Literature and Composition Texts

Literature and Composition: English 2 level of Excellence in Literature

Literature and Composition Study Guide

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.
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E2 Module 1 is the focus text for Robinson Crusoe by Daniel DeFoeModule 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

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E2 Module 2 focus text is Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Module 2: Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Honors: “Civil Disobedience” by Henry David Thoreau and “Self-Reliance” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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E2 Module 3 focus text is The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Module 3: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Honors: The Man in the Iron Mask or The Three Musketeers by Dumas

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E2 Module 4 focus text is The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Module 4: The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Honors: Manalive by G.K. Chesterton

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Module 5: Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis

Honors: The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

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E2 Module 6 focus text is Death Comes to the Archbishop by Willa Cather

Module 6: Death Comes to the Archbishop by Willa Cather

Honors: Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett

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E2 Module 7: Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

Module 7: Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

Honors: King John by William Shakespeare

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E2 Module 8 focus text is Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott

Module 8: Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott

Honors: Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare or Rob Roy by Scott

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E2 Module 9 focus text is The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Module 9: The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Honors: Kim by Rudyard Kipling


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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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