High School Classes

American Literature

Classes Meet: Thursdays 9:00am-10:30am
Grades: High School
Grade Level: 10-12
Prerequisites: 
None
Length: 32 Weeks
Annual Tuition: $525 ($75 tuition deposit, $225 each semester)
Tutor:  Jill Hollingsworth
This course is designed to nurture a love for classic American literature and foster mastery in composition. Studying novels, plays, short stories, and poetry from a variety of time periods, this class will center on exploring ideas and mastering written analysis by:

  • instruction and ample practice in written analysis
  • activities that promote critical thinking
  • building vocabulary and a deeper understanding of genres, authors, 
  • and conventions of American literature
  • gaining an understanding of the connection between texts and their historical contexts 
  • engaging in dynamic classroom discussion around all of the above

Students will be assigned reading each day, along with answering recall and critical thinking questions. They’ll also complete activities that explore literary themes and other devices. Because it’s vital for students to master writing critically, a literary analysis paper will be assigned with each novel and play.

Textbook and Other Materials:
Tutor will provide the official supply and literature list upon registration, but some of the books we will read include excerpts from BJU’s American Literature textbook (provided by tutor), The Scarlet Letter, Great American Short Stories, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, Death of a Salesman, and more. Some of these books may be checked out from the classroom library. We will use IEW curriculum and excerpts for the
writing instruction portion of the class.