Lessons cover description, point of view, persuasive writing, setting, humor, character, and imagery and tone in poetry. The Student’s Guide includes information about the authors, comprehension questions, writing exercises, discussion questions, reading lists appropriate to the period or subject, semester and full-year schedules, and a bibliography. The answers to comprehension questions are in the Teacher’s Guide. Book-length works are sold separately and in a pack with the guides.
This course is especially recommended for the students who have already taken at least one previous high-school level Lightning Literature course, who are studying world history, and who are interested in British literature. These should not be viewed as restrictions; this course can profitably be used by high-school students of any grade regardless of which previous Lightning Literature courses they have completed. Generally speaking, this course is more difficult than the two American Literature courses and Speech but easier than the Shakespeare courses, British Christian Literature, or British Medieval Literature. Much depends on student interest in the material, however.
Students read in the following order:
- William Blake (selected poems; text in this Guide)
- Jane Austen (novel: Pride and Prejudice)
- Sir Walter Scott (novel: Ivanhoe)
- Thomas Carlyle (“Essay on Scott,” text in this Guide)
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley (selected poems; text in this Guide)
- Mary Shelley (novel: Frankenstein)
- Charlotte Bronte (novel: Jane Eyre)
- William Makepeace Thackeray (“Rebecca and Rowena,” text in this Guide)