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L1b - Enjoying More Literature!


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*This course is also available as part of these Special Discounted Course Packages (Click links below to see Package details): 

​​Live, Teacher-Led, Highly Interactive Online Classes!  With a focus on fostering a love of literature, this course is a perfect adjunct to any of our first writing courses. It is the second in our pair of courses that provide students the ability to choose most of the books they read.   Additionallywhile Enjoying Literature reviews material from L1a and advances beyond through a range of intermediate literary concepts, it significantly minimizes disruption to the reading process from tedious worksheets and note-taking. See the article The Magic Pill for more about the research and philosophies underlying this course’s focus and design. Please scroll down to the tabs below for more information on this course, special offers, and how to enroll.

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L1b - Enjoying Literature


When:            Thursdays, 1:00-2:30 pm EST  


Grades:          8-12


Tuition:           $450 


Credits:          1                                                                                                


Instructor:      Sandra Selling

                        IEW-Certified Instructor



                        800.578.2527 | 704.604.0973


Instruction employs short stories, video shorts, the Bible, and poetry.  To deepen student comprehension and broaden understanding of story elements and themes, as a class, students read the relevant and engaging classics The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway and the Christian allegory Pilgrim’s Progress in Today's English by John Bunyan.  This book, much to the surprise of some students, typically becomes one of their favorites.  Included in all literature courses are a series of discussions concluding in student exploration of how each book's themes are relevant to their lives today.  Also woven throughout all our courses is learning to think critically, to evaluate worldview, to identify faulty logic, and to use sound logic to recognize truth versus falsehood.


Additionally, this course includes features that research has found to be important in kindling students’ desire to read, just a few of which are –


1.      Student choice of reading material (with parental oversight).  Many students know what they like.  Others have not yet discovered genres they enjoy and have no idea how to find a book that interests them.  In this course, they will receive instruction and assistance in both.


2.      Fostering student interaction about their chosen books through a range of activities that build a reading community and sense of accountability.


3.      Minimal disruption to the reading process from tedious worksheets and note-taking.


4.      Encouraging a consistent amount of time devoted to reading, as opposed to requiring a specific number of pages.


Time to allow for this course:  In addition to class sessions, students should expect to spend a minimum of 2-4 hours per week preparing for class.  DAILY required reading time will be very light early in the year and gradually increase to 30 minutes 5 days per week. Individual students may meet with me to set different objectives.  When we read our two novels, some may need as much as 45 minutes 5 days per week in addition to time to complete other assignments. 


Please see Letting Go and Letting Soar for a description of our philosophy in class discussions. See Our Mission and Critical Thinking for our objectives in these discussions. 


To learn more about the philosophy behind our literature classes, read the following articles:


  1. Why Worldview & Literature?
  2.  Critical Thinking
  3.  The Magic Pill 
  4. An Informal Letter


To learn more about what a class is like, read the following:

  1. What is a Class Like?
  2. What is an Inspired Writing and Literature Learning Community?
  3. Letting Go and Letting Soar
  4. An Informal Letter

To Enroll




  • If yes, please be sure to use your existing password and email address used in prior years. Otherwise, all previous coursework and grades will become unavailable to you.


  • If yes, please register only one student at a time! Please complete BOTH the enrollment and payment processes for your first student before beginning to enroll your second student. 


  1. A separate PARENT email (preferably Gmail) address to which the student does NOT have access.  Use this email when setting up your parent account.  If you have a Gmail account, please use this one.  It is vital that the email you use for this is NOT accessible by your students. Again, if you are a returning parent, please use the same unique email you used in prior years.
  2. For EACH student, a separate and unique email (preferably Gmail) address to which the parent DOES have access.  If your student has a Gmail account, please use this one. Use this Gmail or email for enrolling your student. Again, if yours is a returning student, be sure to use the same email used in prior years.



Please feel free to call your instructor Sandra Selling at (800) 578-2527 for guidance on courses or any other questions or concerns.  You may also email her at Sandra@InspiredWritingandLit.com.

