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Introduction to Literature & Composition | 2022-23

Blue Tent Introduction to Literature & Composition

Introduction to Literature & Composition is designed for advanced 8th grade homeschoolers (13+). In weekly text-based conversations students will share and compare their views and writing with fellow homeschooled classmates who live across the country (and maybe around the globe). Through active forum discussions and interaction with their peers, they'll improve their understanding of the class reading and bolster their writing skills as a community.

Class Details

  • Intro to Lit is a full-year class.

  • Tuition: $750

  • Instructor: Anna Grace Freebersyser

  • Dates: August 22, 2022 to May 6, 2023. See our FAQ for a complete list of dates and breaks.

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

    • While this class is highly active, all interaction takes place in a text-based fashion on the class website.

  • Grade level: 8th and up​ (13+)

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

  • Class size: 30

  • Course materials are listed HERE.


Foundational Elements

Intro to Lit is designed for students who enjoy reading and writing and who have a sincere desire to improve their skillfulness. They may be confident in their abilities, or may feel that they need more work on brainstorming, outlining, and getting thoughts down on paper. We'll work on all those things during the year in an incremental parts-to-whole approach.

  • Every week, the class will be immersed in reading a novel incrementally and also writing of some sort.

  • Students will complete short assignments regularly and will converse in teacher-led and peer-led forums weekly--actively discussing their reading to help improve proficiency in writing and literary analysis.  

  • They can expect to tackle writing a short story and four different types of essays during the year that relate to their reading.

  • With the help of the instructor, students will work incrementally to plan, collect supporting evidence, create thesis statements and topic sentences, outline, and write and submit their essays. They will then revise and polish their papers after receiving detailed feedback from the instructor and their peers.

  • In the process, they'll learn, reinforce, and ultimately nail MLA formatting and works cited citations.

  • Don't be surprised to see "SAT" on the vocab flashcard box. While students might not be studying for the SAT quite yet, this flashcard approach will be an enjoyable break from vocabulary workbooks. Vocabulary and grammar practice will be woven into the year in a small, purposeful way.​

Sharing writing on the class website throughout the year will offer modeling and gentle, friendly peer editing opportunities to help students grow and improve.​​​ Join other enthusiastic readers and learners who agree with Anna Quindlen, that "books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination and the journey."

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