ENG404: Honors British and World Literature

This list is representative of the materials provided or used in this course. Keep in mind that the actual materials used may vary, depending on the school in which you are enrolled, and whether you are taking the course as Independent Study.

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Scope & Sequence : Scope & Sequence documents describe what is covered in a course (the scope) and also the order in which topics are covered (the sequence). These documents list instructional objectives and skills to be mastered. K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

Course Overview

In K12 High School British and World Literature, students read and analyze works of British and world literature that reflect the rich and diverse history of the Western world.  As students progress through centuries of literature in a loose chronological arrangement, they will see how British and world literature has been shaped by concerns, values, and ideas that have intrigued, delighted, and challenged people throughout time. Throughout the course, poetry, short stories, novels, drama, and nonfiction provide opportunities for critical writing, creative projects, and online discussions. Students develop vocabulary skills and refresh their knowledge of grammar, usage, and mechanics in preparation for standardized tests.  Students enrolled in this challenging course will also complete independent projects that extend their knowledge and deepen their understanding of the themes and ideas presented in the curriculum.

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Course Length

Two Semesters

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ENG204: Honors Literary Analysis and Composition II (or equivalent) or ENG304: Honors American Literature (or equivalent), and teacher/school counselor recommendation

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Course Outline


Readings include:


Students will read two of the following:

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Hard Times by Charles Dickens
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya
  • Siddhartha by Herman Hesse


  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard

Prose Fiction and Nonfiction

  • Works by Homer, Geoffrey Chaucer, James Joyce, Doris Lessing, Virginia Woolf, Kamala Markandaya, Chinua Achebe, George Orwell, and others.


  • Works by Francesco Petrarcha, William Shakespeare, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Pablo Neruda, William Blake, William Wordworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Keats, William Butler Yeats, T.S. Elliot, Dylan Thomas, and others.


Throughout the course, students have the opportunity to write about what they have read in formal analytical compositions, creative projects, and online discussions.  They complete compositions in a variety of genres, including a formal research paper in which they formulate and defend a thesis and incorporate multiple sources to support their assertions. The course provides a structured approach to the writing process and includes student support for planning, drafting, and finalizing written compositions.  The course also includes opportunities for public speaking and multimedia presentations.


The course provides students with the opportunity to practice critical reading and writing skills in a learning environment that is similar to standardized tests.

Partial List of Skills Taught:

  • Develop complex compositions using writing processes.
  • Select a focus, structure, and point of view relevant to the purpose, genre expectations, audience, length, and format requirements.
  • Establish a clear, distinctive, and coherent thesis or perspective and maintains a consistent tone and focus throughout.
  • Organize ideas in writing to ensure coherence, logical progression, and support.
  • Incorporate elements in writing to enhance meaning and for specific rhetorical and aesthetic purposes.
  • Use various forms of persuasion (factual or emotional) to support an opinion in speaking and writing.
  • Develop presentations by using clear research questions and creative and critical research strategies.
  • Use systematic strategies to organize and record information.
  • Integrate databases, graphics, and spreadsheets into word-processed documents.
  • Write persuasive pieces (e.g. speech, editorial, letter to the editor, public service announcement).
  • Write fictional, autobiographical, or biographical narratives.
  • Write historical investigation reports.
  • Write job applications and résumés.
  • Plan, organize, develop, produce and evaluate an effective multimedia presentation,  using tools such as charts, photographs, maps, tables, posters, transparencies, slides and electronic media
  • Deliver oral presentations.
  • Produce informal writings for various purposes.
  • Analyze the ways in which meaning is affected by structure and word choice in expository texts.
  • Evaluate the evidence used to support the author's perspective in expository texts.
  • Analyze how words, images, graphics, and sounds work together in various forms to impact meaning.  
  • Interpret and evaluate the various ways in which events are presented and information is communicated by visual image makers.
  • Analyze British and world literature from a variety of authors for style, audience appeal, cultural significance, and plot structure.
  • Analyze distinctive elements of a variety of literary forms and types.
  • Interpret a variety of texts by identifying and examining literary elements.
  • Analyze the use of figurative language in literary works.
  • Identify and analyze types of dramatic literature.
  • Identify and analyze the conventions and techniques used in different types of dramatic literature.
  • Identify and explain the use of poetic elements to enhance meaning and effect.
  • Trace etymologies of terms.
  • Use roots and affixes to infer word meaning.
  • Define and use new words by studying their relationship to other words.
  • Use references materials as needed to learn about words.
  • Apply techniques to extend vocabulary.
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Lesson Scheduling

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K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

  • Course Overview (as seen above)
  • Course Outline
  • Lesson Time and Scheduling