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Earn high school credit as you complete an English literature course requirement—all while you study fiction and drama at your own pace. This innovative online course offers integrated educational experiences in the language arts strands of reading, writing, listening, viewing, speaking, language, and literature.

Over the course of four units, you'll examine key themes and techniques in literature and master critical reading skills. In Units 1 and 2, you'll gain an introduction to literature and examine the novel The House on Mango Street. Through this classic work of fiction, you'll explore how style contributes to meaning and take a closer look at the use of language. In Units 3 and 4, you'll study the genre of drama and explore a key example, William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. As you study, you'll understand how works of fiction and drama like these illuminate such themes as family and civic duty.

Since the course is presented online, you can study wherever and whenever you want as you work at your own pace. You'll also benefit from the support of a dedicated and experienced instructor who will guide your learning throughout the course. It's a great solution for anyone who needs to complete this English requirement for high school graduation.

This course is offered through Career Online High School, a division of Smart Horizons Career Online High School, and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). English I: Survey of Literature, Semester 1, is a one-semester course, and can be completed in up to four weeks. You can continue your English education with the next offering in this series, English I: Survey of Literature, Semester 2. Enroll in this convenient, affordable course, and start on your path toward completing your high school education.

Semester 1 - 0.5 Credit

  • Unit 1: Short Stories

    • "An Astrologer's Day"
    • "Tuesday Siesta"
    • "When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine"
    • "Catch the Moon"
    • Literary Analysis Paper
  • Unit 2: Non-Fiction

    • "Straw Into Gold"
    • "Cinderella's Stepsisters"
    • "What I See In Lincoln's Eyes"
    • "The Tuscon Zoo"
    • "Living Good. Living Well."
    • Non-Fiction Essay

Semester 2 - 0.5 Credit

  • Unit 3: Poetry

    • "Ode to My Socks"
    • "The Print of the Paw" and "To An Aged Bear"
    • "After Great Pain, A Formal Feeling Comes" and "Heart, We Will Forget Him!"
    • "I Am Offering This Poem"
    • Poetry Analysis Paper
  • Unit 4: Drama

    • Julius Caesar Act 1
    • Julius Caesar Act 2
    • Julius Caesar Act 3
    • Julius Caesar Act 4
    • Julius Caesar Act 5
    • Thematic Analysis Paper
  • Unit 5: Myths and Legends

    • "Stealing Thor's Hammer"
    • "Where the Girl Rescued Her Brother"
    • Research Paper