Course: High School Literature and Composition – English I & II
Grade Level: 9-10
Day/Time: Tuesday 8:20 – 9:50am OR Tuesday 10:30 – 12:00 (Noon) OR Tuesday 12:15 – 1:45pm OR
Tuesday 1:55 – 3:25pm OR Wednesday 10:40am – 12:10pm
Instructors: Shelley George (all sections except  Tuesday 1:55 – 3:25) and Olivia Oster (Tuesday from 1:55 – 3:25pm; see next class)
Cost: $74 per month + $35 application fee
Books:  A Beka World Literature Classics for Christians, Vol. 4, 4th Edition, 2012 (paperback/softcover); Write Source Grade 10 Skillsbook, ISBN: 978-0547-4846-31 (Please purchase the skillsbook from hmhco.com or 1-800-289-4490); Write Source Student Book 10, ISBN: 0-669-00907-5. (If you own the Write Source Student Book from last year’s Literature and Composition grades 9-10 class, you do not need to purchase Student Book 10; they both cover the same material.) Books may be purchased at cbd.com, amazon.com, greatsource.com, or barnesandnoble.com.
Description: God’s redemptive work and man’s sin will be addressed as we take a journey around the globe.  Robert Frost, Lord Tennyson, Emily Dickinson, Martin Luther, Hannah Hurnard, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Isaac Watts,  Leo Tolstoy, Victor Hugo, John Milton, Homer, Plato, Virgil, and Aesop are just a few of the authors that will be a part of our celebration through World Literature. Extensive reading, 5-paragraph essays, vocabulary tests, weekly journal responses and other literary projects will be assigned.  Each semester students will choose a biography to read and analyze, in addition to the required reading.  The Write Source books will equip students with strong grammar skills, polish their existing sentence structure, and help prepare them for the grammar section of the ACT.  A 2-year rotation of books is incorporated so your child can take the class 2 years in a row without repeating information, homework, tests, etc.  Next year, in 2020-2021, we will focus on American Literature.

 
Course: High School Literature and Composition – English I & II
Grade Level:
 9-10
Day/Time: Tuesday 1:55 – 3:25pm
Instructors: Olivia Oster
Cost: $74 per month + $35 application fee
Books: Haroun and the Sea of Stories, by Salmon Rushdie, ISBN# 9780140157376; Les Miserables, High School Edition, by Victor Hugo, ISBN# 1549764748; City of the Beasts, by Isabel Allende, ISBN# B00C7GBJX2; Selected Stories of Lu Hsun (online at coldbacon.com), by Lu Hsun; Zenzele, by Nozipo Maraire, ISBN# 0385318227. Books may be purchased at Amazon, cbd.com or barnesandnoble.com
Description: Come adventure around the world in High School Literature this year! We will begin the year in India with an allegory about writing and self-expression and then move onto France to visit with a famous author and learn about the story that has inspired the iconic musical. We’ll then trek in the Brazilian rain forest, take a trip into the fictional past of China, and end our year discovering some of the beautiful African history and wisdom. We will take quick side trips by short stories provided in class to other countries as well. Throughout our journey, we will be faithfully applying a Biblical worldview to all that we read.  Grammar, punctuation, and essay writing will also be covered through handouts and weekly assignments. It is my prayer for these students that they will grow in faith and understand better the breadth of being a Christian in today’s world through these works of literature. Extensive reading, 5-paragraph essays, vocabulary tests, weekly journal responses and other literary projects will be assigned.  Each semester students will choose a biography to read and analyze, in addition to the required reading. A 2-year rotation of books is incorporated so your child can take the class 2 years in a row without repeating information, homework, tests, etc.  Next year, in 2020-2021, we will focus on American Literature.  All assignments and classwork for High School Literature and Composition with Mrs. Oster will be posted weekly on the class blog: hhlosterlit.blogspot.com.

