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TPS English Reading, Writing and Literature Courses – Engaging Literature, Confident Writing

Why are TPS English students such skilled and confident writers?

  • TPS Elementary Writing courses delightfully provide a strong writing foundation, so our young writers are confidently prepared for middle school and high school writing.
  • Every TPS English course develops specific writing and rhetoric skills based on the level of the course. We systematically progress writing through every stage of development (grammar, dialectic, rhetoric) from elementary to college level.
  • All TPS English courses at every level — including our literature courses — teach writing with engaging purposeful instruction and assignments. We never stop teaching writing in our English courses, even in upper high school and college level courses.

Good writing — analytical, rhetorical, or creative — combines a set of skills (which can be learned) with individual self-expression (which can be encouraged and developed). Becoming a skilled and confident writer requires expert teaching and individual mentoring, not just practice and feedback. TPS has over two decades of proven excellence in teaching and developing strong and confident writers for college, career, and civic life.

Our Writing program is superlative — the best you will find online and perhaps anywhere. For additional information on how our writing program is designed and taught, please visit our Writing Courses page.

What makes TPS Literature courses so engaging and effective?

  • We include popular contemporary literature kids are already enjoying on their own, and the works that influenced them.
  • Students study and discuss the literary background and context (rather than just skimming the book or reading summaries).
  • Our Lit courses develop and practice individual critical analysis skills (rather than just discussing what others think).
  • We systematically teach and improve writing skills (we use the Lit to actively teach and develop writing in every Lit course at every level).

Study of literature can be engaging and academically rewarding at the same time — it does not have to be dry and boring to make it academically effective, nor does it have to be academically reduced or simplified to make it accessible. TPS Lit courses are enjoyably engaging with works students want to study and academically effective in teaching knowledge and skills students need to learn.

Why choose TPS English Reading, Writing and Literature classes over other options?

  • TPS teaches writing (we don’t just grade and comment on essays)
  • TPS teaches literary (i.e., written works) source analysis and research (we don’t just discuss books)
  • Dual college credit option in upper HS Lit and Writing courses.
  • Top scores on AP® English Language and AP® English Literature exams.
  • Excellent foundation for SAT®, ACT®, and CLT® Exams.
  • Master analytical writing, the most frequently used academic skill you will need for college and career.
  • Study books you already like — we include an ample selection of popular contemporary literature kids are already enjoying on their own.
  • Study the Great Books (classics) of the western literary canon and world literature.
  • Summer grammar and writing courses available to prepare students for TPS courses taught during the regular school year.
What Others Are Saying

“I am not the same writer I was before taking this course. It has helped me to raise my standards for clear, polished, academic writing in every assignment.” TPS upper high school student

Read what other students and parents have to say about TPS English reading, grammar, writing and literature classes.

TPS English Reading, Grammar, Writing, and Literature Classes

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Grammar Courses

Grammar courses are offered in Summer, Fall, and Spring Terms.

Grades 5-8

Grades 8-10

Reading Comprehension Courses

Build comprehension, understanding and thinking skills better in young readers.

Grades 4-6

Grades 5-7

Writing and Literature Courses

Grade 5-6

Grade 6 (Summer)

Grade 6-7

Grade 7 (Summer)

Grade 7-8

Grade 8 (Summer)

Grade 8-9

Grade 9 (Summer)

Grade 9-10

Grades 10-12 (Summer)

Grades 10-12

Grades 11-12

Related Courses

To find more details on these and related courses, please select the “English” or “Literature and Media Analysis” or “Writing and Composition” category in our Course Catalog.

Integrated Literature and History Courses
  • History and Literature share a long relationship as the core “Humanities” and it is natural to study them together.
  • TPS offers a series of integrated Literature and History courses from elementary through upper high school.
  • For upper high school, we feature High Scholars, a two-year high school integrated history, literature, and cultural worldviews curriculum that earns 24 college credits and six (6) high school credits.
Grades 5-6
Grades 6-7
Grades 9-10 (Honors)
Grades 10-12 (College Dual Credit)
TPS High Scholars

In a partnership between TPS and Belhaven University, High Scholars is a traditional Great Books program that studies western history, literature, and art from ancient to contemporary historical periods.

  • 24 college credits from Belhaven University – Freshman Comp 1 and 2, World Lit 1 and 2, Western History 1 and 2, Contemporary History, Art Appreciation.
  • Six high school course credits from TPS – Western Lit (2 courses), Western History, Contemporary World History, Western Worldviews, Art History
  • Four engaging classes each week (with some attendance flexibility), including regular “round table” discussions.
  • Two year curriculum (you can also take either year without the other) welcomes grade 10 and up.
  • Content integration allows for lower total workload than each subject taken separately.

Academic English as Foreign Language

TPS English As a Foreign Language (EFL) trains students in academic English so they can excel in TPS late elementary, middle school, and high school courses — all taught in English — as part of preparing for the TPS high school Diploma Partnership and possibly attending a college where the primary language is English.

More information on TPS EFL…

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