Honors English 4 – British Literature

English 4 – British Literature


This honors-level British literature course covers literature selections and cultural issues from eight literary periods in light of scripture: Old English, Middle English, Tudor, Stuart, Neoclassical, Romantic, Victorian, and Modern. The collection traces how God used the broken, eclectic English language to spread the gospel to the world.  It also covers the literary artistic movements that abandoned the gospel.  In addition to passages from historical documents and English poetry, the first semester of the course includes  Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,  Shakespeare’s drama Macbeth, and an overview of Milton’s Paradise Lost.  In the second semester, the course enters the Romantic, Victorian, and Modern English periods through the novels of Shelley, Dickens, Lewis, and Golding. Students should expect fun and lively class discussions as they also wrestle with the questions that have haunted English writers…Who am I?  Why am I here?  and What is my purpose in life?

The books required for this class include:

  • Bob Jones’s British Literature, Third Edition
  • Beowulf (ISBN 0-486-27264-8)
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (ISBN 0-486-43191-6)
  • The Tale of Paradise Lost retold by Nancy Willard (ISBN 0-689-85097-2)
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (unabridged)
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (unabridged)
  • The Great Divorce by CS Lewis
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding.

Please be prepared to read and write extensively. This course moves quickly with little time for catching up. There will be weekly writing, including creative assignments, research assignments, and responsive writings.  There will be minimal instruction on MLA formatting, so students should be confident writers who require little writing instruction. Individual feedback on essays will focus mostly on idea structure and expression of ideas as opposed to how to write paragraphs, etc. Students should be prepared to interact with college-level vocabulary and complete essay based exams.

Teacher: Missy Shearin    carystudentteaching@gmail.com