Honors English Literature & Composition 1 | 2021-22

Blue Tent Honors English Literature & Composition 1

Honors English Literature & Composition 1 is designed for advanced homeschoolers in the 9th grade (14+) and up who are seeking a comprehensive English class that will acquaint them with the art of examining literature analytically, writing soundly and creatively, reading introspectively, and hammering down grammar and punctuation skills.

  • Through analytical reading and discussion of novels, short stories, and poems--along with targeted essay writing--students will develop the literary language necessary for higher-level courses.

  • Beginning with Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and ending with a piece of equally imaginative contemporary fiction, students will learn to scrutinize their reading, both figuratively and literally.

Active and Interactive
This full-year asynchronous class is highly interactive. Students can expect to participate in ongoing text-based discussion forums, read and comment on each others' writing projects, and debate with one another in a friendly, encouraging environment. And there is never any busywork in Blue Tent classes. Everything we assign has been carefully planned with specific reading, writing, and analysis objectives in mind.

  • Students will work independently on their grammar in short bursts of daily exercises to help refresh and hone writing skillfulness.

  • Vocabulary is not a dreary slog through prepared lists of words. Instead, students and their classmates will see the immediate value in their studies as they pull unfamiliar words directly from their reading--and 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 their writing and thinking in lively discussion forums in their Moodle classroom, learning and comparing with their classmates and the instructor.

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

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


Honing Writing

Writing in Honors English 1 is tailored for students who feel the need for more practice composing and editing paragraphs that apply sound grammar and punctuation, that weave in a variety of sentence structures and word choices, that utilize topic sentences and closing sentences, and that smoothly integrate support quotes and commentary.

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

  • Writing will start with the basics and move students toward the ability to confidently compose an analytical essay and research paper.

  • Shorter writing assignments will help students practice constructing sound thesis statements and strong topic sentences, while learning the indents, headings, and citation style of MLA 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 course, Honors English 1 students will be as well equipped as Sir Gawain at the end of his journey--capable of rising to the challenge of future English endeavors.