Miss Lilli’s British Literature Class

I teach Literature because even though I loved reading as I grew up, I didn’t read great works and my three (homeschooled) children were not readers. By teaching this class, I now have the perfect opportunity.  Each year different literature class is offered in which students read nine works. One year it might be American literature, another year it might be modern literature, and another year it might be ancient literature.  Reading great literature stretches a person, makes him think, inspires, expands a person’s vocabulary. In this class, students are required to annotate each book read. Annotating makes the reader slow down and think about what is being presented.

For each book, students are assigned to hand write a glossary of at least ten words. By hand writing the glossary, the student studies the definitions of the words, rather than being able to cut and paste a glossary together. Also, for each book, students write a one page author profile. There are usually two historical approach papers. Writing assignments are varied to give students the opportunity to write creatively as well as analytically.  Class discussions are a great way to help students communicate the ideas they are reading, to state their own thoughts, and to gain comprehension.

Finally, in this class, students watch at least one movie version of one of the books read. It is always great fun to compare and contrast the book and the movie. Another highlight the students enjoy are the parties. There are at least two parties a year: one at the beginning of the winter break and one at the end of the year. These parties are amazing. Students might dress up as a character from one of the books and the food at the parties are always linked to or more of the books read during the class.

……Guess what happened? Last summer, when my youngest was home from college for the summer, he started taking my literature books off the shelf and making a big pile. He wants to read literature now. Over the course of his university experience as a business major, he has come to realize that he is at a disadvantage, because he has not read great literature.

Taking a literature class now, can give your student a future advantage.

It certainly couldn’t hurt!


We will be undertaking a college-preparatory course of study designed to introduce students to great literature from the British literary tradition, to teach students to read with discernment, to provide students with tools to strengthen their writing skills, and more. Students will benefit from the classroom setting, because they will be able to discuss the books and writing assignments. Plus….we will have a couple of amazing themed tea parties that will be the envy of all!

Books Required:

  • Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodenhouse
  • Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
  • A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  • Dubliners by James Joyce
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • The Secret Sharer and Other Stories by Joseph Conrad
  • Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Emma by Jane Austen

Fees: $200.00 per semester ($225 if a charter student) plus books.
Plus a one time non-refundable registration fee of $25 which is waived for students whose paid tuition and registration are postmarked before August 1.

Wednesdays   9:00-10:15

Class begins:  September 13, 2017

Vendor with the following Charters:

Sky Mountain
Gorman Learning Center
Excel Academy
Sage Oaks
Golden Valley

California Enrichment Academy

Course duration: 1 year.
CONTACT: Lilli Witczak (626)355-5642 or email at: lilli.witczak@gmail.com