Literature & History

In literature, students will learn to read a variety of genres carefully. They will gain the knowledge they need to understand the book and how to read it according to its nature. They will learn to express their experience and understanding through writing, discussion, and other projects.  

In history, your student will study ancient history and begin to trace the human imagination through time, starting with the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and ending with the early Christians. They will learn how to notice different modes of inquiry in the various works they read. Students will respond to their reading through writing, discussions, note-booking, and projects. 

Humanities: A four-year great books literature cycle relating the four-year history cycles

  • Ancients (Homer, Sophocles, Ovid, Virgil, Augustine)
  • Medieval (Dante, Boethius, Church Fathers)
  • Early Modern (Russians, Dickens)
  • Modern (Lewis, Berry, O’Conner, Poetry)

Activities include instruction and guidance in close reading, reading aloud, projects, literature discussions, essays, and commonplacing.

Books & Resources for the 2020-21 School Year

  • The Iliad
  • The Odyssey
  • Oedipus the King, by Sophocles 
  • Metamorphosis, by Ovid
  • The Aeneid, by Virgil
  • St. Augustine’s Confessions
  • Herodotos (Selections)
  • Plutarch’s Lives (Selections)
  • The Book of the Ancient Greeks, by Dorothy Mills
  • The Book of the Ancient Romans by Dorothy Mills
  • Selected fine art, music, speeches, poems, essays, and primary documents