U.S. Literature and Composition Level 2

U.S. Literature and Composition Level 2

U.S. Literature and Composition Level 2

U.S. Literature and Composition Level 2 will cover reading, annotating, and writing introductory persuasive essays about 10 U.S. literature novels. This is a continuation of U.S. Literature and Composition Level 1 and continues utilizing the Lost Tools of Writing program to teach excellent written and communication skills to Each weekly online class will explore the content of the novels as well as writing techniques. Assessments will include completed essays (a rubric/checklist will be provided so that expectations are clear), and overall grade will be determined by a combination of class participation, assignments completed, and essay presentations.

U.S. Literature and Composition will be a fun and engaging class that will get your Middle School student thinking, reading, and writing about the United States. This is a perfect class to prepare your student well for the more rigorous demands of High School level Literature and Composition.

Grading scale: A = 90-100%; B = 80-89%; C = 70-79%; D = 60-69%; F = 59% or less.

Pair U.S. Literature and Composition with True North Homeschool Academy’s Middle School U.S.  History Class and U.S Geography class for a robust year of learning and fun! Purchase a Bundle for greater savings!

Required Materials for  U.S. Literature and Composition:

*10 literature novels:

Required Texts:

  • Required Texts: Lost Tools of Writing, Level One Student Workbook; Portable Walls for
    Structure and Style Students from IEW; Nine literature novels: TBD (possibilities include: Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, by Jean Lee Latham; The Door in the Wall, by Marguerite de Angeli; Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry; The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett; Crispin, the Cross of Lead, by Avi; The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster; Little Britches, by Ralph Moody; Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls; The Hiding Place, by Corrie Ten Boom.)

Prerequisites for U.S. Literature and Composition: IEW experience helpful, but not required.

This class is also appropriate for 9th-grade students who want a solid Literature and Composition class.

 

Who Dun It – Literature and Composition

Who Dun It – Literature and Composition

Who Dun It Literature and Composition is a perfect class for those who like to curl up and read a cozy mystery. Who Dun It Literature and Composition is a perfect class for 8-12th graders who want to write their own mystery novel!

Get ready for a year of creating clues and red herrings, quirky detectives, and plots with a twist ending!

We will explore cozy mysteries starting with the Golden Age writers like Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, and G.K. Chesterton. As we read for enjoyment and lively book club discussions, we will also examine how the authors create characters, settings, plot lines, and trick the reader into suspecting the wrong person!

While we read, we will be writing too–completing a short novel by the end of the year—a  murder mystery, of course! At the beginning of the year, we will create detectives, red herrings, clues, settings, side-kicks, and other important ingredients of a who-dun-it. Mid-year, we will write a short story following clear easy-to-follow guidelines to create your own cozy mystery. The second half of the year will be spent writing a cozy novel.

As we write, we will read our writings aloud and give positive input to one another, as well as helping one another make our writing even better!

We will also watch TV detective shows on our own and examine them for creating scenes, building suspense, and leaving a trail of red herrings and clues.

Required Materials:

Who Dun It Murder Mystery Literature & Writing by Meredith Curtis – you can purchase a print copy of Who Dun It from Amazon but the E-book is available too!

  • The Red House Mystery by A. A. Milne
  • The Hounds of the Baskervilles by Sir Conan Doyle
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (A Scandal in Bohemia, The Red-Haired League, The Adventures of the Speckled Band, The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb, The Final Problem, The Adventure of the Empty House) by Sir Conan Doyle
  • Favorite Father Brown Stories (The Blue Cross, The Sins of Prince Saradine, The Sign of the Broken Sword, The Man in the Passage, The Perishing of the Pendragons, The Salad of Colonel Cray) by G.K. Chesterton
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
  • Whose Body? by Dorothy Sayers
  • Where are You Now? by Mary Higgins Clark (or As Time Goes By by Mary Higgins Clark)
  • The Roman Hat by Ellery Queen
  • Choose 1 Children’s book from Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Encyclopedia Brown, Trixie Beldon, Boxcar Children, Mandie Mysteries, OR Sugar Creek Gang

Short Stories: “Murders in the Rue Morgue,” “The Ordinary Hairpins,” “The Archduke’s Tea,” and “A Singular Abduction.”—these are all included in Who Dun It Murder Mystery Literature & Writing in the back of the Who-Dun-It textbook!

  • Ability to attend online classes, discuss books read outside of class, and read writing assignments done outside of class aloud
  • Ability to watch at least one classic detective TV show a month and discuss it in class

Full Year Course – 1 Credit: The class will be taught and graded by your True North Homeschool Academy teacher. The coursework your child will complete in this high school level course is equal to one credit hour which may be awarded by your homeschool upon completion of the course. If you need help determining your students’ credits or creating a transcript, check out our Academic Advising.

Pair this unique Literature and Composition class with Physics, Government, Economics and Psychology for a robust year of learning! Purchase a Bundle for greater savings!

World Literature and Composition

World Literature and Composition

World Literature and Composition is a year-long, 2 credit class that counts toward required high school level language arts classes in literature and composition. Students will be expected to read about 200 pages per week, so they are advised to read ahead over the summer break if they prefer to read less through the school year. 

