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literature & writing class online for 10th grade homeschool

Honors English 2
The Fine Print

Course Goals

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

  • To read and discuss writing composed 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:

    • in fiction: allusions, plot, suspense, conflict, theme, setting, imagery, point of view, tone, irony, symbolism, elements of characterization, and figurative language in fiction

    • in non-fiction: satire, tone, point of view, exigence, the classical appeals of ethos, logos, and pathos

  • 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 literary analyses, rhetorical analyses, synthesis essays, and a research paper

  • To increase grammatical skills through daily practice

Course Resources

Core Texts:

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

  • MLA Made Easy: Your Concise Guide to the 9th Edition, Hatala

  • Painless Poetry, 2nd Ed., Elizabeth

  • The Lively Art of Writing, Payne

  • The Synonym Finder, Rodale



  • Beowulf, A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney

  • "The Birthmark," Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • "The Cask of Amontillado," Edgar Allen Poe

  • A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

  • The Color of Water, James McBride

  • Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card

  • "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," Washington Irving

  • My Antonia, Willa Cather

  • The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

  • Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

  • Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare

  • To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee

  • Non-fiction readings from satirists and humorists

  • Class choice: non-fiction

Summer Reading & Assignment:

  • The Lively Art of Writing, Payne

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