British Literature – One Year of High School Reading and Thinking

British Literature – One Year of High School Reading and Thinking is a curriculum that can meet the need.british literature high school study guides

British Literature High School Study Guides

We want our homeschoolers to read great books.  Not only that, we want them to think great thoughts!

While we are at it, how about critical thinking skills? They are so important for life. Therefore, reading books that help teens hone those skills is FUN as well as wise.

Our teens like to have a curriculum made up of British Literature high school study guides that build critical thinking skills. This  serves them well AND makes  learning engaging.

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.

Teens need to move below the surface and ask questions that get to the ideas behind the story. Students who use 7Sisters guides read beyond simple comprehension and work on:

  • inference
  • interpretation
  • 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. Many teens that feels like that is overkill. When things are over-taught, all the joy of reading the book gets drowned out by over-analysis. Therefore 7Sisters Literature Study try to avoid overkill and keep teens inspired!

Instead, we pick one or two ideas, a literary device or two, or an amazing and unusual quality about the book.

Then we focus on exploring that idea, device or quality.

We recognize that there is more to be explored in any given title, but teens do not 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

Moms like this course because 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.) Not only that but the course includes:

  • a “how-to” section
  • vocabulary
  • supplemental ideas
  • and answer keys for each guide. 

You can view excerpts from 7Sisters popular British Literature Full-Year study guide course here.

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

Take a look at this excerpt from British Literature: A Full-Year High School Course.

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.

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Sabrina Justison

20+ year homeschool mom and curriculum developer for 7SistersHomeschool.com. 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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