Teacher: Anne Campbell
**This is a two-semester class, but tuition is divided into semester payments. Tuition for fall classes is due by August 10, 2018. Please note that class size is limited, so register early to reserve your spot. Spring semester payment is due January 4, 2019.**
Advanced Literature & Composition is an advanced high-school-level course for homeschool students in grades 10-12.
Prerequisites for this class: Students should be able to read or listen to audio versions of advanced texts, and should be able to write a basic 3-paragraph essay. By the end of the year, your teen will be able to write a complete 5-paragraph essay and a research paper.
This course is designed to help prepare students for college level work. For the 2018/2019 school year, we will focus on World Literature.
(Class size limited–register early!)
*We will meet for two hours and fifteen minutes every other Friday for class, and additionally about 3 times per semester for relevant field trips and activities. Students are expected to complete assignments outside of class time, such as reading the assigned literature, writing assigned essays, and working on research projects. Students should come to class prepared with required assignments completed in advance.
Welcome to Advanced Literature & Composition! Our focus this school year will be learning and developing our skills as critical thinkers, readers, writers, speakers, and listeners. The development and mastery of these important literary skills are important to achieving success in language arts, as well as critical components of achieving success in other school subjects, building strong relationships with others, and obtaining a flourishing career as an adult. The quality of life you experience now through adulthood will depend heavily on how well you read, write, and communicate with others.
The goal of this class is to teach students that texts exist within a broad period that includes social, cultural, and historical contexts, along with having literary merit. We will look at the factors that influence a literary work as we explore world literature from a broad expanse of time. Our studies will give students a deeper understanding of the world and its cultures, and will expose them to the richness of world literature.
Grammar study will be a component of writing assignments, as students practice cause and effect, comparison/contrast, persuasive, and research compositions. Vocabulary study will be included in context of the literary works. Students will develop a literary language as they learn to analyze poetry and prose.
Included in the class:
- literary analysis and discussion
- literary elements and techniques
- essay styles
- research skills
- note-taking skills
- hands-on projects
- cross-curricular connections (history and art)
- emailed handouts
- graded assignments
- course description and certificate of completion for your portfolio
- consultation for suggestions to fulfill specific portfolio and transcript requirements
- Students will need to bring a writing notebook to each class. I recommend the hardback composition notebooks with sewn bindings, usually available for less than a dollar apiece. Click here to see an example: Mead Composition Books. Returning students may continue to use their notebooks from previous classes.
- Loose-leaf notebook paper for written assignments.
- Index cards
- A copy of each book listed below. You may use eBook versions, library editions, or purchase your own new or used copy from any source. It is helpful for many students to have their own hard copy of the book so that they can highlight and note passages within the book itself. (They are nice to keep for future reference as well.) *Mr. K’s Used Books in Greenville should have many of our titles.
- MLA Handbook
- Small size Post-it notes or page flags. Click here to see an example.
- Field trips are optional but encouraged. These activities add enrichment to the classes. Most field trips will be free, but there may be a fee for tickets to some events. These fees are not included in the class tuition.
- Classes meet on Fridays, every other week, from August 24-December 14 (1st semester) and from January-May (1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/15, 3/8, 3/29, 4/5, 4/19, 5/3) (2nd semester). Class times are 10:00 am to 12:15 pm for fall semester. Additional meetings may also be scheduled from time to time for writing workshops, field trips, and other enrichment activities.
2018/2019 Book List
Note: This is a list of the major novels and plays we will cover. In addition to these, we will also read a number of short stories and poems throughout the year by authors such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, Sylvia Plath, Alexander Pope, Ambrose Bierce, Ray Bradbury, Herman Melville, Guy de Maupassant, Anton Chekhov, and others. We will also explore excerpts from other notable works, such as Paradise Lost and Heart of Darkness.
- The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (1st assigned book–read before attending first class)
- Oedipus the King by Sophocles
- Frankenstein: The 1818 Text (Penguin Classics) by Mary Shelley
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- Jazz by Toni Morrison
- Shakespeare (We will read Macbeth this year, and watch the movie versions of Romeo & Juliet and possibly Richard III.) You will want a copy of Macbeth (The No Fear Shakespeare version is good. You might also want to have your own copy of R & J for reference.)
- Pygmalion (Dover Thrift Editions) by George Bernard Shaw
- Slaughterhouse-Five: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels) by Kurt Vonnegut
- Fences by August Wilson
- A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
Advanced Literature & Composition requires participation in order for students to succeed. The small-group setting works best when students come prepared for class, with assigned reading completed and ready for class discussion. Students are expected to spend time reading every day in order to keep up, as well as completing written assignments and projects. Students should plan to bring their materials (notebooks, novels, completed assignments) to class each week. Field trips, writing workshops, and other class activities are strongly recommended for class enrichment, and students are encouraged to attend as many class events as possible.
Grades consist of class participation, literature & writing journals, homework assignments, and written essays. Essays are graded with a rubric, which will be provided in advance of the assignment. Advanced Literature & Composition follows the South Carolina Uniform Grading Scale.
“My daughter took this class last year and loved it! She enjoyed it so much and learned so much that she took composition and literature all this school year. Anne is a great teacher and makes it interesting.” -M.B.
“Anne’s classes are the best around. My kids attended even after they transitioned to online public school. They never viewed the classes/assignments as work. Can’t recommend enough.” -S.W.
“Both of our daughters have graduated, being homeschooled from start to finish. One has graduated from college, and the other is a college freshman this year. We couldn’t have done that as successfully without partnering with others who shared their gifts, talents, and strengths in some areas. Anne Campbell was one of those “partners”. Our oldest was an avid reader; our youngest was not. However, upon joining Anne’s book discussion, that changed. With Anne’s passion for Literature and Composition and her creativity in activities, our daughter not only gained an enjoyment for reading, but became a great writer, as well. I am so thankful for the impact Anne had on our daughter’s high school years and for linking arms with us in that aspect of our homeschooling journey.” -T.E.
“If you are considering taking classes with Anne, I highly recommend them. She is a fun, thorough teacher and my children love her!!!” -J.H.
“For any homeschoolers in the area, check this out. Anne is an amazing teacher with a true gift for bringing the material alive for her students. I can not recommend her highly enough. Share with your homeschool friends, too!” -S.W.
“I want to encourage anyone who is looking for an English class to talk with Anne about this class. My younger son participated for 3 years. When I compare it with what my older son did in co-ops, it was hands down superior. His college English professors have told him he is one of the best students they have in their classes. The added bonus was the camaraderie that developed between the regulars in Anne’s classes. She formerly taught high school English and has homeschooled her 3 sons from the beginning of their school days. Her older son graduated as valedictorian of their homeschool association. She is an exceptional resource for the homeschool community. Run, don’t walk, to sign up for this class or anything else she offers!” -C.S.