British Literature & Composition

  • Literature with great action and characters
  • Variety of active learning methods planned into each class
  • High interest for students who don't usually like "old literature"
British Literature & Composition (BL)

Learn about "Honors" option here: Honors Details


Grades: 10-12, 9 with permission of instructor


DOE course number: 23.05200


One core credit


One weekly class at Eastside with two 90-min sections

This is a great class for those who normally don't enjoy literature: there is plenty of action in Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, and Renaissance works, for example. The lit survey covers historical works and authors that every student should be familiar with before graduation—from Beowulf to Canterbury Tales to Wordsworth and T.S. Eliot. Students learn to read, analyze, and write about various styles of great literature, all of which were hits in their time and are still wonderful today. The three-hour class period enables students to enjoy some works that are lengthy and might otherwise be intimidating if a student sits at home alone, such as Hamlet or a British novel. Class discussions often lead into the "great world of ideas," and on-our-feet activities keep the class time moving and interactive. Role playing, illustrating, intelligent games, videos, and group work add variety to text study. The mock trial of Victor Frankenstein is often one of spring's activities. A final research project focuses on a modern author chosen by individual students, who then get to practice creative, visual ways to teach the class themselves.

Text: England in Literature, Scott Foresman, ISBN 0673129225. Textbooks are borrowed from instructor with a refundable deposit, unless students want their own copies to write in (recommended for students who enjoy literature!).

Optional summer reading can add extra credit and cover August classwork if parents desire to start the course before Labor Day.

Would you like to meet up and talk about this class? Contact Margaret at shumanhw@gmail.com or text at 678-772-1644. We can meet for a walk or for coffee/tea at a location that works for us both! You can also visit any Shuman class with or without your student, any time. See current teaching schedule at MargaretShuman.com

Tuition:

  • Eastside - $80 per month, Sept-May
  • Take $5 off per month per student for families with multiple students enrolled in Shuman courses in a current year.
  • Take $5 off per month per student for families who have enrolled at least one student in a Shuman course in the past.

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