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 English Christianity from it beginning to the present and studies Shakespeare’s drama Macbeth in its entirety.

We’ll be working through Bob Jones’s British Literature, which will be the only text required. Please be prepared to read and write extensively. This course moves quickly with little time for catching up. There will be weekly writing assignments, including creative assignments designed to mimic works we are studying, research assignments to further illuminate the culture these texts were created in, and response writings where students provide feedback as they interact with these seminal works of art. Although I will be providing instruction on MLA formatting, 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 also will interact with college-level vocabulary and complete standard exams, including a mid-term and final.

“It’s boring!” you might say. “It’s all dead, white guys who don’t have anything to do with me” you might say. But you’d be wrong. Allusions to the great works of our literary forefathers abound. Dr. Who, Taylor Swift, Eminem, Mumford & Sons, MC Lars, Bastille, and Marilyn Manson have all pulled lyrics from famous works we’ll cover in this class. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Bob Dylan, J.D. Salinger, Star Trek, the Sandman series, and Lord of the Rings also have quotes, characters, and themes from British literature. If you don’t know the works these contemporary works are based on, you’re missing ideas the authors thought important enough to include.

Teacher: Missy Shearin



British Literature for Christian Schools 2nd Edition (ISBN-13: 978-1579249519 or ISBN-10: 9781579249519)

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