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 1:55 – 3:25) and Olivia Oster (Tuesday from 1:55 – 3:25pm; see next class)
Cost: $73 per month + $35 application fee
Books:  Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience, 1994 (4th edition), ISBN# 978-0138382698; The Chosen, by Chaim Potok, ISBN# 0449213447; Write Source Grade 9 Skillsbook, ISBN# 978-0-547-48461-7 (The skillsbook may be purchased at hmhco.com or 1-800-289-4490 for $8.65); Write Source Student Book 9, ISBN# 9780669009064 (If you own the Write Source Student Book from last year’s class, you do not need to purchase Student Book 9; they both cover the same material.) The literature book and the Write Source Student Book may be purchased at amazon.com, abebooks.com, or barnesandnoble.com.
Description: God’s redemptive work and man’s sin will be addressed as we take an introductory look at American Literature.  Extensive reading, 5-paragraph essays, vocabulary tests, and other literary projects will be assigned. 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. 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, 2019-2020, will focus on World 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: $73 per month + $35 application fee
Books: Sentence Composing for High School, by Don Killgallon, ISBN# 086709428; The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, ISBN# 0486290735; The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, ISBN# 0553210793; The Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane, ISBN# 0486264653; The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway, ISBN # 0684801221; Peace Like a River, by Leif Enger, ISBN # 0802139256; The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton, ISBN# 014240733X; Essay Writing for High School Students, ISBN# 0743252012.  Books may be purchased at cbd.com, amazon.com, or barnesandnoble.com (1-800-THE-BOOK).
Description: Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.” This year we’ll be seeking truth through these American Literature selections. Not only will we see an overview of the history of our country through these classics, we will also grow closer to understanding ourselves and our God. We will look for the ways these books challenge our worldview and our stereotypes, and we will seek to grow in our faith in Christ through the truths that they show. The list above is in order of appearance with the first four books covered during the first semester and the last four during the second semester. For a write-up and brief description of some of the books we will read and how we will discuss them in class, please head over to http://hhlosterlit.blogspot.com/2018/03/high-school-literature-and-composition.html  During the first semester we will focus our writing skills on acquiring the ability to write a mature sentence and paragraph, and during the second semester we will focus on the high school essay.  A 2-year rotation of books is incorporated so your child can take this class 2 years in a row without repeating information, homework, tests, etc.  Next year, in 2019-2020, we will focus on World Literature.

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: $73 per month + $35 application fee
Books: ABeka English Literature Classics for Christians, 4th edition.  If you order from Christianbook.com, use Stock # WW208456.  If you purchase it from Abeka.com, use Code# 108456.  Write Source Student Book, ISBN# 978-0669-00-9088 (If you have the Write Source Student Book from last year’s Literature and Composition grades 9-10 class, you may use it, instead of purchasing this new one.) Write Source Program Grade 11 Skillsbook, ISBN# 978-0-547-48465-5; Write Source Program Skillsbook Grade 12, ISBN# 978-0-547-48467-9. Please buy the skillsbook that corresponds to your grade level.  The skillsbooks may be purchased at hmhco.com or 1-800-289-4490 for $7.95. Please do not purchase used copies of the skillsbooks.  The Write Source Student Book may be purchased at abebooks.com, amazon.com, or barnesandnoble.com.
Description:  This is a survey of significant English (British) Literature texts.  Students will read, analyze, and respond to selected works.  These works will be discussed from a Biblical worldview and universal themes will be addressed.  Extensive reading, vocabulary tests, 5-paragraph essays, and other literary projects will be assigned. 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.  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 student can take the class 2 years in a row without repeating information, homework, tests, etc.  Next year, in 2019-2020, we will focus on Greek Mythology and Roman Literature.

Course: Contemporary Christian Authors (fall semester only)
Grade Level: 10-12
Day/Time: Thursday 8:20 – 9:50am
Cost: $73 per month + $20 application fee
Instructor: Shelley George
Books: Scribbling in the Sand: Christ and Creativity, by Michael Card, ISBN# 0830823174; Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World, by Henri J. M. Nouwen, ISBN# 0824511840; Posers, Fakers, and Wannabes: Unmasking the Real You, by Brennan Manning, ISBN# 1576834654; I Am Not But I Know I Am: Welcome to the Story of God, by Louie Giglio, ISBN# 1590522753; Be the Change, by Zach Hunter, ISBN# 0310277566.  Books may be purchased at cbd.com, amazon.com (1-866-216-1072), or barnesandnoble.com (1-800-THE-BOOK).
Description: Jump into a stack of books written by dynamic contemporary Christian authors!  This class will challenge students to consider how they can bring light to our culture through the use of their gifts!  Students will complete five inspirational books, while writing an essay, a research report, poetry, conducting group projects, and keeping a weekly journal.  Class discussions and peer interaction are some of the highlights this class offers with such rich and godly substance.

Of note, our CS Lewis & JRR Tolkien is only offered every other year.  Since this class was offered in the 2017-2018 year, the next time it will be offered will be in the 2019-2020 year.

Course: College Composition (spring semester only)
Grade Level:
 11-12 (only well advanced 10th graders may apply)
Day/Time: Thursday 8:20 – 9:50am
Instructor: Shelley George
Cost: $73 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 online at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
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.

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