U.S. Literature & 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. This 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.
*Please note: These novels are selected to complement the Notgrass Middle School U.S. History curriculum America the Beautiful, Part 1, and Part 2, which will be used in True North Homeschool Academy’s Middle School U.S. History Class.
Required Texts for U.S.Literature and Composition Lost Tools of Writing, Level One Student Workbook; Portable Walls for Structure and Style Students from IEW;
*10 literature novels: The Sign of the Beaver, by Elizabeth George Speare; Amos Fortune: Free Man, by Elizabeth Yates; 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; Katy, by Mary Evelyn Notgrass.
Prerequisites: IEW experience helpful, but not required.