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.

This course will enable the student 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

Students taking this course for Kolbe Core (K) credit will have four papers, a mid-term, and final exam each semester.  Additionally, core students should expect to have daily reading and minor weekly written assignments or quizzes.

Assignment due-dates and grades are established by the parent.  Optionally, a student may be enrolled in the Self-Paced Plus© grading assistance program to receive grading assistance from a Kolbe Academy faculty or staff member on designated assignments in the course.  In this case, parents will still submit final grades to Kolbe for the course, but may choose to incorporate the graded assignments into the student’s overall grade or use the Kolbe-graded assignments to assist in arriving at the student’s final grade.

  • Beowulf, anonymous, translated by David Wright
  • Song of Roland, anonymous, translated by Dorothy Sayers
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, anonymous, translated by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Divine Comedy: Hell, Dante Alighieri, translated by Dorothy Sayers
  • The Divine Comedy: Purgatory, Dante Alighieri, translated by Dorothy Sayers
  • The Divine Comedy: Paradise, Dante Alighieri, translated by Dorothy Sayers
  • The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer, Geoffrey. translated by Nevill Coghill
  • Richard III, William Shakespeare, edited by Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine
  • Macbeth, William Shakespeare, edited by Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine
  • The Tempest, William Shakespeare, edited by Peter Holland
  • Hamlet, William Shakespeare, edited by A.R. Braunmuller
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare, edited by Russ McDonald
  • Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained, John Milton, edited by Christopher Ricks
  • MLA Handbook Eighth Edition

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Optional physical copies available for purchase for the following under the Literature 11 “Optional Material” section in the Kolbe Bookstore (digital copies are provided with the self-paced course):

  • The Dream of the Rood Poem & Study Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Beowulf Study Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Song of Roland Study Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Sir Gawain & the Green Knight Study Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • The Divine Comedies Study Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • The Canterbury Tales Study Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Medieval Shakespeare Study Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Paradise Lost Study Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing

Self-Paced Plus courses include the following:

  • Grading by a highly qualified teacher for selected assignments (listed below) in the course.
  • Access to teacher through the course’s discussion board.
  • Option to report grade given by the teacher, or to report a grade assigned by parent.
  • The pacing is still established by the parent in conjunction with the student’s goals and academic calendar. 
  • Assignments will be graded within 1-2 weeks of the submission date, excluding holiday breaks.  (For the quickest grading, students should turn assignments in incrementally throughout the year.  If a student turns in multiple assignments to be graded at once, expect a response time of 1-2 weeks per assignment submitted.)

Self-Paced Plus Assignment List:

Semester 1 Semester 2
Week 1: Paper Topic* Week 1: Paper Topic*
Week 3: Paper Topic* Week 5: Paper Topic*
Week 9: Midterm 1 Exam Week 9: Midterm 2 Exam
Week 10: Paper Topic* Week 10: Paper Topic*
Week 14: Paper Topic* Week 13: Paper Topic*
Week 18: Semester 1 Exam Week 18: Semester 2 Exam

*We developed a rubric to assist in grading the paper assignments.  Each paper assignment will have the rubric available for the student in the course.

 

Course Details:

Section Number

SCL-11

Grades (Typical)

 9 – 12 (11th)

Lecturer

Mrs. Hambleton

Lecture Format

Self-Paced

Tuition

 $499

Subscription Length

1 year

Extension may be granted for an additional fee.

Self-Paced Plus

$200

Credits (Type)

10 (Literature)

Transcript Designation

K

Self-Paced Companion Courses

History of Christendom
Apologetics & Church History II

Online Companion Courses

History of Christendom
Apologetics & Church History II
Classical Rhetoric 

Notes

Also offered at the Kolbe Honors
(H) level for an additional $69.

Course Plan Sample

Literature 11

Note: This course plan is built into the
Self-Paced course in a student-friendly format.

 

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