Literature Curriculum

Ancient Greek Literature

Honors Designation Available

Course Texts:

  • Ancient Greek Literature Course Plan & Tests
  • The Iliad of Homer
  • The IliadStudy Guide (2 book set)
  • The Odyssey of Homer
  • The Odyssey, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • The Oresteian Trilogy
  • The Oresteian Trilogy, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • The Theban Plays
  • The Theban PlaysStudy Guide (2 book set)
  • The Great Dialogues of Plato**
  • The Great Dialogues of Plato, Study Guide (2 book set)**
  • Classical Literary Criticism
  • Poetics, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • MLA Handbook Eighth Edition
  • Greek Literature Weekly Quiz Book and Study Guide, (2 book set)*
  • Classics Conference: The Greek Era  (This flash drive contains the Greek audio files assigned in the course plan. Optional, unless earning the Honors designation for the course or the Summa diploma.  For students planning on taking both Greek and Roman literature, a flash drive with a combined set of the Greek and Roman audio files may be purchased in the bookstore.)**

*Required for Honors

** Used in both 9th Grade Literature & History

Course Description:

This course is a companion to the Greek history course.  It introduces the student to the foundational works of Greek literature and Western culture, as well as to the study of genres and literary forms.  The texts of antiquity are studied for their universal appeal to the human experience, as well as for their influence upon the great thinkers and development of the West.  The Greek epics, plays, and philosophy are referenced throughout the literary and intellectual works of Western thinkers to this day.

This course will enable students to:

  • Identify & examine the inter-relationship between the four primary genres of all imitative forms of literature: the epic, the lyric, the tragedy, & the comedy
  • Identify & use literary devices & figures of speech such as: similes, metaphors, allegories, fables, & parables
  • Imitate these genres & literary devices in his writing, in order to understand more deeply the nature & power of these forms
  • Become familiar with the greatest examples of Greek literature, & their impact upon Western literature & modes of thought throughout subsequent history
  • Compare & contrast Greek ideals of heroism & virtue with the Christian understanding of these ideals, & identify what ways Greek thought served as preparation for the Gospel

Ancient Roman Literature

Honors Designation Available

Course Texts:

  • Ancient Roman Literature Course Plan & Tests
  • The Aeneid
  • The Aeneid, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • Meditations
  • Meditations, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • Fall of the Roman Republic
  • Makers of Rome**
  • Plutarch’s Roman Lives, Study Guide (2 book set)**
  • The Roman Reader
  • The Roman Reader, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • Coriolanus
  • Julius Caesar
  • Antony and Cleopatra
  • 10th Grade Shakespeare Plays, Study Guide (2 book set)*
  • The Confessions of St. Augustine
  • St Augustine, Study Guide (2 book set)**
  • MLA Handbook Eighth Edition
  • Classics Conference: The Roman Era  (This flash drive contains the Roman audio files assigned in the course plan. Optional, unless earning the Honors designation for the course or the Summa diploma.  For students planning on taking both Greek and Roman literature, a flash drive with a combined set of the Greek and Roman audio files may be purchased in the bookstore.)**

*Required for Honors

** Used in both 10th Grade Literature & History

Course Description:

This course is a companion to the Roman history course, introducing the student to the important works of Roman literature, as well as to the use of figures of Roman history and literature by great writers of later times.  The texts of antiquity are studied for their universal appeal to the human experience, as well as for their influence upon the great thinkers and development of the West.  The Roman epics, plays, and philosophy are referenced throughout the literary and intellectual works of Western thinkers to this day.  Shakespeare is also studied in this course for his inimitable analysis of the great personalities of Rome.

