Students will receive an introduction to American Literature and World Literature through in-depth study of two major works of literature and one novel of their choice. Students will learn to use the elements of fiction to analyze literature. They will also receive instruction to write compositions which demonstrate their understanding and insights into literature, including a full-length novel review. They will work on their composition skills with checklists for specific content, organization, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions. Students will demonstrate their proficiency in group discussion and public presentation.
Students will need to plan for 45-60 minutes of homework three to four days a week. Parents must provide oversight for student’s daily progress on assignments as well as function as a parent-editor for all writing assignments. Grades will be updated weekly at schoology.com. Students who do not have a 70% at the end of fall semester will need instructor permission to continue into second semester. Visit Sound Learning’s General Course Requirements for more information.
Parents must attend at least one Sound Learning composition course orientation and be available to work weekly as a parent-editor with their student.
New Students: Successful completion of Following Narnia Vol 1 or 2 or equivalent. Please contact me if you have questions about this requirement. In addition completion of the Sound Learning Literature and Composition course is preferred. Please contact me if you have questions about this requirement.
Returning Students: Students must have an 80% or above in Following Narnia Vol 2 or Sound Learning Literature and Composition class and instructor permission to enroll in Introduction to American and World Literature. Please contact me for my recommendations.
Please visit Sound Learning English Department Sequence for more information.
Required Student Materials:
To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee — any unabridged version
Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare — Folger Shakespearean Library, 2011, ISBN# 978-0-7434-77116
Student-selected novel (with permission of parent and instructor)
English handbook, dictionary, and thesaurus – either online or hardcopy
Additional materials will be sent electronically. Student is required to print copies.
Recommended Materials: (not required)
Fix it! Grammar (Levels 1-6)
Grammar will not be formally taught in this class. For parents who want a structured grammar program, Fix it! Grammar encourages students to immediately apply new grammar knowledge in context, aiding in the transfer of grammar skills into their own writing. Student lessons require both independent and interactive work with a parent to apply terminology and strategies from Teaching Writing: Structure and Style.
After determining student placement, purchase of a Fix It! Grammar teacher’s manual also provides free access to a downloadable PDF copy of the student workbook for each level.
Fix It! Teacher’s Manual
Spiral Bound, $19.00 (Each Level)