English 1: Exploring Literature & Writing

Master Teacher: Andrea Hardy
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: $519 for HSLDA Members / $599 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. 

Watch a short introduction from Co-Course Developer Caleb Nelson.

Watch a sample clip of an Academy live class session.

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Live Online Class Session Schedule

Dates: August 23, 2021 - May 6, 2022

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time


Section 1: Closed Wednesdays, 1:00–2:30 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Linda Davidson

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

Mr. Caleb Nelson

Section 3: Closed Mondays, 4:00–5:30 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Brittellen Luciano

Section 4: Closed Tuesdays, 12:00–1:30 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Andrea Hardy

Section 5: Closed

Tuesdays, 3:00–4:30 p.m. Eastern

Ms. Jemima Spill

Section 6: Closed

Thursdays, 10:00–11:30 a.m. Eastern

Mrs. Linda Davidson

Section 7: Closed

Wednesdays, 9:00–10:30 a.m. Eastern

Dr. Saeeda St. Aude

Additional class times may be added to the schedule later in the registration period. 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.

*This class time is 60 minutes long.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

    English 1 will prepare students to critically read and respond to a wide variety of literature as they explore the question, “What makes a hero?” Using a Biblical worldview, students will discover and examine heroes and their journeys through a variety of genres including short stories, poetry, novels, drama, and non-fiction. Over the course’s span, students will learn to discuss and write about literature, skillfully analyze and form arguments, and improve their writing through revision. 

    English 1 academic writing topics will include thesis statements, topic sentences, evidence, and analysis. Grammar study will review the basic structure of sentences and their parts along with punctation and usage skills to help students achieve flow and clarity in their compositions. Students will also study vocabulary within the context of the literary texts to boost comprehension and encourage them to make use of new vocabulary in their compositions.

    Ultimately, English 1 seeks to guide students on their own journeys toward becoming thoughtful readers, critical thinkers, and effective writers in preparation for future English coursework.

  • 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
    • ~30–50 pages of reading, guided by reading questions
    • ~2 grammar exercises
    • 5 vocabulary words (from the course reading)
    • A short creative assignment (per unit)
    • Analysis paragraphs for each book to practice critical thinking
    • 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
    • 6 literature tests
    • Grammar and vocabulary quizzes every few weeks
    • 1 short story writing unit
    • 2 page essay in response to each longer text
  • 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 the Christianbook.com bookstore. Use the Textbook Finder to locate the required resources for your courses. Please note that while most books are available through Christianbook.com, 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 $80 on yearlong high school courses in addition to Early Registration discounts!