English Literature and Composition

From: $85.00 / month for 8 months

Includes grammar and vocabulary

Grades: 10th–12th

Live Class: Wednesdays 3:00–4:30 p.m. EST (note 90 minute class)

Course Dates: August 26th–May 5th

Price: $599

Instructor: Amy Wallace

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Course Description

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This live online English literature and composition class is taught from a Christian perspective.

Prerequisites: A high school literature and composition course.

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 five 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 four classic and exciting 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.

Course Structure

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 five research papers required for this class and three 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 two of the five research essays. The second semester includes three research papers and detailed review of grammar and composition skills. Students should plan to spend five to eight hours each week 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 10th-12th grade students.

Technology Requirements:

  • 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.

Required Texts

    • The Magic Lens 1: ISBN 978-0-89824-825-8
    • The Word Within the Word 1: ISBN 978-0-88092-604-1
    • Advance Academic Writing 1: ISBN 978-0-89824-644-5
    • Poetry and Humanity: ISBN 978-0-88092-662-1 4
    • Practice 1: ISBN 978-0-89824-557-8

    Class literature selections: Parents are welcome to purchase any full-length version of our literature selections. The ISBN’s listed are for the Michael Clay Thompson versions, which include the classic story and Thompson’s look at poetic techniques, grammar, writing details, and vocabulary.

    • The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allen Poe as a Michael Clay Thompson language-illustrated classic: ISBN 78-0-88092-845-8
    • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson as a Michael Clay Thompson language-illustrated classic: ISBN 978-0-88092-846-5
    • The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle as a Michael Clay Thompson language-illustrated classic: ISBN 78-0-88092-847-2
    • The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka: ISBN-13: 978-0553213690. 

4 reviews for English Literature and Composition

  1. Parent

    It seemed challenging in a good way. My student learned to use proper citations and essay format. I was very happy that it was well-organized and work was graded quickly with feedback.

  2. Christine H (verified owner)

    My daughter has taken two classes with Mrs. Wallace (Comprehensive HS Language Arts and Novel in a Year) and has loved each one. This class in particular was instrumental in increasing her confidence with language, academic writing, and literature analysis, as well as helping her learn time management and diligence. Mrs. Wallace is an encouraging presence in my daughter’s life while also being a challenging and engaging teacher. We have nothing but positive things to say about this class and Mrs. Wallace’s teaching. We are signed up for future classes for next year!

  3. Emma Snyder

    I learned so much from this class! It gave me more confidence in my writing abilities, and it helped me organize my thoughts so that I could put them down on paper. I used the skills I learned from this class while taking a placement test at a community college, and my essay scored college level. I would recommend this class to anyone who wants to learn more about how to write quality essays, use proper grammar, and develop more confidence in essay writing.

  4. Eva Gaugh

    This is a wonderful class! I learned so many different things and improved both my grammar and vocabulary. I was also able to make better my essay writing and MLA formatting skills. I appreciated the learning of poetry as well because i am now better equipped to write my own poetry and analyze others. Thank you so much for this class! I definitely recommend it! My only complaint is that I wish the quizzes were open until Tuesday instead of Saturday.

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Instructor Bio

Amy Wallace

Amy Wallace is a homeschool mom of three with two brilliant homeschool graduates- yes, it can be done! Her oldest daughter is in graduate school at The Medical University of South Carolina, studying for her PhD, and her second daughter attends Anderson University, studying for the ministry. Amy is still happily homeschooling a fantastic high schooler. Amy earned a Bachelor of Science in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Louisville (Go CARDS!) and regularly applies her degree to writing Dark Chocolate Suspense—high-action suspense that delved deep into heart issues—for Random House/ Multnomah and Harvest House Publishers. Her counseling degree also comes in handy when homeschooling, speaking, and teaching numerous English and writing courses.

 In her spare time, Amy loves hiking, basketball, running, reading, scrapbooking, and healthy eating. Her greatest passion is to glorify God by enjoying Him to the fullest and showing by example what it means to dream big and live a life that touches hearts and leads people into a deep relationship with Christ.

Email: amy@amywallace.com

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