English Literature & Composition

Note: This post describes one of four writing classes I’ll be teaching in the 2020-21 school year through Bluebonnet Home Scholars Collaborative. You can read more here about all four classes, spanning grades 4 to 12.

Who: Students entering grades 8–12 in fall 2020

Prerequisites: Prior IEW experience or writing class with Mrs. Hartenburg, or by permission

When: 2:15–3:30 p.m., Fridays, September 4, 2020 to May 28, 2021, with holidays (See Academic Calendar.)

Where: Forty Holy Martyrs Church, Sugar Land, Texas

In this college-preparatory literature and composition course, highschool students (and advanced eighth-graders) will explore elements of literature and develop beginning skills in literary analysis as they read and write upper-level essays and critiques.

Focus works, including novels, short stories, poems, and drama, have been selected for literary quality, interest, and for their place in the historical development of literature. Students will gain an understanding of the development of literature and will practice the skills of close literary analysis through essays, approach papers, and other evaluative writing. 

Supplies Fee: $149 for BHSC-purchased supplies including the following:

  • Introduction to Literature student book by Janice Campbell
  • Seven books of literature for study: Around the World in Eighty Days, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Jane Eyre, Pygmalion, Animal Farm, The Tempest, and Gulliver’s Travels.
  • 3-ring notebook binder with tab dividers, course handouts, and reinforced lined notebook paper
  • Composition notebook
  • Various teaching/classroom resources

Families will need to secure the following supplies before the start of class: (Linked brands are suggestions.)

Students must also have a public library card and access to the library as they will be required to secure and read library books and encyclopedia articles as instructed.

Finally, students will need to be able to type, print, and email assignments using a sharable word processing program such as Microsoft Word.

See Bluebonnet Home Scholars Collaborative enrollment information for tuition and fee information.