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English 4: British Literature & Writing

Master Teacher: Leilani Mueller
Duration: Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (32 weeks).
Suggested High School Credit Value: 1 credit.
Suggested Grade Level: 12th grade level
Tuition: $629 for HSLDA Members / $699 for non-members

Description: English 4 introduces students to the British literary canon. The selected works are contextualized within two central questions: “How does one live well in a fallen world?” and “How does literature reveal the world in a true and beautiful way?” The course begins with the Inklings, a group of devoted Christians living and writing in the twentieth century. Using the Inklings as a backdrop, English 4 then moves chronologically through the major movements in British literature, beginning with the Medieval period and culminating back in the twentieth century. Thoughtful participation in class discussion is essential for student success.

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Live Online Class Session Schedule

Dates: August 19, 2024 - May 2, 2025

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time


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

Mrs. Leilani Mueller

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

Mr. Graham Jackson

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.

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  • Students Will Learn

    • How to understand the major literary periods in English literature
    • How to demonstrate a solid understanding of literary devices
    • How to generate interesting topics for argumentative essays
    • How to write excellent argumentative essays
    • How to ask good questions about the texts they read
    • How to obtain a deeper appreciation for poetry
    • How to study English and write at the college level
  • How much homework is in English 4?

    We estimate students will spend 5-7 hours per week on coursework. During a typical week, students complete the following tasks:

    • 60–90 minutes of live class instruction
    • 80 pages of reading
    • Weekly discussion with fellow students
    • Reading quizzes every few weeks
    • Poetry, rhetorical device, and devotional assignments in rotating sequences
    • Essay planning, writing, editing, or revision

    Throughout the year, students complete 16 literary works, two argumentative essays (1,000-1,200 words), an argumentative, in-class presentation (6-8 minutes), an original short story and poem, and a final exam at the end of each semester.

  • What books will I use in English 4?

    The official booklist for English 4: British 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.

  • Prerequisites

    English 4 is an advanced high school course designed to challenge students’ reading and writing abilities. Students are expected to be self-motivated, have an excellent grasp of grammar and MLA formatting, and be capable of defending a thesis in writing.

  • What is a Live Online Class Session in English 4?

    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 4 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.