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L2 - Reading & Analyzing Non-Fiction


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*This course is also available  as part of these DISCOUNTED Course Package Options (Click  below to see Package details):

​​Live, Teacher-Led, Highly Interactive Online Classes.  As the second in our literature sequence, this course will quickly review the literary skills learned last year in Literature 1 and continue to provide consistent practice to solidify and develop these skills throughout the year. However, the primary focus in these 26 90-minute sessions is to improve reading, study, critical thinking, and rhetorical analysis skills as students enjoy high-interest articles, famous speeches, thought-provoking essays, current day media, and other non-fiction and informational materials.  They will learn to assess the quality of their sources; read between the lines for the main idea, purpose, tone, inferences, and bias; separate fact from opinion; detect propaganda; and recognize errors in reasoning. These skills are often-neglected, yet necessary, preparation for college and to function as citizens in a democracy with a free press.  As in all our classes, students will analyze worldview and its impact on the materials they read. While this course is not intended as a complete preparation for either the new SAT essay or the AP English Language and Composition Exam, it lays a strong foundation in the rhetorical analysis required in both. Similarly, it helps to prepare students for the critical reading and thinking skills necessary to succeed in college and career, as well as in their high-school coursework. Scroll down to the tabs below for more information on this course, special offers, and how to enroll. 

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L2 - Reading & Analyzing Non-Fiction


When:           Mondays, 3:00-4:30 pm EST     

                      (To honor time with family, class does not meet on legal holidays.)


Grades:        9-12


Tuition:         $450 


Credits:          1  English & 0.5 Informal Logic



Instructor:      Sandra Selling

                        IEW-Certified Instructor



                        800.578.2527 | 704.604.0973


Time to allow for this course:  In addition to class sessions, students should expect to spend a minimum of 3-4 hours per week preparing for class.


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 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. About Book Notes

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 include a writing course at regular prices and also add College Prep Vocabulary 1 at NO additional cost 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 

Books & Supplies


1.  Ten Steps to Advancing College Reading Skills/Ten Steps Plus Bundle-6th ed. - $35.00

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


     IMPORTANT!  This is one book that MUST be purchased at the links above.  It includes a membership that will provide exercises, testing, grading, and evaluation we will use in class. Purchase only the 6th edition.  Do not purchase the 5th edition.


Please also delay this purchase until ALL students have completed the initial skills assessment.  The results of this assessment will enable me to choose the text most appropriate for our group and will ensure that your student works from the best material for his or her skill level.


Sometimes parents will find the actual text more cheaply elsewhere and then, to save money, want to purchase the membership for $12.00 at the link. Please note  $12.00 is for four months only. You would need to obtain two to three of these in addition to the book for your student. Purchasing at the link above ensures you have access to the site for one year and the correct edition of the book. It usually will also yield the best bargain.


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 this information on this bookmark available to them any place they carry their book.


3.   How to Lie with Statistics - $8.05

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


4.   Holy Bible (NIV) 

      Students will find having the NIV makes class discussion and assignments simpler because that is the text I will be using in class.  However, students may use any version.


5.  As needed,  I will provide short stories, essays, various speeches, articles, and other informational texts for class use.


6.  One to three nonfiction books of your student's choice.  Wait to purchase or borrow these until we have spoken about these in class.


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.



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 invited 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 the 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.