English Literature and Composition
Master Teacher: Steven Hake, PhD
Steven Hake, PhD
PhD, Binghamton University
Steven Hake is a professor of literature at Patrick Henry College and chairman of the Department of Classical Liberal Arts. He was the director of Rivendell Study Center in northern Pennsylvania for four years prior to coming to PHC. He was a tent-making missionary to Taiwan for almost 20 years prior to that (1977–1996), teaching English literature in a large Chinese university for most of that time.
Dr. and Mrs. Hake have been married a long time, have nine children, and many grandchildren. They are veteran homeschoolers. Dr. Hake is an avid reader and enjoys learning languages as a hobby. He regularly reads (with widely varying degrees of fluency!) the Bible in ten languages. He is also an enthusiastic backpacker and sailor.
He is praying for a Christian Renaissance, and believes that we need to read the great books in order that we may write them. He is also praying that God will bless Patrick Henry College with a culture of discipleship, disciple making, and outreach to our neighbors locally.
Dr. Hake has worked with HSLDA Online Academy since 2009.
Master Teacher: English 1
|AP® English Literature and Composition
Live Online Class Session Schedule, 2017–18
Weekly Meeting Time
|ALL Sections||Periodic Combined Sessions: TBA
Combined class sessions take place 3-4 times per semester and are recorded for later viewing.
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Frequently Asked Questions about
AP® English Literature and Composition
What topics will I learn about in English Literature and Composition?
English Literature and Composition will introduce students to the basic elements of literary study and good writing. Together we will read representative masterworks from classical times to the present. These works will be vigorously discussed both orally and in writing. In addition, students will write several papers about these works, receiving detailed feedback from each other and from the instructors.
Christianity is a profoundly literary religion, and some of the greatest literary works of all time are found in the Bible. As such, it works very well to approach both our reading and our writing from a biblical worldview. By analyzing the artistic qualities of great works, we will come to understand and appreciate them more deeply. It is hoped that students will grow as lifelong readers of great literature, and some may even go on to write it.
Course objectives include:
- Become familiar with the classical and medieval backgrounds to English literature.
- Become familiar with the major literary epochs, gaining a deeper understanding of our cultural heritage.
- Better understand the major types of literature: poetry, drama, and narrative.
- Learn important literary terms, and be able to analyze the various aspects of literary art or craftsmanship.
- Learn through practice the fundamentals of classical rhetoric (rich content, logical organization, effective style, specific word choice), thus gaining confidence in writing.
By the end of the course, outstanding students will be prepared for upper-division college courses in literature including British Literature, American Literature, Literary Theory and Criticism, Poetry, Drama, and the Novel.
What books will I use in English Literature and Composition?
The official 2017–18 AP® English Literature and Composition booklist is now available. In the offical booklist, you will find information about the editions, book descriptions, and the reasons why HSLDA Online Academy selected these books.
You can order your books starting June 1 for the 2017–18 academic year through HSLDA Online Academy’s bookstore.
By purchasing your textbooks through the Academy’s bookstore, you may be eligible for Guaranteed Book Buyback. Please view the eligibility requirements to learn more about Guaranteed Book Buyback.
Am I ready to take English Literature and Composition?
This is a rigorous, college-level course. To succeed, students should already have strong reading and writing skills. HSLDA Online Academy recommends that students complete at least one high school English course at an advanced or honors level before enrolling. Please visit the College Board page about AP® English Literature and Composition for more information about the material and skills students will study in the course and will need to master for the AP® exam in this subject.
Still have questions about whether you are ready for an AP® course? Please visit our Academic Readiness page for more information.
What if I have a schedule conflict with listed Literature and Composition class times?
All live class sessions are recorded for later viewing. While it is recommended that students attend each live class session, students can make arrangements with their instructors to watch the recordings and receive full participation credit.
Students should contact their instructor at the start of their course to inform the instructor of any foreseen schedule conflicts.
What is a Live Online Class Session in Literature and Composition?
In every HSLDA Academy course, students meet weekly with their instructor and classmates in an online classroom for additional teaching, discussion, Q&A, or group activities. The class sessions are interactive and are conducted using a web meeting software with video, audio, chat, and application sharing capabilities.
Scheduled, real-time sessions in the online classroom are not the only form of instruction available in a HSLDA Online Academy course, but are offered in addition to lectures or other instructional materials that students are able to access online at their convenience.
When they register, students will need to select a particular class section and live class meeting time. Additional class sections may be added to the schedule at a later point in the course registration period. Registered students will be notified of any changes to the live session schedule.
Please Note: In addition to meeting on a weekly basis with their classroom instructor, students from each class section will attend occasional extra live class sessions. Students will meet with Dr. Hake, the course Master Teacher, for a review session at the end of each course unit.
What is the tuition for English Literature and Composition?
Please visit our tuition and discounts page for a full summary about course costs.
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