English 1: Exploring Literature & Writing | HSLDA Online Academy

English 1: Exploring Literature & Writing

Master Teacher: Caleb Nelson
Duration: Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (34 weeks).
Suggested High School Credit Value: 1 credit.
Suggested Grade Level: 9th grade level and up.
Tuition$525 for HSLDA Members/$575 for non-members.

Description: In English 1: Exploring Literature & Writing, students learn to analyze literature, develop skills in writing essays, gain mastery over the basics of English grammar, and expand their vocabulary knowledge and usage. 

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Live Online Class Session Schedule

Dates: August 19, 2019–May 8, 2020

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time


Section 1: Closed–Section is Full Mondays, 3:30–5:00 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Mandi Ehman

Section 2: Closed–Section is Full Mondays, 12:30–1:30 p.m. Eastern

Mr. Caleb Nelson

Section 3: Closed–Section is Full Tuesdays, 10:00–11:30 a.m. Eastern

Mrs. Jackie Horton

Section 4: Closed–Section is Full Tuesdays, 1:00–2:30 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Andrea Hardy

Section 5: Closed–Section is Full Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Brittellen Luciano

Section 6: Closed–Section is Full Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Linda Davidson

Section 7: Section is Closed N/A


Additional class times will be added as they become available for registration. Please note: all class times are subject to the availability of each individual instructor. See this page for more information. If you have questions, please call 540-338-8290 or email academy@hslda.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • 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.

    Students read seven major works of literature throughout the year, along with various shorter works. 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 also covers other types of writing, such as descriptive, narrative, expository, and persuasive. Activities such as peer group editing, collaborative learning groups, and recitations are built into the curriculum as well. The study of grammar includes parts of speech, sentence types, sentence diagramming, common writing errors, and punctuation. Finally, students will have a hearty 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.

  • How much homework is in English 1?

    We estimate that the course workload will take 5–7 hours per week.

    During a typical week in this course, students will complete the following coursework:

    • 60–90 minutes of live class instruction
    • ~20–30 pages of reading, guided by reading questions
    • ~5–10 pages grammar exercises
    • 5 pages of vocabulary exercises (every other week)
    • Discussion post and response
    • Various homework assignments or activities (vocabulary, writing, recitation, or grammar)

    Throughout the year, students will also complete the following tasks:

    • 7 literary works, including novels, plays, and poems
    • 7 literature tests
    • Quiz every few weeks
    • 2–3 short writing projects per semester
    • (This course does not include a research paper.)
  • What books will I use in English 1: Exploring Literature & Writing?

    The English 1: Exploring Literature & Writing booklist is now available. In the official booklist, you will find information about the editions, book descriptions, and the reasons why HSLDA Online Academy selected these books.

    You can order course materials for competitive prices through our Christian Book Distributors bookstore. Use the Textbook Finder to locate the required resources for your courses. Please note that while most books are available through Christian Book Distributors, some titles are not carried and will need to be purchased elsewhere.

  • Am I ready to take English 1: Exploring Literature & Writing?

    Students need to be able to read and comprehend at a high school level. Please check the reading list to see the works we will be covering in English 1 to determine your student’s readiness. A student’s understanding of the reading material will become evident in his or her writing.

    We will be doing a fair amount of writing, but we will start from the beginning in terms of how to approach, prepare, and produce a final product. Although we will begin our study of writing with basic sentences and paragraphs, and then build into essays, students should already have had some practice in basic essay writing prior to taking this course.

    Still have questions if you are ready for a standard high school class? Please visit our Academic Readiness page for more information.

  • What is a Live Online Class Session in English 1: Exploring Literature & Writing?

    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.

  • What if I have a schedule conflict with listed English 1: Exploring Literature & Writing 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 the tuition for English 1: Exploring Literature & Writing?

    Please visit our tuition and discounts page for a full summary about course costs.

    HSLDA members save $50 on yearlong high school courses!