Literature and Composition Texts
In Literature and Composition, students will study nine full-length works of fiction and six short stories. Students who choose the Honors option will read eighteen full-length works of fiction and twelve short stories. A brief chapter in the study guide provides instructions for the additional writing that will round out the honors grade.
Each of the Literature and Composition texts below is linked to the edition I prefer at Amazon. These are affiliate links, of course — that means I get a few cents from each book purchase, but it doesn’t change your cost at all. You can read more about how I choose editions to recommend at “Focus Texts for Excellence in Literature.”
You may go to the Excellence in Literature curriculum home page for more information about the entire curriculum.
Literature and Composition, English 2: Focus and Honors Texts
Each book below is linked to edition I prefer at Amazon. These are affiliate links, of course — that means I get a few cents from each book purchase, but it doesn’t change your cost at all.
Module 1: Robinson Crusoe by Daniel DeFoe
Honors: The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss or The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel DeFoe
Optional: The book of Jonah (any translation)
Module 2: Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Honors: “Civil Disobedience” by Henry David Thoreau and “Self-Reliance” by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Module 3: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Module 4: The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Honors: Manalive by G.K. Chesterton
Module 5: Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
Honors: The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
Module 6: Death Comes to the Archbishop by Willa Cather
Honors: Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett
Module 7: Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
Honors: King John by William Shakespeare
Module 8: Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
Honors: Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare or Rob Roy by Scott
Module 9: The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Honors: Kim by Rudyard Kipling
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Additional Suggested Resources
Excellence in Literature Handbook for Writers
The Excellence in Literature Handbook for Writers is a reference book that includes instructions on how to construct logical arguments (theses), write essays, and work with grammar, punctuation, and style. 420 pages, paperback.