Suggested Syllabus for Introduction to Literature & Composition Part A

Here is a suggested syllabus for Introduction to Literature & Composition Part A.

Suggested Syllabus for Introduction to Literature & Composition Part A

Suggested Syllabus for Introduction to Literature & Composition Part A

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We frequently get requests for *schedules* or *syllabi* for our courses. We don’t usually give a syllabus for courses because we so firmly believe that there’s not ONE right way to homeschool high school, thus what works for one family won’t be a best-fit for another family.

But we understand that having a sample syllabus gives a homeschool mom a starting place. Our course Introduction to Literature & Composition is the course we receive the most requests for a syllabus, so I chose this course to give homeschool families a sample. Adapt at will (AND insert dates).

Suggested Syllabus for Introduction to Literature & Composition Part A Introduction to High School Literature and Composition
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Syllabus for Introduction to Literature & Composition Part A

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Introduction to Literature & Composition Part A, Published by 7SistersHomeschool.com

This is the first semester of a two-semester course.

Writing course includes short story (family narrative) writing and essay writing.

Literature course based on books with study guides including:

  • Background information
  • Vocabulary
  • Literary themes
  • Comprehension questions
  • Inferential questions

Literature Books Included:

  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis
  • Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
  • God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

The goals of the course:

The goals of the course are to develop:

  • introductory high-school writing skills in short story and essay methods
  • high-school level skills in comprehension and inferential thinking
  • understanding of key literary themes
  • build strong vocabulary skills

Grading scale:

Grading scale will be:

  • A 92-100
  • B 83-91
  • C 74-82
  • Lower than C needs to be repeated

Grades will be based on:

  • rubrics for the writing project
  • grades for literature guides

Due Dates for Key Projects:

Family Narrative Short Story Due Date: Friday of 5th week of classes

Essays:
First Essay: Day 5 of Week 3

Persuasive Essay: Day 5 of Week 5

Compare/Contrast Essay: Day 5 of Week 6

Literary Analysis Essay: Day 5 of Week 7

Letter to the Editor Essay: Day 5 of Week 8

Timed Essay: Day 2 of Week 9

Timed Essay: Day 1 of Week 10 OR SAT Essay

Short Story:

Day 5 of Week 5

Literature Study Guides:

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Day 5 of Week 2

Anne of Green Gables: Day 5 of Week 4

God’s Smuggler: Day 5 of Week 6

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Day 5 of Week 8

Cry, the Beloved Country: Day 5 of Week 10

Other projects, to be determined

 

Weekly Writing Assignments:

Short Story Writing: Family Narrative

Short Story Writing: Family Narrative Week One: Family Narrative Short Story

Day 1: Lesson 1

Day 2: Lesson 2

Day 3: Lesson 3

Day 4: Lesson 4

Short Story Writing: Family Narrative Week Two: Developing Your Family Narrative Short Story

Day 1: Lesson 1

Day 2: Lesson 2

Day 3: Lesson 3

Day 4: Lesson 4

Short Story Writing: Family Narrative Week Three: Conversations

Day 1: Lesson 1

Day 2: Lesson 2

Day 3: Lesson 3

Day 4: Lesson 4

Short Story Writing: Family Narrative Week Four: Storyline

Day 1: Lesson 1

Day 2: Lesson 2

Day 3: Lesson 3

Day 4: Lesson 4

Short Story Writing: Family Narrative Week Five: Revising and Sharing

Day 1: Lesson 1

Day 2: Lesson 2

Day 3: Lesson 3

Day 4: Lesson 4

Day 5: Final draft due

Essay Writing Week One: Essay Format and Introduction

Day 1: Lesson 1

Day 2: Lesson 2

Day 3: Lesson 3

Day 4: Lesson 4

Essay Writing Week Two: The Body of the Essay

Day 1: Lesson 1

Day 2: Lesson 2

Day 3: Lesson 3

Day 4: Lesson 4

Day 5: Essay due

Essay Writing Week Three: The Conclusion, Editing and Revising

Day 1: Lesson 1

Day 2: Lesson 2

Day 3: Lesson 3

Day 4: Lesson 4

Day 5: Essay due

Essay Writing Week Four: Persuasive Essay

Day 1: Lesson 1

Day 2: Lesson 2

Day 3: Lesson 3

Day 4: Lesson 4

Day 5: Essay due

Essay Writing Week Five: Persuasive Essay continued

Day 1: Lesson 1

Day 2: Lesson 2

Day 3: Lesson 3

Day 4: Lesson 4

Day 5: Essay due

Essay Writing Week 6: Compare/Contrast Essay

Day 1: Lesson 1

Day 2: Lesson 2

Day 3: Lesson 3

Day 4: Lesson 4

Day 5: Essay due

Essay Writing Week 7: Literary Analysis Essay

Day 1: Lesson 1

Day 2: Lesson 2

Day 3: Lesson 3

Day 4: Lesson 4

Day 5: Essay due

Essay Writing Week 8: Writing an Letter to the Editor

Day 1: Lesson 1

Day 2: Lesson 2

Day 3: Lesson 3

Day 4: Lesson 4

Day 5: Essay due

Essay Writing Week 9: Timed Essay

Day 1: Lesson 1

Day 2: Lesson 2

Essay Writing Week 10: Timed Essays OR SAT Essay

Day 1: Lesson 1

Day 2: Lesson 2

Day 3: Lesson 3

Day 4: Lesson 4

Weekly Literature Assignments

Weeks 1 and 2 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Student should read 1/2 of the book the first week and 1/2 of the book the second week. Read the book and answer the study guide questions at the same time.

Define and daily review 1/2 of the vocabulary word the first week and 1/2 of the vocabulary words the second week.

Weeks 3 and 4 Anne of Green Gables

Student should read 1/2 of the book the first week and 1/2 of the book the second week. Read the book and answer the study guide questions at the same time.

Define and daily review 1/2 of the vocabulary word the first week and 1/2 of the vocabulary words the second week.

Weeks 5 and 6 God’s Smuggler

Student should read 1/2 of the book the first week and 1/2 of the book the second week. Read the book and answer the study guide questions at the same time.

Define and daily review 1/2 of the vocabulary word the first week and 1/2 of the vocabulary words the second week.

Weeks 7 and 8 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Student should read 1/2 of the book the first week and 1/2 of the book the second week. Read the book and answer the study guide questions at the same time.

Define and daily review 1/2 of the vocabulary word the first week and 1/2 of the vocabulary words the second week.

Weeks 9 and 10 Cry, the Beloved Country

Student should read 1/2 of the book the first week and 1/2 of the book the second week. Read the book and answer the study guide questions at the same time.

Define and daily review 1/2 of the vocabulary word the first week and 1/2 of the vocabulary words the second week.

Weeks 11-15 Special Projects for Leveling Up

Choose special projects from the study guide if your student is leveling up and complete these during the last weeks of the semester.

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Suggested Syllabus for Introduction to Literature & Composition Part A

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