General Literature for High School Online Class

Looking for a literature class for your high schooler? High school students will be introduced to a variety of literary works and authors in this General Literature for High School Students online class.

General Literature for High School

This class is taught by Leah Courtney, a veteran homeschool mom and educator. She has an undergraduate degree in elementary education and special education and a master's degree in reading education. She's had the opportunity to teach in a traditional classroom, as well as in homeschool co-op groups, and through online classes.

General Literature for High School Description

This class uses the textbook Reading as a Life Skill: General Literature from Elizabeth Hempton. As students read, they will be exploring the people, places, and themes from novels, short stories, and poetry. They will have some type of writing assignment for each unit. And they'll also be learning vocabulary words, recording information about what they've read, and answering some thoughtful questions about the reading. There is much opportunity for class discussion of the literature and themes as well.

Included Literature

Students will need a hard copy or ebook version of the novels. The short stories and poems can be read online and will be linked in the assignments for those units.


The Chosen (Chaim Potok)

Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)

The Good Earth (Pearl S Buck)

The Hobbit (JRR Tolkien)

The Scarlet Pimpernel (Baroness Orczy)

SHORT STORIES (typically available online):

To Shoot an Elephant (George Orwell)

The Cask of Amontillado (Edgar Allen Poe)

SELECTED POETRY (Robert Frost, William Butler Yeats & Emily Dickinson)

This class will be offered on Mondays from 11:30a-12:30p EST.

General Literature for High School Class Information for 2022-23

These are live classes. Each class will be recorded, so you'll be able to see it if you miss it. But there is not a separate option for just recorded students.

Students will be using Zoom and Google Classroom for classes. Class assignments and grades will be handled through Google Classroom. Students will need a gmail account to access Google Classroom.

Your student will receive grades, and these classes will be something you can put on your student's transcript. This class will be worth one year's literature credit. Ultimately you, as a homeschooling parent, are responsible for assigning the grade. So you can override any grade your student earns because you know of any extenuating circumstances your student might have. Points will not off for late work. But if any work isn't turned in by the time midterm grades and then end of year grades are issued, That work will count as a 0.


Classes will run from the week of August 22 to the week of May 8.

Class Schedule:

Monday- High School Writing Basics  10a-11a EST
              General Literature 11:30a- 12:30p EST
Wednesday- American History 1 10a-11a EST
                    American History 2 11:30a-12:30p EST
                    World History 1p-2p EST
Friday- American Literature 10a-11a EST
            British Literature 11:30a-12:30p EST


There are three ways you can choose to pay.

Pay for the full year at once- $350

Pay one semester at a time- $180 per semester

Nine monthly payments of $45 a month

If you register for a class, it is assumed that your student will take the class all year long, and you'll pay both semesters or all nine months if you choose those options.


Please fill out the attached Google Form if you're interested. You'll receive a confirmation, and your student will be added to a waiting list. A minimum of five students is needed for the class to open. If the class does not have five students by July 15, the class will be closed and you will be notified by email.

Once the class has at least five students, you'll receive an email with a PayPal link to pay. Payment will be due by August 15, the week before classes start.