Introduction to Literature & Composition | 2020-21

Introduction to Literature & Composition is designed for advanced 8th grade homeschoolers (13+). You love to read--so you'll tackle a variety of novels, plays, short stories, and poems, all chosen to be thought-provoking and enjoyable.

  • A full-year class: August-May. See our FAQ for complete dates.

Sharing and Comparing

Weekly text-based conversations are a big part of this asynchronous class--where you'll post your thoughts and opinions.

  • You'll share and compare your views with homeschooled classmates who live across the country (and maybe around the globe).

  • And as you share and compare, you'll improve your understanding of the class reading and you'll bolster your writing skills as a community.

Honing Your Writing

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

  • While you will be writing something every week in forums and short assignments, you can expect to tackle a short story and four different types of essays during the year that relate to your reading.

  • You will plan, draft, outline (sometimes), write.--and then revise after you've received detailed feedback from your instructor and your peers.

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


Sharing your writing on the class website throughout the year will offer modeling and gentle, friendly peer editing opportunities to help you grow and improve.


The Nuts and Bolts

We'll also tackle vocabulary. But hopefully in a fun way—with flashcards!

  • Don't be surprised when you see "SAT" on the flashcard box. You won't be studying for the SAT yet! But those flashcards will be an enjoyable break from workbooks.

  • And we'll weave vocabulary and grammar into the year in a small, purposeful way.​

Navigating Learning Online

Are you new to online classes? Whether you are or aren't, this class will help you master the components of online learning, as you navigate through your online classroom and become incrementally more proficient at what an online class entails. Your instructor understands you might be an online-class newbie, so there will be plenty of instruction and assistance along the way.

Join a group of 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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