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English 2: World Literature & Writing

Master Teacher: Steffanie Schweikert
Duration: Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (32 weeks).
Suggested High School Credit Value: 1 credit.
Suggested Grade Level: 10th grade level and up. 
Tuition: $629 for HSLDA Members / $699 for non-members

Description: English 2: World Literature & Writing introduces students to the global literary canon. Students study the ideological impact of writing as it unfolds through the rise of key literary developments, cultural influences, and momentous events throughout world history. Literature is approached from a biblical worldview; in particular, students consider how Christians deal with truth and deception in the world. While students study grammar and mechanics, they also learn the fundamentals of classical rhetoric, enabling them to write with greater clarity and sophistication.

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Live Online Class Session Schedule

Dates: August 19, 2024 - May 2, 2025

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time


Section 1: Wednesdays, 9:00–10:30 a.m. Eastern

Ms. Steffanie Schweikert

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

Ms. Steffanie Schweikert

Section 3: Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Jessica Pittelkow

Section 4: TBA


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.

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  • Students Will Learn

    • How to use the major literary forms to better understand culture
    • How to incorporate rich content, logical organization, effective style, and specific word choice in their essay writing
    • How to apply a biblical worldview to diverse cultures and situations
    • How to better understand the major types of literature: narrative, poetry, and drama
    • How to understand important literary terms
    • How to engage in successful literary analysis
  • 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 study, practice, & exercises 
    • Vocabulary list and accompanying quiz 
    • Occasional discussion forums or other homework assignments 

    Throughout the year, students complete 9 full-length literary works, a collection of short literary works, literary analysis essays, 1 argumentative essay, 1 précis, several short creative compositions, 1 compare-and-contrast essay, and weekly assignments and quizzes on grammar and vocabulary.

  • 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.

  • Prerequisites

    Students should be able to read and write at a 10th grade level and be self-motivated, as they must 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, and they are expected to approach every topic with maturity.

  • 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.