intermediate-literature-and-composition-clrcIntermediate Literature & Composition

If you’ve taken Introduction to Literature and Composition, but you want to keep practicing the skills of thoughtful reading and persuasive essay writing before you plunge into the depths of the British and American literary canons, then join us in Intermediate Literature and Composition.

In this course, we will read 5 novels from the 19th and 20th centuries, plus several short stories, essays, and poems. Students will practice good reading and discussion skills as they learn to annotate, ask good questions, track character growth and development, and analyze literary devices within excellent books. We will follow some of the most compelling heroes and heroines through their exciting adventures.

Students will continue to 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 in-depth 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 effectively 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.

Students who have not yet taken Introduction to Literature & Composition are encouraged to take that course first, before attempting the work in Intermediate Literature & Composition. Other students can apply for admission to the course by submitting a persuasive writing sample for approval to the instructor.

  • "To say that I have been pleased with the benefits of the CLRC's Intermediate Literature and Composition class is a sore understatement.  I have found the class to be challenging and engaging for my daughter, pushing her to a limit that is just beyond that she would reach for on her own.  In short, it is perfect.  This is our first experience with CLRC, and it has been simply outstanding!"  
    Melissa W., California


  • "Mrs. Gray has been phenomenal, and my daughter has made huge gains in her class. "  
    Lisa N. Colorado

Fall 2020 Registration for this Course Opens on February 27.


Section A

Prerequisites:  Intro to Lit and Comp  or permission of instructor
Instructor: Allison Gray,  B.A. allisongray.clrc@gmail.com
Age Level: 13 - 16 years
Grade Level: 8 - 10 
Minimum Enrollment: 5
Maximum Enrollment: 12

Tuition per Semester:  $390
Early Registration Discount (before June 1): 10% off!

Class Meets: Tuesdays, 8:00 - 10:00 AM Pacific
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Section B

Prerequisites:  Intro to Lit and Comp  or permission of instructor
Instructor: Clare Sharp,  B.A.
Age Level: 13 - 16 years
Grade Level: 8 - 10 
Minimum Enrollment: 5
Maximum Enrollment: 12

Tuition per Semester:  $390
Early Registration Discount (before June 1): 10% off!

Class Meets: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30 - 10:30 AM Pacific
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Fall '21 - Spring '22 Registration is Open!

If you would like to enroll in this class but cannot attend at the posted time, please click on the "I'M INTERESTED!" button below. Include the name of this course in the subject line, and any particular scheduling requests in the body of the email. We may be able to open an additional section.

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The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond, and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear.

Daniel Defoe

Allison Gray, B.A.

Allison Gray earned her B.A. at Trinity International University in Chicago, IL, studying intercultural studies, counseling, and social services, and participating in the honors program.  For her senior thesis she examined a theology of beauty, and the relationship between Christianity and the arts, particularly literature.  Allison spent three years at Great Hearts Classical Academies, where she served as a teaching assistant and taught reading interventions to low-tiered students. She has written literature curriculum for Great Hearts, and homeschool curriculum for the Christian Character Formation Project.

Allison lives with her family in southern Arizona, where she still misses the colorful seasons of the Midwest.  She loves sharing her love for books and nature with her children, hiking and reading Lord of the Rings with her husband, crocheting, burying herself in classical literature, and baking bread.



Clare Sharp, B.A.

Clare Sharp received her B.A. in Liberal Arts from Wyoming Catholic College, a small Great Books-based college in the middle of the beautiful Wind River mountains.  This education gave her not only a love for classical learning, but also a love for experiential learning – learning through experience and immersion in the beauty of nature. She taught for four years at Great Hearts Academies in San Antonio, Texas, teaching 2nd grade, kindergarten, and 6th grade both as an Assistant Teacher and as a Lead Teacher.  When she is not teaching or learning, she loves spending time with her husband and baby daughter, wrestling with her dogs, playing piano and guitar, reading a good book, and baking yummy food.

A star (*) marks a book that must be purchased in the specified edition.

Amazon links for textbooks and materials are provided for the convenience of our parents and students. 
The CLRC is an Amazon Associate.

Please purchase physical copies of these texts. We much prefer our students to have physical books both in class and while reading and doing homework.


Ivanhoe

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Jane Eyre

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Silas Marner

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The  Adventures of
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The Hobbit

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*Rhetorical Devices

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*Additional short stories and poems will be provided by the instructor.