How to Make an Honors-Level British Literature for the Homeschool Transcript

Honors-level British Literature makes powerful transcripts for homeschool high schoolers.

How to Create Honors-Level British Literature Credits in Homeschool High School

Honors-level British Literature

Honors-level British Literature helps create a powerful transcript for your college-bound homeschool high schoolers. (This is especially important if your teen will major in English, communication, or other arts.)

(Here’s a post that explains levels.)

An honors-level British Literature should be challenging but not filled with useless busywork. Your homeschool high schoolers should stretch their thinking and experiences with meaningful assignments.

Here’s how to create an honors-level British Literature for your high school students:

1) Start with study guides for real books and poetry (not excerpts).

Honors-level high schoolers should develop the attention span and self-discipline to read entire books (not just excerpts). They will need this skill for college.

They should complete study guides that enhance their thinking and vocabulary without killing the books. 7 Sisters British Literature is a perfect choice for this because includes study guides to 7 classic novels and 2 delightful books of poetry.

Animal Farm by George Orwell Study Guide
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Animal Farm by George Orwell
Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
British Poetry Selections by various poets
Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

2) Increase the level of the credit to honors-level British Literature by completing the study guide for each book and choosing additional topic-enhancing assignments.

Suggestions for leveling-up to honors are suggested in each 7 Sisters study guide. For instance:

The Hobbit Study Guide
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For Animal Farm, homeschool high schoolers working on honors-level British Literature will do an independent study of the 1917 Russian Revolution. Then they will write a paper comparing the Revolution to the allegory in Animal Farm.
For The Hobbit, teens will write a short biography of J.R.R. Tolkien.

For A Christmas Carol, students will watch 1 or more movie versions and compare to the themes they read in the book.

Other ideas are included for creating honors-level British Literature credit are included in the 7 Sisters text. A few of these ideas are:

• Write a poem (or 2) to accompany the British poetry guide or Old Possums Guide to Practical Cats.

A Tale of Two Cities literature study guide
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• Write a report on the culture and political atmosphere of the time period of one of the books. (This can be expanded into to be a research paper.) This would work well for A Tale of Two Cities, Sense and Sensibility, Animal Farm, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, or The Invisible Man.

• Write a short story. This would work well with The Hobbit, A Christmas Carol, Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, or The Invisible Man.

British Literature Full-Year Course
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• Write a character analysis essay. This would work well with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, A Christmas Carol, Tale of Two Cities (the characters are rather two-dimensional, and that makes them easier to analyze than more well-rounded, complex characters might be, especially for struggling writers).   

3) Don’t forget to add movie versions, audiobook versions for a few (for the wonderful experience of hearing a good British reader), and the movie-version of Cats (the Musical).

Give your high schooler a powerful transcript credit with an honors-level British Literature. Download 7 Sisters British Literature!

Honors-level British Literature

Vicki Tillman

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