HSLDA Online Academy | What topics will I learn about in English 1: Exploring Literature & Writing?

What topics will I learn about in English 1: Exploring Literature & Writing?

English 1 is a two-semester Language Arts course covering literature, composition, grammar, and vocabulary. The goal of this course is to provide a solid foundation in Language Arts so that students can build on it in future studies.

We will read eight major works of literature together throughout the year along with various shorter works. Students will also read one novel independently during the second semester. Discussions and writing assignments will help students examine literature from a biblical worldview, discover an author’s techniques and styles, and gain practice in analytical thinking and writing. The course will also cover other types of writing, such as descriptive, narrative, expository, and persuasive. Activities such as peer group editing, collaborative learning groups, and recitations will also be part of the course. Our study of grammar will include parts of speech, sentence types, sentence diagramming, common writing errors, and punctuation. Finally, students will have a hardy dose of vocabulary study each week.

Students who successfully complete this course will:

  • Become familiar with basic literary elements and terms,
  • Develop skills in analyzing literature by examining literary elements and techniques,
  • Develop skills in writing strong paragraphs with organization and purpose,
  • Develop skills in writing cohesive and coherent essays that answer the writing prompt,
  • Gain a basic understanding of the standard conventions of written English,
  • Expand their vocabulary knowledge and usage.

This course is meant to help students improve their reading and writing skills, thus inspiring a greater appreciation of literature and composition in general.