U.S. Literature & Composition


U.S. Literature & Composition

Full Year 1 Credit Course

High School Class (Grades 10-12)

Meets: Wednesday 11:30-12:30 p.m. CSTd

Instructor: Meredith Curtis

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U.S. Literature & Composition

U.S. Literature & Composition is a one-credit high school English course where students enjoy reading, writing, and discussing American works, going all the way back to Colonial Times. Students will learn to work with original documents from the Age of Reason, summarize, paraphrase, create a thesis, and walk through the research process step-by-step.

In U.S. Literature & Composition Students Will…

  • Read & discuss Great works of literature in a book club setting
  • Read original documents when you write your précis and paraphrase
  • Write a Research Paper step-by-step
  • Read sermons, speeches, & plays Aloud
  • Write an essay
  • Write a Letter to the Editor
  • Learn about Sunday Funny Papers
  • Create your own cartoons
  • Learn Some American history along the way

Required Materials:

American Literature & Research

  • Plimoth Plantation by William Bradford
  • Diary of David Brainerd by David Brainerd, edited by Jonathan Edwards (journal)
  • Autobiography of Ben Franklin by Benjamin Franklin (autobiography)
  • The Deer Slayer by James Fenimore Cooper (historical fiction, novel)
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (historical fiction, novel)
  • A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett by Davy Crockett (autobiography)
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (novel)
  • Ben Hur by Lew Wallace (historical fiction, novel)
  • In His Steps by Charles Sheldon (novel)
  • Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington (autobiography)
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Earnest Hemmingway
  • “Our Town” by Thorton Wilder (play)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (historical fiction, novel)
  • Tilly by Frank Peretti (novel)
  • Snoopy & Peanuts Comic Strips by Charles Schwartz (humor, comics)
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry (fantasy)

This course covers 1 credit of high school English grades 8-12.

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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 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.


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