Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

Description: This high school literature course exposes students to a wide variety of classic literature and encourages them to think and evaluate using a variety of engaging exercises. Students will discuss then respond to the literature and/or activity by writing in a variety of creative and expository styles.

In this course, students will be exposed to many great authors of the Western tradition, including Chaucer, Shakespeare, Swift, Thoreau, Cervantes, Emerson, Poe, Wilde, Browning, Faulkner, Chopin, and more. Genres covered include plays, epic poetry, fantasy, short stories, novels, essays and poetry. Selections range from simple to challenging, so we will break them down together.

In this course we will:

  • Complete a poetry unit
  • Complete a short story unit
  • Learn Literary Terms
  • Read from the King James Bible
  • Interact with Shakespeare

Students can earn college credit by passing the Analyzing & Interpreting Literature CLEP exam after course completion.  Taking this class will also prepare you to include other DSST and CLEP exams in your high school studies.    At least 1 hour every day is required for homework.

Level: Grades 7-12  

Texts: Several Inexpensive Books

  1. Great Short Poems ISBN 0-486-41105-2
  2. 101 Great American Poems ISBN 0-486-40158-8
  3. 100 Best-Loved Poems ISBN 0-486-28553-7
  4. Great American Short Stories by Wallace and Mary Stegner ISBN 0-440-33060-2
  5. Much Ado About Nothing ISBN 0-486-28272-4
  6. Progeny Press Introduction to Poetry: Forms and Elements Study Guide by Judy Cook ISBN 1586096212
  7. The King James Bible (no other version is permitted for daily reading)