British Literature – One Year of High School Reading and Thinking

We want our homeschoolers to read great books.  We want them to think great thoughts. Critical Thinking skills are so important for life, and reading books that help teens hone those skills is FUN as well as wise. Finding a curriculum made up of British Literature high school study guides that build critical thinking skills serves our teens well AND makes  learning engaging.

British Literature – A Full Year High School Course is a curriculum that can meet the need.british literature high school study guides

British Literature High School Study Guides

The 7 Sisters Literature Study Guide distinctive is this: no overkill, no busywork.

We don’t insult the student with lots of basic comprehension “What happened then?” questions. They did plenty of that in elementary school when they needed to build comprehension skills. Now as young adults they need to be encouraged to read inferentially, to move below the surface and ask questions that get to the ideas behind the story. Our guides hone critical thinking skills.  Students who use our guides read beyond simple comprehension for inference, for interpretation, for evaluation, and more.

Some high school study guides dig deeply into works of literature, but they also try to cover every possible element worth examining in the book. To many teens that feels like overkill, like all the joy of reading the book was drowned out by over-analysis. We try to avoid overkill.

Instead, we pick one or two ideas, a literary device or two, or an amazing and unusual quality about the book, and then we focus on exploring that idea, device or quality. We recognize that there is more to be explored in any given title, but the reader doesn’t need to examine every piece of it at the first reading. That’s part of what is wonderful about revisiting a book for second read some time down the road! 

This bundled e-book curriculum, will provide your student with a college-prep level British Literature credit. It can also be adapted to honors level using the suggestions in the book. This zipped file contains editable PDFs (fields where the student can type his/her answers).

Britiish Literature

It comes complete with British Literature high school study guides to accompany nine books (you can find the books in your local library or pick up a copy from Amazon), including a “how-to” section, vocabulary, supplemental ideas, and answer keys for each guide. This book includes study guides written by Dr. Gerald Culley, Sabrina Justison, and Vicki Tillman.

Books covered by these study guides: (click the image to read more about each individual literature study guide)

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Animal Farm Literature Guide

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Literature Study Guide

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Hobbit Literature Study Guide

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol Literature Study Guide

British Poetry Selections by various poets

British Poetry

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot

Old Possums Book of Practical Cats Literature Guide

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities literature study guide

The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells

Literature Guide for The Invisible Man

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.

British Literature - Sense and Sensibility

Here are some thoughts on helping your students WANT to discuss the books they’re reading….

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And if you are thinking about using British Literature in a co-op setting, check out Vicki’s ideas for terrific group learning using this curriculum!

Why study British Literature? Click here to see what English teacher Sally Law has to say on the topic.

British Literature – One Year of High School Reading and Thinking





Sabrina Justison

20+ year homeschool mom and curriculum developer for Fred's wife. Writing, drama, music, blogs, kids, shoes, coffee, & books in varying orders on various days. He is God, He is good & He loves me.

2 Replies to “British Literature – One Year of High School Reading and Thinking”

  1. I could not agree more with your blog. I have been an English tutor, majored in Victorian Literature, and now write for a living. Much can be learned from a thorough dive into English lit. The best of the Victorian writers and beyond tell more than their stories put forth. This was the great transitional period in the west.

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