English 3: American Literature & Writing

Master Teacher: Jackie Horton
Duration: Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (34 weeks).
Suggested High School Credit Value: 1 credit.
Suggested Grade Level: 11th grade level and up.
Tuition: $519 for HSLDA Members / $599 for non-members.

Description: In English 3: American Literature, students learn to analyze literature and hone their writing skills. This course will introduce students to literary classics in American history!

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 Tuesdays, 3:00–4:30 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Jackie Horton

Section 2: Closed Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Jackie Horton

Section 3: Closed Mondays, 10:00–11:30 a.m. Eastern

Mrs. Crissta Walton

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

Mr. Thomas Lubben

Section 5: Closed Tuesdays, 12:00–1:30 p.m. Eastern

Mr. Maximilian Hart

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 3?

    American Literature offers selections from a variety of literary genres and expository texts to improve critical thinking, reading comprehension, word analysis, vocabulary development, and literary response and analysis. Units covered will include literature from early America (1700-1800s), the period of Romanticism, works from the Civil War, the period of Realism, and a study of works from the 20th century and 21st century. Each unit will study fictional pieces including short stories, novels, and poetry. Each unit will also evaluate expository text including historical documents, letters, speeches, and memoirs. Students will also read a selection of plays from the 20th and 21st centuries. 

    While reading and evaluating literature will be the primary focus of this course, students will develop their writing skills through a variety of compositions. Students will continue to hone skills from previous English courses in areas such as MLA formatting, evaluating and documenting sources, implementing rhetorical devices, organizing ideas, providing evidence, and proving their claims. They will also have opportunities to exercise their creativity through creative compositions including poetry, speech writing, and short story. 

    This course will look at expository text through both the written and verbal platform. Students will evaluate what was written, how it was written, to whom it was written, and what the purpose of the text was. Students will also evaluate verbal text, body language, tone of voice, forms of persuasion, and response from an audience. This will culminate in a project where students research a topic of interest, develop a written speech, and then publicly record their recitation of their speech. 

  • How much homework is in English 3?

    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 and periodic homework assignments based on the literature
    • Literature quiz
    • Grammar quiz or vocabulary list and accompanying quiz
    • Discussion forum every few weeks

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

    • Grammar exercise every 3–4 weeks
    • 3–4 writing projects per semester
    • Creative writing and essay writing
    • Research project with written/recorded speech on a topic of interest
    • 9 literary works with an accompanying audio lecture (15–20 minutes per lecture)
    • Exam or essay covering each major piece of literature
  • What books will I use in English 3?

    The official booklist for English 3: American Literature & Writing is available now. In the official booklist, you will find information about the editions, book descriptions, and ISBN numbers.

    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 3?

    This is a high school level English course, targeted at the 11th grade year, and it is assumed students are able to read, write, and follow instructions at a high school level. They need to have prior knowledge of the following: organizational structure of an essay, rhetorical and literary devices, the development of a claim, basic grammatical structure, and how to evaluate both expository and fictional text.

    Students will need to be self-motivated, as they are expected to read independently and understand enough to ask deeper levels of questions and participate thoroughly in class discussions. Some concepts encountered through the literature or discussions will require students to evaluate new ideas or controversial thoughts; therefore, students are expected to approach every topic with maturity. Many of these topics will be compared and measured against a biblical worldview. 

    It is also assumed that students will take the initiative to be responsible for their own work and actions. Students must come prepared for class, complete expected assignments, study for their assessments, be positive in their interaction with their peers and teacher, and meet the deadlines set. 

  • What is a Live Online Class Session in English 3?

    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 3 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 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 3?

    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!