Special Discount Packages


To encourage parents to bundle these courses, Three-Course Package Discounts are always available.  We do this because, although each course can stand alone, together they provide the intended Inspired Writing and Literature experience.

*This course is available with a $200.00 discount off the currently listed tuition as part of the Special DISCOUNTED Course Packages below. (Click the links below to see Package details).



These packages add College Prep Vocabulary 1 or 2 at NO additional cost and a writing course for a complete and thorough college-prep language arts program at a total discount of 39% on the entire package.


Early Bird Tuition

Each class is tailored to meet the individual needs of those students enrolled.  We determine these needs through our Student Assessments completed within one week of enrolling.  


Tuition:              $450 


See the TO ENROLL tab before beginning checkout.

Books & Supplies


1.  Notice and Note Literature Log - $9.94

     For more details, ISBN, or to purchase, click HERE.


2.  Notice and Note Bookmarks (30 pack) - $7.44

     For more details, ISBN, or to purchase, click HERE.


     These bookmarks list the things students will learn to look for as they read and the questions they will learn to ask. Tucking one into every book they read during any literature courses they take with Inspired Writing and Literature will ensure it is easy for your students to apply what they are learning.  Your student will want to have the information on this bookmark available any place they carry their book.


3.   Pilgrim's Progress in Today's English - $11.72

           by John Bunyan, retold by James H. Thomas

      For more details, ISBN, or to purchase, click HERE.


4.  The Old Man and the Sea - from $3.59

           by Ernest Hemingway

      For more details, ISBN, or to purchase, click HERE.


5.  Holy Bible 


6.  2 packs of 3 x 3 Post-it Super Sticky Notes in 5 distinctly different colors - $5.68 (x2)

     For more details, ISBN, or to purchase, click HERE.


     NOTE:  This price is only available when you add the Post-Its on to an order totaling at least $25. If you buy all of your items from Amazon, you will exceed this. If you already own some of them and do not need to purchase all of them, you may or may not get this price.  Any colors will do as long as you have at least five distinctly different colors.


7.  Headset with microphone and USB connection to your computer, NOT a pin-style, NOT a blue-tooth connection, and NOT your PC speakers and microphone. Their use will create audio problems for not just your student, but the entire group.  A noise-canceling microphone is ideal.  See pictures at the bottom of this page for a visual of the correct connection.


8.   Microsoft Office Word  If you don’t currently own Word, the full Office Suite with PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, etc., is available for both MAC and PC users through Office 365.  The cost for PC users is $6.99/month for an individual and $9.99/month for a family of up to 5, and the subscription provides continuous updates and upgrades. To purchase or see more options, click HERE.  


Word is a powerful and intuitive tool students will utilize throughout college.  MAC users are strongly encouraged to use Word for a more seamless class experience.  When a task requires the use of Word, I include video instruction in the features of Word that will make the assignment easier. Since  I use the most current version of Microsoft Word in these, this instruction will be most useful to students working with the same tools I am. While I use a PC, and MAC users may find occasional small differences from videos in what they need to do, students will also learn how to find answers to any computer-related questions quickly and easily.


Note:  While we require only Word for most of our courses, familiarity with Word, PowerPoint, and Excel are all beneficial college preparation as well because many general education requirements and higher-level courses use one or more of these in class assignments.


9.  Also, see ONLINE REQUIREMENTS for requirements to participate online.



Can my two students share a book when they read Pilgrim's Progress? Unfortunately, no.  They can take turns reading and completing other books, but they should NEVER read the same book at the same time. In theory, this is a great cost-cutting avenue. In practice, it doesn't work. One of the primary objectives for non-pleasure readers in this course is to move in the direction of enjoying to read. Students need to have their books available anytime the mood strikes!


