inferno translated by Mark Musa or Dorothy Sayers (Italian)

  • Selected writings of Martin Luther (German)

  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, translated by Tobias Smollett (Spanish) - only selected chapters

  • The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano (African)

  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (French) OR The Three Musketeers 

  • The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (German)

  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (Russian)

  • The Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank (Dutch)



American Literature  ~  2022-2023    Semesters 1 and 2 (Year-long)

Grades 10-12

   This course surveys classic titles of American Literature such as: 

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain          1885

  • "Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God" Sermon by Jonathan Edwards        1741

  • Selected Short Stories of Edgar Allan Poe     1830s and 40s

  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald        1925

  • Selection of great American Short Stories

  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway        1951

  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee        1960

  • Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt          2007