“Shakespeare will not make us better … but he may teach us how to overhear ourselves…” — Harold Bloom
Reading novels today is usually an escape. By contrast, study of the “Classics” calls us to meet ourselves. These “Great Books” trace the origins and development of history, science, philosophy, politics, religion, culture, society and worldview. The emergence and shaping of Western freedom and individualism is found in their discourse seeking universal truths and timeless values.
TPS studies the Great Books. TPS students read important literary works, analyze them in class discussions, and compose polished essays that explain and defend their analysis. Every TPS literature course also teaches analytical essay writing.
TPS offers multiple high school Literature and Composition courses:
- English 4/5: Western Literature and Composition (Virgil, Dante, Shakespeare, Defoe and more)
- English 4/5: Western Literature and Composition (Homer, Beowulf, Cervantes, Twain and more)
- English 4/5: British Literature and Composition
- English 4/5: Arthurian Literature Analysis and Composition
- English 4/5: Children’s Literature Analysis and Composition
Students typically take two English 4/5 courses. Any two may be taken in any order. On a grade report or transcript, the first English 4/5 course is listed as English 4 and the second is listed as English 5.
TPS offers — in exclusive partnership with Belhaven University — a Great Books omnibus program that provides 24 college credits and 6 high school credits in two years of high school:
- Belhaven High Scholars (24 Literature, History and Composition college credits)
TPS also offers multiple AP® and college dual credit Literature and Composition courses:
- AP English Literature and Composition – TPS students are top scorers on this difficult exam that colleges accept for credit
- English 6: College British Literature and Composition (3 college credits)
- English 6: College American Literature and Composition (3 college credits)
- English 6: College World Literature and Composition (3 college credits)
TPS offers integrated History, Literature and Writing courses for upper high school, where each course is two credits (English and History):
- Ancient History, Literature and Composition (Honors) (English + History credits)
- Medieval, Renaissance, Reformation History, Literature and Composition (Honors) (English + History credits)
- Modern History, Literature and Composition (Honors) (English + History credits)
TPS also offers other high school literature and composition courses. Please see this chart and a complete list.
Are you preparing for a challenging college education? Do you want to understand the ideas that shaped the West and the world? TPS has literature and composition courses to give you an education that is not only world-class but also world-changing.
About TPS (at-tps.org)
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