British Literature

Course Number: 112/113

Open To:
Grade 12

Course Length:
Full Year; 10 Units

UC/CSU Approved: English “B” Requirement.
Satisfies one year of the English graduation requirement.

Course Description:
British Literature is a year-long course that explores the context, traditions, innovations, and complexities of writing in Great Britain from the year 449 AD to the present. Students will read varied selections in chronological order from British authors in order to gain insight into the British contribution to literature on the world stage. Students will explore the nuances of writing throughout the different eras of British literature, focusing on the attitudes that shaped the writing of the time. Emphasis is given to reading comprehension and analysis of these works in discussion, projects, essays, and exams. Students will continue to develop their skills in literary criticism. This class should be considered an introduction to college-level thinking, reading, and writing. Learning objectives are rooted in the Common Core standards for the state of California.

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • Macbeth  by William Shakespeare ISBN# 978-1451694727
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley ISBN# 978-0-393-92793-1
  • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde ISBN# 978-0486264783

Other texts used provided in PDF format by the instructor

Note: Summer Reading Texts are by grade level and are posted in May.

Level of Difficulty:
Moderate
Difficult
Very Difficult

Estimated Homework Per Class:
30 minutes
30-60 minutes
60-90 minutes

Prerequisites:
None