High School Literature & Composition

Grades 9-12+1High school students may be awarded 1 Literature credit upon completion of this course.

High School Literature and Composition guides students through a process of thoughtful reading and persuasive essay writing to prepare for advanced high school level classes.

Students hone their composition skills through weekly writing exercises. These skills will be put to use in the major writing assignments: two persuasive essays and one research project. For students who have learned the basic elements of the persuasive essay and are competent in grammar, this course focuses more on logical argument: how to write a compelling and arguable thesis, and how to arrange and argue it in a clear, logical manner. Students learn to define their terms and refute counter-arguments. The research project, which walks students through each part of the research process, will include an in-class presentation on an author whose work is read in class. Each semester will end with a short exam.

We read, discuss, and thoroughly enjoy 5 novels from the 19th and 20th centuries, plus several short stories, essays, and poems. Students practice good reading and discussion skills as they learn to annotate, ask good questions, track character growth and development, and analyze literary devices.  We will follow compelling heroes and heroines through their exciting adventures.

Students who have not yet taken Introduction to Literature & Composition are encouraged to take that course before attempting the work in High School Literature & Composition. Students can  request admission to the course by submitting a persuasive writing sample for the instructor’s approval.

For students who are prepared for the reading and writing in this course but could benefit from strengthening their grammar skills, we highly recommend registering for Advanced Grammar to supplement High School Literature and Composition.

High school students may be awarded 1 Literature credit upon completion of this course.


Prerequisites: Intro to Lit and Comp or permission of instructor.

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