It’s presentation time for 10th grade British literature’s cathedral projects. Students selected works out of the texts they’ve studied this year to help them answer the question, “What is British literature, and what distinguishes it from other world literature?”
The cathedral structure itself reminds students of the effect medieval cathedrals had on pilgrims and provides a unifying element with a strong historical connection.
Students are reminded that the great cathedrals of Europe took decades or centuries to build, so a man who helped lay the floor knew he would never see the completed structure. He contributed his piece knowing he was contributing to a greater whole. Similarly, the texts studied in 10th grade represent one person’s contribution to the British literary tradition, which has evolved over more than a thousand years.