This course will enable students to:

  • Become familiar with the main examples of Roman literature & their use by later writers, notably Shakespeare
  • Identify & examine the inter-relationship between the Greek epic (The Iliad & The Odyssey), & the Roman epic (The Aeneid)
  • Identify the Roman virtue of pietas & its subsequent transformation in Christianity
  • Further the study & imitation of these genres: epic, tragedy, comedy, & rhetoric; biography (Plutarch) & autobiography (St. Augustine) will also be considered
  • Learn to interpret & distinguish the fourfold senses of theological writings: the literal, the allegorical, the moral, & the eschatological
  • Trace the effect of the Greek world on the development of Latin literature, as well as the Greek influence in the works of St. Augustine

Literature of Christendom

Honors Designation Available

Course Texts:

  • Beowulf
  • Beowulf, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • Song of Roland
  • Song of Roland, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • The Divine Comedy: Hell
  • The Divine Comedy: Purgatory
  • The Divine Comedy: Paradise
  • The Divine Comedies, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • The Canterbury Tales
  • The Canterbury Tales, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • Richard III
  • Macbeth
  • Hamlet
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • The Tempest
  • Shakespeare Medieval, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained
  • Paradise Lost, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • The Dream of the Rood Poem and Study Guide
  • MLA Handbook Eighth Edition
  • Keep the Faith Lectures, (Book & Flashdrive)

Additional audio supplements available (OPTIONAL):

Audio series by Henry Russell

(1) The Catholic Shakespeare Audio CD’s

  • Macbeth
  • The Tempest
  • Hamlet-Tape
  • Midsummer Night’s Dream

(2) The Divine Comedies CD

Course Description:

This course is a companion to the History of Christendom, introducing the student to the important works of the period, as well as to the literary styles and conventions developed in this period both those that it borrowed from previous times and those it expanded on or created.

This course will enable students to:

  • Become familiar with the main examples of literature of the Middle Ages
  • Identify & examine the inter-relationship between the Greek epic (The Iliad & The Odyssey), the Roman epic (The Aeneid) & the Catholic epic (The Divine Comedy)
  • Identify the Christian virtue of chivalry & its role in Medieval society
  • Identify the Christian virtue of courtesy & its role in Medieval society
  • Identify the Christian metaphor of the spiritual quest to attain salvation
  • Further the study & imitation of these genres: epic, tragedy, comedy, & rhetoric
  • Learn to interpret & distinguish the fourfold senses of theological writings: the literal, the allegorical, the moral, & the eschatological
  • Trace the effect of the Christian world on the development of the literature of the Middle Ages

Modern Era Literature

Honors Designation Available

Course Texts:

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • A Tale of Two Cities, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Crime and Punishement, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • Brideshead Revisited
  • Brideshead Revisited, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • The Man Who was Thursday
  • The Man Who was Thursday, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • 1984
  • 1984, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • The Waste Land, Prufrock and Other Poems
  • The Waste Land, Prufrock & Other Poems, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • MLA Handbook Eighth Edition
  • Lectures on Dostoyevsky, Keep the Faith Lecture Series, Flashdrive

Course Description:

This is a challenging course intended to be taken in conjunction with the 12th grade Modern and US History course.  The course is largely based on reflective reading and writing essays based on text analysis.  The novels have been chosen for their timelessness and their accurate, stunning portrayal of important historical events and the ideas that have helped shape the Modern world.

This course in Modern Literature will show how modern times have reaffirmed man’s capacity for terror:

  • Dickens presents “Madame Guillotine” as the patroness of a new nation.
  • In Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Raskolnikov, a brilliant young man, caters to a philosophy that is utterly evil and self-destructive.
  • Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited chronicles the struggle of the individual seeking goodness and truth in a world that is increasingly indifferent to man’s spiritual needs.
  • Robert Louis Stevenson shows how the degenerative possibilities of scientific discoveries can affect the nature of man and subconsciously devolve him into a Mr. Hyde.
  • In 1984, the path of atheistic politics strikes the beauty and integrity of man, and dwarf him from a creature made to love and serve God to a cog in the machine of a finite and pathetic state deity.

Although modernity, in the words of T.S. Eliot, is a Waste Land “where the sun beats and the dead tree gives no shelter,” the Church is the refuge for Heaven-directed pilgrims, and it is a large rock in the desert inviting all to “come under the shadow of this red rock.”

