Honors Literature 11 - Kolbe Academy

Honors Literature 11

Literature of Christendom

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.

Students will become familiar with the main examples of the literature of the Middle Ages; identify and examine the inter-relationship between the Greek epic (The Iliad and The Odyssey), the Roman epic (The Aeneid) and the Catholic epic (The Divine Comedy); identify the Christian virtue of chivalry and its role in Medieval society; identify the Christian virtue of courtesy and its role in Medieval society; identify the Christian metaphor of the spiritual quest to attain salvation; further the study and imitation of these genres: epic, tragedy, comedy, and rhetoric; learn to interpret and distinguish the fourfold senses of theological writings: the literal, the allegorical, the moral, and the eschatological; and trace the effect of the Christian world on the development of the literature of the Middle Ages.

Students taking this course for Kolbe Honors (OH) credit will have 4 papers per semester as chosen by their main instructor.  Daily reading, minor weekly written assignments, required participation, and exams will also be assigned and graded by the instructor.

Honors students will attend a live Honors Seminar that meets periodically throughout the year.  Honors seminar will require projects and additional reading in the form of short stories, poems, essays, articles, and/or encyclicals with the purpose of going into more depth on the topics being studied in class. Students will be graded on active participation during live seminar.  The type of participation required will vary but includes activities such as active discussion, collaborative group work, and presentations. The participation grade from honors seminar will be weighted 20% into the student’s overall grade for the honors course.

The following will be read throughout the year:

  • The Dream of the Rood
  • Beowulf
  • Song of Roland
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  • The Divine Comedy: Hell
  • The Divine Comedy: Purgatory
  • The Divine Comedy: Paradise
  • Richard III
  • Macbeth
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • The Tempest
  • Hamlet
  • Consolation of Philosophy
  • MLA Handbook Eighth Edition


Other select readings provided by the teacher include:

  • Revelations of Divine Love
  • Everyman
  • Piers Plowman
  • Don Quixote
  • Tales from Chretien de Troyes

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Students enrolling in Online Honors Literature 11 must also enroll in Honors Seminar to fulfill honors credit.  Please click here to view the details for the Literature 11 Honors Seminar.

Course Details:

Students should enroll in only one section.

Section Number




Dr. Hasler

Mrs. Hambleton

Grades (Typical)

9 – 12 (11th)

Live Class Meets

1x per week

1 hr. 20 min.




Class Period




6:00-7:20 AM PT
9:00-10:20 AM ET

12:00-1:20 PM PT
3:00-4:20 PM ET



Credits (Type)

10 (Literature)

Transcript Designation


Companion Courses

Honors Era of Christendom

Honors Apologetics & Church History II

Classical Rhetoric


Also offered at the Kolbe Core (OK) level.