Literature & Composition – 9th and 10th Grade

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Teacher: Larry Meyer
Date/Time: Wednesday - 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Recommended Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th
Department: Language Arts
DOE Number: 23.06100 and 23.06200
Grade Level: High School (9th-12th)

Georgia DOE Course # 23.06100 and 23.06200 (required course)

Grade: 9th/10th (gentle 10th)

This Literature & Composition class is a two-hour language arts course (including a 15 minute break) appropriate for 9th and 10th grade students, combining the study of the major literary genres and themes in world literature with instruction on rhetoric, grammar, vocabulary, and writing skills. Weekly classes are dynamic, discussion-driven seminars (in-class lectures are disfavored by teachers and pupils alike). The goal of this course is to instill students with a love of reading and to teach them to become powerful writers. Students will learn the skills necessary for critical analysis and concise, effective writing.  


The class will study the themes and genres in literature from a Christian perspective. Students will have the ability to customize this course, giving them the chance to study the kinds of literature that interest them most. Our texts will focus on the greatest works of literature from men and women from antiquity through post-modernity, including classic novels, short stories, poetry, and plays. These works will provide insight into other cultures and times as well as abundant starting points for writing and experimentation with language. Students in this class will be energized by the study of literary techniques and how they are used to produce great works of literature. They will also learn strategies for reading and comprehending literature. In turn, they will use this knowledge to analyze and make judgments about a variety of texts through discussion, problem-solving, and writing. 

Check back on this page to get a list of reading selections.


The composition segment of the course will help students learn the art of powerful writing to help them communicate their thoughts and ideas effectively and persuasively. Students will learn the importance of grammar without being oppressed by the Grammar Tyrants. Our focus will be on learning the fundamentals of writing, including the importance of strong word choice and sentence structure and how rhetorical and literary devices can enhance students’ everyday writing.

Note: Because this is a combined writing and literature course, the student will need to spend roughly 4.5 to 6 hours per week on course materials. 

An honors track is available. 

Textbook: Prentice Hall Literature: Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes Gold Level; ISBN # 0131804340. 

Tuition: Because this is a two-hour course, tuition is slightly higher than for regular classes. The cost is $375 for first semester and $425 for second semester ($770 for the year if paid in full by August 19).

One-time supply/administrative fee: $50 per year. These fees cover the costs of materials provided to the students as well administrative fees for Metro Academic Studies.