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TPS English Reading, Writing and Literature Courses

Why choose TPS English Reading, Writing and Literature classes?

  • Top English Writing and Literature classes grades 4 through 12.
    • TPS Literature courses all teach writing (compare with others that may grade essays but don’t teach writing).
    • TPS Literature courses all teach analysis of literature (compare with others that discuss books but don’t teach analysis).
    • TPS Writing courses (no literature) available for every grade level.
  • Top scores on AP English Language and AP English Literature exams.
  • Dual college credit in composition (writing) and literature.
  • Master analytical essay writing for English, History, SAT, and ACT.
  • Study of the Great Books (classics) of the western literary canon and world literature.
  • Thorough series of summer grammar and writing courses specifically designed to prepare students for TPS courses taught during the regular school year.

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TPS English Reading, Grammar, Writing, and Literature Classes

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TPS English Curriculum Chart

Grammar Courses

Grades 5-6: Elementary Grammar
Grades 6-8 (Summer): Grammar Foundations for Elementary and Middle School Writing
Grade 7: English 1 Grammar Supplement (available only with English 1)

Reading Comprehension Courses

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

Suggested English Writing and Literature Sequence

Other courses listed on this page should be added to this sequence where appropriate for academic level and need.

Grade 5 (Summer): Writing for Elementary School (alternates content each year, may be taken twice)
Grade 5: Writing Fundamentals 5
Grade 6 (Summer): Writing for Elementary School (alternates content each year, may be taken twice)
Grade 6: Writing Fundamentals 6
Grade 7 (Summer): Writing for Middle School (alternates content each year, may be taken twice)

Grade 7

Grade 8 (Summer): Writing for Middle School (alternates content each year, may be taken twice)

Grade 8

Grade 9 (Summer): Writing for Early High School

Grade 9

Grades 10-12 (Summer): Writing for Upper High School and College (summer before English 4/5/6)

Grades 10-12

Grades 11-12

TPS also offers other literature, poetry, and creative writing 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 Humanities Courses

History and Literature share a long relationship as the core “Humanities” and it is perhaps impossible to study one thoroughly without the other. This is why TPS offers a series of combined History and Literature courses from elementary through upper high school. The high school courses have the writing instruction integrated as well, so each HS course is a full History plus a full English (Language Arts) course, worth two high school credits. We also offer a two-year high school integrated history, literature, and cultural worldviews curriculum that earns 24 college credits. All of these courses may be used in the TPS Diploma program.

TPS High Scholars – Dual Credit Integrated Humanities

Grades 10-12: High Scholars (two years, 24 college credits)

Provided in partnership with Belhaven University, High Scholars is a Western Civilization humanities curriculum offered exclusively by TPS. This program integrates study of history, literature, composition, and art appreciation (with AP Art History option) — a two-year “Great Books” curriculum which provides a total of 6 high school credits and 24 college credits. It emphasizes discussion and dialogue over memorization of information, and the efficient integration of content allows for a lower workload than if similar courses were taken individually. Each year is taught in only four live classes per week. The program does not require any prior classical humanities background and is taught at an academic level that welcomes students who are ready for TPS English 4/5 (grade 10 and up) but who prefer an integrated approach to humanities.

Integrated Humanities Courses – Elementary through HS

Grades 5-6: Elementary Humanities – History and Literature of the United States

Grades 5-6: Elementary Humanities – History and Literature of the Ancient World

Grades 6-7: Elementary Humanities – History and Literature of Asia and the Middle East

Grade 9: American History, Lit, and Comp (Honors)

Grades 10-12

Academic English as Foreign Language

Often students whose first language is not English desire to prepare for a national English exam, the TOEFL, or a high school or college program taught in English (e.g., a U.S. university, or an international university program, or even high school diploma from an English-speaking school). The Potter’s School offers an English as a Foreign Language series of courses, taught by culturally sensitive teachers experienced with both EFL and academic English instruction. These courses are designed to take a student from conversational English to whatever goal he sets: national English exam, TOEFL, or even academic English proficiency sufficient to participate in mainstream academic courses (math, science, social studies, etc.) taught in English. More information on TPS EFL…