Literature and Composition 2

Thursday -
10:45 AM to 12:15 PM
Language Arts - High School
High School (9th-12th)Middle School (6th-8th)

Minimum: 8 students; Maximum 15 students

Cost: $495/year; $250/semester + $10 materials fee
$25 discount for those registered by August 1
Includes a free study skills workshop for those registered by August 1

Prerequisite: Literature and Composition I or 8th Grade English or after testing

This course corresponds to D.O.E. course #23.06100.

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A continuation of Literature and Composition 1 in which students will study a variety of literary genres including mystery, science fiction, realistic fiction, allegory, biography, poetry and drama by writers from the U.S. and Europe. Students will learn methods to analyze (read and comprehend) and synthesize (write about) the materials they read. Emphasis will be on note-taking skills for the purpose of studying and writing, and practical writing skills such as answering essay questions, writing letters and reports, and preparing a research paper. Students will mainitain a portfolio of writing assignments.

Elements of creative writing and "wordsmithing" will also be examined and practiced. Grammar study will be based on the use of a writer`s handbook so that students learn to look for the answer themselves when they have a grammar question in the future. Exercises will be used to reinforce grammar and to refine writing skills. Vocabulary will include unfamiliar words from the literature as well as words that are misused and confused. A research paper will be the final spring project and will include evaluating sources, outlining, and writing a bibliography for a topic of the student`s choice.

Required Texts:

  • Random House Webster`s Grammar, Usage and Punctuation (ISBN10: 0375722769 or ISBN13: 978-0375722769)
  • The Reader`s Handbook for 9th-12th grades (ISBN:0-669-49006-7) (used throughout the year);
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (required summer reading);
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sept.-Oct.);
  • 100 Best Loved Poems, Dover Thrift Edition ISBN:0-486-28553-7) (Nov.-Dec.);
  • The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom (Winter Break);
  • The Red Pony by John Steinbeck (Jan.-Feb.)
  • The Time Machine by H.G. Wells or The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (student`s choice) (Feb.-March);
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (April-May)


Other reading assignments may be given as online links. The summer reading assignment will be sent upon registration. A list of suggested summer reading for extra credit will be available in May.

A 1.5 inch binder with five dividers is required for each student.

Random House Webster`s Grammar, Usage, and Punctuation is a handbook written for older students and adults and may be purchased from Amazon or Barnes & Noble. (for around $15). The Reader`s Handbook may be purchased used from Amazon or AbeBooks for as little as $.99 plus shipping. It can be purchased new from Amazon, Rainbow Resources or other retailers for about $31.00. The other books may be purchased through Amazon, Rainbow Resources or a number of other retailers. The Dover Thrift Editions also may be ordered from Check Dover for the other books, too. Any edition of the novels should be fine.