HSLDA Online Academy | English 2: World Literature & Writing

English 2: World Literature & Writing

Master Teacher:  Emily-Rose Cockerham

Emily-Rose Cockerham, High School Classroom Teacher for EnglishMaster Teacher: English 2
Classroom Teacher: AP® English Literature & Composition

Emily-Rose Cockerham

BA, Patrick Henry College

Emily-Rose Cockerham graduated from Patrick Henry College in 2008 with a BA in literature. During her four years of on-campus education she had the privilege of learning from some truly brilliant teachers, including Dr. Steven Hake and Dr. Gene Edward Veith. These teachers gave her the opportunity to learn to write in a number of different venues and styles including analysis, novellas, poetry, and radio drama. During her junior year, she had the opportunity to mentor young high school writers—a vocation she continued until her graduation.

Since graduation, Emily-Rose has continued both to self-educate and to help train high school students in her hometown. She has taught several courses in worldviews in literature, as well as serving as an editor for writings varying from young adult novels to doctoral theses.

As she prepares lessons for her students, Emily-Rose enjoys the chance to grapple with great authors and share her enthusiasm for literature with others. She looks forward to learning something new from her students.

Emily-Rose lives in Columbia, South Carolina, where she is seeking to serve and grow in God as she walks the daily adventure of life in faith.

Emily-Rose has been teaching with the Academy since 2013.

Classroom Teacher:  Lindsay Hill

Lindsay Hill, High School Classroom Teacher for EnglishClassroom Teacher

Lindsay Hill

MEd, Southwest Missouri State University
BA, Evangel University

Lindsay grew up in northern Wisconsin. Before homeschooling was a popular option, her parents chose to homeschool her through eighth grade. During her childhood, she spent most of her time reading everything she could get her hands on, including the following year's school books as soon as they came in the mail!

After graduating from a small, private high school, Lindsay attended Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. She received her BA in English education and met the love of her life, Chris. Ingeniously, they decided on a June 2000 wedding so they could always remember how long they had been married. Lindsay taught tenth and eleventh grade English classes for five years in the Springfield Public School district while simultaneously earning her master's of education in English.

Now Lindsay homeschools their four daughters and is very active in the local homeschool community. She shares her passion for grammar and writing by tutoring the Essentials course in the Ozark, Missouri, Classical Conversations group. Unless there is moms’ night out to plan, Lindsay spends her days learning alongside her daughters, reheating her morning coffee, conjuring up dinner, and reading late into the night.

Lindsay has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.

Classroom Teacher:  Melissa O'Brien

Melissa O'Brien, High School Classroom Teacher for EnglishClassroom Teacher

Melissa O'Brien

MEd, Georgia Southern University
BA, Georgia State University

Melissa O’Brien graduated from Georgia State University in 2005 with a BA in secondary English. She later earned her master’s degree in education from Georgia Southern University. She has taught high school English in a Christian school environment since 2005, instructing at every level from 8th–12th grade.

Melissa’s motto is “Eat, Sleep, Read!” She loves to see literature impact students for Christ as their reading takes them to exciting places they never dreamed possible. Her favorite part of teaching is those "light bulb" moments when students "get" it by recognizing something new—whether in literary or spiritual terms!

Melissa lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her young son Jackson, whom she plans to homeschool in the future. He already loves to read!

Melissa has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.

Classroom Teacher:  Karin Morin

Karin Morin, High School Classroom Teacher for EnglishClassroom Teacher

Karin Morin

JD, Harvard Law School 
BA, Yale College

Growing up outside Boston, Karin Morin was the child who had to be gently reminded to put down her book so she could eat, play, or sleep. During college, she read mostly in French and Russian, with a sprinkle of German thrown in for fun. After college, she worked briefly in a job where she didn't have enough work to do, so she filled her time with English literature. Eventually she stopped reading long enough to marry her high school sweetheart. He has put up with her reading habits for over 30 years of marriage.

While briefly living in northern Maine, Karin and her husband began the wonderful adventure of home education with their children. In 2007, back in the Boston area, a homeschooling friend asked Karin to start teaching literature to homeschooled middle and high school students. What a great idea! Karin could read and re-read wonderful books, her kids could have an English class with other homeschoolers, and everyone would have a great time learning more about literature. Much to her surprise, Karin found that she enjoyed teaching (almost) as much as reading. After many years in a variety of homeschool settings, ranging from dining room tables to a church-based co-op, she enjoys teaching even more than she did at the beginning. Now she is enjoying an additional challenge—helping more homeschoolers enjoy great literature through HSLDA Online Academy.

Karin has been teaching with the Academy since 2016.

Duration: Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (32 weeks).
Suggested High School Credit Value: 1 credit.
Suggested Grade Level: 10th grade level and up. 
Early Registration Tuition (ends 6/12): $475 $525 for HSLDA Members/$525 $575 for non-members.  

Description: In English 2, students learn to analyze literature and hone their writing skills. This course will introduce students to literary classics from around the world!
Watch a short introduction from Course Developer Carissa Campbell.

High School English 2: World Literature —
Live Online Class Session Schedule, August 27, 2018 - April 26, 2019

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time


Section 1 Mondays AND Wednesdays, 10:00–10:45 a.m. Eastern

Mrs. Melissa O'Brien

Section 2
Closed–Section is Full
Tuesdays, 10:00–11:30 a.m. Eastern

Mrs. Lindsay Hill

Section 3 Thursdays, 2:30–4:00 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Karin Morin

Section 4
Closed–Section is Full
Wednesdays, 12:00–1:30 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Melissa O'Brien

Section 5 Tuesdays, 2:30–4:00 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Lindsay Hill

Section 6 Mondays, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Eastern

Ms. Emily-Rose Cockerham

Additional class times will be added as they become available for registration. If you have questions, please call 540-338-8290 or email academy@hslda.org.

Frequently Asked Questions
about English 2: World Literature


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  • What topics will I learn about in English 2?

    English 2: World Literature & Writing is a yearlong English course  meant to prepare students for future success in reading and writing in all environments. Students will examine various works of world literature through a Christian worldview. Topics of study include fiction, allegory, persuasion, and research. 

    By reading literature written by various authors from across the globe, students are introduced to different cultures, ethnicities, and religions. Students will use the study of world literature to improve critical thinking, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and literary analysis. 

  • How much homework is in English 2?

    We estimate that the course workload will take 5-10 hours per week.

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

    • 60–90 minutes of live class instruction
    • ~40–50 pages of reading, guided by reading questions
    • Grammar exercise (some self-graded, some teacher-graded)
    • Vocabulary list and accompanying quiz
    • Occasional discussion forums or other homework assignments

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

    • 9 literary works with audio lecture introductions (~30 minutes per lecture)
    • Test or quiz covering each full-length book
    • Additional short stories or poems, with accompanying quizzes
    • 3–4  writing projects per semester, including a research paper
  • Am I ready to take English 2?

    Students should be able to read, write, and follow instructions at a high school level. Students will need to be self-motivated, as they are expected to read independently and participate thoughtfully in class discussions. Some concepts encountered through the literature and discussions will require students to evaluate new and controversial ideas. Students are expected to approach every topic with maturity. These ideas will be measured against a biblical worldview. 

    Please visit our Academic Readiness page for more information.

  • What if I have a schedule conflict with the listed English 2 class time?

    All live class sessions are recorded for later viewing. While it is recommended that students attend each live class session, students can make arrangements 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 English 2?

    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 is the tuition for English 2?

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

    HSLDA members save $50 on yearlong high school courses!