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British Literature & Composition Semester 1 (High School Homeschool English)

During this 15-week High School English semester course, students will critically analyze and respond to various genres of literature from the classical period to the Renaissance, as well as develop and support arguments in an essay.
Valerie Stone, BA
86 total reviews for this teacher
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Completed by 16 learners
year olds
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Charged upfront
$17 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 15 weeks
50 minutes per class
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Class Experience

During this semester, this course will reinforce critical analysis of text, synthesize ideas, understand and utilize rhetorical appeals, reinforce literary devices, determine how time periods influence writers, complete active reading, use creative thinking and writing, develop supportive arguments, write structured extended responses (1 page minimum), write one 5 paragraph essay with two full proofs, and reinforce conventions of grammar and language usage. 
I am a home educator with over 14 years of teaching experience with ages preschool to 12th grade.  Specifically, I have taught multiple years of Middle School and High School English (including composition, literature, and grammar).  Currently, I teach an intermediate and an advanced high school level composition/literature course at our area homeschool cooperative.  

It is my belief that even the most reluctant writers can be unlocked with the right guidance and prompting.  I have a college junior on the autism spectrum, a college freshman with ADHD, and a gifted 8th grader.  Teaching them has provided me with the unique insight of how to teach children, at various levels, to express themselves.  
Weekly reading and response writing is required.  Homework types include (but are not limited to) structured paragraph, structured extended response, active reading response, creative writing, annotations, question/answer worksheet, storyboard, character analysis worksheet, and five-paragraph essay.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight ~ ISBN 978-0345277602 Beowulf (AUDIO) Translated and Read by Seamus Heaney ~ ISBN 978-1665190183 (See below for free option) *Please note when purchasing on Amazon...When you click on various formats of the book, the ISBN number can change and you may get a slightly different copy than I have. Public Domain Literature Allegory of the Cave The Canterbury Tales The Prince Other Resources Used (Online) Socrates ~ Beowulf Part 1 ~ Beowulf Part 2 ~
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Each learner will receive letter grades for assignments.  All students who thoughtfully respond according to the requirements should be able to obtain a high grade, as I give students the opportunity to correct homework or essays to achieve a higher score.  However, I do have higher expectations in regards to grading in this section.  

Note: I prefer to challenge beyond each student's level; therefore, one student's "A" may not look the same as the next.  The overall goal is for the student to show overall improvement as the year progresses. 
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
Please review the reading list to ensure suitability for your learner.  Of note, there is violence, murder, and suicide in Macbeth.

All ages and abilities are welcome in this course.  However, please be advised that some learners will need parental support.  


Valerie Stone, BA
Lives in the United States
16 years home education, co-op teacher, & tutor
86 total reviews
49 completed classes

About Me

About Me
My husband and I live near Cincinnati, Ohio with our college junior son, college sophomore son, and 9th grade daughter.  I have been homeschooling my children for 14 years.  My family enjoys sports, games, movies, and just being... 
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