literature & writing class online for 9th grade homeschool

Honors English 1

The Fine Print

Course Goals

  • To read works from a variety of genres, including novels, short stories, autobiographies, dramas, and poetry

  • To read and discuss literature written primarily between the sixteenth and twenty-first centuries by authors of all nationalities

  • To be introduced to the art of poetry, with an emphasis on figurative language, meter and rhyme, sound devices, and a few forms

  • To learn how to annotate works of varying lengths--and through that process, be able to identify allusions, plot, suspense, conflict, theme, setting, imagery, point of view, tone, irony, symbolism, elements of characterization, and figurative language

  • To write in a variety of essay modes—including a research paper—and through this practice, to develop an individual writer's voice

  • To learn how to write both a literary analysis essay and a research paper

  • To increase vocabulary through the literature read

  • To increase grammatical skills through daily practice

Course Resources

Core Texts:

  • Easy Grammar Ultimate Series: 180 Daily Teaching Lessons – Grade 10 Student Workbook, Phillips

  • Prose & Poetry, Walch Toolbook Series, Helen Ruth Bass and Diane Morrill 

  • The Synonym Finder, Rodale



  • The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,  Robert Louis Stevenson

  • The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom

  • Our Town, Thornton Wilder

  • The Ransom of Red Chief, O. Henry

  • Rip Van Winkle, Washington Irving

  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Marie Boroff translation

  • Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt

  • Class choice

Summer Reading & Creative Assignment:

  • The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster