Honors English 2

Course Overview

the-love-of-learning.jpgHonors English 2 is designed for advanced high school students in 10th grade (15+) and up, seeking a comprehensive, interactive English course, furthering skills in literature comprehension, poetry, writing, vocabulary, grammar, and SAT/ACT test preparation. With AP English classes on the horizon, this class offers a pre-AP grounding. Through analytical reading, engaging discussions, and targeted essay writing, you'll delve deeply into the souls of literary characters and into the minds of the writers who created them. Beginning with Old English Beowulf, and ending with a piece of equally imaginative literature written during your lifetime, we will explore together the many facets that equip a novel, play, short story, or poem to stand the test of time, moving you
 emotionally, intellectually, and socially.

By now, you're a mature enough reader to realize that the author’s intent and what you absorb from the content may be quite different. In our weekly discussion forums--where you will post your perspectives and consider your classmates’ points of view and feedback from your instructor--your insights will be illuminated. Writing essays about what you read will challenge your thinking. From the simplest simile to an extended metaphor or motif, literary devices will become your annotation tools, as you excavate your way to becoming a more discerning reader and writer.

Honors English 2 is a course for students who feel comfortable composing and editing multi-paragraph essays that utilize sound grammar, arguable thesis statement, a variety of sentence structures and word choices, and topic/closing sentences. This will be our starting point. Daily exercises in both grammar and vocabulary will pump up your writing, as will the feedback you’ll receive from your instructor on each essay and from fellow students in each writing forum. These exercises will help prepare you for both the writing and essay portions of the SAT and ACT, as will specific assignments geared expressly towards these college placement exams.

And what English course would be complete without a jaunt through the green, fragrant pastures of poetry! Instead of a separate unit buried deep within a literature framework, you will enjoy weekly exposure to reading, writing, and--most importantly--understanding this sometimes-daunting art form. You’ll be amazed how easy it is to spot figurative language and other literary devices in a Mark Twain novel after you’ve taken apart a poem by Ogden Nash!

Course Goals

  • To read works from a variety of genres, including novels, novellas, short stories, autobiographies, dramas, and poetry.
  • To study literature written primarily between the sixteenth and twenty-first centuries, mostly by American authors but accented here and there by the Brits.
  • To examine the art of poetry, with an emphasis on figurative language, meaning, structure, rhyme, sound devices, and variety of forms.
  • To critically analyze imaginative literature through close reading.
  • To discover how an author or poet uses theme, setting, voice, tone, mood, imagery, diction, details, satire, and other devices in order to reach his or her audience emotionally or intellectually, as well as give meaning to a work beyond the written words.
  • To identify a piece of literature with a certain author and form and to discover a little bit about that author, as well as the historical context.
  • To write in a variety of modes, including descriptive, analytical, persuasive, and research—and through this practice, to develop an individual writer's voice.
  • To write poetry in a variety of styles.
  • To increase vocabulary and grammatical skills through daily practice.
  • To prepare for the reading, writing, and essay portion of the SAT and ACT.

Student Resources

Easy Grammar Ultimate Series: 180 Daily Teaching Lessons – Grade 11 Student Workbook, Phillips
Painless Poetry, 2nd edition, Elizabeth
The Lively Art of Writing, Payne
The Synonym Finder, Rodale
Vocabulary for the High School Student Workbook, Levine
An additional SAT resource may be added.

  The Lively Art of Writing, Payne (summer assignment)

Novels, short stories, novellas, poetry, and dramas read over the yearAny unabridged edition, except Beowulf. Printed copies (as opposed to electronic) are recommended, due to the need for citations in papers and on exams.
Homeschoolers are readers! Students who have read one or more of these selections may opt to re-read or substitute worthy alternatives in the same genre.

Course Activities

  • Reading novels, a novella, an autobiography, a play, short stories, one epic poem, and many other poems.
  • Annotating and reflecting on the assigned reading (you will need separate notebooks for literature and poetry—or your own copies of literature if you prefer writing in your text)
  • Comprehension quizzes, tests, and essays on the assigned literature
  • Writing instruction with detailed, individual feedback
  • Vocabulary and grammar exercises and quizzes
  • Poetry text reading, analyzing, and writing
  • SAT/ACT practice through reading, quick writing activities, quizzes, and writing prompts
  • Online discussion forums on each piece of literature, as well as feedback forums on every essay
  • Small group collaboration

Summer Assignment

The Lively Art of Writing. This book will give you a good look into what I'll be expecting from your writing this year.  Your summer writing assignment will involve creating a set of golden rules or commandments of writing, gleaned from this book, that you will adhere to throughout the year. Details of this assignment will be emailed to enrolled students sometime in June.

Online Format

This is an asynchronous course. There are no live or recorded lectures. The class is highly interactive, with students and the teacher utilizing a variety of tools—including discussion forums—for interaction and instruction. Because there is no single time the class "meets" during the week, you have the flexibility to complete your Honors 2 coursework around your own busy high school schedule.  Assignments are set up on a Monday-Sunday framework, with due dates typically on Fridays and Sundays. You will access the website regularly (most students check in daily), and interact with your classmates in a give-and-take manner, according to your own school/family schedule. While there is no "live" component, interaction is frequent and friendly. Discussion forums are a core component to this class. Peer-to-peer dialogue and debate are what make the class engaging and enjoyable! 

moodlepowered.jpgAll Blue Tent classes are hosted on Moodle, a learning management system that is popular among online educators and universities. You will complete assignments directly on the password-protected website that your instructor has created just for your class.  You will upload your writing assignments as Microsoft Word documents and receive feedback from the instructor in pdf form.  Some of your handwritten assignments will be scanned or photographed—cellphone photos work just fine!—
and uploaded.

You don't need to be a techie to take this online class.  All you need is a computer with an up-to-date browser and any version of Microsoft Word. All compositions will be uploaded as Word documents. Whether you have taken an online class before or not, you'll expand your cyber skills—and your instructor will help you every step of the way.   The class website will open a week early.  There will be a short, easy practice assignment designed to help you and your classmates test drive different parts of the classroom. You can complete this before class begins or in the first week of class. 
Course Tuition, Size, and Schedule

Honors English 2 is open to home-schooled students who are in the 10th grade or above, and who are at least 15 years of age. Tuition for 2017-2018 is $695 for the year, payable to Blue Tent Online at registration. The class size will be capped at approximately 25 students.
  • Writing Sample: Prior to accepting students into the Honors English 2, the instructor would like to see a 3-paragraph student writing sample. Please see the Registration page for details.
  • Age and Grade GuidelinesHonors English 2 is for advanced high school students who are in the 10th grade or above (age 15+).
Honors English 2 will begin on Monday, August 21, 2017 and conclude the week of May 14, 2018. There will be a one-week fall break, a short Thanksgiving week, a two-week Christmas break, and a one-week spring break.


Robust reading and writing in Honors English 2 is designed to challenge and prepare high school students for AP-level or dual-enrolled English coursework in high school. If you have questions or would like additional information about this course, please contact the instructor, Christine Proctor If you're unsure whether Honors English 2 is a good fit, send a representative writing sample for candid, helpful feedback.

Want to learn more about the instructor, Christine Proctor? Scroll down on these pages to read about Christine and to see feedback from students and parents.