Honors English Language Arts


Online for the 2023-2024 School Year

Teacher: Sarah Richman

Email: sarah.c.richman@gmail.com

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To Apply: There is no application for this course. I can’t wait to meet you! Feel free to email me with any questions prior to the start of the course.

Course Description: Honors English Language Arts is a highly interactive, asynchronous course designed to prepare students for AP-level English, especially AP English Literature. It will provide students with a firm foundation in close reading, literary history, and composition. We will develop and apply our close reading and argument building skills to novels, poetry, short stories, non-fiction essays, and journalism. The texts assigned range from the ancient to the 21st century. Students should anticipate reading 30-120 pages per week accompanied by short responses to daily “morning message” lessons and weekly responses to discussion questions with their classmates. We will also write poetry, essays, articles, and a short story over the course of the year.

Required Texts: In addition to PDF scans of numerous shorter pieces, we will read the following texts.* Any edition is acceptable, except for works in translation.

  1. The Odyssey translated by Emily Wilson
  2. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
  3. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  4. The Rape of the Lock by Alexander Pope
  5. Emma by Jane Austen
  6. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  7. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  8. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  9. To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf
  10. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  11. Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck

Who Should Apply: This course is intended for advanced 9th and 10th grade students. However, no literary background or high school English experience is required. It is also suitable for 11th and 12th graders who have either already completed or chosen not to take AP English.

Tech Needs: Full access to the internet is required, as the course takes place on a AP Homeschoolers website.

Meeting Times: This course has no synchronous meeting times. I will, however, be available during virtual office hours on Saturdays from 2 pm to 3 pm EST and by appointment.

Length of Course and Breaks: The course will run from August 28th to May 17th, with one week off for fall break, one week off for Thanksgiving, two weeks off for winter break, and one week off for spring break.

Tuition: $750 for the year

About the Teacher: Sarah Richman has taught Summer Shakespeare Intensives for PA Homeschoolers for the last three summers. She received her BA with honors in English and in Medieval and Renaissance Studies from the College of William and Mary Summa Cum Laude with a 3.99 GPA. Her honors thesis explored deforestation in Shakespeare, with an emphasis on The Tempest, As You Like It, and Macbeth. Sarah has presented papers at four conferences, published her poetry in journals, co-founded an undergraduate research journal, and won numerous English awards including best graduating senior. She has loved English language and literature since she was very small and delights in sharing that love with her students. 

*texts are subject to some change, as I finish preparing the course.

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