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Brit Lit Survey (British Literature)


Brit Lit Survey | High School Literature

Full Year – High School Level Course

Meeting: 2024-2025| Friday, 10:15 am – 11:15 am

Instructor: Anna Knaub




Brit Lit Survey

“We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.” -Winston Churchill 

The everlasting spirit of the UK is truly a tale as old as time. This Brit Lit Survey peruses a number of the most famous authors from the mighty islands starting with the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf, and moving forward chronologically through the dazzle of King Arthur, the humor of Chaucer, and wrapping up the Fall semester with the 3 sonnet styles, with a Shakespearian focus. In the Spring we will get a bit more modern, reading Regency and Industrial Revolution pieces from favorites like Austen, Swift, Golding, and a sampling of the Romance poets: Yeats, Keats, Tennyson, and more. Students will also have the opportunity to pick one of the 4 pre-selected, classic books, to read as a “choose your own.”

Each semester students will be challenged with 4 core assignments: a formal essay, a formal presentation, a formal creative assignment, and a unit test. In between students will complete study guides which include character analysis, comprehension & analysis questions, vocabulary, and themes. Students will have the opportunity to discuss their weekly reading in class and flex their socratic skills and notetaking. 

Most works will be provided, however, students will need copies of Beowulf, Pride & Prejudice, and Lord of the Flies; as well as their novel of choice.



Select Tales of Canterbury Tales (tales provided)

Select Tales of King Arthur (tales provided)

Sonnets (select sonnets provided)


Pride & Prejudice Jane Austen

A Modest Proposal Jonathan Swift (provided)

Romantic Poetry (poems provided)

Lord of the Flies William Golding

Book of Choice 

Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad

Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Agatha Christie


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