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Introductory High School Literature and Composition with Grammar & Vocabulary



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Introductory High School Literature and Composition with Grammar & Vocabulary


Instructor – Sandra Selling (Sandra@inspiredwritingandlit.com) Tuition for Literature Only Option: $375+$20 supply fee (Highly recommended that students be enrolled in the literature/composition combo below to fully prepare for college. The combo is a prerequisite to all other high school literature and writing courses.)

Tuition for Literature/Composition Combo $475+$20 supply fee - Note: While intended as a 1-credit all-inclusive high school English course for 1 credit, parents often choose to award 2 credits for this course.

This course is a prerequisite for all other high school literature and writing courses.

Grades 8-12 The Diagnostic test must be taken and submitted before your placement in the class will be confirmed. Prerequisite: At least 1 year of IEW or permission.

Literature and Composition: When taken together, each of these classes requires its own class period of instruction: one for writing and one for literature. Literature will be taken during Enrichment Day; writing and grammar instruction will be taken online. Literature can be taken as a stand-alone class; however, the composition course utilizes materials studied in the literature class and cannot be taken by itself. Literature assumes no prior knowledge.

Students should expect to spend 5-8 hours total per week (in addition to class time) preparing for classes (2 ½ - 4 hours for writing and grammar / 2 ½ - 4 hours for literature and vocabulary).


Literature: The first weeks of this course consist of learning to read and study non-fiction using college preparatory material, including an emphasis on recognizing main ideas, supporting details, and implied main ideas; identifying an author’s purpose and tone; evaluating arguments, separating fact from opinion, detecting propaganda, and recognizing errors in reasoning Study and note-taking skills will also be addressed.
The fiction portion of this course lays a solid foundation for all future high school literature studies. Students will learn the basic skills of literary analysis.
Due to their shorter length, short stories are an ideal genre for mastering these skills as each story provides a new opportunity to analyze each literary element. Short stories will therefore comprise a significant portion of reading assignments. Students will also read poems, one Shakespearean drama, one novella or novel, and selections from the Bible.
A major thread throughout the latter half of this course is worldview analysis. Bible readings will lay a common foundation for a biblical worldview, which will be utilized throughout this course and later ones. In laying this foundation, we will seek to avoid those doctrinal areas in which committed Christians disagree and to focus on the unity of the message throughout the Old and New Testaments.
Students will be provided material and concepts to learn before class so that class time can focus on reinforcing those concepts and applying newly acquired knowledge in a variety of highly interactive activities and discussion.
Composition: Students will refine brainstorming skills and will learn to employ rhetorical strategies and techniques as they are taught to write in a variety of genres, including the basic types of essays. They will learn to provide evidence and reasoned support for their statements, both oral and written. The research paper will be introduced, along with planning techniques for longer papers.

Required: High Speed Internet Access (Please Note: Linux operating systems unfortunately don’t work with my webinar system.) Some instruction will consist of online video and tutorials.
Each family is required to obtain the following PRIOR to the first day of class:

Literature:

  1. 10 Steps to Advanced Reading – 2nd Edition by John Langan ISBN-13: 978-1-59194-295-5.  Do not buy this book used unless it is guaranteed to have no writing in it.  This is a text/workbook of sorts, and its usefulness will be entirely removed if students see answers before attempting to answer on their own.  Also be certain you are purchasing the 2nd Edition.  The earlier edition is not the same.

  2. IEW Windows to the World-Student Book - Needed for both Literature and Composition. ISBN: 978-0-9801005-1-8

  3. Julius Caesar-Do not buy this until we are certain there is time for it.

  4. Notice and Note Literature Log-ISBN 978-0-325-05666-1 ISBN-13: 978-0325056661

  5. Course Handbook (includes many of the short stories and poems we will read as class, vocabulary, and other material)– available on 1st day of class - $20.00

  6. Microsoft Office Word (Note if you don’t have this, the full office suite with Powerpoint, Excel, OneNote, etc., is available through Office 365 for $6.99/mo for 1 PC or Mac or $9.99/mo. for 5 PC or Macs)



Composition:

  1. IEW Windows to the World-Student Book Needed for both Literature and Composition. ISBN: 978-0-9801005-1-8

  2. Rodale’s Synonym Finder. (This resource is far superior to any standard thesaurus. Graduates of IEW already have this resource.)

  3. A 2-inch 3-ring binder containing the following

  1. 30 page protectors

  2. 2 sets of the dividers at this link: tabbed dividers (These dividers extend beyond the page protectors and are thus visible. Most dividers do not do this.)

  3. College-ruled paper

  4. Unlined paper

  1. Grammar curriculum (to be announced)

  2. Microsoft Office Word (Note if you don’t have this, the full office suite with Powerpoint, Excel, OneNote, etc., is available through Office 365 for $6.99/mo for 1 PC or Mac or $9.99/mo. for 5 PC or Macs)


Prerequisites: (1) 1 year of IEW writing instruction OR special permission (2) Passing score on Entry Diagnostic Test (3) High-speed internet access

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