Here is how to create an Honors Literature Credit for homeschool transcript.
How to Create an Honors Literature Credit for Homeschool Transcript
Many colleges are looking for higher-powered credits on the homeschool transcript. One way to help your homeschool high schooler build a college-attractive transcript is to level-up on courses in their interest or skill areas.
Literature is often one of these areas that homeschool teens will level up. While there’s not one right way to increase the power of Literature credits, here is one that many of our advisees have done. There are several reasons why leveling-up with this method is a good choice:
Serious college prep
An honors-level Literature course requires lots of reading of real books. Reading lots of real books increases focus, thinking and vocabulary. Analyzing some books in detail increases critical thinking skills needed to be a successful college student. Our local teens who have done honors level high school courses transition easily to college-level work.
Allows students to continue the depth and breadth of high school education
Another way to level-up is to take dual credit courses at a local or online college. This is fine (there’s not one right way to homeschool). However, these are survey courses and do not allow deep exploration of a topic. Creating an honors course at home allows exploration that teens can’t get with freshman level college courses.
Here are general guidelines for Honors-level Literature. Remember, these need to be accompanied by writing to create the full Language Arts credit. (A more detailed list of how-to’s at Average, College Prep, Advanced and Honors levels is included in each 7SistersFull-Year Literature Guide.)
Note: Classics may be defined as any book that is a *standard setter* or *highly recognized or influential* in any genre.
- Reading: 40 books (6 classics, 10 can be Bible, may include some audio books)
- Writing: 6 short papers, 6 essays, 2 7-page research papers
- Reading: 40 books (6 classics, 10 can be Bible,may include some audio books)
- Writing: 8 short papers, 6 essays, 2 7-page research papers
- Reading: 50 books (6 classics, 20 can be Bible, may include some audio books)
- Writing: 8 short papers, 8 essays, 2 10-page research papers OR 10-page and 2 5-page papers
That sounds like a LOT! How do teens do this?
It isn’t that difficult. Most of our teens:
- Keep an audio book going in the car
- Intersperse longer or more difficult books with lighter, pleasure reading books (which still count toward total required)
- Average one book a week, including summer reading
- Count books of the Bible (which many teens read in their devotional time, anyway)
- Only include Literature Guides for in-depth study on approximately 9 books/year
- Engage in NO busywork!
7Sisters’Full-Year Literature Guides are designed to facilitate this powerful, no-busywork, college-attractive Honors Literature credit. Our own homeschool high schoolers and the hundreds of local teens who have followed these guidelines have been well-prepared for college (many come back and thank us)!
Download a 7Sisters Full-Year Literature Guide to create a powerful transcript for your homeschool high schooler.