Literature & Poetry


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Grammar School Literature & Poetry 

These classes focus on the development of reading skills through the study of carefully chosen classic books. Reading requires an active, discriminating mind that is challenged to define, analyze, compare, and contrast. The focus during these years is on becoming an active reader. Coursework will emphasize vocabulary, spelling, and comprehension. Poetry selections to complement the readings will be included and students will recite in front of their class as well as the entire school on occasion. (Grades 3-6)

Literature A – Grade 3 

  • Farmer Boy, Charlotte’s Web, A Bear Called Paddington, & Mr. Popper’s Penguins
  • Poetry for the Grammar Stage

Literature B – Grades 4-5

  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Heidi, Lassie
  • Poetry for the Grammar Stage

Literature C – Grades 5-6 

  • Adam of the Road, Robin Hood, King Arthur, Door in the Wall
  • Poetry for the Grammar Stage
  • Note: this class compliments Famous Men of the Middle Ages very well.

Literature D – Grades 6-7 

  • Trojan War, Anne of Green Gables, Bronze Bow, The Hobbit, Horatius at the Bridge (poetry study and memorization) **Students may begin working on Horatius memorization over the summer**


As You Like It Class Party Pic

Upper School Literature & Poetry 

Upper School Literature and Poetry classes are a continuation of grammar school literature at a higher level of active reading skills. They include poetry study that ensures a thorough mastery and appreciation for these classic works.  Students will participate in discussion, memorization, and recitations. High school level courses will include essays. 

For links to complete class materials, see our Book List.

Literature E – Grades 7-8 

  • Treasure Island, Wind in the Willows, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tom Sawyer, Poetry & Short Stories: American Lit
  • Note: Lit Set with Novels***You must ask them to sub in the Midsummer Night’s Dream set for the As You Like It set

Literature F – Grades 8-9

  • Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Canterbury Tales (selections), Henry V 
  • Poetry, Prose, & Drama Book I, Book of the Middle Ages (text only)

Literature G – Grades 9-12 

  • The Scarlet Letter, Julius Caesar, To Kill a Mockingbird, Poetry & Prose Book II

Literature H – Grades 9-12 

  • Pride and Prejudice, A Tale of Two Cities, Romeo and Juliet, Poetry & Prose Book III

Literature I – Grades 10-12

  • The Divine Comedy

Literature J – Grade 11-12 

  • Anna Karenina, Hamlet, Jayber Crow, & Poetry Selections