Honors English Literature & Composition 1 | 2022-23

Blue Tent Honors English Literature & Composition 1

Honors English Literature & Composition 1 is designed for advanced homeschoolers in the 9th grade and up who are seeking a comprehensive English class that will acquaint them with the art of examining literature analytically. This class will help students learn to read introspectively, write soundly and creatively, and practice applying nuanced grammar and punctuation.

  • Through analytical reading and the collaborative discussion of novels, a play, a non-fiction book, numerous short stories, and a variety of poems, students will expand and reinforce foundational literary language as they express their views and opinions in weekly informal (discussion forums) and formal (essay) writing.

  • Looking back to Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and then forward to more contemporary imaginative fiction, students will learn to scrutinize their reading, both figuratively and literally.

Class Details

  • Honors English Lit & Comp 1 is a full-year class.

  • Tuition: $775

  • Instructor: Christine Proctor

  • Dates: August 22, 2003 to May 6, 2023

  • Format: This is an asynchronous class, so there are no live meeting dates. 

    • This class is highly active--with students and the instructor interacting on the class website in one or more weekly text-based discussion forums and collaborative assignments.

  • Grade level: 9th and up​ (14+)

    • For age/grade guidelines, prerequisites, and class-fit recommendations for all classes, please see our FAQ.

  • Class size: 30

  • Course materials are listed HERE.

Active and Interactive

In Honors English 1, students can expect to share their opinions and essays in weekly text-based discussion forums. They will share and compare as they read and comment on each others' writing projects and debate with one another in a friendly, encouraging environment. There is never any busywork in Blue Tent English classes. Everything assigned--from forums to annotations to essay topics--has been carefully planned with specific reading, writing, and analytical objectives in mind.

  • Students will work independently on grammar in short bursts of daily exercises. This practice will help refresh and reinforce fundamentals as well as introduce more advanced skills--and then help to add subtlety and refinement to their writing.

  • Vocabulary is not a dreary slog through prepared lists of words. Instead, students will see the immediate value in their studies as they pull unfamiliar words directly from their core reading. They will also add words to class lists as they annotate poems and passages.

  • Literary analysis exercises will include both independent reading and collaborative assignments. Students will share and discuss their pre-writing and essays. They'll also offer answers and opinions in response to short weekly assignments. These conversations will involve the class as well as the instructor.

  • Students should expect to spend 6-8 hours per week on classwork.


Honing Writing

Writing in Honors English 1 is tailored for students who feel the need for more practice composing and editing paragraphs that weave in a variety of sentence structures and word choices, that utilize well-constructed topic sentences and closing sentences, and that fluidly integrate supporting quotes and commentary.

  • Every student will be stretched and encouraged with plenty of individual feedback to help develop their individual writing style. 

  • Writing instruction will start with the basics and move students toward the ability to confidently compose analytical essays and a research paper.

  • Shorter writing assignments will help students practice constructing effective thesis statements and strong topic sentences while learning the indents, headings, and citation style of 2021 MLA 9 formatting. 


Learning Lit Language

From an obvious allusion to the most difficult-to-discern irony, literary devices and strategies will become familiar tools as students and their classmates annotate and excavate their way to becoming more discerning readers and writers.


By the end of this adventurous, interactive course, Honors English 1 students will be as well equipped as Sir Gawain at the end of his journey--capable of successfully rising to future analysis and writing endeavors!