English Literature

In this course, students will develop skills in critically reading literature. They will also practice writing skills, including how to write arguments to support claims about what they read. This class is ideal for any student who wishes to be prepared once school resumes in a high school English class.
Designed for

Grade 9-10


All levels

Class format

One-on-one and small group (Max. 7 students/class)

Class Introduction

This is a sequence of lessons suitable for an incoming high-school student or a 9th/ 10th grader. Students will develop their critical reading skills. They will also learn to write analytically.


After completing the course, students are expected to reach the following goals:

  • Learn about literary elements (irony, theme, characterization, etc)
  • Read John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men
  • Write literary analysis paragraphs
  • Write a literary analysis essay
Course Content


Students should purchase a copy of Of Mice and Men. You can use the ISBN identification codes below in order to find the right copy:

  • ISBN-10: 0140177396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140177398
1Of Mice and Men Pre-Reading
2Vocabulary; Comprehension Questions; Importance of Setting
3Vocabulary; Comprehension Questions; The Power of Imagery
4Vocabulary; Comprehension Questions; Characterization, Theme, and Point of View
5Vocabulary; Comprehension Questions; An Introduction to Symbolism in Literature
6Vocabulary; Comprehension Questions; Dreams and Themes
7Vocabulary; Comprehension Questions; Tying it all Together
8Writing an Analytical Essay Structure, Style, Requirements, Thesis Statements
9Analytical Essay Writing Workshop Introductions, Quote Integration, Analysis
10Analytical Essay Writing Workshop MLA Form, Works Cited, Conclusions

Students and their parents will receive brief feedback after each class regarding the student’s general participation in class. Students will also receive feedback on graded assignments via email. 

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