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British Literature with Honors Option – Tutor: Mr. Jack Gale

Prerequisite: Grammar and Composition through Shanan OR if the student has had a thorough writing course previously with approval by the tutor.

This course is primarily a survey course that begins with Beowulf and ends with the Twentieth Century and covers all the significant literary periods (Elizabethan, Romantic, etc.). The focus will be on excerpts and shorter selections, but the student will also read a number of complete works, including a Shakespeare play, a nineteenth-century novel, and two selections of the student’s choice, one each semester. Students will also be expected to memorize eight standard pieces, including the first eighteen lines from the Prologue to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and a passage or two from Shakespeare. British Literature also has a written component. Students will write five essays each semester: book reviews, literary analyses, and argumentative essays on matters of interest or importance. The year will conclude with a research paper on a literary topic. Regular study guides that coincide with major literary periods provide assistance in preparing for unit tests.

Text: will be provided

Course Credit: 1 credit of English

Available: Juniors and Seniors

Annual Tuition: $500

Honors Grammar and Composition – Tutor: Mr. Jack Gale

Grammar and Composition is a two-semester course that begins with a review of traditional grammar, including parts of speech, noun usage, and basic sentence patterns, and moves on to verb conjugations, phrases, and clauses before the year ends. The grammar portion of the class emphasizes usage problems, such as major grammatical errors, common usage problems like agreement, punctuation, and sentence construction. Concurrent with the grammar portion of the class is a course in writing. The first semester focuses on various types of paragraphs (argumentation, persuasion, comparison, analysis, etc.) of a formal, three-part nature since this type of writing is the emphasis of most standardized tests, the SAT, and colleges. During the second semester students move on to full-length essays and conclude the year with a research paper on a general topic. Students are encouraged to use outside sources during the entire year and must practice the correct use of notes and bibliography. While this is not a reading class, per se, students will read a number of short literary works and one or two short novels to provide material for literary analysis.

Text: will be provided

Course Credit: 1 credit of English

Available: All grades but recommended in the freshman year.

Annual Tuition: $500

Literary Analysis – Tutor: Jodi Stokes 

Prerequisite: Grammar and Composition through Shanan OR if the student has had a thorough writing course previously with approval by the tutor.

This course is an Introduction to Literary Analysis. It thoroughly covers one major impressive work of literature, Lord of the Rings, and focuses on one author, Tolkien. While studying LOTR your students will be acquainted with over 130 literary terms and over 600 new vocabulary words. They will also be introduced to several of the great literary sources that provided the background for Tolkien’s world. Though a goal of this class is to acquaint the student with the writings of Tolkien, an even more important goal is that they learn literary analysis skills that will carry over to their studies of other works.

Text: Literary Lessons from the Lord of the Rings Student Edition (2nd edition) ISBN 978-0-9754934-3-4; and The Lord of the Rings (entire trilogy in one volume) ISBN 978-0-618-64015-7 (this edition keyed to the student lessons). These can be purchased at www.homescholarbooks.com.

Course Credit: 1 credit of English

Available: Sophomores and above

Annual Tuition: $500


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