Online HS English

— This class is full. —

Literature and Composition for High School Online (Grades 9-12) 

This class will expose students to different genres, writing styles, and themes. Rather than sticking to one time period or place of origin, we’ll explore a variety of works from diverse writers. From Romanticism and dystopian to short stories and Shakespeare, students will surely find something they enjoy reading in this potpourri of literature. 

Students will also write several essays in MLA format, answer weekly response questions via Google Docs, write a research paper in the spring, and take two end-of-the-semester tests. 

Schedule: The 16-week fall class will be in session from Monday, August 17, to Monday, December 14. (We’ll skip Monday, October 12, for fall break, and Monday, November 23, for Thanksgiving.) I will schedule a Zoom meeting on our first day of class so we can make proper introductions, but we’ll communicate primarily through email and Google Docs throughout the semester. I will post weekly lectures and links on this page. 

In the spring, we’ll start on Monday, January 4, and finish on Monday, April 26. (We’ll skip Monday, March 15, for spring break.)

Please get a copy of either the 7th or 8th Edition of the MLA Handbook or be familiar with the Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) for help with MLA format. Click here to read more information about MLA format.

Required reading:

Fall 2020
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1818 version)
The Great Divorce by CS Lewis

Spring 2021
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare (No Fear Shakespeare)
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
A Long Way Home: A Memoir by Saroo Brierley
Short stories and poetry will be provided

To enroll: Space is limited to 15 online students. (This class is now full.)

First, send me your child’s full name, grade, and email address. Payment for the semester ($100) is due in full by Friday, August 14 via Paypal ( If you decide to drop the class, you may do so by Tuesday, September 1, to get a refund of $75. After September 1, the refund window closes. 

Participating in the fall semester does not commit you to the spring semester. The enrollment process simply starts over. Payment for spring ($100)  is due by Friday, January 1 in preparation for starting class on January 4. If you decide to drop the class, please do so by January 22 to receive a $75 refund. After that, the refund window closes.

I will communicate with both parents and students via email at the start of each semester so expectations are clear, but students and I will go on to communicate primarily through Google Docs. This means each student is required to have a Gmail account. Aside from novels, I provide everything students need here on the class page.

You are welcome to peruse the website now if you want to, but I will send an email by early August letting you know what books you need to source for fall.