Early Literature is a survey of literature from the earliest written stories (with attention to their origins as oral tales) through the myths of ancient civilizations to the Arthurian legends. Discussion topics include destiny and free will, the influences of ancient literature on modern culture, and the role of the individual within society. Ancient Egyptian literature, Greek texts, Norse mythology, The Old Testament, and Arthurian legend are some of the major areas of literary focus. Students will learn to use the written word to provide themselves with the voice necessary to engage in academic and civic conversations. There is also a focus on public speaking and project-based learning. Students engage in research-based assignments as well as independent reading projects throughout the year.