English 2: World Literature & Writing

Master Teacher: Karin Morin
Duration: Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (34 weeks).
Suggested High School Credit Value: 1 credit.
Suggested Grade Level: 10th grade level and up. 
Tuition: $519 for HSLDA Members / $599 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.

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Live Online Class Session Schedule

Dates: August 23, 2021 - May 6, 2022

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time


Section 1: Closed Mondays, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Jessica Pittelkow

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

Mrs. Lindsay Hill

Section 3: Closed Thursdays, 1:30–3:00 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Karin Morin

Section 4: Closed Wednesdays, 1:00–2:30 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Ruth Henderson

Section 5: Closed Tuesdays, 2:00–3:30 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Steffanie Schweikert

Section 6: Closed Mondays, 2:00–3:30 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Theresa Chavez

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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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 by introducing them to a diverse range of influential works from around the globe. Students will examine various works of world literature through a Christian worldview. By reading literature that has shaped many different cultures, students are introduced to how conflict, ethnicity, philosophy, and religion can shape and/or impact one’s viewpoint.

    Students will interact with works of fiction, allegory, persuasion, poetry, memoir, and biography. This course also focuses on developing a student’s composition skills through assignments such as literary response and analysis, compare and contrast, précis, research, and creative compositions. In this course, students will research and write a biographical paper about a Christian world-changer.

    By the end of this course, students will:

    • Become familiar with applying a Christian worldview to diverse cultures and situations
    • Become familiar with major literary forms, and use them as a tool to better understand culture
    • Better understand the major types of literature: poetry, drama, and narrative.
    • Learn important literary terms, and have a working knowledge of literary analysis.
    • Learn through practice the fundamentals of classical rhetoric (rich content, logical organization, effective style, specific word choice), thus gaining confidence as writers.
  • How much homework is in English 2?

    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
    • ~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
  • What books will I use in English 2?

    The official booklist for English 2: World Literature & Writing 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 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 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 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 the tuition for English 2?

    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!