Lightning Literature and Composition
British Medieval: Student's Guide

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Grade Level: 11-12
Author: Michael G. Gaunt
Publisher: Hewitt Homeschooling Resources
Publish Date: 2011, 3rd Edition
Binding: Perfect Bound
Dimensions: 8 1/2 by 11 inches
Number of Pages: 238
Item ID: 3452 B3A  ISBN: 978-1-57896-252-8
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Students read in the following order:

  • Beowulf (epic poem; anonymous author)
  • Anglo-Saxon riddles (text is in this Guide)
  • Piers the Ploughman (epic poem; possibly by William Landland)
  • York Mystery Play Cycle 42, The Ascension (play; anonymous author; text is in this Guide)
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (epic poem; anonymous author)
  • Selection from The Gest of Robyn Hode (epic poem; anonymous author; (text is in this Guide)
  • "St. Thomas Becket" from The Golden Legend (biography; anonymous author; (text is in this Guide)
  • Selections from The Canterbury Tales (tales by Geoffrey Chaucer)
Lessons include story telling, imagery, symbolism, characterization, persuasive writing, drama, and description. For example, Beowulfis used to teach foreshadowing, Piers the Ploughman teaches allegory, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight teaches tone. This course makes an excellent companion for studying Medieval History.

The Student's Guide includes comprehension questions, writing exercises, discussion questions, an additional reading list, semester and full-year schedules, and a bibliography. Answers to the comprehension questions are in the Teacher's Guide (see Related Item below). Book-length works are sold separately and in a pack (see Related Items below).

Recommendations:  Generally speaking, this course is more difficult than all the other Lightning Literature courses except the Shakespeare courses. Much depends on student interest in the material, however. This course is especially recommended for students who have completed at least two previous high-school level Lightning Literature courses, who are studying medieval history, and who are interested in medieval literature. These should not be viewed as restrictions; this course can profitably be used by high-school students of any grade regardless of which previous Lightning Literature courses they have completed.

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