West Harpeth Christian Tutorial Welcome to WHCT

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.)
  • American Literature will be offered in 2023.2024.
  • British Literature will be offered in 2022.2023.


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


  • Students will need unabridged copies of the following works:

    • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn   - by Mark Twain (summer reading assignment)
    • The Scarlet Letter   - by Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • The Great Gatsby   - by  F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • To Kill a Mockingbird   - by Harper Lee
    • Fahrenheit 451   - by Ray Bradbury
    • Our Town   - by Thornton Wilder
    • The Glass Menagerie   - by Tennessee Williams

  • The tutor will provide copies of, or links to, all short stories, poems, and essay excerpts.

Course Description:

This class will provide an in-depth look at classic American literature from several genres,
including short stories, essays, novels, poetry, and plays.

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.

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:

  • Students will participate in one group project, and will work on a
    research paper during the second semester.
  • A test will be given at the end of each unit; this will be in lieu of a cumulative semester final.
  • All homework must be typed, so access to a computer and word processing program is essential.
    This includes vocabulary assignments, discussion questions, and essays.  
  • All essays 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
  • access to a student dictionary or thesaurus

**Summer Reading Assignment:
Students will read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn  by Mark Twain.
There will be a short writing assessment based on this novel on the first day of class.