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English 10-12: World/British Lit

Grades 9 - 12
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Course Schedule
Class Follows Upper Annual Schedule
Dates: 2023-08-17 to 2024-05-16
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Tue: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm | Tue: 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Tuition: $375 / Annual
Supplies: $0
Expectations and Homework
Homework will take between 2 to 3 1/2 hours each week. There will be reading most weeks, then writing an analysis essay once the book is completed. There will also be a final research paper and presentation.
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About the Course
English 10-12: World/British Lit

In the World/British Literature class, students will read and analyze literature from a biblical worldview in order to better understand the impact and importance of literature in their own lives and in the culture. The class will look deeply into different worldviews, how an author's worldview can be seen in the way the author writes the story, and how the story supports or contrasts a biblical worldview. This class satisfies 2 credits for the Indiana High School Core 40 English requirements. Students will read literature from a variety of authors, cultures, and time periods such as works by Dietrich Bonhoffer and Fyodor Dostoevsky. Special attention will be given to British literature with the study of works from Charles Dickens, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and more.

By the end of the year, students will have studied around 7-9 books, going through each at a comfortable pace, while discussing the content in class as the students are reading. 


Throughout the class, students will: 

- Review the principles of literary devices such as story arcs, conflict, and writing techniques.

- Read assigned books, write analysis essays, participate in class discussions on the reading, and give oral presentations.

- Write a final research paper and develop a final project incorporating their interests (such as art, poetry, songwriting, building, etc.) to highlight the discoveries of their research paper.

- Research and discuss the historical background of the authors. 


The cost for the class is $375 for the year, and is open to students grades 9-12. Come join us as we step into the fascinating study of World and British Literature!


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About Diane

Diane Cullen has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Business from Taylor University. She has taught at Cornerstone for nine years classes such as Speech, Debate, Literature, Life Skills, Career Planning, and Theater. Previously, Diane led Truth Advocates Speech and Debate Club for nine years teaching students the art of writing, speaking, and debate. She has judged and given feedback on hundreds of speeches and debates. She also served as Indiana State Representative for NCFCA (National Christian Forensics and Communications Association) running competitive tournaments for a six-state region. She taught Career Decision making at IUS for fifteen years. While at IUS, Diane was the Internship Coordinator and taught students how to write resumes and interview. She is a certified administrator for the Myers Briggs Type Indicator personality/career assessment. She loves helping students develop their giftings and develop skills for the future.

Diane homeschooled her five children who have graduated from high school and college. In her free time, she enjoys reading, designing homes, discussing good books, hiking, kayaking, and spending time with friends and family.

About Christina

Christina is excited for the opportunity to continue teaching at Cornerstone Classical School! She has graduated from Boyce College with an Associates in Biblical and Theological Studies and is continuing her education at Liberty University Online, studying English and Writing: Christian Literature. She has been teaching a variety of classes at Cornerstone for six years. She attended Weber School of Dance in Jeffersonville for eight years where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre, and lyrical dance. At Weber, she also served as an assistant instructor. Along with this, Christina has partnered with Elevate Dance Ministry as an assistant instructor for a dance outreach at Hope Place in Louisville, Kentucky. Besides her love for dance, she also has a passion for creative writing, having studied at Cornerstone for five years and now further in college. In the spring of 2021, she was blessed to win the Home For His Glory Young Authors Contest.

In her free time, Christina enjoys wandering the outdoors (as long as there are no snakes:), reading good books, doodling characters, writing stories and songs, and choreographing dances.

Christina is looking forward to showing others how to glorify God and share his love through the arts!

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