The Essay and 19th-Century Literature
Full Year (2 Semesters)
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Students learn to construct sound, convincing arguments, and incorporate them into a variety of essays they will need in college. They explore the beauty and depth of 19th-century literary works from around the world while developing an understanding of the worldviews that influenced them and the English and American literary periods of which each was a part. All our courses inspire students to evaluate their reading from a biblical worldview.
Additionally, students begin two projects that they will develop throughout their high school years: (1) an organized e-portfolio of their written work, and (2) an online literary timeline showing the authors and works they have read, the relevant context and literary periods of each, and the worldviews that influenced them. (These are developed in a protected, completely private area online, but students may take them with them whenever and wherever they go.)
Taught by an IEW-accredited Certified Instructor, this course equips students with the tools to write compelling and engaging essays and arguments.
Working on each part of the essay individually, students learn to
Additionally, students also strengthen their ability to
Systematically strengthen grammar and punctuation skills.
Students learn to analyze and respond to 19th-century works from around the world in their historical, cultural, and literary settings using the tools of literary analysis.
Students explore the differences between American and English literature and the literary periods for each in the 19th century. They hone their skills of literary analysis to deepen their understanding of the works they read.
In every course, students learn to
Students develop familiarity with a variety of genres and come to appreciate the role of genres as a road map to understanding literary works.
Students delve into the British treasures of
They explore the American riches of
Finally, they partake in a wealth of offerings from around the world as they read
All courses include a short three-to-four-week unit in nonfiction reading and media discernment to strengthen critical reading and thinking abilities. Using famous speeches, essays, articles, and popular media, students strengthen specific reading skills vital to the research process and their functioning as informed consumers of information. College entrance exams directly test many of these skills. More importantly, these skills are crucial to a thriving democracy in which citizens freely make informed choices rather than choices manipulated by fallacious reasoning. Students gain heightened motivation to seek truth and the ability to
Instruction takes place for two hours every week for 30 weeks. Classes break for 5 minutes out of every 30.
Time to allow for this course: In addition to class sessions, students should expect to spend 4-7 hours per week preparing for class.
Enrollment closes August 15 or when the class is full (15 students).
Instructor: Sandra Selling
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Important Note: These links are offered for your convenience and resource information. Specific editions are not required.
Kindle or ebooks are excellent so long as students can highlight using different colors.
Kindle, by the way, has a free app to use on phones and PC that gives the ability to highlight in colors, AND many of the classics are then free!
Parents are always welcome to attend student classes or watch class recordings at their convenience.
Within a week of enrolling pupils, parents new to Inspired Writing and Literature (IWL) receive and complete an Initial Survey about their teen's learning needs, previous writing and literature experience, and other helpful information. They do this for each student one time only. Students complete a similar survey and also complete a skills assessment.
Survey answers and assessment results allow me to tailor lessons to meet the needs of the class and to ensure each student receives the greatest benefit possible. Please take the time to answer the survey questions thoughtfully; they are your chance to tell me how best to help your student.
All new parents of students enrolled with Inspired Writing and Literature (IWL) for the first time are invited to attend a required introductory webinar to learn ways they can support their students at home and help to ensure their success. Here they also will learn what student progress to expect from the course, how to monitor their progress, and how this course contributes to meeting college admissions requirements, as well as the best ways to communicate with the instructor.
Returning parents are encouraged to attend if they feel the need for review.
A time for questions will follow the session. This webinar is offered once in the morning and once in the evening Monday, September 14, the first regular week of class. See the Academic Calendar for these dates and times.
During the school year, parents monitor their students' progress to ensure they remain current with lessons and assignments. Grades, as well as completed and edited assignments, are always accessible online to both students and parents 24/7.
To maximize the use of class time for learning, parents administer and proctor longer tests at home during a time convenient to them. Parents will receive both guidance and support in this if they desire.
I am readily available to both parent and student for consultation and help with current lessons during the week in my online office hours, and at other times by appointment. I am also available throughout the school day via chat and video webinar through Zoom services. If you are unfamiliar with these services, they are provided to you free of charge along with any help you need to use them. You will love the degree of teacher accessibility this service offers you and your students!
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 the whiteboard or document on my screen. We can find resources together on the internet or pull up any needed materials or papers from our computers. I can help 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.
In the Parent Group, parents will find a forum where they can ask questions of the group or me and share information, ideas, and advice. I love it when moms, dads, or students from last year can answer questions or reassure newcomers 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 Zoom, call, book an appointment, or email me privately. Be sure to put the word PARENT or STUDENT in all caps on the subject line of any emails. Doing this will highlight your email so that it stands out.