Learning Language Arts Through Literature: High School British Literature

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Now updated into an all-inclusive teacher/student book, this third edition of the LLATL Gold Book: British Literature features answers and summaries in a separate teacher section (in the back of the book) for easy grading and student use.

With literature at its core, this high school literature curriculum will enhance your high school student's ability to read and understand literature in all its varying forms. Students will develop their capabilities for verbal and written expression, learn to interpret literary meanings in context, and state a response position. Assignments include writing book reviews that include a summary and opinion, as well as three 500-word essays.

Poets covered include Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Keats, Tennyson, Robert Browning, Mathew Arnold, Gerard Hopkins, Thomas Hardy, T.S. Eliot, Wilfred Owen, Robert Graves; Novel studies focus on Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Emma by Jane Austen, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, and Animal Farm by George Orwell.

230 pages with glossary of literary terms. This is a college preparatory course which may be used at any high school level. 3rd Edition.

Learning Language Arts Through Literature: The Gold Book - World Literature was created to encourage high school students toward interpreting and accessing literary meaning in terms of content and philosophy whilst introducing them to the world's classic literature. Organized chronologically, this curriculum features five units of selected works: Early Literature, Epic Poetry, Medieval-Renaissance, Enlightenment-Romanticism, and the 20th Century.

This book includes content for both student and teacher; it's designed to be used with the sold-separately A World Literature Anthology as well as four additional works (below; also sold-separately). In the student section, units are broken up into lessons, with each lesson consisting of lists of questions numbered for a 5-day week. Selected passages or paragraphs are included as needed, though students will also rely upon readings in the Anthology and separate works. The teacher section in the back includes line-listed answers for the questions in the student section. It also includes novel summaries and a list of literary terms.

This 3rd Edition now includes the answers within the teacher section, along with novel summaries.

298 pages, softcover. Non-consumable textbook, as all answers will have to be written in a separate notebook or on a sheet of paper. High School / Grades 9-12.

This course requires the following books:

  • A World Literature Anthology. Common Sense Press. 978-1-929683-34-5

  • The Odyssey - Homer. Barnes & Noble Classics. 978-1-59308-009-9
  • No Fear Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet - Shakespeare, William. Spark Publishing. 978-1-58663-845-0
  • The Little Prince - de Saint-Exupiry, Antoine. Mariner Books. 978-0-15-601219-5
  • Cry, the Beloved Country - Paton, Alan. Scribner. 978-0-7432-6217-0

This book of course notes, tests, and test answer keys is designed to be used with the Learning Language Arts Through Literature The Gold Book: World Literature, 3rd Edition book (sold-separately).

Notes are a summary of what was taught in the chapter and can be used as a study guide or summary review. Three unit tests are included and include a mix of matching, short answer, fill-in-the-blank, and short essay questions. The test answer keys are full-size tests with the answers overlaid. 47 pages, softcover. Consumable and non-reproducible.

A World Literature Anthology is designed to be used alongside the sold-separately LLATL Gold Book: World Literature, 3rd Edition.

It contains carefully selected poems, short stories, novels, and other writings from long ago and far away. Students will read several works in their entirety as well as excerpts from many others. Works and selections include: The Epic of Gilgamesh, the Aeneid, Romeo and Juliet, Gulliver's Travels, Les Miserables, The Necklace, The Open Window, and others. Works are organized in chronological units to align with the LLATL Gold Book. 290 pages, softcover. High School /Grades 9-12.

This anthology has been compiled in order to replace the now out-of-print Mentor Book of Major British Poets. Designed to accompany the sold-separately Learning Language Arts Through Literature--The Gold Book: British Literature. Organized by era with line numbers included when necessary. 73 pages, softcover.

Required Books

Written in 1816 when she was only nineteen Mary Shelly's novel of "The Modern Prometheus" chillingly dramatized the dangerous potential of life begotten upon a laboratory table. A frightening creation myth for our own time, Frankenstein remains one of the greatest horror stories ever written and is an undisputed classic of its kind. 206 pages. Soft cover.

Emma, first published in 1819, was written when Jane Austen was at the height of her powers. In it, we have her two greatest comic creations the eccentric Mr. Woodhouse and that quintessential bore, Miss Bates. In it, too, we have her most profound characterization: the witty, imaginative, self-deluded Emma, a heroine the author declared "no one but myself will much like," but who has been much loved by generations of readers. Delightfully funny, full of rich irony, Emma is regarded as one of Jane Austen's finest achievements.

After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille the aging Dr Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer, become enmeshed through their love for Lucie Manette. From the tranquil lanes of London, they are all drawn against their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror and soon fall under the lethal shadow of La Guillotine.

George Orwell's classic masterpiece on the dangers of tyranny and oppression came out during a time when socialism and communism were on the rise overseas. When the farm animals decide that the oppression of men over them is too much to bear, they rise to arms with slogans and propaganda to rival any country of men. Orwell's brilliant satire chronicles their rise from idealism to tyranny to totalitarianism. Originally directed against communist Russia, Orwell's piece has evolved into a timeless lesson for all places where freedom is attacked. 140 pages, softcover.