Honors-level British Literature makes powerful transcripts for homeschool high schoolers.
Honors-level British Literature
When we first started homeschooling high school, we wondered how hard it would be to get our teens into college. We put a lot of effort into interviewing admissions advisors at various colleges. One thing the officers told us they wanted to see was rigor on the homeschool transcript. Rigor is recorded by levels (some school use the term *phases).
Levels for college-bound teens include:
- Level 3: College-prep (many textbooks are written at College-prep level)
- Level 4: Advanced
- Level 5: Honors (This level could be compared to AP. However, homeschoolers cannot simply designate a course as AP because College Board owns the term and must approve the courses.)
- For more information on levels, check out this post.
One of the best Honors-level courses for a homeschool transcript is British Literature.
If your homeschool high schooler is thinking about a major in English, Communications, Humanities, History or Arts, this is especially true!
An Honors-level course should be challenging but not filled with useless busywork. Your teens should stretch their thinking skills and experiences with meaningful reading and writing assignments.
Here’s how to create an Honors-level British Literature credit for your homeschool high schoolers:
- Start with study guides based on real books and poetry (not simply excerpts)
- Honors-level high schoolers should develop the attention span and self-discipline to read entire books. This is important for truly understanding what they read, and for developing neural stamina for college studies.
- 7Sisters British Literature Study Guides are written at college-prep level and include interesting and meaningful assignments for leveling up to the desired Honors credit.
- Included in each Literature Study Guide is:
- Level-up instructions
- Background information
- Vocabulary based on the book
- Questions that develop inferential thinking skills
- Answer key
- 7Sisters’ British Literature course includes Literature Study Guides for 7 classic novels and 2 delightful books of poetry.
- Animal Farm by George Orwell
- Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
- British Poetry Selections by various poets
- Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot
- A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
- The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
- Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
- Increase the level of the credit to Honors-level British Literature by completing the study guide for each book and choosing additional topic-enhancing assignments from the leveling-up instructions (in the preface to each guide).
- Suggestions for leveling-up to honors are suggested in each 7 Sisters study guide. For instance:
- For Animal Farm, homeschool high schoolers working on honors-level British Literature will do an independent study of the 1917 Russian Revolution. Then they will write a paper comparing the Revolution to the allegory in Animal Farm.
- For The Hobbit, teens will write a short biography of J.R.R. Tolkien.
- For A Christmas Carol, students will watch 1 or more movie versions and compare to the themes they read in the book.
- Other ideas are included for creating honors-level British Literature credit are included in the 7 Sisters text. A few of these ideas are:
- Write a poem (or 2) to accompany the British poetry guide or Old Possums Guide to Practical Cats.
- Write a report on the culture and political atmosphere of the time period of one of the books. (This can be expanded into to be a research paper.) This would work well for A Tale of Two Cities, Sense and Sensibility, Animal Farm, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, or The Invisible Man.
- Write a short story. This would work well with The Hobbit, A Christmas Carol, Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, or The Invisible Man.
- Write a character analysis essay. This would work well with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, A Christmas Carol, Tale of Two Cities (the characters are rather two-dimensional, and that makes them easier to analyze than more well-rounded, complex characters might be, especially for struggling writers).
Don’t forget to watch movie versions for as many books as possible. This enriches the experience for teens and makes good food for discussion.
Here are some of our favorites:
- Sense and Sensibility (1995)
- The Hobbit (Peter Jackson’s series)
- A Tale of Two Cities (1958)
- A Christmas Carol (watch several version- including Muppets’ version)
- Sherlock Holmes (HOW many different movies and tv series ARE there? Want to have some fun? Watch several and have a compare/contrast discussion.)
- Cats (the musical is based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, included in the British Literature bundle).
- Jeeves and Wooster
- This is a 3 season BBC series. Watch as many as you have time for. You can add 7Sisters Literature Study Guide for Right Ho, Jeeves.
Enjoy some of the books from the bundle as audio versions.
When British books are read by a good British reader, it is a delightful experience. Give your homeschool high schooler a powerful transcript credit with an Honors-level British Literature course. Download 7Sisters British Literature.