British Literature Texts
In British Literature, students will study nine full-length works of fiction, including prose, poetry, and drama, as well as associated context resources. Students who choose the Honors option will read eighteen full-length works of fiction, including prose, poetry, drama, and more. A brief chapter in the study guide provides instructions for the additional writing that will round out the honors grade.
Each of the British Literature texts below is linked to my preferred edition at Amazon (my criteria for a good edition). The book links 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 (full disclosure at the bottom of the page. You can learn more about the entire curriculum at the Excellence in Literature curriculum home page.
British Literature Texts: Recommended Editions
Module 1: Beowulf: Translation by J. R. R. Tolkien OR translation by Seamus Heaney
Honors: The Dream of the Rood and Caedmon’s Hymn or The Battle of Malden from The First Poems in English
Module 2: Canterbury Tales (selected) by Geoffrey Chaucer
Honors: Piers Plowman by William Langland
Module 3: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and The Faerie Queene (Book 1) by Edmund Spenser and “Letters to Raleigh”
(You may choose the J. R. R. Tolkien translation of Sir Gawain if you prefer.)
Honors: Le Morte d’Arthur by Thomas Malory
Module 4: King Lear by William Shakespeare
Honors: Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Module 5: Paradise Lost by John Milton
Honors: Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan (if not read in English I)
OR The Temple by George Herbert (Poetry Collection)
Module 6: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Honors: Persuasion or other novel by Jane Austen
OR Middlemarch by George Eliot
Module 7: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
OR Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
Module 8: Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Honors: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
Module 9: To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
— This edition of To the Lighthouse features an introduction by Eudora Welty, whose short story “A Worn Path” was featured in Level 1 of Excellence in Literature.
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.
Evaluate Writing the Easy Way is a brief, inexpensive resource that can help you learn to evaluate your student’s writing.