WELCOME TO WHCT West Harpeth Christian Tutorial

Course Time:

  • This course is offered on Thursdays.
  • English III/IV alternates yearly between British and American Literature,
    thus allowing students to cover each genre if taken both years.
    (Subject to change.)
  • British Literature will be offered in 2022.2023.
  • American Literature will be offered in 2023.2024.


  • Students should have completed English I or its equivalent.
  • Completion of English II is recommended, but not required.


  • Students will need an ISBN-specific copy of:
    • No Fear Shakespeare: Macbeth  -by Spark Publishing
      ISBN-  1586638467  
  • Students will need unabridged copies of the following works:
    (ISBNs suggested, but please do not purchase a new copy if you already own one.)

    • The Time Machine  -by H.G. Wells
      ISBN-  1505852595
    • Frankenstein  -by Mary Shelley
      ISBN-  1503262421
    • The Importance of Being Earnest  -by Oscar Wilde
      ISBN-  9780486264783
    • Sense and Sensibility  -by Jane Austen
      ISBN-  0141439661
    • A Tale of Two Cities  -by Charles Dickens
      ISBN-  0486406512
    • The Screwtape Letters  -by C.S. Lewis
      ISBN-  0060652934

  • The tutor will provide copies of, or links to, all poetry, and any additional reading assignments.

Course Description:

This class will survey the major authors and genres from British literature, from the earliest classics,
such as Sir Gawain, through Shakespeare, Mary Shelley, Jane Austen, H.G. Wells, C.S. Lewis, and many more.

Class discussion will include information about the author, historical setting, and common literary devices and terms.

Students will learn to identify themes, and analyze those themes through the lens of their own Christian worldview.

Vocabulary and grammar will be taught organically in the context of the literature and essay assignments.

Class Time:

  • Each class session will begin with a short comprehension quiz.
  • The remainder of our class time will be spent in discussion of the literary selection,
    analysis of themes, note-taking/lecture, and in-class writing assignments and activities.

Homework Requirements:

  • Weekly homework will consist of reading a literature selection,
    various discussion and comprehension questions, and vocabulary work. 
  • Depending on the speed with which a student reads,
    approximately 4-5 hours a week will be spent on English III/IV assignments.
  • Students are expected to print out their homework and bring it to class with them.
    Schoology can be utilized for turning in homework in the event of an absence or forgotten work.

Late Policy:

  • In order to receive full credit work must be received by midnight of the due date.  
  • Half credit given if received by midnight, Wednesday, of the following week.
  • Zero points given if received after that, except in case of illness,
    or if other arrangements have been made.


  • 20%  quizzes
  • 20%  homework
  • 30%  essays / writing
  • 30%  unit tests / vocabulary tests

  • Students will also be given a participation grade for each semester,
    which will be weighted as a unit test.
    Participation means coming to class prepared - homework finished,
    chapters read, and participating in class discussion.

Specific Requirements:

  • Internet access and a reliable printer are required for this course.
  • Writing assignments will be turned in every few weeks, depending on the literature that is being read.
  • Vocabulary tests will be at the end of each unit, or at the end of each novel.
  • A Literary Terms Test will be given each quarter.
  • Students will work on a research paper during the second semester.
  • All homework must be typed, so access to a computer and word processing program is essential.
    This includes vocabulary assignments, discussion questions, short writing assignments, and essays.
  • All essays, and the research paper, will follow MLA format.
  • Periodically, students may be asked to view film adaptations of some of the works we are studying.
    I will give plenty of notice as to when these viewings must be completed.  


  • required literary works
  • binder with a clear front pocket
  • loose leaf, college-ruled paper  
  • blue or black pens

**Summer Reading Assignment:
There will be a summer reading assignment to complete by the first day of class.