Almost every American college requires four years of high school English. This course follows English 10 and 11: two years of Western literature, from the Hebrews to modern times. Two years of Western literature are unheard of in American universities, let alone high school.
This course is historical, as were English 10 and 11. It begins with translations of Spanish literature of North America in the mid-16th century. Then it moves to Jamestown and New England in the 17th century. It ends in the early 21st century.
The student learns how each piece of literature fitted into its region and its era.
There is a weekly essay, as is true in all The Good Curriculum high school English and social science courses.