British Literature and Composition
British Literature & Composition (BL)
DOE course number: 23.05200
One core credit
One weekly class at LAC with two 90-min sections
This is a great class for those who normally don't enjoy literature: there is plenty of action in Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, and Renaissance works, for example. The lit survey covers historical works and authors that every student should be familiar with before graduation - from Beowulf to Canterbury Talesto Wordsworth and T.S. Eliot. Students learn to read, analyze, and write about various styles of great literature, all of which were hits in their time and are still wonderful today. The three-hour class period enables students to enjoy some works that are lengthy and might otherwise be intimidating if a student sits at home alone, such as Hamlet or a British novel. Class discussions often lead into the "great world of ideas," and on-our-feet activities keep the class time moving and interactive. Videos, role playing, illustrating, intelligent games, and group work add variety to text study. The mock trial of Victor Frankenstein is often one of spring's activities. A final research project focuses on a modern author chosen by individual students, who then get to practice creative, visual ways to teach the class themselves.
Text: England in Literature, Scott Foresman, ISBN 0673129225. Textbooks are borrowed from instructor with a refundable deposit, unless students want their own copies to write in (recommended for students who enjoy literature!).
Optional summer reading can add extra credit and cover August classwork if parents desire to start the course before Labor Day.
Want to visit a class? Please drop into any of Margaret's classes at any time.
Tuition: Sept-May $75 per month
Take $5 off per month per student for families with multiple students enrolled in Shuman courses in a current year.
Find more detail at www.MargaretShuman.com.