Course: High School Literature and Composition – English III & IV
Grade Level: 11-12
Day/Time: Wednesday 12:35 – 2:05pm OR Thursday 10:30 – 12:00 (Noon) OR Thursday 12:15 – 1:45pm
Instructor: Shelley George
Cost: $74 per month + $35 registration fee
Books: Write Source Grade 11 Skillsbook, ISBN# 9780547484655; Write Source Student Book, ISBN# 0-669-00908-3 (If you have the Write Source Student Book from last year’s Literature and Composition grades 9-10 class, you can use it – instead of purchasing this new one); Write Source Program Skillsbook Grade 12, ISBN# 9780547484679.  Both of the Write Source Skillsbook (Grade 11 or 12) can be purchased at hmhco.com or 1-800-289-4490. Other books may be purchased at cbd.comamazon.com, or barnesandnoble.com (1-800-THE-BOOK).  Please buy the skillsbook that corresponds to your child’s grade level.  Students also need to purchase one book* from each section below:

Section 1 – Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis; Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan or Confessions by St. Augustine
Section 2 – The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald; Lord of the Flies,by William Golding or The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Section 3 – Night, by Elie Wiesel; The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne or Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
Section 4 – Improving your Serve, by Charles R. Swindoll; The Starbucks Experience, by Joseph Michelli; The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, by John C. Maxwell or The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey
Section 5 – David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, or A Tale of Two Cities (all by Charles Dickens)

*We have not listed ISBN numbers for the “section (1-5) books” because it does not matter which copy you purchase.  All of these books have been published multiple times and should be easy to find.
Description: Take a wild literary ride through some of the greatest classics! We will embark on a literary journey that will engage students and help them develop stronger reading and writing skills.  Students will read, analyze, and respond to thought-provoking works. The literary works will be discussed from a Biblical worldview and universal themes will be addressed. Extensive reading, vocabulary tests, weekly journal responses, 5-paragraph essays, and other literary projects will be assigned. Each semester students will choose a biography to read and analyze, in addition to the required reading.  The Write Source books will equip students with strong grammar skills, polish their existing sentence structure, and help prepare them for the grammar section of the ACT.  A 2-year rotation of books is incorporated so your student can take the class 2 years in a row without repeating information, homework, tests, etc.  Next year, in 2020-2021, we will focus on British Literature.

Course: CS Lewis & JRR Tolkien (fall semester only)
Grade Level: 11-12 (advanced 10th graders may apply)
Day/Time: Thursday 8:20 – 9:50am
Cost: $74 per month + $20 registration fee
Instructor: Shelley George
Books: Fellowship of the Ring (Part one of Tolkien’s Trilogy) ISBN# 0618002227; Surprised by Joy (Lewis) ISBN# 0156870118; Tolkien and CS Lewis: The Gift of Friendship, by Colin Duriez, ISBN# 1587680262; and C. S. Lewis’ Letters to Children, ISBN# 0684823721.  Any copy of the required books will work, as long as it is not an abridged or child’s version.  Books may be found at cbd.com or amazon.com.
Description:  Experience the creative genius of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien for a semester.  Journey through several literary masterpieces and encounter timeless characters face-to-face as we journey through the worlds of Lewis and Tolkien. Write a 5-paragraph essay on the friendship of Tolkien and Lewis; create a project based on Fellowship of the Ring; pen poems using examples in The Hobbit.  This course will also explore Tolkien’s role in Lewis’ transformation from a self-proclaimed atheist to a Christian.  Optional Recommendation: Read The Hobbit before the course starts.                                                                                                                                                                     

Course: College Composition (spring semester only)
Grade Level: 11-12 (advanced 10th graders may apply)
Day/Time: Thursday 8:20 – 9:50am
Instructor: Shelley George
Cost: $74 per month + $20 application fee
Book: Write for College 2007 Handbook, ISBN# 0-669-00031-0 (soft cover or hardcover).  Book may be purchased through greatsource.com or by calling 1-800-289-4490.  You may be able to locate used copies at amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com.
Description: This course encourages students in their preparation to be independent, successful collegiate writers. Students will read and discuss a variety of common college assignments.  They will develop the academic skills and thought patterns needed to successfully complete the writing process required at the collegiate level.  Library resources, MLA and APA Handbooks, and internet tools will be explored in completing written assignments.  Nine essays and two research papers will be completed during the semester. The first research paper will use MLA format; the second research paper will use APA format.

Of note, our Contemporary Christian Authors class is only offered every other year.  Since the class was offered in the fall of 2018, the next time it will be offered will be in the fall of 2020.

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