This is our advanced class, designed for high school students. The goal of this class is to expose students to the basic, core concepts of literature. All students will learn how to look for key literary concepts, discuss what they have read, and apply what they have learned in their individual writing assignments.

Course Instruction Includes:


An in-depth look at a classic novel

Novels at this level include:

  • Around the World in Eighty Days
  • The Hiding Place
  • Shakespeare
  • Dickens


Literary Analysis through novel annotation

Students will learn to recognize key literary elements and stylistic writing technique in the novel through underlining and marginal notes.


Literary Analysis through literary terms

Advanced students will learn literary technique such as the plot diagram, types of characters, setting, types of conflict, theme, point of view, figurative language, and foreshadowing.


Literary Analysis through writing

Students will use specific examples from the novel to provide support for their individual writing assignments.


Focused writing instruction

The Advanced Writing class focuses on developing the five-paragraph essay. The emphasis is on mastery, or quality instead of quantity. Students will be introduced to:

  • The basics steps to writing: brainstorming, outlining, rough drafts, and the final draft
  • Developing a topic into multiple paragraphs by creating a strong thesis statement
  • Following the essay format of an introduction with a hook and thesis, three body paragraphs, and a concluding paragraph
  • Providing specific examples from the novel to support assertions
  • Explaining the examples with insightful commentary
  • Improving word choice through active verbs, concrete nouns, and well-placed adjectives and adverbs
  • Using sentence variety through clausal starters
  • Utilizing transitional words and sentences


A creative enrichment project

During the final class session, students will have the opportunity to present either a creative writing project or a research paper on a topic related to the novel. The project includes three components: a written composition, an oral presentation, and a visual aid. Students, parents, and family members are welcomed members of the audience for this final presentation.