British Literature and Composition

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Teacher: Margaret Shuman
Date/Time: Monday - 10:45 AM to 12:15 PM
Recommended Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Department: Language Arts
DOE Number: 23.05200
Grade Level: High School (9th-12th)

British Literature & Composition (Honors Option)

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Grades: 10-12, 9 with permission of instructor

One core credit; DOE course code: 23.05200

One weekly class for 90 minutes

This is a great class for those who normally don't enjoy literature: there is plenty of action in Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, and Renaissance works, for example. The lit survey covers historical works and authors that every student should be familiar with before graduation—from Beowulf to Canterbury Tales to Wordsworth and T.S. Eliot. Students learn to read, analyze, and write about various styles of great literature, all of which were hits in their time and are still wonderful today. Class discussions often lead into the "great world of ideas," and on-our-feet activities keep the class time moving and interactive. Role playing, illustrating, intelligent games, videos, and group work add variety to text study. A mock trial of Victor Frankenstein is often one of spring's activities. 

Text: TBA--will be confirmed over the summer.

Optional summer reading can add extra credit and/or honors credit. See list and plan at

Tuition:  Aug-Apr, $90 per month; $100 supply fee due in August. These fees cover not only tuition but also a portion of materials we will use in class and monthly administrative fees paid to MAS. 

Take $5 off per month per student for families with multiple students enrolled in Shuman courses in a current year.
Take $5 off per month per student for families who have enrolled at least one student in a Shuman course in the past.      

Would you like to meet up and talk about this class? Contact Margaret at We can meet for a walk or for coffee/tea at a location that works for us both! You can also visit any Shuman class with or without your student, any time. See current teaching schedule at

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