Writing and Literature

For Your Homeschool

Writing-Literature-Vocabulary 2021-22

The Class includes 28 x 1hr classes between September and May, all the homework scheduling, grading, downloadable outlines and marking rubrics, and email help for students. 

The details on the course:
1.  Writing Component

Power in Your Hands by Sharon Watson (each student must buy this text)
-they can read the details at her website here:

-We will cover 1/2 the text this year:   Essay Planning, Opinion Essay, Persuasion Essentials Essay, Persuasion Next Level Essay, Logical Persuasion, Proof Reading and Common Mistakes Chapters, Letters/emails, How-To Essay, Writing a Devotional, Compare and Contrast Essay, and a Literary Analysis Essay

2. Literature Component
-the reading list is yet to be determined but will be chosen from this list (not all of it but probably 1/2 of it)

List of stories and books:

  • “A Jury of Her Peers” by Susan Glaspell, in the textbook

  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Dover Publications

  • Silas Marner by George Eliot, Dover Publications

  • Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, Dover Publications

    • An Assortment of Short Stories:

    • “A White Heron” by Sarah Orne Jewett, in the textbook

    • “The Garden of Forking Paths” by Jorge Luis Borges, link provided

    • “Haircut” by Ring Lardner, link provided

    • “The Lady, or the Tiger?” by Frank Stockton, in the textbook

    • “Of the Passing of the First-Born” by W. E. B. Du Bois, in the textbook

    • “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” by Dylan Thomas, link provided

  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, Dover Publications

  • Biography or autobiography of student’s choice

  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, Mariner Books


3.  Vocabulary Component

-parents can choose from Vocabulary Workshop, or Abeka Vocabulary (or another vocabulary curricula if they have a favorite)

-we will place students at an individually appropriate level 

-Vocabulary workshop has the option of using the online resources only (so no extra cost), otherwise the cost of the workbook will be the responsibility of the family

Power in Your Hands Text:  aprox $50
Required Reading: $75-$100 (or find online or used)
Classes:  $10-13 per week for 28 weeks ($280-364)
Optional Vocabulary workbook: aprox: $30

Curricula Flip Throughs

Power In Your Hands

Abeka Vocabulary

Vocabulary Workshop