English Literature & Composition

Master Teacher: Caleb Nelson
Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (34 weeks).
Suggested High School Credit Value: 1 credit.
Suggested Grade Level: 12th grade level.
Tuition: $619 for HSLDA Members / $744 for non-members.

Description: AP® English Literature & Composition introduces students to the essentials of literary study and good writing. Students read literary classics from several genres and time periods, discuss the ideas they raise, learn to appreciate literary artistry, and hone their writing skills.

Watch a short introduction from Course Developer Dr. Steven Hake.

Watch a sample clip of an Academy live class session. 

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Live Online Class Session Schedule

Dates: August 23, 2021 - April 29, 2022

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time


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

Mr. Caleb Nelson

Section 2: Closed Wednesdays, 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 or email academy@hslda.org.

*This class time is 60 minutes long.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What topics will I learn about in English Literature & Composition?

    English Literature & Composition will introduce students to the basic elements of literary study and good writing. Together we will read representative masterworks from classical times to the present. These works will be vigorously discussed both orally and in writing. In addition, students will write several papers about these works, receiving detailed feedback from each other and from the instructors.

    Christianity is a profoundly literary religion, and some of the greatest literary works of all time are found in the Bible. As such, it works very well to approach both our reading and our writing from a biblical worldview. By analyzing the artistic qualities of great works, we will come to understand and appreciate them more deeply. It is hoped that students will grow as lifelong readers of great literature, and some may even go on to write it.

    Course objectives include:

    • Become familiar with the classical and medieval backgrounds to English literature.
    • Become familiar with the major literary epochs, gaining a deeper understanding of our cultural heritage.
    • Better understand the major types of literature: poetry, drama, and narrative.
    • Learn important literary terms, and be able to analyze the various aspects of literary art or craftsmanship.
    • Learn through practice the fundamentals of classical rhetoric (rich content, logical organization, effective style, specific word choice), thus gaining confidence in writing.

    By the end of the course, outstanding students will be prepared for upper-division college courses in literature including British Literature, American Literature, Literary Theory and Criticism, Poetry, Drama, and the Novel.

  • How much homework is in English Literature & Composition?

    AP® English Literature & Composition is a rigorous, college-level course. We estimate that the course workload will take 10+ hours per week.

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

    • 60–90 minutes of live class instruction
    • ~70 pages of reading
    • 3 posts in literature discussion forum
    • Grammar quiz or AP®  practice quiz

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

    • Recorded audio lecture to introduce each unit
    • 2 dramatic recitations
    • 3 personal reflection papers
    • 6 literary analysis essays, with peer and teacher feedback
    • Capstone paper
    • 3 timed writings based on AP®  prompts
    • 4 full-length practice AP®  exams
    • Cumulative midterm exam & final exam
  • What books will I use in English Literature & Composition?

    The official AP® English Literature & Composition booklist 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 Literature & Composition?

    This is a rigorous, college-level course. To succeed, students should already have strong reading and writing skills. HSLDA Online Academy recommends that students complete at least one high school English course at an advanced or honors level before enrolling. Please visit the College Board page about AP® English Literature & Composition for more information about the material and skills students will study in the course and will need to master for the AP® exam in this subject.

    Still have questions about whether you are ready for an AP® course? Please visit our Academic Readiness page for more information.

  • What is a Live Online Class Session in Literature & Composition?

    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 Literature & Composition 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 with their instructors 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 Literature & Composition?

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

    HSLDA members save $125 on yearlong AP® courses in addition to Early Registration discounts!