This course will enable the student to:

  • Become familiar with some of the major authors & most influential novels from the Modern Era
  • Identify the historical events that took place during the life of the Modern writers & how these events have impacted their writing
  • Have a greater understanding of the evolution of literary style & technique in the Modern Era
  • Learn to interpret & analyze an author’s means of conveying ideas
  • Appreciate the impact of philosophy upon literature, & the subsequent impact of literature upon culture

British Literature

Course Texts:

  • British Literature Course Plan & Tests
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Romeo and Juliet, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • The Merchant of Venice
  • The Merchant of Venice, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • King Lear
  • King Lear, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • Robinson Crusoe
  • Robinson Crusoe, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • Gulliver’s Travels
  • Gulliver’s Travels, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Pride and Prejudice, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • Frankenstein
  • Frankenstein, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • Oliver Twist
  • Oliver Twist, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • Wuthering Heights
  • Wuthering Heights, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • Great Expectations
  • Great Expectations, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Picture of Dorian Gray, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • Out of the Silent Planet
  • Out of the Silent Planet, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • The Screwtape Letters
  • Screwtape Letters, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • Animal Farm
  • Animal Farm, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • MLA Handbook Eighth Edition

Course Description:

Kolbe Academy’s British Literature course introduces students to works that have enlarged our aesthetic and moral understanding of the world.  The novels and plays in the course are classics because they both delight and instruct as they comment on the human condition.  Students reading these works will learn to examine them based on genre and structure.  In addition, students will be able to examine in depth the themes of these works, often with the help of critical essays provided in the books themselves.

Ancient Western Literature

Honors Designation Available

Course Texts:

  • Ancient Western Literature Course Plan & Tests
  • The Iliad
  • The Iliad, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • The Oresteian Trilogy
  • The Oresteian Trilogy, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • The Theban Plays
  • The Theban Plays, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • The Great Dialogues of Plato
  • The Great Dialogues of Plato, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • Classical Literary Criticism
  • Poetics, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • The Aeneid
  • The Aeneid, Study Guide (2 book set)
  • Greek Literature Weekly Quiz Book and Study Guide, (2 book set)
  • MLA Handbook Eighth Edition
  • Classics Conference: The Complete Set  (This flash drive contains both the Greek and Roman audio files assigned in the course plan.  Optional, unless earning the Honors designation for the course or the Summa diploma.  The Greek and Roman sets may also be purchased separately.)

Course Description:

This literature course combines the most important texts from the Kolbe Academy Greek and Roman literature courses into a one year course in ancient literature.  This course is ideal for students who have transferred into Kolbe’s program at tenth grade or later, or for students who do not want to take two years to study the ancients.  

This course introduces the student to the foundational works of Greek and Roman literature, as well as a study of genres and literary forms.  The texts of antiquity are studied for their universal appeal to the human experience and for their influence upon the great thinkers and development of the West.  Greek and Roman poetry, drama, and philosophy are referenced throughout the literary and intellectual works of Western thinkers to this day.

This course enables students to:

  • Identify & examine the inter-relationship between the four primary genres of all imitative forms of literature: the epic, the lyric, the tragedy, & the comedy
  • Identify & use literary devices & figures of speech such as similes, metaphors, allegories, fables, & parables
  • Imitate these genres & literary devices in their writing in order to understand more deeply the nature & power of these forms
  • Become familiar with the greatest examples of Greek & Roman literature & their impact upon Western literature & modes of thought throughout history
  • Compare & contrast Greek & Roman ideals of heroism & virtue with the Christian understanding of these ideals, & identify the ways in which Greek and Roman thought served as preparation for the Gospel
  • Examine the kinship between two of the great epics of Greece & Rome, The Iliad & The Aeneid
  • Identify the Roman virtue of pietas & its subsequent transformation in Christianity
  • Learn to interpret & distinguish the fourfold senses of theological writings: the literal, the allegorical, the moral, & the eschatological
  • Trace the influence of Greek thought on pagan Latin literature & on the works of St. Augustine
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