British Literature

Setting the Standard | taught by Cara Shelton

Course description

     British Literature is probably the most intricate and complex literature course a high school student will study, but it is also very rewarding.  The long life of the British Empire has allowed its literature to trace not only the development of the English language itself, but also the development of the culture of English-speaking people.  With the likes of Chaucer, Shakespeare, Shelley, Dickens, Bronte, Milton and so many more acknowledged masters, the literature of Britain stands as a challenge and an inspiration for serious students of literature, language, or human kind. 


     As a survey course, the class will include an overview of British literature from early Anglo-Saxon to Modern eras. The literary gems of each age will be properly set in a historical applications for a better understanding of the social and historical context of the readings. A unique focus of this course will be an enhanced understanding of literary criticism and its place in literature. As they interact with the literature, wrestle with it, are inspired by it, students will grow in their ability to analyze and appreciate the themes and ideas these foundational authors present.

Industria est initium sapientiae. Work is the beginning of wisdom!

Cara Shelton
Cara Shelton
Author & Educator

Miss Cara received a Bachelor of Arts in English from CSU, Northridge, where she graduated magna cum laude. A lifelong bibliophile, Miss Cara has been teaching Literature and English Composition courses for over twenty years now, finding that getting students talking about Literature is just as rewarding as reading it!


Outside of the classroom, Miss Cara and her husband are co-ringmasters of their own "Family Circus," recently having graduated the last of their children from their own homeschool. Author of several children's books, and co-author of a set of devotional books, Miss Cara is excited to provide literature courses that will empower parents, teachers, and students to take education into their own hands!

Not all Rigor is Mortis!

Course Curriculum

Quarter 1 - Teacher
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