World Literature and Composition will also require higher-level thinking, and students will be expected to participate by having read and understood the content, bringing informed questions to class. Students should be able to read with comprehension, participate in focused literary discussion, and write essays from their own organized outline before registering.

World Literature and Composition is a course designed for College Prep and Honors high school students looking for an exceptional literature and composition course. They will be exposed to time-honored classics that have shaped and molded Western Civilization, engage with world-class thinkers, discuss difficult concepts and engage in critical thinking. Like all good writing courses, this class will require good thinking and demand that students hone and develop as writers and thinkers.

The study of World Literature is a powerful tool as it illustrates to young adults how information is shared between cultures and nations, helping them understand and see themes that are important among human begins, despite the country of their birth.

Required Resource:

World Literature Student Edition

Required Readings (Links or pdf provided by the instructor upon registration):

  • Augustine, Confessions
  • Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
  • Goethe, Faust
  • Homer, The Iliad
  • Homer, The Odyssey
  • Paton, Cry, the Beloved Country
  • Tolstoy, War and Peace
  • Virgil, The Aeneid

Full Year Course – 2 Credits: The class will be taught and graded by your True North Homeschool Academy teacher. The coursework your child will complete in this high school level course is equal to one credit hour in Composition and one in Literature (for a total of two credits) which may be awarded by your homeschool upon completion of the course. If you need help determining your students’ credits or creating a transcript, check out our Academic Advising.

World Literature and Composition would pair perfectly with World History and World Religions or Politics, Philosophy and Economics for a robust and challenging year! Buy a bundle for greater savings!

 

U.S. Literature and Composition Level 2

U.S. Literature and Composition

U.S. Literature and Composition will cover reading, annotating, and writing introductory persuasive essays about 10 U.S. literature novels. Each weekly online class will explore the content of the novels as well as writing techniques. Assessments will include completed essays (a rubric/checklist will be provided so that expectations are clear), and overall grade will be determined by a combination of class participation, assignments completed, and essay presentations.

U.S. Literature and Composition will be a fun and engaging class that will get your Middle School student thinking, reading, and writing about the United States. This is a perfect class to prepare your student well for the more rigorous demands of High School level Literature and Composition.

Grading scale: A = 90-100%; B = 80-89%; C = 70-79%; D = 60-69%; F = 59% or less.

Pair U.S. Literature and Composition with True North Homeschool Academy’s Middle School U.S.  History Class and U.S Geography class for a robust year of learning and fun! Purchase a Bundle for greater savings!

Required Materials for  U.S. Literature and Composition:

*10 literature novels:

Required Texts:

  • Lost Tools of Writing, Level One Student Workbook; Portable Walls for Structure and Style Students from IEW
  • Award-winning Literature that will be read for U.S. Literature and Composition
  • Brady, by Jean Fritz; Bound for Oregon, by Jean Van Leeuwen; Across Five Aprils, by Irene Hunt; Little Town on the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder; All-of-a-Kind Family, by Sydney Taylor; Blue Willow, by Doris Gates; Homer Price, by Robert McCloskey.

Prerequisites for U.S. Literature and Composition: IEW experience helpful, but not required.

This class is also appropriate for 9th-grade students who want a solid Literature and Composition class.

 

U.S. Literature & Composition

U.S. Literature & Composition

U.S. Literature & Composition

U.S. Literature & Composition is a year-long class that counts toward required high school level language arts classes in both literature and composition.

Assigned literary works are set chronologically, enabling students to experience the flow of historical influences. Weekly essay assignments are chosen from a variety of thought provoking possibilities, engaging the student from the start. The essay is written following sequential steps throughout the week. Worldview is stressed, using a secular literary language. The student will learn to discern worldviews that bombard everyday experiences comparing/contrasting them to a biblical worldview.

U.S. Literature & Composition will require students to read, write, think, discuss and interact with the material and fellow classmates and the teacher in this dynamic and interactive class. This is a college preparatory class that will ensure your student is ready for the next level of writing, reading, and thinking.

Required Resources:

American Literature: Student Edition

Required Readings (Links or pdf provided by instructor upon registration):

  • The History of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
  • Walden/Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
  • Billy Bud by Herman Melville
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  • Ethan Frome by Edith Warton
  • Collection of Poetry by Ezra Pound
  • Collection of Poetry by E.E. Cummings
  • Collection of Poetry by Robert Frost
  • A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  • Unvanquished by William Faulkner
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Pearl by John Steinbeck
  • The Emperor Jones by Eugene Glaston O’Neill
  • The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman
  • The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  • A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  • Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Conner
  • A Worn Path by Eudora Welty
  • The Jilting of Granny Weatherall by Katherine Anne Porter
  • The Chosen by Chiam Potok
  • Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns

Pair U.S. Literature & Composition with U.S. Geography, and Government for a robust and challenging year of learning and growth! Choose a Sr. High Bundle and save!

Full Year Course – 2 Credits: The class will be taught and graded by your True North Homeschool Academy teacher. The coursework your child will complete in this high school level course is equal to one credit hour in Literature and one in composition which may be awarded by your homeschool upon completion of the course. If you need help determining your students’ credits or creating a transcript, check out our Academic Advising.