literature & writing class online for 10th grade homeschool

Honors English 2

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 all lengths and 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 your vocabulary through the literature you read

  • To increase your grammatical skills through daily practice

Course Resources

Core Texts:

  • Easy Grammar Ultimate Series: 180 Daily Teaching Lessons – Grade 11 Student Workbook, Phillips

  • Painless Poetry, 2nd Ed., Elizabeth

  • The Lively Art of Writing, Payne

  • The Synonym Finder, Rodale

  • Vocabulary for the High School Student Workbook, Levine

  • An additional SAT resource may be added.



  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

  • Beowulf, A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney

  • The Birthmark, Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • The Cask of Amontillado, Edgar Allen Poe

  • A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

  • Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card

  • I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou

  • The Last of the Mohicans, James Fenimore Cooper

  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irving

  • My Antonia, Willa Cather

  • The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

  • Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare

  • To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee

  • Class choice: current American fiction

Summer Reading & Assignment:

  • The Lively Art of Writing, Payne