Introduction to Literature Texts

Introduction to Literature, English 1 in the Excellence in Literature curriculum.

Introduction to Literature Study Guide

In Introduction to Literature, students will study eight full-length works of fiction and six short stories. Students who choose the Honors option will read sixteen 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 Introduction to Literature 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.

Introduction to Literature, English 1: Focus and Honors Texts

Module 1: Short Stories

Note: Most of these short stories are available at the Excellence in Literature site as linked below.

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Module 2 focus text is Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne.

Module 2: Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

Honors: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

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Module 3 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain

Module 3: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court OR Joan of Arc by Mark Twain

Honors: The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Module 4: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Honors: Shirley OR

Villette by Charlotte Brontë

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Module 5 focus text is Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

Module 5: Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

Honors: Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot

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Module 6 focus text is Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Module 6: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Honors: Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

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Module 7 focus text is Animal Farm by George Orwell

Module 7: Animal Farm by George Orwell

Honors: 1984 by George Orwell OR

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

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Module 8 focus text is The Tempest by William Shakespeare


Module 8: The Tempest by William Shakespeare

Honors: A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

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Module 9 focus text is Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift


Module 9: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

Honors: The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

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Additional Suggested Resources

Handbook for Writers from Excellence in LiteratureExcellence 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

Janice Campbell

Janice Campbell writes and speaks about homeschooling, using lifestyle of learning approach influenced by Charlotte Mason, classical learning, and the Thomas Jefferson method. Her books and resources, including Excellence in Literature, Transcripts Made Easy, and Get a Jump Start on College, reflect Janice’s focus on twaddle-free, active learning (she did have boys, after all!).

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