General Literature

live: $ 425

rec.: $ 375

  • Overview
  • Curriculum
  • Teacher

Monday 2:00 - 3:15 pm ET

Prerequisite: High School Writing Methods

This living books course, with curriculum written by Elizabeth Hempton, incorporates literature and written assignments, with the philosophy that solid writing skills are partially developed by examination of excellent models. A foundation of this class is the introduction to the elements of literature (plot, characters, themes, setting, etc) preparing students for higher level literature studies. Various genres and writing styles are purposefully included in this course to allow students to examine them. Among other assignments, students will complete various writing assignments incorporating selected essay writing types. 

Weekly homework reinforces the concepts taught in class and the teacher is available during live office hours and by email to assist students. Assignments are graded and students receive a mid-term report as well as a year-end course credit report. Students may take this class for Honors credit. The Honors option costs an additional $25 per class. Be sure to check Honors on the registration form.

  • Books / Textbooks
    • Reading as a Life Skill: General Literature by Elizabeth Hempton
    • The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emma Orczy
    • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    • The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
    • The Chosen by Chaim Potok
    • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Other Materials
    • No other materials required

Christopher Schwarzen lives in Tennessee with his wife, Heather, and nine children. They've homeschooled their children for over ten years! Christopher enjoys playing soccer, reading and sketching with pastels. 2019-20 marks Christopher's fourth year of teaching with us. 

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