Literature and Composition eBook Excellence in Literature


Literature & Composition (English 2) is a one year, college-preparatory literature and composition course, and is the first volume of the Excellence in Literature curriculum.

Visit the print edition page for a full description.

Downloadable eBook: 154 pages


The Literature and Composition ebook contains the same text as the print version of the book. Lit and Comp is also known as English 2, and is the second volume of the Excellence in Literature curriculum. You can read a full description of the book and its contents at the print book page, but here is a reading list of the books that will be studied at this level.

Reading List for Excellence in Literature’s Literature and Composition eBook

Note: All levels of EIL contain composition. The only reason it’s included in this title and not the others is that I needed a descriptive title for the fifth book (and there are five books instead of four because there were that many books I felt were essential).

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) and Grace Abounding to the Chiefest of Sinners by John Bunyan

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

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

Visit my blog to read about how I chose the literature for Excellence in Literature. This link will open in a new tab, so you don’t have to worry about losing your place here.

Lit and Comp books in chronological order

One of our loyal curriculum users shared the following list of the Literature and Composition modules, organized in chronological order. While the original order was created for the purpose of alternating longer, more challenging works with shorter ones, it is interesting and quite appropriate to enjoy the modules chronologically. Either way works just fine. Enjoy!

  • Renaissance: Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
  • Neo-Classical: Robinson Crusoe by Daniel DeFoe (c. 1660-1731)
  • English Romanticism: Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)
  • Romanticism: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)
  • American Romanticism: Walden by Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
  • Romantic Victorian: The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People by Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
  • Modernism: The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)
  • Modernist/Regional: Death Comes to the Archbishop by Willa Cather (1873-1947)
  • Modern Myth: Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis (1898-1965)

Following the nine modules that outline readings and a week-by-week lesson plan for each of the classic works being studied, you will find reference resources, including instructions for evaluation, reproducible rubric and assignment sheets, and more. You can see an annotated listing of each of the introductory and reference chapters at the “What is included in Excellence in Literature” post.

Get the print book and ebook together for just a bit more.

You and your student will have the print book for reference and evaluation, but the student will be able to view the modules online, and click links (on most computers) to the context resources, rather than typing out the URLs.



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