High School Classes

Literary Analysis

Classes Meet: Tuesdays 12:45pm-2:15pm
Grades: High School
Grade Level: 10-12
Designed for students moving up from English Mastery class with a minimum of 2 years of Bridge writing classes; or students with 2-3 years of IEW-based instruction from other writing classes with instructor’s approval.
Length: 32 Weeks
Annual Tuition: $525 ($75 tuition deposit, $225 each semester)
Tutor: Ann Norwood
Writing Analysis is a college-prep 32-week combined literature and writing course designed to help students read, think, and write effectively about literature in a manageable, step-by-step way. It provides a foundation in important critical thinking and writing skills for high school, college, and beyond.

Beginning with short stories and progressing to novels, the student will learn how to annotate what they read, identify literary elements and literary devices and why they work well. Vocabulary will be included with the literary selections. Class discussion will be lively and thought-provoking.

The primary writing focus will be on incrementally (step-by-step) teaching students how to read, interpret, and analyze great literary classics using the Socratic method. Students will learn to form an opinion that can be argued and then “proven” with analysis.
Students will learn to think critically – to articulate their thoughts through reading and studying quality literature, to converse about the worldviews of the authors, and to write their thoughts primarily through a variety of essays using analytical writing models. They will learn proper structure, learn how to compose an effective thesis, and learn to use writing tools at their disposal to make their essays shine.

An argumentative/persuasive (college preparatory) research paper will be included the second semester along with instruction on how to write longer college essays.
Some of the essays included in the course include summaries, book critique, analysis, compare and contrast, timed, argumentative/persuasive, research, counter-arguments, etc.

Grammar will be taught in the context of the student’s writing as well as through weekly assignments from The Complete Guide to ACT English Workbook.
This course will complete 1 high school credit in English.

Textbook and Other Materials:  

ISBN-13: 978-0997517880ISBN-10: 0997517883The Complete Guide to ACT English 3RD EDITION by Erica Meltzer.
*Teacher will provide a list of needed literature books and supplies upon registration.*
At the end of the year, students will have an impressive notebook that they will want to take to college to help them with their college papers.