A college-prep survey of significant, beautiful literature
- Survey key works of British Literature.
- Help young scholars gain independence in learning: complete lesson plans and materials guide them each day.
- Watch students hone their skills in creative writing and academic essays.
- Prepare for the AP English Literature Exam* and equip students for university-level study.
- Combine this unique literature-only program with other Sonlight high school subjects for a complete one-year high school curriculum.
A unique and robust literature course
British Literature 630 is a complete, one-year literature program. My daughter Amy (a literature-major and homeschooling mom) and I designed it to help prepare students for college and life. Students evaluate beauty and literature from an academic perspective and biblical worldview.
This course is largely self-guided. You, Mom or Dad, will primarily act as a coach, encouraging, cheering and monitoring the progress of your students.
Choose this program to ...
Help your students engage thoughtfully with the world around them, and:
- Write with clarity, punch and purpose.
- Confidently analyze a work's message, literary style and aesthetic qualities.
- Evaluate truth, beauty and goodness in works of cultural importance.
- Vastly expand their vocabulary.
- Gain confidence in how to practically approach and analyze poetry.
- Gain appreciation for classic literature.
- Prepare for college and/or prepare to take the AP* exam in English Literature.
This guided journey through literature and literary analysis features a wide variety of forms and genres. You'll start with a heroic epic poem written when the Christian gospel first came to the British Isles. Then read tales of a knight of the Round Table. Ponder the human condition as expressed in Shakespeare's tragic play Hamlet. Engage with classic novels by Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Emily Brontë and Lewis Carroll. Discover a variety of gripping poetic forms.
Interspersed among the famous "Great Conversation" texts, relax with popular characters including Sherlock Holmes, Peter Pan and P. G. Wodehouse's famous butler, Jeeves.
Experience the horror of life without laws or God in works such as Lord of the Flies, Passage to India, and Frankenstein.
Then study insightful and influential Christian works such as Milton's Paradise Lost and C. S. Lewis' The Great Divorce.
Students could earn college credit!
British Literature 630 also prepares students for the AP* exam. Colleges often award credit to students who do well on the exam.
The AP English Literature Exam requires students to understand literary terms, analyze poetry, know a few literary works in depth and write compelling literary analysis. This course specifically equips them in all these skills. For additional help we recommend Cracking the AP English Literature Exam.
Combine 630 with other courses
You can combine the 36-week British Literature course with one of our 36-week high school history courses to create a custom experience for your students.
Or, you may also choose to combine it with other other upper-level courses of your choice, such as Psychology, Economics, College & Career Planning and What Good is Christianity), as well as Science and Math.
With Literature 630, you receive:
Self-directed instruction empowers your students to independently follow their Student Guide each day. Stay in tune and check their progress with your corresponding Parent Guide that includes answers and extra notes.
Request the first three weeks of the Parent and Student Guides for free at sonlight.com/3-week-samples.
Includes 24 masterpieces of literature woven together into a cohesive study.
These practical tools give students keys to understand poetry and big words.
Students receive excellent instruction to help them write college-level academic and creative compositions.
Solid preparation for the years ahead
May your students enjoy these beautiful and thought-provoking works as they prepare for life beyond high school!
*AP and Advanced Placement are registered trademarks of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse this product.