English 1 – Survey of Literature and Introduction to Composition


This survey of all things literature includes two sections: literature and composition. For literature, we’ll read through four genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. Using Fundamentals of Literature from Bob Jones Press, students will learn to become discerning readers by focusing on the fundamentals of literature — conflict, character, theme, structure, point of view, and moral tone. This course encourages critical thinking skills through classroom discussion of questions answered at home. Material presented in the early weeks will resurface time and again, a method known as spiral learning, which cements ideas through repetition.

This class begins with concrete writing and covers a variety of skills such as types of introductions, sequencing, informative reports, and point of view. Writing assignments will range from creative writing to research-based essays and poetry. Papers will be written using MLA formatting. Grammar is not taught separately, but is addressed and corrected through extensive, personalized feedback on each essay. Additional grammar instruction at home will make this a complete English credit. I have found that Editor In Chief works well with many students. Please note that this is listed below as an optional resource and is not required. English 1 is an excellent overview of the reading and writing skills necessary for higher level courses.

Instructor: Laurel Solorzano    laurelsolorzano@gmail.com


Fundamentals of Literature Grade 9 Student Text, 2nd Edition

*Be sure to check out the eTextbook option. This is a lower-cost option, it but will require excellent note-taking skills since the student cannot write on the text itself. ETextbook, 2nd

Fundamentals of Literature Tests (2nd ed.)

optional – Editor in Chief Level 3 by The Critical Thinking Co.  

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