Honors Literature 12 - Kolbe Academy

Honors Literature 12

Modern Era Literature

This is a challenging course pairs well 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 focuses on both man’s inhumanity to man and man’s continual call to grace and redemption.  By carefully examining recurrent themes and viewing these books through a Catholic lens, students will apply a critical eye to our modern society that seems to make little room for the truth, beauty, and goodness of the Catholic faith.

Students will become familiar with some of the major authors and most influential novels from the Modern Era; identify the historical events that took place during the life of the Modern writers and how these events have impacted their writing; have a greater understanding of the evolution of literary style and technique in the Modern Era; learn to interpret and analyze an author’s means of conveying ideas; and appreciate the impact of philosophy upon literature, and the subsequent impact of literature upon culture.

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.

In addition to weekly class, 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 and a major project as determined by the teacher.  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 Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Brideshead Revisited
  • The Man Who was Thursday
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • 1984
  • The Waste Land, Prufrock and other Poems
  • MLA Handbook Eighth Edition

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Students enrolling in Online Honors Literature 12 must also enroll in Honors Seminar to fulfill honors credit.  Please click here to view the details for the Literature 12 Honors Seminar.

Course Details:

Students should enroll in only one section.

Section Number



Dr. Hasler

Grades (Typical)

9 – 12th (12th)

Live Class Meets

1x per week

1 hr. 20 min.



Class Period


Regular Class Time

10:30-11:50 AM PT

1:30-2:50 PM ET


$759 + $169

(Regular class + honors seminar fee)

or see Full-Time Online Tuition option

Credits (Type)

10 (Literature)

Transcript Designation


Companion Courses

Honors Morality & Church History III

Honors US & Modern History

Honors Creative Writing


Also offered at the Kolbe Core (OK) level.