West Harpeth Christian Tutorial Welcome to WHCT

Course Time:

  • This course is offered on Thursdays.


  • None  


  • Write Source (2009) Student Book Grade 8
    ISBN-   0669006459   -affordable used copies available on Amazon

  • Unabridged copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond,  by Elizabeth George Speare
    (not needed until 2nd semester)

Course Description:

This course will be a study of the various genres of literature- short story, poetry, non-fiction, drama, and novel.
It will also cover a through review of grammar and basic writing skills, with an emphasis on preparing the student for high school English classes.  

Class Time:

  • 1/3  going over homework, quizzes and tests
  • 1/3  discussion of the pre-read literature assignments and note-taking
  • 1/3  reviewing the learned grammar concepts and introduction of new ones  

Homework Requirements:

  • Every quarter I will provide the students with a detailed syllabus that includes homework assignments.
  • Homework will include reading the assigned literature selections and sometimes completing a summary activity,
    usually a graphic organizer or comprehension questions.
  • It will also include reading passages in their texts and doing exercises and writing  assignments to accompany it.
  • In quarters 2 - 4 they will be assigned a project that will go along with the literature material they are studying.
  • Time spent doing English will vary, depending upon how quickly the student reads.
    An average student might expect roughly 4 hours of homework per week for reading and completing written assignments.  


  • 30%  homework
  • 30%  essays
  • 20%  quizzes
  • 20%  projects/quarter tests  


  • textbook
  • novel for second semester
  • 1-1.5” three-ring binder with 4 tabbed dividers   -labeled: notes, homework, quizzes/tests, writing
  • blue or black pens and pencils
  • colored pens and/or pencils (other than blue and black) for peer grading and editing
  • loose-leaf, lined paper
  • a dictionary and thesaurus are also suggested for home use, but will not be required in class