American Literature and Composition 1860 to Present

American Literature and Composition 1860 to Present

American Literature and Composition 1860 to Present

Grade Level: advanced 8th grade to 12th grades

This class will use, Read with the Best: American Literature, Volume II – 1860 – 1960 curriculum.   As described by the author: The features that make this literature curriculum different from the others on the market are 1) It uses a college text book The Norton Anthology of American Literature as its reading text to not only prepare students for college but also to equip them to take two AP exams or CLEP exams and exempt freshman English in college. It was written using the AP and CLEP reviews as guides.  2) It teaches hundreds of SAT/ACT vocabulary words and literary terms now found on the critical reading portions of these tests and other expository writing.  3) It exposes students to American literature authors and the historical time periods they lived in. 4) It includes hands-on activities that appeal to all learning styles and other activities that bring the passages to life for these high school students.  5) It includes mainly whole books and whole works instead of small excerpts.  6) It uses literature that teaches, inspires and encourages the students to make critical and moral judgments.  7) It was written by a high school English and literature teacher of 30 years and a home school mother of 20 years.  8) Students who complete the course receive 2 and ¼ high school credits. Although the author does mention using their Write with the Best curriculum, I will supply any necessary handouts for writing assignments.

We will even view snippets of relevant videos.  An honors option is available. Honor students will be required to include more elements in many of their assignments well as complete honors only assignments occasionally

 This is a full high school English class which is designed to cover 180 hours of work.  There are sufficient assignments for 4 more hours of daily class work (one hours per day) plus homework (as students in traditional high school) per week.


Prerequisites: A good understanding of writing principles for the high school level and readiness to analyze literature

High School Credit: 1 English Credit

 Required Texts:   Read with the Best: American Literature, Volume II – 1860 – 1960; Writer’s Inc. (2006 ed.); The Norton Anthology of American Literature - volumes C, D and E as the main text and the study the following novels: The Red Badge of Courage, The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, The Crucible, Huckleberry Finn, The Jungle and Fast Food Nation; Elements of Style by Strunk and White, Additional novels may be needed for projects / assignments.

Tuition Cost: $570.00 per year for first child, $520.00 if paid in full on or before the first day of class or monthly payment of $58.75.  Sibling Discount Available.

Locations:             Monday Homeschool Room - (Matthews)                2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

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