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English 2 Lit and Comp - Challenges and Triumphs

Course Catalog ID:
4631
Subject Categories:
English Language Arts, Literature and Media, Writing and Composition
Description

Some of the world’s most inspiring people are those who face challenges and triumph over them as they reach their goals. In this literature and composition course, students will not only read the stories of characters who use those challenges to shape their character, but they also will reach their own academic triumphs as they analyze various genres of literature and write compositions in fresh ways. This course will guide students through a wide array of styles to build their literary repertoire, from short story to film to poetry to the stage. Each style of literature approaches storytelling with a unique twist, and students will become experts at identifying the similarities and differences between these methods. Analyzing famous voices from modern and classic literature in a nonfiction unit and applying persuasive appeals in rhetoric, students will explore how to convince an audience of their point of view. As we dive into the fantasy worlds of Eragon and The Fork, move through portals with the Hoover girls in The Relics of Errus series, find ourselves marooned in space in Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis, and face the Holocaust with a Schindler’s List child in the memoir Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson, students will be challenged to find the devices and ideas that make these characters’ stories so compelling. Writing across the disciplines from literature to history to science, students will experiment with assorted tones, styles, and purposes to prepare them for the writing that lies ahead in upper-level English courses. Technique takes new shape in this course for the sole purpose of supporting writers, equipping them with the composition skills they need to excel. Join us in a challenging but exciting year of developing the literary thinker and the purposeful writer!

Prerequisites
Grade Levels*:
8, 9
* Enrollment restricted based on Date of Birth and Grad Year (whichever is more limiting). Enrollment outside these levels requires written concurrence from TPS Support.
Readiness
• Successful completion (75% or higher) of TPS English 1 Lit and Comp
━ OR ━
• Successful completion of Readiness Test
Notes and Conditions

Grade 9: Depending on your student’s individual progress and goals, this course may be well-suited for his or her grade 9 curriculum. It cannot be listed on a TPS transcript for high school credit, but it may be used on a homeschool transcript or omitted from a transcript.

“This course was by FAR my favorite this year! My teacher was absolutely fantastic, gave us direct and descriptive instructions, and was just so kind and positive all the time. Not to mention hilarious! If I could take this course over again, I definitely would. I loved it so much. The homework was enjoyable, helped me grow as a writer, and increased my love of books! The teacher’s feedback was always positive, and I looked forward to reading it every time, hoping to grasp some of her wisdom to add into my own writing. She made going through the hard writing assignments fun. And whenever one of us felt lost she would build us up with encouragement and help us find our way. Anyone who is thinking about this course ABSOLUTELY should!!! You won’t regret it.”

Grace N
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Student

“I have always loved writing, but it was not until I entered this course that I learned to format my ideas into short essays and convey them clearly to my readers. Precisely, I learned to polish every sentence in my essay and ask myself if I really met the goal of portraying a clear introduction, conclusion, or body paragraph. Throughout this course, I am deeply thankful for my teachers and their patience in instructing and helping me through my assignments. Their work and precious time, as well as detailed feedback and emails became the greatest jewel of this course as they inspired me to dig out meaningful insights from the literature works we studied this year. I had a great time in reading the short stories because they have really memorable lessons to teach and they are great places to find inspirations. I also learned to view works of literature in different perspectives and see the symbolic things hidden below the surface from the novel study in this course. It’s so remarkable in the way this course is designed to give students chances to develop in a variety of areas and inspire them to dig deeper.”

Rachel X
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Student

“This class was perfect for me because of the great novels we covered. The books we read were so entertaining, and I really enjoyed reading them. I am one who does not read too often. However, these books were so enjoyable. The teacher was a lot of fun, and I loved the in-class discussions we had about the novels we read. Overall, this was a great class.”

Andrew N
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Student

“My sons have loved English 2 this year. Not only has their writing continued to improve, but they loved discussing and thinking critically about the books they read for class. Their favorite part of class this year was learning about logical fallacies and rhetorical appeals.”

Lauren G
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Parent

“I would recommend this course because it helps students further their skills in essay writing, teaching skills such as MLA citation rules and how to apply grammar into essays for flow, strength, and clarity. This course also studies classics and their themes. The interactive in-class discussion helped me see ideas and themes in the books, and also inspired me to read more classics.”

Catherine P
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Student

“I have taken many English classes outside of TPS, and I have found that TPS always provides the best materials and content. The teaching is engaging during class times, and unlike other English courses, the grading is more strict which is what helped me improve at writing.”

Isaac S
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Student

“I absolutely enjoyed this course! The teacher made class entertaining, the assignments challenged me to bring my writing skills to a whole new level, and I really liked the discussions in class about the books and movies we saw. Looking back, I find it hard to believe how much I’ve learned this year. I’m so grateful that God put me in English 2, and I would definitely recommend it to others!”

Joy F
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Student

“I highly recommend this course! Throughout the year the carefully structured writing assignments slowly but surely improve your writing and analysis skills. In addition, the grammar assignments give you a greater understanding of the English language and how to properly use it. And as a bonus you get to read many fun books, and watch two great movies at the end of the year! For anyone who needs improvement in their writing and grammar, but would like to have fun at the same time, this course is for you!”

Evangelina S
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Student

“I really enjoyed how structured everything was. Even though the class had structure, it still gave freedom to be creative and expand creative writing skills. Everything was always laid out clearly and was extremely fun and enjoyable. I cannot think of a single paper or assignment I did not enjoy.”

Anani W
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Student

“This class guided me to explore many great works of literature and taught me how to analyze and learn from them. It gave me the tools and practice to advance my writing skills, and I think this course would be helpful to other students who wish to improve their understanding, appreciation, and creation of literature.”

Michael F
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Student
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