Advanced Literary Analysis & Composition


Advanced Literary Analysis and Compostion


High school students will put literary analysis skills into practice as they study and write about the following works that will be studied in this course:

  • Beowulf
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Selections
  • Poems Tyger & Lamb by William Blake
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson Selections
  • Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin
  • Sonny’s Blues by James Baldwin

Students will need to purchase titles listed in BOLD; the remaining selections will be made available online.

Advanced Literary Analysis & Composition
Full Year Course
Wednesday 1 p.m -2  p.m.  CST
Instructor Amber Fonseca

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Advanced Literary Analysis & Composition

Advanced Literary Analysis and Composition is an honors level college-preparatory literature and composition course that offers a cross-over between American and British literature. Students will read well known novels, short stories, poems, and dramas while gaining an understanding and appreciation for literature and advanced literary analysis. Directed writing assignments will expand the students understanding of structured writing, recognition of well written textual elements, as well as development of individual writing styles.

This class will be interactive as we take an in-depth look at various texts: determining their relevance in our modern world and connecting events of the past with the possibilities of the future. Students will be tasked with comparing and contrasting American Literature with British Literature from the same literary period.

Honors Level & CLEP Prep

Students will also be challenged to learn and apply grammar rules as they advance their writing. Writing assignments will often include a first draft requirement with a build-up from group to individual editing using the grammar tools provided to create an elevated final draft. Your student will learn the strategies and techniques needed for a college composition class or Composition CLEP test. Passing the Composition I CLEP test can be as simple as knowing what to look for within the sentence structures presented.

Focus works for Advanced Literary Analysis & Composition include novels, short stories, poems, and dramas. Context readings provide background information about the author, the historical period, and the literary and artistic context of the focus work.


By the end of the course, students will:

  • Possess a broad knowledge of the history and development of American literature.
  • Have specific understanding of selected representative texts by major authors of the periods studied.
  • Have a general understanding of the historical and cultural contexts of the works.
  • Be able to analyze literary texts and present thoughtfully developed ideas in writing.
  • Demonstrate competence in essay organization, style, and mechanics

We are eager to see your student succeed as they tackle this course! Though this is an honors course, we encourage all high school level students to join us.

Pair this class with our C.S. Lewis Club! and Latin I or Latin II for an even more extraordinary learning experience.

Suggested prerequisites: basic understanding of literary analysis and a thorough understanding of how to write an essay.


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