Do I have to purchase the exact edition you list of the novels? If at all possible, please do this. It does make communication about where to turn in a book much simpler. However, it is not essential. I use a Kindle version displayed on the screen in most class discussions and can find exact locations students are referencing by quickly searching for 4-5 words from any sentence in a passage. 


Can my students use a Kindle version of novels?  Yes, but ONLY IF they have one with a color display so that they can mark passages in different colors.  These models are, of course, much more expensive than the black and white ones.  However, if your student has a smartphone that is available to them at all times (i.e., not a shared one), the Kindle App can be downloaded for free by clicking HERE and then selecting your phone type. I have a Kindle, but I almost always use the free app installed on my phone instead.  It offers several advantages to a literature student that we will very briefly discuss in the parent introductory webinar.

While I highly recommend also downloading the free app to the student's PC, students should ONLY use this as a secondary resource. Students MUST have a book, phone, or Kindle they can hold in their hands and have access to any time and any place.  


Headset Connections

Parent Involvement


Parents are always invited, welcome, and encouraged to attend student classes or to watch the recorded classes at their convenience. Before the school year begins, parents are asked to attend a parents-only Introduction to Literature 1 webinar.  Here they will learn more about the course, how the course fits in with our others, grading, things they can do to ensure their student's success, and how to monitor their student's progress.  A Question-and-Answer session will follow.


Grades, as well as completed and edited assignments, are always accessible online to both student and parents 24/7.  


During the week, in my online office hours or at other times by appointment, I am readily available to both parent and student for consultation and help with current lessons. Click here on Calendar 2018-2019 for office hours, class days and times. In my online office, I can see and type on your student's paper or share a book as we talk. He or she can do the same and can also write and draw on my whiteboard. We can find resources together on the internet or pull up any needed materials or papers from our computers.  I can help them with drafts, the organization of files in file folders, and even occasionally walk them through using helpful features on their computers. Parents are encouraged to join student consultations whenever possible.


Within a week of enrolling their pupil, parents will also receive access to and complete a survey about their teen's learning needs, previous writing experience, and other helpful information. They will do this for each student one time per year only, NOT once for each course. Students will receive a similar survey and, at their convenience, complete a skills assessment. Survey answers and assessment results allow me to tailor lessons to meet the needs of the class and to ensure your student receives the greatest benefit possible. Please take the time to answer the survey questions thoughtfully; they are your chance to tell me your goals for your student, what his or her learning needs are, and how I can best help him or her.


Students and parents will also be admitted to their separate forums where they can ask questions of the group or me and share information, ideas, and advice with one another. I love it when moms or students from last year can answer questions or reassure new moms and students from the perspective of one who has been there.  Please feel free to jump in if you have something to add.  Of course, if you have a highly personal question that would not be of interest to others, you may email.  Please always be sure to put the word PARENT or STUDENT in all caps in the subject line. Doing this will highlight your email so that it stands out and won't be missed.

Online Requirements


1.   High-Speed Internet Access (Please Note: Linux operating systems don’t work with our webinar service.)


2.   Siblings attending the same class must each have their own computer. They CANNOT share one. Siblings attending different classes CAN share a computer.


3.   Parents need a separate email or Gmail address to which the student does NOT have access.  Use this email when setting up your parent account. If you have one, please use a Gmail, rather than an email, address. Gmail will allow more seamless access to some course features.


4.   Each student needs a separate email address to which the parent DOES have access.   Again, if they have one, please use Gmail.  Use a different email for enrolling each student. Because parents know the password, they will be able to monitor whether their student is keeping up with assignments and access their work and grades. Parental access is NOT optional (See Parent Involvement tab). The unique email address for each student is how the system identifies them, their work, and their grades.  


5.   Quiet room:  Online students MUST have a quiet space in which to attend class to avoid a noisy environment for the entire group.  Because we often have oral discussions, muting student microphones until they're ready to speak doesn't work because it significantly slows down group interaction. Students need a quiet place.  Siblings must attend an online class from separate rooms. Otherwise, they will create echoes for the group.