This course is an excellent preparation for students who wish to take the SAT, ACT, and AP Language or AP Literature courses.
English Literature and Composition focuses on developing well-rounded and deep thinking high school students through a fun and engaging as well as collaborative environment. What students enjoy learning, they remember.
This course is perfect for students who need a comprehensive, college preparatory review of grammar, vocabulary, composition, poetics, and literary analysis skills. Students will experience thirty rigorous vocabulary lessons based on Latin and Greek stems to prepare them for college entrance exams. They will learn the power of words and how to use them well and wisely as they delve into academic writing and learn writing structure, organization of ideas, and advanced MLA formatting for research papers. Students will complete four well-constructed academic research papers.
Poetry is an often underused method of improving writing skill; however, English Literature and Composition will utilize poetry to learn writing analysis, poetic techniques, and how to apply these techniques to improve students’ writing.
Taught from the perspective of a professional author and veteran teacher, the literature component engages students in three classic and exciting detective novels and teaches them to focus on real life application of theme while also improving reading comprehension by understanding how all the elements of fiction come together to deepen reading awareness and writing ability. This class is taught from a Christian worldview and begins with prayer.
English Literature and Composition is a 90 minute class offered live each week school is in session for 32 weeks.
Each class includes instruction and application exercises in grammar and vocabulary and detailed literature analysis and discussion. Many classes also include poetry and composition instruction. There will be four research papers required for this class and two smaller writing assignments. Each week students will have reading homework and one to two tests in grammar and vocabulary. We begin the year with in-depth grammar and composition instruction and complete one of the four research essays. The second semester includes three research papers and detailed review of grammar and composition skills. Students should plan to spend one to one and a half hours each day on homework and studying.
Who should enroll?
English Literature and Composition is perfect for college-bound students who need a comprehensive review of grammar, vocabulary, composition, poetics, and literary analysis skills. This course is a good fit for 9th-12th grade students.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
Evaluation and Feedback
I believe feedback on writing assignments is an opportunity for individualized one on one teaching. I endeavor to encourage students with my feedback through detailed examples and corrections as well as input on what they do well.
Work will be graded within a week of the due date, and every assignment will include detailed feedback and suggestions for improvement. Students will have access to a detailed grading rubric that explains all elements of their grade and any point deductions.
I am available via email Monday through Friday and am always happy to answer questions, brainstorm with students, or discuss any class content.
I include parents on all welcome emails and correspondence with students if parents are course observers. I will be available via email or phone as parents require throughout the school year.